Beating Around The Busch: Chapter Twenty-one, Michigan
By: Thomas Chemris
Jesel Racing returns. New Jersey's Jesel vale train innovation returned to racing with driver Chad Blount. The team, which fielded two cars in 2002, had not competed all season until the debuted at Milwaukee. Securing a part time sponsorship deal with miller Brewing, the team competed at Michigan, finishing fifteenth is schedule to run Richmond, Kansas, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Holmstead.
Carroll racing announced it would cut back its schedule with driver Kevin Grubb. The team, which previously announced the departure of sponsor Dr Pepper at the end of the season would field an entry at, selected races including Bristol, Darlington, Dover and Phoenix. The sponsor, Dr Pepper teamed up with Shane Hmiel for the Michigan event.
NASCAR announced the tires from Johnny Sauter's number forty three entry that were impounded after the New Hampshire event were free of any illegal substance, and the issue is considered closed.
Martha Nemecheck, mother of Busch team owner/driver Joe has been named Grand Marshall for the Food City 250 at the Bristol motor Speedway.
In a year that has seen many teams parked with sponsorship issues, Akins Motorsports announced that the team, and driver Kasey Kahne have stuck a deal with Sponsor Great Clips to extend there relationship another two years.
Akins Motorsports team owners; Brad Akins and Doug Stringer attribute the commitment to the improved performance of the team. "We are really glad to be here with Great Clips and to have another two years with great people, great products and great franchisees," said Akins.
"Kasey is continuing to get more experience and we should finish the year on a strong note. Next year there shouldn't be any newness, so we will be able to hit the ground running."