CHEVY NNS: Team Chevy, A Look Ahead to 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series
CHEVY NNS: Team Chevy, A Look Ahead to 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series
- Team Chevy - A Look Ahead to 2008 in NASCAR
- Team Chevy in NASCAR Nationwide Series
The 2008 season for Team Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) is shaping up to be more competitive than ever.
On the heels of winning the 2007 owners championship in the series, Richard Childress will defend his title with the No. 29 combo of Scott Wimmer and Jeff Burton. He will also field Clint Bowyer in a full-time bid for the championship as well as a third entry that will include veteran driver Bobby Labonte for 15 races. Additional driver announcements will be made prior to the start of the season.
Kevin Harvick will focus on the efforts of his own Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) Nationwide Series team. Harvick will pilot the No. 33 KHI Chevy in 22 races with Ron Hornaday, defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion taking the wheel twice and Cale Gale in the cockpit for the remaining races. Harvick's goal is help Gale gain valuable experience while bringing the team to the winning form he knows his organization is capable of delivering.
Rusty Wallace Inc. has become the newest member of the Chevy Nationwide Series camp. Steven Wallace will campaign a full-time entry for the championship with drivers David Stremme, Chase Austin, and Max Papis piloting a second entry on a limited schedule.
"I am excited about the 2008 NNS," said Shane Martin, GM Racing’s Chevrolet program manager, NASCAR Nationwide Series. "Coming off their owner's championship, Richard Childress Racing will field entries that will be contenders for the victory every race.
"Our newest teammates, Rusty Wallace, Inc., will add strength to our roster. They have been great to work with and we are already helping get them ready for the 2008 season with wind tunnel time."
Also adding to the Chevy firepower in NNS competition is the merger of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports NNS operation.
"I am looking forward to the JR Motorsports / HMS merger," Martin continued. "I feel that Chad Walter and Tony Eury will work great together and field competitive race cars. It will be great to see Jimmie (Johnson), (Earnhardt) Junior, and Mark (Martin) in select races along with Landon Cassill who shows great potential. I have been excited about Brad Keselowski ever since I first met him when he was driving in the NCTS and Keith Coleman’s Busch Car. I am glad he has this opportunity to showcase the talent that he has!"
In conclusion, Martin said: "It is going to be an exciting year for Chevrolet in the NNS. Even though we have just barely finished the '07 season, I can hardly wait to get to Daytona."
- Team Chevy - A Look Ahead to 2008 in NASCAR
- Team Chevy Silverado in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Immediately following Ron Hornaday's dramatic come-from-behind campaign to capture the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) championship (his record-tying third in the series) when the checkered flag fell at Homestead-Miami Speedway, C weiter >>
The Centurion Boats at The Glen Featured Plenty of On-Track Action and Drama
This year’s Centurion Boats at The Glen was considered, by many, as a race for the ages and now Sports Illustrated (SI) has confirmed what most Glen fans already knew. The famed and respected sports publication has selected the Centurion Boats at The Glen as the best NASCAR NEXTEL C weiter >>
- Team Chevy Drivers Capture Seven of Top-10 Positions in Year-End Standings
Jimmie Johnson and his Chad Knaus-led No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet team claimed their second consecutive NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) championship at the conclusion of the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished seventh in the Ford 400 to secure his position a weiter >>
· Matt Kenseth won his second race of the season and took the checkered flag for the 16th time in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career with today’s victory.
· Today’s win was the seventh of the year for Ford, which is one more than last season.
· Today also marks the fourth straight win for Ford in the Ford 400 with Kenseth following up on Greg Biffle’s three strai weiter >>
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the plans for his company, JR Motorsports, in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series, racing his last race for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and in the No. 8 Chevrolet and anticipation for the 2008 season with Hendrick Motorsports:
ON EXT weiter >>
... prepares for new challenge
Robert Yates, owner of the No. 38 and No. 88 Ford Fusions driven by David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd, will officially retire at the end of tomorrow’s Ford 400. Yates spoke about his favorite memories and his plans for the future on Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway.
