NASCAR today has banned testing at all sanctioned tracks for the 2009 season in the Sprint, Nationwide, and Truck series in order to save teams some money. Jimmie Johnson does not like this move at all, but Carl Edwards likes the move.
I say that is something that has to be done for now, but will come back when the economy improves.
DEI president Max Seigel says that the merger is going to help both organizations.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes comments on the merger. He says it will help both teams, but his late father would have been able to sponsorship.
JTG Daugherty Racing has laid off 12 Nationwide Series employees and is till looking for sponsors.
Bobby Hutchens who was the vice president of competition at DEI has now been hired at Stewart-Haas Racing for the same role. Tony Gibson who is the crew Chief at DEI for the #8 car is going to be the crew chief for Ryan Newman.
Bill Davis Racing is still going to go on with a 2009 season.
Petty Enterprises is not merging, but they are still looking for sponsor for the #43 and #45 cars.
Got this in a press release:
NASCAR ATHLETES AND THE CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT
The Real Kyle Busch and His Quest to Help Children Across the Country
As the season calms down and the major figures of NASCAR return to their 'off-season' activities, which in many cases means charity work. Many of the biggest fans in NASCAR lend time, money and resources to their own foundations or the charities closest to their heart. NASCAR heavyweight, Kyle Busch is no exception. When he's not competing with NASCAR's elite, Kyle Busch is focused on improving the lives of neglected, abandoned, abused or orphaned children across the country. After an emotional visit to a children's home in 2006, Busch vowed to help provide living and learning environments where less fortunate children can pursue their dreams, and thus came The Kyle Busch Foundation.
The Kyle Busch Foundation concentrates its efforts on assisting organizations in fostering a safe environment for children to live, learn and challenge themselves as well as providing assistance for day-to-day needs. The foundation supports a number of charities including St. Johns Home ( Grand Rapids , MI ), Carolina 's Children Center ( Concord , NC ), Girls and Boys Town of Nevada ( Las Vegas , NV ) and Carrie Steele-Pitts Home ( Atlanta , GA ) and many more.
This holiday season many NASCAR families can help their favorite drivers and many more by giving to these charities. Find your favorite athlete and their charity below.
Kyle Busch www.kylebuschfoundation.org
Jamie McMurray http://www.jamiemcmurray.com/foundation/
Danny Hamlin http://www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org/