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    It's no longer the Busch Series starting next year.
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    Nationwide Series Begins with the 2008 season:
    NASCAR announced that Nationwide Insurance will become title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, replacing Anheuser-Busch’s Busch brand at the start of the 2008 season. Nationwide Insurance will also become the official auto, home and life insurance provider of NASCAR.
    The seven-year agreement gives Nationwide Insurance the exclusive rights to tie its brand to the most popular form of motorsports in the U.S. Nationwide Insurance will enjoy the support of the most brand-loyal fans in all of sports, including 2.7 million who annually attend races of the series, which features 35 points events at 26 tracks across North America, including Mexico City and Montreal.
    “We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to select a partner in Nationwide Insurance who is as excited as NASCAR about taking the NASCAR Nationwide Series to even higher levels of popularity,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “Nationwide Insurance is an ideal partner for NASCAR, advocating safe driving, and already serving millions of NASCAR fans with its auto, health, and life insurance. The company has a real passion for NASCAR, which will benefit our fans and all the participants in our industry.”
    “Nationwide is excited about this long-term partnership and recognizes that NASCAR has the most loyal and dedicated fan base of any sport,” said James Lyski, Chief Marketing Officer for Nationwide. “We look forward to putting tremendous energy and resources into supporting this sponsorship and advancing the profile of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.”
    The NASCAR Nationwide Series, broadcast on ESPN2 and ABC is stronger than ever. The series is the third highest-rated regular-season sport on cable television. Viewership in 2007 to date vs. 2000 is up 52%. The 2005 and 2006 seasons were the most viewed in series history.
    Nationwide Insurance, which will generate approximately $200 million in annual media exposure through its sponsorship, is already serving millions of NASCAR fans with auto, home, and life insurance. Nationwide Insurance has had a partnership with track operator Speedway Motorsports Inc., for the past eight years, providing “On Your Side” information guides, transportation services and fan pit stops.
    “Nationwide is a company that helps consumers plan for their futures, so they can achieve their dreams,” Lyski said. “The NASCAR Nationwide Series provides a unique environment for Nationwide to extend its On Your Side brand promise, not only to race fans, but to the next generation of outstanding NASCAR drivers pursuing their dreams of competing at the highest level.”
    NASCAR fans are more likely to feel loyal towards an insurance company that is a sponsor, according to the ESPN Sports Poll. Additionally, NASCAR fans are more likely to have automobiles, be homeowners, and have children in the household, according to Simmons National Consumer Survey research.(NASCAR PR)(10-3-2007)

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    Stewart to RCR?

    This is an interesting thought.
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    After the New Hampshire Nextel Cup Race in September, Tony Stewart was asked about his impending contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs has been the only Nextel Cup owner Stewart has worked for in his nine year career and it seemed a given that Stewart would sign an extension without hesitation. However, Stewart’s answer to the relatively simple question raised some eyebrows on pit road. And now we may know why.

    "I'm not even going to work on it any more until this season is over - seriously," said Stewart. "All these (outside) things like right now are a total distraction to what I'm trying to accomplish the rest of the season, and that's why I'm not going to do any more than I have to do until the end of the year," he said. "My goal is to win the championship and focus on the things I have to focus on to get that done."

    Then a week later, NASCAR.com reported that Richard Childress would likely “hold off” on developing a fourth team to go along with his current stable of drivers, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Clint Bowyer until 2009. NASCAR nation had been waiting months for Childress to name his fourth driver for 2008 and speculation was rampant as to whom the driver would be.

    "We're working on it, but right now we're about at the point of no return [for next season]," said Childress.

    Hmmm…Stewart isn’t ready to re-up with Gibbs (Stewart’s current contract runs through 2009), and Childress says he isn’t ready to commit to a driver yet for 2008. Coincidence? Not really.

    Sources close to Richard Childress confirmed to Captain Thunder that Tony Stewart has indeed had conversations with Richard Childress about joining the RCR stables and good buddy Kevin Harvick as soon as 2008. Stewart has driven Busch Series cars for Harvick and Harvick’s wife DeLana, and the three have been very close for many years.

    Why would Stewart leave Gibbs and can he? The two-time Nextel Cup champion has been rumored to be very disappointed with the switch at Joe Gibbs Racing from Chevrolet to Toyota beginning with the 2008 season, and sources say he has had serious conversations with Richard Childress about voiding his contract at seasons end.

    Stewart has driven a General Motors car his entire career and he also supports the Chevy brand at the hometown racetrack he bought in New Weston, OH, Eldora Speedway. Eldora was a Mopar supported track but Stewart switched everything at the track to Chevy two years ago. Toyota has said they are fine with Stewart running and supporting Chevrolet at the track he owns, but sources say Stewart is not excited about running Toyota’s in the Nextel Cup Series.

    Can he get out of his deal with JGR early? Yes! Stewart has an “out clause” in his contract and he just might use it to join RCR. His “out” is the manufacturer change to Toyota from Chevrolet. Many Nextel Cup drivers have similar clauses in their contracts allowing them to void their deals if there is a “material change” at their respective teams. The decision by JGR to change manufacturers is certainly a “material change” and it would allow Stewart to opt out of his deal early.

