BUSCH: Garage Chatter: Talladega

NASCAR's decision to increase the fine against team owner James Finch by $25,000 has made teams sit up and take notice. The terminology used in the statement ups the responsibility of the teams to present a legal car for inspection. "The onus is...

NASCAR's decision to increase the fine against team owner James Finch by $25,000 has made teams sit up and take notice. The terminology used in the statement ups the responsibility of the teams to present a legal car for inspection.

"The onus is on the entrant to present a car that is legal at all times. The onus is not on NASCAR to detect every rules violation at every inspection. Parts or equipment on the racecar are not deemed to have been authorized or approved by reason of having passed through inspection at any time or any number of times unobserved or undetected," statement from NASCAR in their press release.

So far, it's working. There has nary been one infraction in pre-race inspection at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gordon to use DEI engine: Robby Gordon and the No. 7 Chevy team will use a DEI engine for qualifying and the race. The team felt they were low on horsepower and needed something more.

High winds expected Friday night: A warning from the National Weather Service in Birmingham has predicted 30 mph winds during the day Friday and some gusts up to 70 mph late that afternoon until midnight.

"Do not wait until the storm arrives to try and secure items," advises the press release. "Please make your preparations to day or this evening for your safety and the safety of all citizens and race fans." Because the predicted winds are so severe, tornadoes and straight-line winds are a threat. Campers, keep your ears tuned in for the sirens and to weather radios in case of a warning of severe weather."

There is a chance of severe thunderstorms overnight through Saturday morning.

Kerry Earnhardt to drive second Braun ride: Kerry Earnhardt has been tapped to drive a second car for Braun Racing in the Busch series. Earnhardt is set to debut this year. The team will make an announcement regarding their plans in Darlington.

Truex to run All-Star race/Coca-Cola 600: Reigning Busch series champ Martin Truex. Jr. will run the Nextel All-Star Challenge and the Coca-Cola 600 for Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated Racing.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Robby Gordon , Kerry Earnhardt , Martin Truex Jr.