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Beth Lunkenheimer · Friday October 12, 2007
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DEI’s Gilmore Suffers Aneurysm
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. vice president of Competition Richie Gilmore was taken to a Birmingham hospital last weekend after suffering stroke-like symptoms while at the track at Talladega. He was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and is now expected to be out of commission for at least one month.
"He was released [Saturday] from the hospital and he's back home getting some rest, said Max Siegel, president of global operations for DEI. “He will undergo further evaluation and precautionary testing next week.”
While Gilmore recuperates, Robbie Benson has taken over his duties while working in conjunction with Richard Childress Racing on their engine program.
Barrett to Nextel Cup in 2008
Stanton Barrett and SKI Motorsports will attempt to qualify for four Nextel Cup races in 2008 – the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis, and the night race at Bristol. NoS Energy Drink will sponsor the No. 50 Chevrolet, and the team has signed an engine lease deal with a “major” Chevy team but wouldn’t name which one.
"We believe that there is a place in NASCAR for smaller teams," said team owner Chris Lencheski. "The key to this is to always remember that it is the fan is who makes the choice who to support, who to connect with. We are what made NASCAR great - a small team that will attempt to hit above its weight and if we are fortunate to capture the fans' interest in honoring the Daytona history while promoting its future than we will be a positive story no matter what the result."
Villeneuve Considering Phoenix Attempt
Bill Davis Racing and Jacques Villeneuve are tossing around the idea of attempting to qualify for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, another Car of Tomorrow race, at Phoenix International Raceway. “We’ve talked to Jacques about it, and he wants to do it and we want to do it,” Brown said of adding Phoenix. “We’re kicking it around, and we really want to do it.”
Villeneuve made his Nextel Cup debut last weekend at Talladega where he qualified sixth. Before the green flag dropped, the Canadian driver dropped to the back of the field in an effort to respect the other drivers on the track. He is also running the remaining three races on the Craftsman Truck Series schedule.
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