NASCAR News for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hunt Brothers Pizza to the No. 44

On Wednesday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Hunt Brothers Pizza has signed on sponsor the No. 44 Dodge and driver A.J. Allmendinger for six point races, and the Sprint All-Star Weekend festivities at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

The result of this deal is that Allmendinger is guaranteed to be behind the wheel of the No. 44 through at least Richmond in September. The team is fully committed to securing the remaining funding required for Allmendinger to be able to run the full season.

Allmendinger was all smiles after the deal was announced.

“This is awesome news,” Allmendinger said. “I want to thank Hunt Brothers Pizza for coming on board and supporting us. I know our fans and NASCAR fans in general certainly appreciate all they are doing for the sport. We plan to give Hunt Brothers Pizza a lot to talk about in the coming weeks.”

Allmendinger is currently 20th in Sprint Cup points, with one top five and two top 10 finishes. His best run this season was a career-best third place finish in the Daytona 500 in February.

Jeff Gordon involved in potential new track in Canada

A potential new racetrack that is in the planning stages has sought out the advice of four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon. The facility would be located in Fort Erie, Ontario, which is just over the U.S.-Canada border from Niagara Falls, New York.

Current plans call for a 65,000 seat “International Motor Speedway” to be built on 600 acres of land near the QEW, which stands for Queen Elizabeth Way, an important superhighway link between Niagara Falls, Ontario and the Hamilton area.

According to Emirates Consulting, the site that the track will be built on is just six kilometers (slightly less than four miles) from the U.S.-Canadian border. Such a location would make it accessible to race fans from both Ontario and a good chunk of Western New York and Pennsylvania.

The Niagara Falls (Ontario) Review reports that the project is being backed by Emirates Consulting, which is a Toronto-based subsidiary of the Bayt Al Mal Investment Company. Bayt Al Mal is based in Kuwait.

Fort Erie mayor Doug Martin acknowledges this.

“We have met with them [Emirates Consulting], they have been here,” Mayor Martin said. “Through the proposal that’s obviously coming on, we were aware that (Bayt Al Mal) were in talks with Jeff Gordon’s (people).”

The facility is planning on opening in 2011.

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