March 05, 2007

Don't be surprised if some NASCAR team owner decides to take part or all of his organization public. The spending in NASCAR will have to stop at some point. If manufacture spending starts to be reduced, teams simply can not ask sponsors for much more. -- Daily Herald

Scott Pruett wasn't looking to hug teammate Juan Pablo Montoya after the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 Busch Series race. The teammates have had a good relationship, but Pruett certainly wasn't going to join in Montoya's victory celebration after Montoya got into the back of Pruett as they battled for the lead on lap 73. In fact, Pruett said he believed Montoya's move underneath him should have resulted in a penalty for aggressive driving. --

Regan Smith is more than an interested third party when it comes to whether Nextel Cup points leader Mark Martin will stick to his plan to run a part-time schedule. He's the driver ready to replace Martin in the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevy when the series moves to Bristol Motor Speedway. Smith has run through all the scenarios, including what would happen if the No. 01 was in the top 12 in points with him and Martin splitting the schedule.' --

Jeremy Mayfield has yet to make the field for a Nextel Cup Series race this season but he is getting a new crew chief. Bill Davis Racing on Friday named Tommy Baldwin Jr. as interim crew chief for Mayfield's No. 36 Toyota. Baldwin takes over for Derrick Finley, who will remain with the team in an engineering capacity. -- Charlotte Observer

The Busch Series will return to Mexico City in 2008, according to Federico Alaman, the director of sports events for race promoter OCESA. Speaking after the drivers meeting for the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 today, Alaman said NASCAR and OCESA have agreed to stage a race in 2008 for a fourth consecutive year at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. --

At least six drivers went the rear of the field for the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 because of engine changes. The high altitude of Mexico City (7,400 feet) can wear on engines, as well as the high-RPM first turn of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez course. Driver inexperience also could play a part as they learn where and when to shift.

NASCAR moved 130 semitrailer trucks, more than 60 race cars, 1,300 crew members and thousands of pounds of parts and sophisticated equipment to Mexico City by the time the green flag waved on the third Busch Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday. -- St. Petersburg Times

Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith, actor/comedians Tommy Davidson, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans have a Busch car on the track this year. Others, like former Atlanta Falcons receiver Terence Mathis and former Oakland Raiders receiver Tim Brown are still looking. -- Augusta Chronicle

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