THE CAMRY IS READY The talk, the debate, the slams, the interested, the Camry is here and ready to race this weekend at Chicago with Bill Elliot on tap to drive it for Michael Waltrip Racing. The fast food giant Burger King will be the primary sponsor of the double zero car. If you remember last month Waltrip Racing announced the partnership between Burger King and Domino's Pizza to be co-primary sponsors of the second car for the new Waltrip team for the new Toyota Camry. According to Waltrip he said, "These five races are strictly meant to prepare us for next season, it also keeps us in the loop as to what's going on in the garage right now. There is a lot of energy built around these races that Burger King is part of.”
As for Bill Elliot the last time he raced at Chicago was in 2003 when he drove the number nine Dodge for Ray Everham Racing where he started third and finished eleventh. He is also very excited about the racing in the new Camry.
UPS WILL STAY WITH JARRETT Well another 2007 question was answered; whether UPS would stay with Robert Yates Racing or go with Dale Jarrett to Michael Waltrip Racing in the new Toyota Camry. The answer is UPS will be going with Jarrett to Waltrip Racing in 2007, at the moment his main focus remains to race the eighty-eight car for Yates until the end of the 2006 season the best way he knows. Jarrett said, I am a competitor, I know no other way than to drive one hundred percent. That eighty-eight car right now is my focus at the race track.”
BUSCH SERIES MEARS GETS FIRST BUSCH WIN AT CHICAGO Casey Mears and his Busch Series team took a chance and opted to stay out when most everyone pitted with less than fifty laps to go in the USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland on Saturday afternoon to win his first Busch Series race, as well as his first win in any NASCAR race. Carl Edwards was hot on Mears' tail when he was conserving fuel with fifteen laps to go, but Mears just kept Edwards at a distance to win. Jeff Burton finished third followed by Kevin Harvick who retained his lead in points. Matt Kenseth finished fifth and Kurt Busch who led the most laps with seventy-nine finished sixth.
With Mears winning this race, it makes sixteen wins for the full-time Nextel Cup Series drivers.
BUSCH SERIES TOP TEN FINISHERS 1. Casey Mears 2. Carl Edwards 3. Jeff Burton 4. Kevin Harvick 5. Matt Kenseth 6. Kurt Busch 7. Clint Bowyer 8. Reed Sorenson 9. Tony Stewart 10. J. J. Yeley
TOP TEN IN POINTS 1. Kevin Harvick – 2922 2. Carl Edwards – 2599 3. Clint Bowyer – 2540 4. Denny Hamlin – 2502 5. J. J. Yeley – 2494 6. Greg Biffle – 2264 7. Paul Menard – 2213 8. Kyle Busch – 2191 9. Johnny Sauter – 2070 10. Kenny Wallace – 2038
CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES HORNADAY NAGS TWENTY-NINTH WIN Nine year veteran Craftsman Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr knows what it takes to win and did it again for the second time this year at Kentucky winning the Built Ford Tough 225 on Saturday night. Not only did he win, but he made track history with the biggest comeback in track history, where he started twenty-second to win. "I've always learned to come from the back, use the other guys as picks, I'm not going to tell you how, because they they'll learn how to do it,” the happy Hornaday Jr said in Victory Lane. Hornaday Jr held the lead after the eighth caution and held on for the final eight laps with no one really giving him competition, where as the big battle was for the second spot between Rick Crawford and Brendan Gaughan, with Crawford taking second and Gaughan finished third. Johnny Benson, who has been on a streak of wins, finished fourth and David Ragan, finished fifth.
Todd Bodine finished tenth and retains his point lead and with Hornaday Jr's win he moves from tenth in points to sixth.
CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES TOP TEN FINISHERS 1. Ron Hornaday Jr 2. Rick Crawford 3. Brendan Gaughan 4. Johnny Benson 5. David Ragan 6. Ted Musgrave 7. Matt Crafton 8. David Starr 9. Erik Darnell* 10. Todd Bodine
TOP TEN IN POINTS 1. Todd Bodine – 2043 2. Johnny Benson – 1931 3. David Reutimann – 1898 4. Ted Musgrave – 1807 5. Rick Crawford – 1806 6. Ron Hornaday Jr – 1745 7. David Starr – 1742 8. Terry Cook – 1717 9. Jack Sprague – 1708 10. Dennis Setzer – 1696
NEXTEL CUP SERIES GORDON SPINS KENSETH AND WINS IN CHICAGO The Nextel Cup Series was in Chicago this Sunday for the USG Sheetrock 400 and with four laps to go it looked as if Matt Kenseth had the race won, but Jeff Gordon spoiled that idea and came up on Kenseth and spun him out. Many fans after the race were unhappy with Gordon's style and threw whatever they could on the track to show their disapproval. Gordon said in Victory Lane, "I hate to win like that, Matt, he ran a great race.” He also denied it was payback for what happened at Bristol earlier in the year and followed by saying he didn't want to wreck Kenseth. "I wanted to race him”, but added Kenseth was trying to lack him. "I'm not going to back down, I wanted to win,” Gordon also said.
Jeff Burton didn't make any comment about the incident since he claimed he didn't see what happened finished second. But after seeing a replay Burton winced back and said, "Matt's a hard nosed racer and there'll be retribution for that I'm sure.” Burton started from the pole and finished second in the race. Kyle Busch finished third, Kevin Harvick finished fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr finished fifth. On the last lap Matt Kenseth even had more misfortune, he and David Stremme got together which in turn caused Kenseth to spin again and this time he hit the wall hard but he was ok. Jimmie Johnson still retains the lead in the points race, but Kenseth gaining up on him only forty-eight points behind now.
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