ROBERT YATES, Owner – RYR Ford Fusions – WH weiter >>
... His Third Career Title; Silverado Increases Driver's Championships to Nine in NCTS Competition
Willie Allen Claims 2007 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Honors
Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, will carry of the title of the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion to become a three-time Series' c weiter >>
DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th) –
WILL THAT HOLD UP? "I doubt it. We didn’t get a good draw. To qualify really good I think you have to go later on in the run, but I’m really proud of all the guys. Our M&M’s Ford Fusion was about four-tenths faster than we’d been all day. We just kept making good changes to it and making weiter >>
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT MONTE CARLO SS, DICKIES 500, TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
An Interview With:
KERRY THARP: We're going to roll into our post-race winner's press conference with the Dickies 500. Our congratulations goes out to J weiter >>
Three-Time Champion Named Driver of Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 2 Truck as Teammate to Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Chevrolet is pleased to welcome back Jack Sprague as one of its Silverado drivers beginning at Daytona, 2008. Kevin Harvick announced at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) that Sprague has signed a multi-year agreement to drive the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevro weiter >>
DAVID GILLIAND – No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion – "We’ve worked really hard. We unloaded yesterday and we weren’t as good as we were, and this is something that I’m very proud of out M&M’s group – everybody here, as a team, they don’t give up. And we’ve gotten a lot better, communication-wise with Todd and me, from when I started. Together we’ve been able to make the car weiter >>
Eighth Victory of the Season Pulled Defending NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Champion Within Nine Points of Chase Leader Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Monte Carlo SS, scored his eighth victory of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) in the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The victory for the defending NNCS champi weiter >>
Pep Boys Auto 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/Nicorette Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed leading the Chase standings coming in to Atlanta, his reaction to the Roush driver feud and other subjects.
ON HIS FIRST NNCS START AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY 15 YE weiter >>
Close to 100 Donors Honored the National Tragedy of September 11th
Watkins Glen International, the Sullivan Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross and the National Marrow Donor Program Greater New York State Donor Center teamed up yesterday in support of the spirit of charitable giving surrounding the national tragedy of September 11th. The event was org weiter >>
CHEVY NNCS AT BRISTOL: Advance
Sharpie 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway
August 25, 2007- Race 24 of 36
Team Chevy drivers have scored 40 wins in the 93 previous NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) races at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS)
Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 at BMS in March, 2007 capturing the 600th victory for Chevy weiter >>
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 4th) – "I hit the wall a little bit early, chasing Kurt around, and he got sideways up there and I kind of lost track of where I was at and bumped the fender in.
They’re just so aero-sensitive that we could never quite get that fixed and get that back. But, overall, we had a good car all day and I made that mistak weiter >>
RICKY RUDD – No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion –
YOU’VE BASICALLY SAID THAT YOU’RE LEAVING THE 88 AND DON’T WANT TO RUN A FULL SCHEDULE. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A DEAL LIKE WHAT MARK MARTIN HAS, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? "I’m not looking for anything, to be honest with you. I decided I wanted to call it quits, and the only way I would get out of a rocking chair weiter >>
ROBBY GORDON – No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (finished 5th) – "A good points day. It should make up for missing last weekend, for sure. We’re going to race track at Michigan where I ran a top-10 the whole time we were there last time, so I expect to have a good run there, as well." weiter >>
LEN WOOD – co-owner, No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion – "Bill Elliott came up a little while ago, and I guess he had run into Boris across the garage, and he asked him what he was doing, and Boris said, ‘Nothing,’ you know, he had missed the race. I don’t know from where it started, if Bill asked him to drive our car or what. I think that’s the way it went because Bill cam weiter >>
Watkins Glen International and Zippo Manufacturing Company announced today that Zippo has renewed the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Busch Series race until 2010. The race will remain as the Zippo 200.
"We have been involved with Watkins Glen for over a decade and are extremely excited to continue our partnership during their annual NASCAR event weekend and the Busch Ser weiter >>
Rain washes out Qualifying at Watkins Glen
BORIS SAID – No. 60 No Fear Energy Ford Fusion – "For a part-time team, you don’t get to race that much, and two races in a row get taken away. I don’t understand why the schedule can’t be adjusted and just qualify tomorrow when it’s going to be sunny. It’s just hard for a small team. It pretty much p weiter >>
Watkins Glen International announced today that the Governor of New York State, Eliot Spitzer will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s Centurion Boats at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race this Sunday. The race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:20 PM with the command to take place by the Governor around 2:00 PM during pre-race ceremonies, along the front stretch of th weiter >>
Centurion Boats at The Glen, Watkins Glen International
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, met with media members at Watkins Glen International and discussed previous success at The Glen; strategy as the Chase approaches and strategy in the Chase.
