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July 27, 2007

NASCAR: Notes After An Off Weekend

The Nextel Cup was off this past weekend, but a lot sure is happening in the series.

  • DEI is buying Ginn Racing. In a deal that leaves Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, and Regan Smith out in the cold, Mark Martin will drive the 01 car for DEI, splitting duties with their new driver Aric Almirola. Paul Menard will pick up the points from either the #13 or #14, which will guarantee him a starting spot in the Brickyard 400. Marlin and Nemechek will apparently be unable to drive for anyone else until all of this is settled, while Smith gets a ride in a truck on Friday night.
  • At least 4 Nextel Cup drivers have indicated that they want to run full time in the Sprint Cup and the soon-to-be-former Busch Series next year. Great guys. All NASCAR really needs to do then is, at the beginning of the season, make you declare in which series you’re running for the championship. You want to race on Saturday? No problem, but you’re not going to earn points for it (unless you’ve declared for the championship, in which case your Sunday drive is for money only).
  • Apparently Rusty Wallace’s deal with ESPN has a provision that keeps him from owning a Sprint/Nextel Cup team due to the inherent conflict of interest. OK, I can see that. But is that any worse than the conflict of interest in having him comment on Busch races in which is son drives Rusty’s car? Why the distinction?
  • Thirty-five provisionals is too much. Jayski reports that NASCAR may be looking to change that. Here’s hoping they do.
  • Wow. I went to my old site, RacinDeals.com to see what those folks had to say, and I see it’s “under construction”. I wonder what happened?
  • Robert Yates Racing is merging with Newman-Haas Racing. Wonder how long that’ll last?
  • With all the activity this year in NASCAR, what with driver changes, team mergers, etc., I daresay the highest paid person on any team is probably the lawyer. It seems these days that driver contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. How can a team release a driver who’s supposed to be under contract for another year?

So the Brickyard 400 is this weekend. This will be ESPN’s first Cup race since they lost the revamped TV deal in 2000. They’ve got some technological tricks up their sleeves, so it should be interesting. I just wish they had a better broadcast crew. Rusty Wallace is ok, but I think it’d be great to have Buddy Baker up there in the booth as well.

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