    According to sources, Stewart and Childress have agreed to table any conversations in the media until either the Chase for the Nextel Cup is over, or Stewart is mathematically eliminated.

    Hence, the comments by both follow the New Hampshire race. Nevertheless, sources also said the two have already agreed verbally on a deal that would put Stewart in a Richard Childress Chevrolet in 2008. Keep an eye on this one, “Smoke” could be a part of the bow-tie brigade next season after all.

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    Re: NASCAR News 2007

    Jacques Villeneuve buys into Bill Davis Racing, maybe majority interest?
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    Latest on Bill Davis Team Sale: Jacques Villeneuve has apparently completed a buy-in of Bill Davis’ High Point-based Toyota operation, according to sources close to the team, and Villeneuve will have at least a majority interest in the operation, perhaps even full ownership. Last Sunday, when asked about the report of a planned Villeneuve buy-in, Davis said he wasn’t in a position to give a specific answer but did say he was considering a number of options. It is unclear what a purchase price might be. It is also unclear why Villeneuve, who lives in Montreal, would want to buy a NASCAR team, or if Villeneuve might move the team from High Point, where Davis has operated for more than 15 years.

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    I just can't picture Kasey doing this.
    NASCAR.COM - Kahne under investigation after*incident at H'stead - Nov 17, 2007
    Kahne under investigation after incident at Homestead
    Police looking into altercation with track security guard
    By Raygan Swan, NASCAR.COM
    November 17, 2007
    01:26 PM EST

    Nextel Cup driver Kasey Kahne is under investigation by the Homestead Police Department for pushing a track security guard to the ground Friday before the Craftsman Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    A conflict ensued between Kahne and the security guard after Kahne could not provide the proper credential for his brother, Kale Kahne, in order to enter the drivers' motorhome lot inside the speedway, according to Police Capt. Tom Foglia.

    After the incident, Foglia said, the security guard complained his blood pressure had escalated. An emergency vehicle was called and the security guard was taken to the infield care center.

    Foglia did not have the name of the security guard or his condition as of early Saturday afternoon.

    "We are looking into the matter; the detective is handling it," Foglia added.

    After Cup practice on Saturday, Kahne said, "It was all a misunderstanding."

    NASCAR officials are aware of the incident and said the sanctioning body will not take action until the local police conclude their investigation.

    "We can't comment on that right now," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said.

    Kahne will start third in Sunday's Ford 400, the season finale.

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    ESPN Classic, ESPN360.com Airing Live Coverage of NASCAR Awards; David Spade, Kelly Clarkson To Perform

    With the Big Apple as the backdrop, NASCAR will honor the top drivers in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing at the series’ annual awards banquet Friday night, live from the Waldorf-Astoria at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic and ESPN360.com. The event will be re-aired at midnight on ESPN2.

    In addition, ESPN Classic will air highlights from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon at 8:30 p.m. Friday prior to the start of the banquet coverage. Held on the day before the banquet, the luncheon highlights NASCAR awards such as rookie of the year and ends with the presentation of the Myers Brothers Award by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) to the individual or group making the greatest contribution to NASCAR racing in the past year.

    Jimmie Johnson and members of the Hendrick Motorsports organization will be toasted as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship team for the second consecutive year during Friday night’s awards banquet. The rest of the drivers who finished in the top 10 of the series point standings also will receive awards onstage.

    Comedian/actor David Spade will be the featured performer at the banquet. Spade is a long-time fan of NASCAR, having served as Grand Marshal in 2006 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and as the Honorary Mayor at Darlington Raceway in 2003.

    Spade, who currently stars in the hit CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement," was nominated for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an American Comedy Award in 1999 for his role on the series "Just Shoot Me." He also was nominated three times for an Emmy Award as a writer on the long-running series "Saturday Night Live," which he appeared on from 1990-1995. His feature film credits include "Benchwarmers," "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," "Joe Dirt" and "Tommy Boy."

    Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning recording artist Kelly Clarkson also will perform during the banquet. Clarkson, whose collaboration with NASCAR this year included a live performance before the Daytona 500 and a television spot for the “NASCAR, How bad have you got it?” campaign, will perform her songs “One Minute” and “Since U Been Gone.”

    Clarkson’s album “Breakaway” earned two Grammys, spawned five No. 1 singles and sold more than 10 million records worldwide and more than 6 million in the US. With hits such as "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because Of You," the Texas native's music has become a staple of pop radio over the past five years, and in 2006, Clarkson was declared the most successful artist in Top 40 history, with at least one single on the chart for 111 consecutive weeks.

    Dr. Jerry Punch, the lead announcer for NASCAR coverage on ESPN, will serve as the onstage master of ceremonies for the banquet.

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    Re: NASCAR News 2007

    Just FYI.

    Alistair Loughlin and his family from Innisfail, Alberta, took 4 years to develop a new NASCAR game. It's based on the style of trivial pursuit. It has finally been sanctioned by both Darrell Waltrip and NASCAR. It is available in stores now.

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