Garage Chatter: Fontana 2

Jon Wood in for Rudd: Jon Wood will sub for veteran Ricky Rudd for practice and qualifying at California Speedway. Rudd's father, Al Rudd passed away earlier this week. Rudd is expected to be back in the seat for the race Sunday night. Drivers...

Jon Wood in for Rudd: Jon Wood will sub for veteran Ricky Rudd for practice and qualifying at California Speedway. Rudd's father, Al Rudd passed away earlier this week.

Rudd is expected to be back in the seat for the race Sunday night.

Drivers help with hurricane relief: Almost everyone in the NASCAR garage has quickened to donate money to Hurricane Katrina. Amongst the most generous are Jimmie Johnson who will donate $48,000 to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Robby Gordon will donate $7 for every lap completed in the No. 7 Chevy.

Greg Biffle will donate money to non-profit animal shelters along the Gulf Coast through www.gregbifflefoundation.com.

Michael and Buffy Waltrip donated $50,000 while Waltrip's Busch series sponsor, Aaron's will donate $200,000.

Donations by Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. are also expected and Cingular Wireless is set to write a hefty check and donate phones and other wireless services. Nextel has already mobilized efforts and donations.

Marlin to be Nemechek's teammate? It is rumored that Sterling Marlin is headed to MB2 Motorsports taking over the vacated seat of Scott Riggs. Marlin would be a teammate to Joe Nemechek and more than likely run the No. 35 Chevy next season; as the No. 10 transferred to Evernham Motorsports for 2006

Harvick not long for RCR? After Kevin Harvick's emotional weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway the garage is a-buzz that Harvick may be looking to move on to greener pastures.

Pundits muse over whether it is possible that Harvick would head to Ganassi Racing to take over the No. 42 car at some point in the future.

Representatives from both sides declined to comment.

Gordon fastest in Fontana practices: Jeff Gordon paced the field in both practice sessions at California Speedway.

Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Joe Nemechek and Michael Waltrip completed the top five times in Happy Hour.

Point leader Tony Stewart was 12th and defending race winner Elliott Sadler was 27th.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Jon Wood , Scott Riggs , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Kyle Busch