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Changes at RCR: A press conference has been scheduled for Saturday to announce changes within the Richard Childress Racing organization for 2006. It is expected that Dave Blaney, who only had a one year contract to drive the No. 07 Chevy, will be...

Changes at RCR: A press conference has been scheduled for Saturday to announce changes within the Richard Childress Racing organization for 2006. It is expected that Dave Blaney, who only had a one year contract to drive the No. 07 Chevy, will be replaced by Busch series driver Clint Bowyer.

Rudd rumors heating up: NASCAR-land has been abuzz all week with various scenarios pertaining to the retirement of Ricky Rudd. While Rudd has made no formal announcement, insiders are reporting that he is considering retiring at the end of this season.

Jon Wood is the most likely candidate to fill that ride at some point. It is unclear whether Wood would take over immediately if Rudd decided to retire or wait until 2007.

"As they stand today, I will do a minimum of seven Cup races," said Wood. "The 21 thing, that's still up in the air, and I want to do it like Carl's (Edwards) doing and that's whenever that opportunity would come, which would be in '07 with the worst-case scenario, being able to run the Busch car and the Cup car. Running both series at the same time would be ideal because at the Cup level you're racing against Tony Stewart and those guys have been racing these cars forever, so any additional track time you can get is a plus. If the trucks were in companion with the Busch cars every week, I would be campaigning to have a truck. I think with the new testing rules going into place next year that I need to be on the track before my main focus, the series that puts the bread on the table."

New TV deal announcement expected soon: Brian France stated that the new television contract is expected to be complete by the end of this season.

RacingOne.com reported earlier this week that ABC/ESPN and parent company Disney are in negotiations to acquire a significant portion of the television package.

"We're getting down to the wire," France. "Looks to be in the next four to six weeks or sooner there will be some firm announcements of where we'll land."

Crocker's 2006 plans changed from Busch to Truck: Erin Crocker was expected to be the Danica Patrick of NASCAR; but her story didn't exactly play out, making two disastrous Busch series starts.

Instead, Evernham Motorsports announced that the 24-year-old will run a full time Craftsman Truck series schedule in 2006 and a handful of Busch events.

She finished 39th and 35th in her two Busch starts and was involved in accidents in both events. At each event other competitors loudly voiced their concerns on her driving abilities and blamed Crocker for those crashes.

Crocker was the 11th female driver to complete in NASCAR's lower-division series.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jon Wood , Erin Crocker , Clint Bowyer , Dave Blaney , Danica Patrick
Teams Richard Childress Racing