NASCAR News for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Farmers Insurance to sponsor No. 28 at Fontana

Yates Racing announced on Tuesday that Farmers Insurance Group will be the primary sponsor on the No. 28 Ford Fusion driven by Travis Kvapil this week at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 500.

“It’s another great opportunity for the No. 28 team and Yates Racing to have Farmers Insurance on board for next weekend’s race at Fontana,” driver Kvapil said. “Yates and Ford Racing have a great intermediate track program which gives us a lot to look forward to next weekend at Fontana.”

This is Farmers Insurance’s first foray into NASCAR sponsorship. The press release only mentions this weekend’s race, so this is likely just a one-race deal for now. Of course, that can change in the future.

Nationwide Series Notes for Tuesday

RAB Racing announced on Tuesday that former Winston Cup crew chief Brad Parrott has signed on to become the crew chief for the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford in the Nationwide Series and driver John Wes Townley.

In the entry list announced yesterday for this weekend’s Stater Brothers 300, the No. 5 Chevrolet was not listed. The team was locked into the first five races of the season as a result of last year’s performances. However, skipping Fontana removes the No. 5 from the locked-in list for the rest of the season. As a result, MSRP Motorsports’ No. 90 driven by Johnny Chapman will now be locked into Saturday afternoon’s race.

Rick Ware Racing announced on Monday that Interush will sponsor the No. 31 for Stanton Barrett this weekend in Fontana. Interush, a company that specializes in internet advertising, has supported Barrett’s racing endeavors in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series off and on over the last three seasons.

Gabi DiCarlo to make Truck Debut at Auto Club Speedway is reporting that DiCarlo, an ARCA Re/Max Series regular over the past couple seasons, will attempt to make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend in the San Bernardino County 200.

This is a change, since the original plan was for DiCarlo debut at the half mile paper clip Martinsville Speedway on March 23. NASCAR approved DiCarlo to race on superspeedways following her performance in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona on February 7. DiCarlo ran very well in the race before being squeezed into the wall by Ryan Fischer while trying to avoid a big crash.

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