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NASCAR: April 18, 2007

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The success of Juan Pablo Montoya in NASCAR's top division will bolster Music City Motorplex's efforts to market the sport to a growing Hispanic community in Nashville. That's the theory of Motorplex president Joe Mattioli, who two years ago launched programs designed to draw more Hispanics to the 50-year-old Fairgrounds track. -- The Tennessean

When Montoya announced his move from Formula One to NASCAR last summer, he said he couldn't wait to race where aggressive driving was better accepted. But if the Kamikaze Colombian keeps running afoul of other drivers, he's going to find the going in stock car racing tougher than he ever imagined. If Montoya is going to become a championship contender, he'll have to adjust. -- Tampa Tribune

Bill Elliott's wife said there was no truth to the rumor that Elliott would drive for Michael Waltrip and Toyota Racing. --

Could a recent test at Richmond International Raceway help Michael Waltrip Racing turn its season around a bit this weekend? Waltrip certainly thinks so, at least when it comes to qualifying for the Subway 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Although Richmond is a three-quarter mile oval compared to the 1-mile Phoenix track, Waltrip says that similarities in their configurations helps. --

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J.J. Yeley was still upset with David Ragan on Tuesday, but his spirits seemed to rise when he was quizzed about the cuisine in Phoenix. Yeley is looking forward to some Mexican food this weekend. Perhaps it will help him forget about the most disappointing race of his career. -- Rocky Mountain News

Former Broncos quarterback John Elway is identified with "The Drive" he engineered against the Cleveland Browns in the January 1987 AFC Championship Game. But the current Crush co-owner recently proved he also can drive a stock car. Elway was among the celebrities who participated in ABC-TV's new reality show, Fast Cars & Superstars: Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race. -- Rocky Mountain News

A question begging an answer is why would Kyle Busch take off without confirming that his car couldn't be fixed? At a minimum, that looks unprofessional. "It was a miscommunication between the team and Kyle," crew chief Alan Gustafson said. At least as notable as the championship implications is the timing of Dale Earnhardt Jr. getting behind the wheel of a Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. -- Tampa Tribune