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August 29, 2008 4:11 PM

Sam Hornish Jr. News and more....

Speedway Motorsports Inc. is on track to make the purchase of the Kentucky Speedway.

Sam Hornish Jr. does not know yet if he will move or over to the #12 car next year or if he just gets the owner points from the #77 car.

A.J. Allmendinger still does not know what his 2009 plans are.

Auggie Vidovich is now on standby is David Ragan just needs to focus on his Sprint Cup ride.  David is 13th place in the Sprint cup points, under 20 points away from 12th.

Memphis Motorsports Park officials say that Kroger is going to sponsor the Nationwide Series race in October.

Got this in a press release:

David Tyree’s Spiritual Battle With “The Devil” and NASCAR Prodigy Joey Logano on E:60 Tuesday, Sept. 2

 

      The next edition of ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine E:60 on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. ET, will feature:

·         An exclusive and emotional profile of Super Bowl XLII hero and New York Giants receiver David Tyree, in his most-revealing interview to-date, opening up about his struggle with the darker side of life and the loss of his mother, including being ‘demon-possessed,’ hospitalized and dealing drugs;

·         A  round-the-clock look at 18-year old NASCAR prodigy, Joey Logano – at the track, in the pits, on his boat, at home and at play – who’s on the cusp of breaking into mainstream consciousness as he moves up to the Sprint Cup level in the famous #20 Car;

·         The maturing of baseball pitching ace David Price:  A look at the Tampa Bay Ray’s # 1 draft pick in 2007, a potential late-season call-up for the team, who almost quit baseball in college to work at McDonald’s.

 

David Tyree

David Tyree rose to prominence after his late game heroics helped lead the New York Giants to one of the most improbable upsets in Super Bowl history, a 17-14 Giants victory preventing the New England Patriots (18-1) from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins went 17–0.  A little known special team standout, Tyree had faced a series of off-the-field challenges over the last few years that helped gird him for one of the best catches on sport’s biggest stage – the Super Bowl.  Alcohol addiction, drug dealing, intense spiritual conflict, and the death of his mother, who died at the end of the 2007 season, defined Tyree's journey, reports E:60’s Jeremy Schaap.

·         “Somebody asked me what my name was and I told them the devil… I can't make this up. There’s no benefit in me telling the world that basically I was demon-possessed”Tyree on the hold he thought the Devil had on him

·         “As they began to pray, I remember actually slithering off the couch … And, you know, stuff that you would pretty much see in movies … It was almost like a modern day exorcist without, without the green face.  And, it’s stuff most people can't handle, you know, even most Christians can't handle it”Tyree describing his experience with exorcism

 

Joey Logano

Joey Logano is an 18-year-old auto racing prodigy.  Starting in quarter-midget cars at age 6, Logano has been ahead of the competition for 12 years.  And that was enough to get him a spot as a driver on Joe Gibbs’ team.  Earlier this year he became the youngest winner ever in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series taking a checkered flag just three weeks after his 18th birthday.  Next year holds a bigger challenge for Logano.  He will replace Tony Stewart in Gibbs’ #20 Home Depot Toyota on the Sprint Cup level.  The fast lane just got faster.

 

Still, Logano is a kid at heart.  E:60 correspondent Tom Farrey spent time recently with Logano on- and off-the-track for an up-close profile of the young driver many in NASCAR call “Sliced Bread.”

 

David Price

David Price was the Tampa Bay Rays #1 overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.  A 6 foot 6 inch left-handed pitcher, Price throws in the high 90s and is expected to make an impact in the Rays pennant race this fall.  He was born and raised in Murfreesboro , Tenn. , to a bi-racial family.  After a dominant high school career, Price enrolled Vanderbilt University and came close to quitting the baseball team after his freshman year to work at McDonald's.  In a special E:60 profile, Price tells correspondent Michael Smith how close he came to quitting the game he loves, and why his $100,000 BMW is filled with video games, dirty clothes and shoes.

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