The Frontstretch: News from the Kansas Speedway by Nikki Krone -- Saturday October 8, 2005

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News from the Kansas Speedway

Nikki Krone · Saturday October 8, 2005


Roush discusses future plans for his teams

At the Kansas Speedway, Jack Roush briefly discussed his future plans for his teams for the next couple of years.  We know that Mark Martin will be behind the wheel of the No. 6 Ford in 2006, but Roush did not mention who would be driving the No. 97 in 2006.  Kurt Busch is still under contract, but word is he may be released to take over the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.

As for 2007, Roush says that Jamie McMurray will be behind the wheel of the No. 97 Ford, while current Craftsman Truck Series driver Todd Kluever will be in the No. 6.  Kluever is going to be running a full-time Busch Series schedule in 2006.

Roush declined to discuss the sponsor situation for his teams.

Kevin Harvick is back at the Speedway

Kevin Harvick traveled back home to Kernersville, N.C. last night to check on his ailing father-in-law, John Paul Linville.  While there had been talk that he may miss some of Saturday’s activities, Harvick returned to the Kansas Speedway this morning and will qualify his NEXTEL Cup car as well as run in today’s United Way 300 Busch Series event.  Teammate Jeff Burton had been standing buy to compete in the Busch car should Harvick not return and Busch Series driver Clint Bowyer was on stand-by to qualify the NEXTEL Cup car.

The Ford Fusion debuts at Kansas Speedway

With the Ford Taurus no longer in production, NASCAR teams will be switching from the Taurus to the Ford Fusion for 2006.  The Fusion will actually make its debut this weekend as the pace car for Sunday’s Banquet 400.

Could there be limits in the near future to the number of cars an owner can own?

Rumors persist that NASCAR is going to limit the number of cars that a team owner can own in the series.  Although no official cap number has been announced, there is talk it could be as little as two or three cars per owner.  How this would really affect owners such at Jack Roush, with five teams, and Rick Hendrick, with five teams (four full-time, one part-time) is unclear.

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