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NASCAR News for Monday, March 10, 2009

Bodine Future Resting on Arizona Pub?

Todd Bodine, currently second in the Truck Series standings, is still searching for a sponsor that will keep his team on the track for the entire season. Prior to Saturday’s race at Atlanta, where he was leading with five laps to go before ultimately finishing third, Bodine announced during an interview on SPEED that the team had secured sponsorship for the No. 30 Germain Racing Tundra. The sponsor, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery out of Tempe, Arizona, came on board for the Atlanta race and Bodine said after the event that there is the possibility that they may stay onboard for the entire season. However, if that falls through and the team doesn’t have sponsorship for the next race at Martinsville in two weeks; they plan to stay home.

Last season Bodine finished third in the Camping World Truck Series standings and had three wins.

Four Drivers Set for Darlington Tire Test

Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and Bobby Labonte will be taking part in a closed tire test at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday March 11th in preparation for the Southern 500 scheduled for May 9th.

Busch Earns Perfect Score at Atlanta

Since the inception of NASCAR’S Loop Data stats, only one driver has earned more than one perfect (150.0) rating during an event – Kurt Busch. After Sunday’s dominating performance at Atlanta, Busch notched perfect score number four. Among the categories that Busch led were: laps led (234), average running position (1.5) and fastest laps run (81). He was also one of only two drivers (the other was Kasey Kahne) that ran each lap in the top 15.

The last perfect score earned was by Jimmie Johnson during his performance in the August 31, 2008 race at Auto Club Speedway.

Gasman Suspended During Race for Tire Chasing Incident

Jimmy Watts, the gasman for the JTG Daugherty Racing team who will forever be known as the man who chased the tire into the infield during a race, was suspended for the remainder of Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 after the lap 67 incident. He waited outside the NASCAR hauler to meet with officials about the incident and was waiting to see if any further penalties would be levied.

Watts, a member of the Charlotte Fire Department who has been a part of NASCAR for seven years, said it was just a reaction that made him chase after the tire.

“I saw the tire going away and it was a reaction – the wrong one,” Watts said.

After the race a few of the drivers weighed in on the situation.

Maybe he’s new,” said Matt Kenseth. “Maybe he hasn’t seen us drive, but we tend to wreck a lot. I wouldn’t want to be out in the middle of the grass.”

Kahne wasn’t as kind saying, “He (Watts) kind of ruined the race.”

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