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Post by Labbie » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:09 am

Tony Stewart and Sirius Radio announced nominees for 2nd Annual 'Stewie Awards' SIRIUS XM Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart, announced today the nominees for the second annual ‘Stewie Awards,’ honoring the best, boldest and funniest moments of the 2008 NASCAR season.

The ‘Stewies’ will be awarded during a special broadcast of Tony Stewart Live, the weekly talk show hosted by Stewart and Matt Yocum, at SIRIUS XM Radio’s New York City studios on Thursday, December 4 (6:00 – 8:00 pm ET) during 2008 NASCAR Champions Week. The live broadcast will air nationwide on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, available on SIRIUS channel 128 and on XM channel 128 with the “Best of SIRIUS” programming package.

“After seeing the tears of joy stream down Kevin Harvick’s face after handing him his ‘Stewie’ for ‘Best Original Drama’ last year we knew that, while it would be tough to top last year’s event, the show must go on,” said Stewart. ”So we’re excited to be back for year two to celebrate all the great people and performances from the 2008 season. It’ll be a great way to cap off the season and we’ll have a lot of fun with our guests and our listeners on SIRIUS and XM.”

The 2008 Stewie Award winners will be determined by fans around the country who cast their votes online at www.sirius.com/stewieawards.

“Once again the fans, who are such a big part of Tony Stewart Live throughout the year, can get involved by voting in the award winners,” said Stewart. “And so, without further ado, the nominees for the 2008 Stewie Awards are…”

Golden Stewie Award – Honoring a driver from the Golden Era of racing (1960-85)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Original Drama – For year’s most dramatic moment or sequence
· Ryan Newman wins the 50th Daytona 500 (Feb. 17)
· Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins the Budweiser Shootout for first victory with Hendrick Motorsports (Feb. 9)
· Tony Stewart announces departure from Joe Gibbs Racing to become a driver/owner with Stewart-Haas Racing (Jul. 9)
· Kyle Busch wins 8 races, including 4 in a row, but finishes 10th in final Chase standings

Best Stunt Sequence (Hal Needham Award) – For year’s most spectacular crash
· Michael McDowell’s tumbling crash during qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway (Apr. 4)
· Jeff Gordon hits inner wall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Mar. 2)
· “The Big One” during the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway involves 11 cars and collects 6 Chase drivers (Oct. 5)
· Brian Vickers’ wheel comes off during Coca-Cola 600 (May 25)
· Juan Pablo Montoya triggers multi-car wreck at Phoenix International Raceway that ends with David Gilliland’s car resting atop Scott Speed’s car (Nov. 9)

Best Original Comedy – For year’s most entertaining “incident” or occurrence
· Kenny Wallace falsely announces plans for his brother Rusty to come out of retirement
· Goodyear tire controversy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Jul. 27)
· The “Yellow Line Debate” after controversial finish at Talladega (Oct. 5)
· David Starr takes on Germain Racing in melee on pit road at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sep. 13)

Best Engineering and Special Effects (Smokey Yunick Award) – For year’s most creative – and ultimately illegal – modifications to a race car
· Carl Edwards and #99 team get caught without oil can lid attached at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Mar. 2)
· Joe Gibbs Racing cars get caught with magnets behind accelerator at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 17)
· Juan Pablo Montoya and #42 team are penalized for illegal shocks after winning pole at Kansas Speedway (Sep. 28)
· Brian Vickers and #83 team are penalized for too thin sheet metal at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (Oct. 19)

Bonehead Move of the Year
· Carl Edwards pushes Kevin Harvick in Lowe’s Motor Speedway garage while discussing Harvick’s “pansy” comment after Talledega race (Oct. 9)
· Michael Waltrip Racing allegedly steals sway bar from Roush-Fenway Racing
· City of Concord, N.C. flip-flops on their stand against a drag strip after SMI Chairman Bruton Smith threatens to move Lowe’s Motor Speedway to another city.

‘I Got Dumped’ Award – For year’s most memorable on- or off-track bumping
· Kyle Busch vs. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway: On May 3; Kyle takes out Dale Jr.; On Sep. 6 Dale Jr. overdrives a corner and gets into Kyle
· After a great season, David Ragan narrowly misses Chase after spinning himself and collecting Roush teammate Matt Kenseth at Richmond (Sep. 6)
· David Gilliland takes out Juan Pablo Montoya on backstretch at Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 2)
· Roush-Fenway fabrication shop after Carl Edwards takes out himself and teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth at Talladega (Oct. 5)

Best Driver2Crew Chatter Exchange – For year’s most memorable driver-to-pit crew communication (Visit www.sirius.com/stewieawards to hear audio of nominees)
· Dale Jarrett signs off and ends racing career by crossing finish line in All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (May 17)
· Clint Bowyer declares Michael Waltrip "the worst driver in NASCAR" at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug. 23)
· Owner Rick Hendrick re-directs Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s anger at New Hampshire (Sep. 4)
· Tony Stewart expresses concern paramedics will show up at #20 team pit box at Martinsville Speedway(Mar. 30)

Best Vocal Performance – For year’s most memorable quote or sound bite (Visit www.sirius.com/stewieawards to hear audio of nominees)
· Jimmie Johnson sums up his run at Texas Motor Speedway after Dickies 500 (Nov. 2)
· Steven Wallace reacts to Kyle Busch confronting him in race car after Nationwide race at Richmond (May 2)
· Ron Hornaday rips Kyle Busch after Craftsman Truck Series incident at Michigan International Speedway (Jun. 14)
· Kyle Busch is unwilling to accept Carl Edwards apology after being taken out in final laps at Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 23)
· Carl Edwards describes his desperation off-the-wall move at Kansas Speedway and where he learned it (Sep. 28)
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Post by Labbie » Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:15 pm

Just a few stories from the last few days...

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DirecTV's Hotpass Cancelled for 2009

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Petty & Labonte Part Ways
Labonte and Petty part ways: Bobby Labonte and Petty Enterprises have reached a mutual agreement to separate, the team confirmed on Thursday. The 2000 Sprint Cup champion signed a four-year extension with partial ownership to remain in the famed #43 car that Richard Petty drove to seven titles earlier this season when Boston Ventures purchased majority interest in NASCAR's most storied organization. But with the car unsponsored -- General Mills is moving to [#33 Clint Bowyer] Richard Childress Racing in 2009 -- and the future of the organization in doubt he has opted to seek employment elsewhere.

A possible scenario for Labonte could be the new Earnhardt-Ganassi team that has an open spot in the #41 Target car. Sources said the organization has had informal discussions with Labonte and would be interested if he were available, although his car number may not be the #41. Labonte, in a prepared statement, said only that he did not have a contract for 2009 and that he was ready to explore all options.

"In over 15 years of racing in the Sprint Cup Series, I can't remember a time when the sport's landscape looks as it does today,'' he said. "Saying that, Petty Enterprises and I had serious and very sincere discussions about what was best for myself and everyone involved at Petty Enterprises moving forward. These discussions culminated with us agreeing that moving in a separate direction will be the greatest way to reach our end goals. It was by no means an easy decision. I am, and will always be, very appreciative of what Richard Petty and the Petty family, every employee of Petty Enterprises and members of Boston Ventures did to invest in bettering my career the past three seasons.''

The Pettys have been in negotiations with Gillett Evernham regarding a possible merger into a four-car team. Under that scenario, the #43 would become the fourth car with the #9 [Kasey Kahne], #19 [Elliott Sadler] and #10 [Reed Sorenson] of GEM.

"We can confirm Gillett Evernham Motorsports is in exclusive negotiations with Petty Holdings," Tom Reddin, CEO of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, said "GEM has a very solid foundation and this is an exciting opportunity to build on that foundation with one of the greatest names in the history of motorsports. We will work diligently over the next several weeks and make further comment at the appropriate time."

