Garage Chatter: Kansas

Lamar out of KHI No. 77 Chevy: Burney Lamar has been released from driving duties in the No. 77 Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet. His last race will be at Memphis. Bobby Labonte will drive all remaining races. "KHI and Dollar General had...

Lamar out of KHI No. 77 Chevy: Burney Lamar has been released from driving duties in the No. 77 Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevrolet. His last race will be at Memphis. Bobby Labonte will drive all remaining races.

"KHI and Dollar General had high expectations for the No. 77 when the season started," said Kevin Harvick. "Both Dollar General and KHI have been very patient throughout the season. This is a performance-based business and unfortunately we have not seen the level of improvement or the results we had hoped for. "In an effort to evaluate the performance of the No. 77 team and get a jump start on the 2007 season, a change had to be made. We felt like we received good direction and feedback when Jeff Burton stepped behind the wheel of the 77 at New Hampshire in July. We look forward to learning even more with Bobby over the remainder of the year, to continue building a solid foundation and make this team stronger."

Don't shed too many tears for Lamar, he became engaged earlier in the week to former supermodel Niki Taylor.

Vickers out of Hendrick team meetings: Brian Vickers is not permitted to participate in anymore Hendrick Motorsports team debriefings. Vickers is leaving Hendrick at the end of the season to drive for Team Red Bull; only his crew chief Lance McGrew is allowed to come to the meetings.

"We all know there are few secrets in this sport and it's important to keep as many as possible," Vickers' teammate Jimmie Johnson said.

Montoya tests Kentucky will debut at Talladega in ARCA car: Juan Pablo Montoya will make his debut in a stock car in the ARCA race next Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Montoya tested at Iowa Speedway last week in preparation. This was just the second time that Montoya had turned laps in a stock car since announcing his move to NASCAR from Formula One. Depending on his results at Talladega Montoya is expected to compete in as many ARCA and Busch series races as he can through the end of the season and may attempt to qualify for the season ending Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Elliott's weekend off to a bumpy start: Bill Elliott's weekend at Kansas Speedway got off to an unusual start on Friday. The liftgate on his transporter that unloads the car malfunctioned and the No. 37 team could not get their car out until the team of Carl Long backed its hauler up to the 37's; allowing them to roll the car out on Long's liftgate.

It took three hours but Elliott finally got his race car. He qualified 39th for the race, Long missed the show.

Johnson fastest in Happy Hour: Jimmie Johnson's weekend is looking up. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet turned the fastest lap in Happy Hour for Nextel Cup teams at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 172.855 mph.

Johnson has taken a hit in the points the first two races of the Chase, once thought of as the favorite for the title pre-Chase, Johnson sits eighth trailing leader Jeff Burton by 136 points.

Brian Vickers, Reed Sorenson, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Burton complete the top five fastest times.

Canada Busch race on 2007 schedule: When the 2007 Busch series schedule is announced next week look for an August 4th date in Montreal, Canada. This will be the second international date added to the Busch schedule in recent years; two years ago the series started racing the road course in Mexico City.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Bobby Labonte , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Carl Long , Burney Lamar , Reed Sorenson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports