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Kentucky sues NASCAR/ISC: Kentucky Speedway, LLC filed a anti- trust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation "alleging that these defendants have violated federal antitrust laws in that they have illegally restricted the...

Kentucky sues NASCAR/ISC: Kentucky Speedway, LLC filed a anti- trust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation "alleging that these defendants have violated federal antitrust laws in that they have illegally restricted the award of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.

"NASCAR and ISC's activities have harmed race fans in Ohio and Kentucky," stated Steve Susman. "NASCAR's treatment of Kentucky Speedway makes the most egregious tactics of drivers fighting for position on the track look like a Sunday afternoon drive in the country."

DEI/Waltrip announce end of relationship: As expected, Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Racing announced Friday that they will part ways at the end of this season.

"We just had a little bit of trouble trying to figure out what 2006 was going to look like - with Martin (Truex Jr.) coming up to Cup - and the commitment that was made there," said Waltrip. "We were back and forth about whether Mike was staying or going and what might happen. The performance that the No. 15 car has enjoyed this year up until the last couple of weeks has put everybody so optimistic and in such a good place mentally thinking that we're doing a lot of smart things at DEI to bring this team back to where we know it belongs and that's on top.

"The growth that we've made in a short period of time has been encouraging for me. I wanted to drive for (crew chief) Tony (Eury Jr.) for the rest of my life. I really enjoyed the group he put around me and the job he did for me. But it could really be put into place what 2006 was going to look like. So we just decided as a group it would be smarter for us just to do something else at this point."

With Bass Pro Shops set as primary sponsor on Truex' car next year, it is expected that Napa exits with Waltrip who will more than likely sport his own Cup team in 2006.

Ford to Fusion in 2006: Ford will finally make the switch to a new model in 2006. They are set to run the Fusion starting next year. The car model will hit consumer showrooms later this year.

"We're thrilled to be unveiling the new Fusion," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. "The Fusion production car represents a fresh, new attitude for Ford in the mid-size sedan lineup. This Fusion race car has the same bold look, and it represents an all-new era in our Ford NASCAR racing program."

The Fusion will replace the Ford Taurus for NASCAR competition. Newman paces Happy Hour: Pole master Ryan Newman paced final practice for Cup teams at New Hampshire International Raceway with a lap of 130.950 mph.

Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Green completed the top five times.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Jeff Green , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , Kyle Busch