The Pit Stop

December 8, 2008 10:34 PM

Jeff Gordon Makes Some Great Comments....

on the state of NASCAR over at this link.  He says that it is stupid what we spend on motor homes and planes.

In some other news Derrike Cope is going to attempt a full Nationwide Series season in 2009.

Tuesday Update:

Petty Enterprises Lays off More Workers as it brings it headcount down to around 65 workers.  The company could still wind up going with a merger with Gillett Evernham Motorsports.

NASCAR Sponsors received 1.7 billion in exposure says SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

Brad Parrott is going to be back as the crew chief for Travis Kvapil in 2009.

This link says that Bobby Labonte may be negotiating to become the driver of the #41 car, but he is signed to be the driver of the #43 car until 2012.  It also says that Bass Pro Shops could leave Martin Truex Jr. as a sponsor if they do not have two other fully sponsored cars

5-Hour Energy is going to be a primary sponsor for 10 races for the Steven Wallace #66 Nationwide Series car he drives.  They will also be an associate sponsor for 25 races on the same car.

Wednesday Update:

Direct TV is going to be ending the "Hot Pass Promotion they have

The Nationwide Series team that Ganassi had in 2008 has also shut down now as Fastenal sponsor has left the team to look at sponsoring another team.

Have another press release for you:

The Wrangler® Brand Extends Its Relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Iconic Jeans Brand Continues Partnership with NASCAR's Most Popular Driver


Greensboro, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2008) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will stay comfortable and stylish during 2009 with a continued relationship with the Wrangler® brand.  Today, the denim giant proudly announced it will once again be the official jean of Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a sixth consecutive year. The NASCAR superstar will continue to be featured across a range of high-profile consumer promotions and Wrangler® marketing initiatives. 


"It's been an honor to work with Wrangler for all these years, and this relationship has always meant a lot to me" said Earnhardt Jr.  "Wrangler has been a great supporter of my family, my teams and the sport. I couldn't be happier that we'll continue to build on the things we've already accomplished." 


The Wrangler® brand was the first apparel company to have a significant involvement in NASCAR beginning in the early 1980s as the primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt and the legendary blue-and-yellow "Wrangler Jeans Machine."  In 2004, the Wrangler®-Earnhardt collaboration was renewed with Dale Jr. and has since helped raise more than $175,000 for various charitable causes. The Wrangler® relationship is Dale Jr.'s longest-running endorsement deal.


"The Earnhardt name has always represented the core, all-American values that Wrangler embodies, and we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition," said Craig Errington, vice president of Wrangler® marketing.  "Dale Jr. has been a wonderful partner, and as evidenced by his huge popularity, he continues to be a perfect representative for the Wrangler brand."


The Wrangler® brand and Dale Jr. will work together in 2009 on promotional opportunities designed to enhance the brand's profile.  As the official jean of Dale Jr., Wrangler® will continue to leverage NASCAR's most popular driver in advertisements, in-store signage, product ticketing and consumer promotions.  For more information visit


About the Wrangler® brand

Based on more than 60 years of heritage in making authentic denim jeans, the iconic Wrangler® brand is long respected for comfortable, durable and affordable jeans, pants, shorts and shirts.  The Wrangler Jeans Co. ® and Wrangler Hero® Five Star Premium Denim lines are available at value-minded retailers nationwide and retail for less than $20.  For more information regarding the Wrangler® family of authentic clothing or to locate a retailer, visit or call 1.888.784.8571.


Wrangler® is a division of VF Jeanswear Limited Partnership, which is an affiliate of VF Corporation. Through its many affiliates, VF Corporation is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel including brands such as Lee®, Riders®, The North Face®, Vans®, Reef®, Napapijri®, Kipling®, Nautica®, 7 For All Mankind®, John Varvatos®, JanSport®, lucy®, Eastpak®, Eagle Creek®, Majestic® and Red Kap®VF Corporation's press releases, annual report and other information can be accessed through the Company's home page,

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