Garage Chatter: Michigan 2

Fatback and Rudd back together: It's official: Wood Brothers Racing announced Wednesday that Michael "Fatback" McSwain has officially been hired as crew chief for the No. 21 Ford of Ricky Rudd. Ben Leslie, Rudd's former crew chief, has been...

Fatback and Rudd back together: It's official: Wood Brothers Racing announced Wednesday that Michael "Fatback" McSwain has officially been hired as crew chief for the No. 21 Ford of Ricky Rudd.

Ben Leslie, Rudd's former crew chief, has been hired by Ford to replace Robin Pemberton. Pemberton has been tapped to join NASCAR.

Rudd and McSwain forged their alliance beginning in 1999, but parted company at the end of the 2002 season to pursue other allegiances.

Stewart runs Olympic paint scheme at MIS: Don't think it will help with lackluster ticket sales over in Athens.

Sadler gets own M&M: Workers at the Hackettstown M&M Mars factory stopped the presses to create a personalized M&M for driver Elliott Sadler. The candy says Elliott Sadler 200th start instead of the signature "m".

The "200th Start" M&M'S will be available exclusively to the media covering Michigan International Speedway this weekend.

Edwards'tests 99 at Kentucky: Newly appointed No. 99 Roush Ford driver, Carl Edwards, took his new ride for a spin around Kentucky Motor Speedway this week. Apparently Edwards was all smiles in anticipation of his first NEXTEL Cup start this weekend at Michigan.

Rusty says rumors of retirement untrue: In the Dodge teleconference this week, Rusty Wallace denied rumors that he would retire at the end of the 2005 season.

"Right now, my mind is 100 percent on racing," Wallace said. "If I do make that call, one of these days, you guys will be the first to know because I want to celebrate it in a proper way and have a good time. Right now, I'm not prepared to talk about retirement."

Wallace also stated that he felt that he had a few more years of driving left in him.

Dale Jr. takes time out for charity: From press release: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is offering his 33-foot luxury boat to the highest bidder in a charity auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Bidding details and more information is available at: www.ebay.com/dalejrwishboator at the Make-A-Wish FoundationâEs national Web site at www.wish.org.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Rusty Wallace , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler
Teams Wood Brothers Racing