NASCAR News for Friday, February 13, 2009

NASCAR Announces Change To Single File Restart Rule

NASCAR announced on Thursday that late race restarts will now be single file whenever the race is restarted with 20 or fewer laps to go, as opposed to 10 laps in previous seasons. The rule will be applied to all three of NASCAR’s major series. The rule was devised to eliminate lead lap cars from having to race against lapped cars late in the race.

“We just felt that for the cars that had earned their way up to the top during late stages of the race, it will give them a better opportunity to compete for the win,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. “So instead of a single-file restart with 10 to go, that will now be with 20 laps to go. The beneficiary rule is still intact as it was; there is no beneficiary inside of 10 laps.”

The “beneficiary rule” refers to the free pass or “lucky dog” rule, which allows the first driver a lap down back on the lead lap after a caution.

Rick Clark Motorsports To Merge With No Fear

No Fear Racing, the team that houses the popular Boris Said, has announced a partnership with Rick Clark, to form the new team of RCM/No Fear Racing. The merger makes Rick Clark the first minority owner of a Cup team since 2003.

The focus of the team is to find and develop minority drivers and eventually have a teammate for Said, who currently will drive the No. 60 Ford. James “Bubba” Stewart, Marc Davis and Chris Bristol were among the names mentioned.

“It’s no secret that our race team needed funding,” explained Said. “However, if we were going to do anything, we felt like the partnership needed to make sense. When Rick Clark came to us and outlined his program, there were so many synergies on and off the track that it just made sense for us.”

“We have several verticals that all work together to create a comprehensive program,” said Clark. “Those verticals will not only work to encourage minorities to attend races, but to make NASCAR part of the various minority cultures to create a feeling of ownership in the sport among those groups.”

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