Garage Chatter: Daytona II

Still no word on driver for No. 2 Dodge: With Rusty Wallace's impending retirement pundits have speculated all season who will fill the veteran's shoes at Penske. Recent reports put IRL driver Sam Hornish, Jr. in the front running, but recent ...

Still no word on driver for No. 2 Dodge: With Rusty Wallace's impending retirement pundits have speculated all season who will fill the veteran's shoes at Penske.

Recent reports put IRL driver Sam Hornish, Jr. in the front running, but recent reports surmise Martin Truex, Jr. may have overtaken Hornish as the lead candidate.

Truex has still not resigned to DEI for next year and stated that he is 'trying to seal the deal'. Word is, he has been in discussions with Roger Penske and Miller, about the possibility of Truex moving to the No. 2 Dodge next year. Truex has no contractual obligation to current manufacturer, Chevrolet.

Jr./3 car rumors carry on: Perhaps as long as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives in NASCAR, rumors will swirl that he is actively pursuing driving the No. 3 car either at DEI or Richard Childress Racing.

While Earnhardt has denied any plans to do so anytime in the near future, his miserable performance this season prompts debate that the heir apparent may run better under different management.

Former Crew Chief Tony Eury, Sr. hypothesized that Childress may be willing to give the No. 3 back to Dale Earnhardt, Inc. at some point. Childress denied such plans.

Changes at the No. 9? Insiders say that their may be a personnel shift at the No. 9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne. Although Kahne scored a break out win this season, his year has been inconsistent. Kahne sits 21rst in points.

Biffle happy on top: While Greg Biffle's lead is only 22 points over Jimmie Johnson it still makes the driver of the No/ 16 Ford pretty happy.

"It's hard to put in words about how excited I am to be leading the Nextel Cup points," said Biffle. "We've worked so hard for it and I've been thinking about it all my career of being on top of the point's ad we're finally here."

Bliss fastest: Due to inclement weather, Nextel Cup teams had just one practice session this morning from 9:10 to 10:30 AM. Mike Bliss topped times running a lap of 189.434 mph.

Kevin Harvick, Travis Kvapil, Jeff Burton and Dale Jarrett complete the top five.

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