NASCAR News for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

David Poole Dies at 50

Longtime NASCAR writer David Poole passed away on Tuesday, the victim of a heart attack. He was only 50 years of age.

Poole had been on the staff at the Charlotte Observer for the previous 13 years as their head NASCAR reporter. In addition, Poole was recently the host of “The Morning Drive,” a morning radio show on Sirius.

The fatal attack struck Poole at his Gastonia, NC home. His daughter discovered him unconscious and quickly dialed 911, but it was too late.

Charlotte Observer editor Rick Thames said in a statement about Poole, “He was the best in his field, there’s no doubt about that.”

Poole will be missed in and around the garage area, for sure.

Goodyear to Return, Once Again, to Indianapolis

Goodyear announced in a press release on Tuesday that they will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday for more tire testing. This is mainly because of the constant struggles with the weather at the giant rectangle last week. However, Goodyear is still far away from finding the right fit for the track and the COT.

“The goal was to build upon what we’ve learned up to this point,” Goodyear’s Director of Tire Sales, Greg Stucker, said.

A “control tire” was used last fall and the participating drivers had accomplished 25 lap runs on that rubber. But, the test sessions last week, when the teams weren’t waiting out the weather, didn’t go well.

“We went on to evaluate some additional compounds and constructions and we just didn’t see the same results,” Stucker continued.

Of course, the fact that the track had not seen any action this year prior to the test cannot be discounted. Indianapolis Motor Speedway sees much less action than most superspeedways in the United States. There are no driving schools (like the Richard Petty Driving Experience or Fast Track Driving School) that operate at the speedway. Open wheeled cars do not run at the speedway until next month.

Since this is an extension of the test from last week, the same four teams will return to Indianapolis; the No. 17 Ford of Roush Fenway Racing, the No. 39 Chevrolet of Stewart-Haas Racing, the No. 43 Dodge of Richard Petty Motorsports, and the No. 83 Toyota of the Red Bull Racing Team.

Brian Scott to Return to the No. 10, Nationwide Series This Weekend

Braun Racing announced in a press release on Tuesday that Brian Scott will be returning to the driver seat of the No. 10 Toyota for Friday night’s Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Like Scott’s previous two races with Braun, one of the team’s existing sponsors will back the team. This week, Great Clips will once again take the honors.

This will be Scott’s third race of a minimum four race commitment to the No. 10 this season. So far, Scott has scored a 25th place finish, two laps down at Nashville and a competitive 15th at Phoenix.

Up to this point, the No. 10 team is currently 20th in owner points. Between the three drivers that have taken turns behind the wheel so far (Scott, David Reutimann, and Kelly Bires), the team has two top 10 finishes and a best finish of seventh at Auto Club Speedway in February.

It is still unclear as to when Scott will drive his one remaining race with the team after Richmond.

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