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Roush may get liquor sponsorship after all: Sources say that car owner Jack Roush has been hard at work trying to get NASCAR to rescind their policy disallowing hard liquor companies as primary sponsors in the NEXTEL Cup series. Crown Royal was...

Roush may get liquor sponsorship after all: Sources say that car owner Jack Roush has been hard at work trying to get NASCAR to rescind their policy disallowing hard liquor companies as primary sponsors in the NEXTEL Cup series.

Crown Royal was ready to come onboard as the lead sponsor for the No. 99 Ford when NASCAR decided they did not want liquor on a car. Reports indicate that NASCAR may repeal this decision for the 2005 season. With sponsor dollars limited and many teams struggling, it would add a new dynamic to the sport for hard liquor companies such as Crown Royal to enter the sport.

Crown Royal already has its hand in the Motorsports arena, serving as the primary sponsors of the IROC series.

While NASCAR currently does not allow hard liquor advertisers in the sports, they do allow companies such as Smirnoff (a premium Vodka maker) to hawk their other alcohol products, such as Smirnoff Ice a malt-liquor beverage.

Hmiel to run Cup races for Bill Davis Racing: Shane Hmiel will make his return to the Cup series driving for Bill Davis Racing, starting Sunday at California Speedway.

Hmiel will run five events for BDR, including Richmond next week.

Herbie crowding garage: About 300 extra people crowded the Cup series garage area at California Speedway Friday, for the filming of Walt Disney Pictures "Herbie: Fully Loaded". The movie stars Lindsey Lohan and Matt Dillon, and will feature cameos by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray, Rusty Wallace and Kevin Harvick.

President won't muck up Richmond: Contrary to previous reports from other news outlets, President George Bush will not visit the Richmond International Speedway next weekend on September 11th.

It's a relief for the thousands of crew and staff members who remember all to well the hell of Daytona earlier this year when the President decided to woo "NASCAR dad" to his Presidential campaign.

Sadler fastest in initial practice: Elliott Sadler and the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing team charted the fastest time in initial practice for the NEXTEL Cup series Friday at California Speedway. Sadler paced the field with a lap of 185.591 mph.

Gordon not changing strategy for Chase for the Championship: "We take the same approach we take every weekend," commented Gordon. "Our philosophy has always been the same. We go out and try and win races, and if we can't win we try and get the best finish possible. But, we try and finish.

"This is a great year for us; we are winning poles and winning races. This definitely feels like a championship year."

Charpentier to No. 0? Dave Charpentier, former crew chief of the No. 32 Ford, has been hired to assume a role at the No. 0 of Ward Burton. No confirmation on what his new title will be.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ward Burton , Rusty Wallace , Kevin Harvick , Jamie McMurray , Shane Hmiel , Elliott Sadler
Teams Bill Davis Racing , Yates Racing