Posted on: May 18, 2010 11:54 am
While everybody assumes Kasey Kahne will land at Stewart Haas Racing for a season before heading to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Stewart Haas Racing competition director Bobby Hutchens told ThatsRacin.com that he has had no formal discussions with anybody from Hendrick Motorsports regarding the matter.
But if you read between the lines it sounds as if it has at least been brought up in casual conversation.
Whether it's Kahne or another driver for a third team, Hutchens said he'd like to have something firm in place by June 1. He also said that any new driver that joins the team will likely have to have sponsorship in tow.
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Posted on: May 18, 2010 11:31 am
Is this how it's going to end for 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte? As a start and park driver?
Sad to say, but it could be so.
TRG Motorsports had hoped to run a fully funded season with its 71 car, but TaxSlayer.com is only on board for 12 races. This past weekend at Dover, Labonte pulled off the track after just 65 laps.
With only four sets of tires (all appearing to be scuffs) in its pit box less than two hours prior to the start of the race Sunday, Galida indicated prior to the race that the team would decide during the race whether it would attempt to run the full event. Most teams planning on running the entire race had eight or nine sets of tires in their pits. Labonte stayed out when most teams pitted after an early caution to get a lap back and then pulled down pit road under green. The team listed the reason out as electrical.
“We’re going to take advantage of opportunities [in the race] if they present themselves, but if not, we’ll look at conserving our resources,” Galida said prior to the event. “We’ll make that decision as a game-time decision in how things unfold initially. We have a pit crew here. We’ve got all the tools, but there’s significant cost to the engines, … the tires are a significant cost.
“If we can conserve our resources and live to fight another day, that’s what we’ll do.”
Posted on: May 13, 2010 12:29 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2010 12:29 pm
The Associated Press is reporting that David Reutimann, who has worked off one-year deals since joining Michael Waltrip Racing, wants a multi-year deal out of his next contract negotiations.
"I'd like to get a multiyear deal because it puts your mind at ease," he said Wednesday during an appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It's always in the back of your mind, that concern about what's going to happen next year, and I really think it can take away from what you are trying to accomplish." READ THE FULL STOR Y
Reutimann, 40, probably had a bit more leverage after last season, when he picked up the organization's first Sprint Cup while compiling five top fives and 10 tops 10s. He challenged for a spot in the Chase before ultimately finishing 16th in points.
Through 11 races this season, he's not having as fruitful a season. He has just one top 10 with three DNFs and is 24th in points.
-- Brian De Los Santos
Posted on: May 9, 2010 10:59 pm
I think it's safe to say the honeymoon phase is over at Stewart Haas Racing.
After a stellar first-year campaign as owner/driver in 2009 that saw Tony Stewart win four points races as well as the all-star race and finish as the regular-season points leader, he has just three top 10s through the first 11 races of 2010 and is 18th in points.
He hasn't finished better than 16th in the past six races.
And now the Charlotte Observer is reporting that Old Spice, which shares sponsorship of Stewart's No. 14 car with Office Depot, will not be returning next season.
You have to wonder if he's having any second thoughts about this ownership deal. It's not all it's cracked up to be. Seems like a whole lot of headaches to me. Who would want that?
Perhaps these issues played a part in Kevin Harvick deciding that Richard Childress Racing isn't such a bad place to be after all -- if the reports of an impending new deal are true.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 12:06 am
Edited on: May 8, 2010 12:07 am
Unless Kevin Harvick has him fooled, Richard Childress believes a new deal with the driver of the No. 29 car can be in place by the end of the month. Though Harvick may has had his ups and downs throughout his career at RCR, he's enjoying an upswing at the moment, leading the standings by 10 points over Jimmie Johnson heading into Saturday night's race at Darlington.
"It's good for RCR, Kevin and all of us if we can put this thing back together," Childress said.
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Posted on: May 6, 2010 11:24 am
Seeing as a top talent isn't exactly breaking down the door, BAM Racing is getting into the driver development business and they're starting with 13-year-old Canadian driver Ryan Mackintosh . If things work out, six or seven years from now they'll have a phenom ala Joey Logano in the fold.
Press release follows:
Charlotte, N.C. (May 6, 2010) – Working to secure their future in NASCAR, BAM Racing announced today it would be introducing a driver development program. BAM has signed young Canadian driver Ryan Mackintosh as their first development driver. Mackintosh, 13, currently drives for Chris Woods Racing in Kannapolis, N.C. He is originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada where he was the 2009 Canadian INEX Young Gun Champion. In 2010, Mackintosh is competing full time in the INEX Bandolero Outlaws division and is scheduled to race selected Allison Legacy events.
Mackintosh moved from Canada to the United States to pursue his racing career fulltime while his parents and sister continue to live in Canada. Ryan has proven his dedication by balancing his time between education and racing; completing schoolwork and devoting time to learn how to work on the cars in the race shop.
BAM Racing Owner Beth Ann Morgenthau is looking forward to putting her stamp on the future of racing by contributing to the development of a young driver. Mrs. Morgenthau explains, “We chose Ryan to be associated with BAM Racing because of his proven talent and the drive that he has exhibited at such a young age. Ryan is a well mannered young man that is extremely dedicated, we are proud to help him progress.”
BAM’s driver development program will offer support for Mackintosh to allow him to continue to develop as a young professional. The team signed Mackintosh to a long term contract, tying up the first option to his services as a professional race car driver. “Instead of a rigidly structured program, we want it to be a mentorship, to provide guidance and help steer Ryan in the right direction to grow his career.” said Morgenthau. The program is in its infancy and depending on its success, BAM may expand it in the future, however the team wanted to stress that it is exclusive and that BAM Racing is not accepting any applications for other development drivers.
Mackintosh will be working with BAM Racing for the immediate future. Ryan said, “I am thrilled to be associated with a NASCAR Sprint Cup team like BAM Racing. I’m glad they see that I take my racing seriously and I hope that I can live up to the expectations they have.”
If fans express interest in the career of the young driver, the team says they may carve out a spot for him on their interactive web site,www.BAMVIP.com for occasional updates.
Posted on: May 4, 2010 5:21 pm
J.J. Yeley will attempt to qualify the No. 46 car for Whitney Motorsports at Darlington. Yeley last turned a lap in a Cup race in August of 2008.
Yeley replaces Terry Cook, whose departure was announced on Facebook earlier this week:
Terry Cook, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, is no longer with Whitney Motorsports effective immediately. Terry, who has been serving as Team Manager/ Driver, was uncomfortable with the direction that the team was heading towards and opted to leave the team. Terry would like to thank all of his fans for their support. Hopefully we will see Terry back on the track in the near future. Cook qualified for just three of the season's first 10 races, with a best finish of 34th at Phoenix.
If things work out, more races could be added to Yeley's schedule.
Posted on: April 28, 2010 1:18 pm
The driver carousel continues over at Tommy Baldwin Racing with Casey Mears coming aboard starting at Richmond.
The organization has been through a plethora of drivers in its short existence.
Last year, Scott Riggs, Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier, Brian Simo, Michael McDowell and Robert Richardson all shared the driver's seat at one time or another.
This year started with Mike Bliss before Johnny Sauter took over for two races.
Mears, meanwhile, is jumping at any opportunity he can find to stay in the Cup Series. After losing his ride at Richard Childress Racing following the 2009 season, he began 2010 in the 90 car for Key Motorsports. After qualifying for just one of the season's first five races -- a 30th place finish at Bristol -- he parted ways with the team.
-- Brian De Los Santos