Petty officials were not immediately available for comment, but it obvious they are in a state of flux. Approximately 65 employees have been released since the season ended. Thirty-nine were let go on Monday.
A possible scenario that could play out if this deal [Petty-GEM merger] goes through would place Reed Sorensen, who signed with GEM in August, in the #43. AJ Allmendinger, who parted ways with Red Bull Racing after the Kansas Speedway race in September and drove the #10 GEM Dodge for the final five races of the season, would remain in that ride according to sources.
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Most Popular Driver = Dale Jr.: NASCAR fans across the nation have once again made a statement about their favorite driver. After tallying over one million votes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the recipient of the 2008 NASCAR NMPA Chex Most Popular Driver Award. Throughout the race season, fans voted daily for over 40 of their favorite drivers online at chexmostpopulardriver.com. Earnhardt Jr. was presented with the award at the National Motorsports Press Association's Myers Brothers Media Luncheon in New York City on Dec 4th. The award is Earnhardt Jr.'s sixth consecutive win since 2003. Only Bill Elliott (1991-2000) has more consecutive wins.
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Post by Labbie » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:34 pm

Tonight at 9 EST on CMT is the final airing of "Ride of Their Lives", a documentary on the history of NASCAR. Contains vintage footage and interviews.
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Post by Labbie » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:31 pm

Speed Ready To Drop Flag On NASCAR 2009 Coverage
10 HD Specials Key To Network’s Return To The Track

Speed will rev up its 2009 NASCAR coverage with the first installment of NASCAR: Reviewing the 60th Season on Jan. 7.

The series of 10 three-hour specials, showcasing race highlights and extensive pre- and post-race interviews, will premiere Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. (ET) and run for five weeks, leading into the network’s extensive NASCAR programming schedule from Daytona Speedweeks in February.

Produced by NASCAR Media Group, the specials will air in high-definition and feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series footage not seen in the original race broadcast, as well as interviews, sync scanner sound and 16mm film footage

Speed is also scheduled to roll out its annual NASCAR Preseason Thunder coverage on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. with 17 original 30-minute shows and a one-hour special from Daytona Fan Fest on Jan. 17.

Moreover, Trackside Live with Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Steve Byrnes is back on track and will open the 2009 season with five consecutive shows from Daytona, airing Jan. 19-23 at 7 p.m.

“January is all about getting jacked up for Daytona,” said Speed president Hunter Nickell in a statement. “We’re going to give race fans a chance to relive their favorite moments from 2008 in a unique way, while at the same time, setting the stage for the new season. It’s a very cool time for all of us.”
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Post by Labbie » Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:12 am

Does the Dinger have a ride? IIRC, he did beat Sadler in every race he drove the #10.

From ESPN.com
AJ Allmendinger is set to replace Elliott Sadler in the No. 19 Dodge in 2009, multiple Gillett Evernham Motorsports team sources told ESPN.com on Saturday.

GEM CEO Tom Reddin told team employees and sponsors the news just before Christmas, causing some sponsors to consider leaving, according to team sources.

Reached for comment Saturday, GEM spokesman Drew Brown chose not to comment.

Sources also said Ray Evernham, who founded the team and sold majority ownership to George Gillett, cleared out all personal possessions from the team's shop, including the 2002 Brickyard 400 trophy he won as owner of Bill Elliott's No. 9 Dodge.

Calls placed to Evernham and Sadler's representation were not immediately returned.

GEM announced earlier this month that it would scale back its Nationwide Series program next season by laying off about 65 employees and having the No. 9 Dodge run a partial schedule in the second-tier NASCAR series.

The team continues to field three Sprint Cup Series teams for Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson and now Allmendinger.

GEM lost sponsor Unilever to JR Motorsports at the end of the season and doesn't have enough sponsorship in place to run the full Nationwide schedule.

Allmendinger was released by Red Bull Racing late in the 2008 season.
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Post by Knightmare » Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:10 am

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!! Just a few more weeks until Daytona!!!!!!
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Post by Dark Angel » Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:26 am

Hey guys just started an new NASCAR 2009 Thread for the new year
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