NASCAR News for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stewart’s No. 14 Team Takes Top Honors
While Matt Kenseth’s crew got plenty of attention for their super fast pit stops that put their driver in position to win, it was Tony Stewart’s Darien Grubb lead No. 14 crew that took the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award Sunday night at California. Stewart spent a total of 260.940 seconds on pit road, the least of any driver, helping him score his eighth place finish.

“This (Auto Club Speedway) isn’t one of my strongest tracks, and to come out of here with a top 10 with this young of a team as far as us working together, that’s a pretty strong statement right there,” Stewart said after the race “Our guys had really great pit stops. That last pit stop, they got us out seventh, but I just couldn’t hold us up there. I felt like team-wise, we’ve been solid for two weeks straight.”

California Ratings Take a Dip
FOX came in second in the overnight primetime ratings for Sunday’s broadcast of the Auto Club 500. Facing off with the Academy Awards, they came in a distant second to ABC but bested CBS and NBC’s primetime schedule. The ratings for Kenseth’s second victory were down 13% from last year’s broadcast, but on a bright note the ratings were better than in other years passed when they went head to head with the Oscars.

Hey Baby, Let’s Go to Vegas
51 cars are on the entry list for this weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Look for the No. 13 driven by Max Papis, the Hendrick No. 25 entry with Brad Keselowski and the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 and Regan Smith. Also making attempts will be: Sterling Marlin (Phoenix Racing), Mike Garvey (H&S Motorsports), Todd Bodine (Gunselman Motorsports) and Dexter Bean (BlackJack Racing).

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