In Case You Missed It: Friday, April 24, 2009

Key Motorsports Cancels Full-Time Schedule For Mike Bliss

Key Motorsports, owner of the No. 40 Chevrolet driven by Mike Bliss in the Camping World Truck Series, has announced that they will cancel plans to have Bliss run full time in pursuit of a championship. The team will run a part time schedule due to trouble with landing sponsorship, with its next race being the upcoming Charlotte event.

“It was a difficult decision to no longer pursue a full-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, especially considering how well we’ve performed so far this year,” Key said. “However, the economy continues to affect our sport, and it is my goal to focus on the Nationwide Series program we are building. I see great potential in our Nationwide program, which I believe is the future of Key Motorsports.”

Bliss currently sits 18th in the Camping World points standings after four races.

Toyota Camry Hybrid To Pace The Field at Infineon Race

Infineon Raceway announced on Wednesday that a Toyota Camry Hybrid will be the pace car for the coming Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the track on June 21. The event will mark the first time that a hybrid vehicle has paced the field for a NASCAR road course race.

The move is part of the ongoing “go green” effort at the northern California road course.

“For anyone who drives the highways of Northern California, it’s clear to see that Toyota is the leader in developing and selling hybrid vehicles,” said Steve Page, president of Infineon Raceway. “We will be very proud to see a Camry Hybrid pacing this year’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.”

Benny Gordon Penalties Upheld By Stock Car Racing Commission

The National Stock Car Racing Commission (NSCRC) heard and denied the appeal of Benny Gordon Racing regarding penalties levied on the Nationwide Series No. 72 car. The team was penalized 50 driver and 50 owner points and fined for a fuel violation.

Gordon’s team appealed that they had purchased Sunoco fuel from a third party vendor that had tampered with it unbeknownst to them. The commission ruled that the penalties took mitigating circumstances into account.

Benny Gordon Racing retains the right to appeal the decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.

Darlington Raceway Walls Painted Red And White For Coming Southern 500

For the coming Southern 500 on Mother’s Day weekend, Darlington Raceway has given the track a new look, painting the walls red and white for the first time since 1989.

“Giving the most famous walls on the NASCAR circuit a retro facelift seemed very fitting as part of our 60th celebration,” said track president Chris Browning. “This is the first time since 1989 that the walls have been painted anything but white and it certainly reminds me of the early days of NASCAR racing.”

The Darlington race this season will be called the Southern 500 for the first time since the Labor Day race was moved in 2005. The track is celebrating 60 seasons of racing.

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