ON THOUGHTS ABOUT BEING BACK AT THE GLEN AS THE D weiter >>
Richard Petty Driving Experience To Offer Road Course Rides
Road course fans will be happy to hear that Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) will be coming back to Watkins Glen International (WGI) this summer. Race fans in New England will have the opportunity to ride shotgun with a professional driver and make 3 laps around the famed WGI layout.
2003 Glen Champion Drops Checkered Flag on Successful Series of Live Chats
Watkins Glen International will host its final LIVE driver chat on the WGI Fan Talk Forum on Wednesday, August 8th and will welcome one of the most versatile drivers in racing today and a Glen weiter >>
Saturday Features Autographs, a Movie and a LIVE Concert!
In addition to the thrilling racing of the NASCAR Busch Series during the Zippo 200 race on Saturday, August 11th, fans will be treated to an autograph session with Paula DeAnda, a jumbotron viewing of "Talladega Nights" and a LIVE concert on the Red Cat Summer Stage. These exciting activities will wrap-up weiter >>
Cup Series Veteran and Glen Champion Robby Gordon Will Follow on August 8th
Watkins Glen International will host its next LIVE driver chat on the WGI Fan Talk Forum on Wednesday, August 1st and will welcome one of the top rookies on the NASCAR Busch Series. Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Marcos Ambrose will be the next featured guest and wil weiter >>
Up and coming Arista recording artist Paula DeAnda will be performing the National Anthem prior to the Zippo 200 on August 11, where the drivers of the NASCAR Busch Series will be challenging the historic road course. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 3:30 PM.
Paula DeAnda, a Corpus Christi native, continues to showcase her skills as both a premiere vocalist and tal weiter >>
Braun is the 2nd Driver Featured in the Current Series of Live Chats
Watkins Glen International will host its next LIVE driver chat on the WGI Fan Talk Forum on Wednesday, July 25th and will welcome one of the top young drivers in racing today. Current Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series driver and future Roush Fenway Racing driver Colin Braun will be the next featured gu weiter >>
Three Drivers Confirmed to Take Part in Live Chats on July 18, July 25 and August 1
Watkins Glen International will resume the LIVE driver chats on the WGI Fan Talk Forum on Wednesday, July 18th and will get things started with a Glen champion and true fan favorite. 2006 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen champion and current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Bo weiter >>
Centurion Boats announced during a press conference held at Daytona International Speedway this afternoon, that they will sponsor the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race at Watkins Glen International through 2009. The newly titled "Centurion Boats at The Glen" is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 12, during its traditional race weekend, and will be broadcast live o weiter >>
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (qualified 12th) – "It’s a great way to start the weekend. We were 40th or something in practice, we were back there, and Bob [Osborne, crew chief] changed front springs, rear springs track bar, all that stuff, and that’s a good effort right there. I think we’ll be top 15, for sure. That’s way better than we thought we were go weiter >>
Statement from Brent Dewar; General Motors North America Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing Regarding the death of Bill France, Jr.:
"The world of racing has lost a true innovator in Bill France, Jr., who made NASCAR the premiere sport it is today. His vision, tenacity and friendship will be missed.
He left the sport be weiter >>
Scott Atherton ,President & CEO, Panoz Motor Sports Group/ American Le Mans Series
"We at the American Le Mans Series would like to express our condolences to the France family and the entire NASCAR organization on the passing of Bill France Jr. His contrib weiter >>
AAA Ford Fusion No. 6 Driver Joins Teens Behind the Wheel
David Ragan, driver of the AAA Ford Fusion #6 car, will put on his teaching cap when he instructs area teens from Western New York on how to safely negotiate their way through traffic. The NEXTEL Cup star will share some of his techniques and preparation behind the wheel with teens who are ab weiter >>
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (qualified 5th) – "We did just what we said we were going to do – we ran like a 95-percent lap, and I’m glad I did because it was so loose in. I lifted where I thought was early, and I couldn’t keep it t weiter >>
JAMIE McMURRAY – No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion –
WHAT TYPE OF RACING YOU EXPECT THIS WEEKEND WITH THE CAR OF TOMORROW AT DOVER? "Well, after what we went through last weekend – I mean, Charlotte’s race track was pretty good last weekend, it was just hard to race. So, just being weiter >>
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion –
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE CAR OF TOMORROW AT THIS TRACK? "I really don’t know yet, until we get some practice. I really don’t know. I think it’ll change the racing a little bit, I know the cars will drive a lot different than our sta weiter >>
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion –
IS THIS A BIT OF A CRITICAL TIME IN THE SEASON IN TERMS OF PUTTING SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR TEAM AND 13TH PLACE IN THE STANDINGS? "It’s very critical. We look at the distance between us and 13th every week – I think we’ve go weiter >>
Ford Racing Technology announced today that it has re-signed Robert Yates Racing to a contract that will keep the family-owned team sporting the blue oval for at least the next five years.
"Robert Yates Racing is synonymous with Ford," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. "We’ve celebrated the joy of winning races and championships with them, in addition to weiter >>
- Chevy R07 Engine Wins Second Consecutive Event at Lowe's Motor Speedway;
- Six of Top-10 Finishers Behind the Wheel of Chevy Monte Carlo SS
Win Gives All Four Hendrick Motorsports Drivers Trips to Victory Lane in 2007; Team Chevy Drivers Have Won 11 of 12 NNCS Points Races This Season
Casey Mears, No. 2 weiter >>
Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion, qualified seventh for tomorrow’s Coca-Cola 600 and was in the top 10 during Saturday’s first practice session. He spoke about his car immediately afterwards.
RICKY RUDD – No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion –
WE SAW THE 07 SPIN LIKE A LOT OF CARS HAVE THE PAST TWO WEEKS. IS IT A CASE OF JUST SURVIVING UNTIL weiter >>
Brent Dewar, General Motors North America Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing
Regarding the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announcement to leave Dale Earnhardt, Inc. at the end of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
"Chevrolet and General Motors are proud of our long-standing relationship with Dale Earnhardt, weiter >>
DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 29th) – "We had a pick-up of a tenth or so from practice. I wish we could have run a .60 or something, but we’ve got a pretty good race car, I think. It hurt me a little bit jumping out of the Busch car back to the Cup car, but we’re racing for tomorrow."
WAS BEING THE FIFTH CAR OUT A BAD THING? "It depe weiter >>
Ford drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are all in the top 12 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and each held separate Q&A sessions after Friday’s two-hour practice session at Richmond International Raceway.
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion – weiter >>
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES Aaron’s 499Talladega Superspeedway
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) –
HOW DISAPPOINTING IS THIS? "This is probably the most disappointed I’ve been in a long time. We just had a rare failure. The Roush-Yates engines are great engines and we haven’t had very many days like t weiter >>
Computational Fluid Dynamics Brings Rocket Science to NASCAR
The winds of change are blowing at gale force in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The imminent debut of the Chevrolet Impala SS "Car of Tomorrow" and the impending introduction of GM Racing's all-new R07 small-blo weiter >>
ASHLEY FORCE – Castrol GTX Ford Mustang –
LAS VEGAS MUST BE A SPECIAL PLACE FOR YOU. YOU QUALIFIED FOR YOUR FUNNY CAR LICENSE HERE. "Vegas has a special meaning to me. We did a lot of testing here in the past year, to get into the Funny Car, and it’s actually where I finally got my license. It’s a great track and a fun town, of course.
Actually, abo weiter >>
DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion –
YOU WERE FIFTH IN POINTS AFTER DAYTONA, AND REMAINED FIFTH AFTER CALIFORNIA. HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO YOU TO BACK UP THE START TO YOUR SEASON? "It was very important. I feel like the California run was a better run for us than the Daytona run. Certainly, at Daytona you have to be in position to be there for the end, and weiter >>