Garage Chatter: Atlanta

Busch says feud with Stewart is over: Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch haven't been getting along too well since the beginning of the season; and last weekend their feud seemed to reach its boil point. But Busch is ready to let bygones be bygones.

Busch says feud with Stewart is over: Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch haven't been getting along too well since the beginning of the season; and last weekend their feud seemed to reach its boil point.

But Busch is ready to let bygones be bygones. "It's not that he is singling me out or picking on me. He just has a different style racing. I was just doing some hard racing; I mean that's what this sport is about. I didn't do anything wrong. I was racing my own race."

Kurt Busch looking forward to Atlanta: "This place is cool, there are starting to be a lot more grooves and it is starting to become a lot more like a Darlington or Rockingham," said Busch. "The racing here is fun. It challenges fresh tires and old tires. You have to be dialed in to win here."

The two spoke on the phone prior to coming to Atlanta this weekend.

DIRECTV to sponsor 07: DIRECTV will unveil their paint scheme on the No. 07 Richard Childress Racing Chevy of Clint Bowyer next weekend in Bristol. The car will make its on track debut during the Martinsville DIRECTV 500. They will also sponsor the car at Pocono in June and Talladega in October.

Hamilton diagnosed with neck cancer: Bobby Hamilton announced that his son will take over his truck ride in the No. 18 Dodge effective after the Atlanta event while he takes time off to seek treatment for neck cancer.

"You never want t think about a fill-in driver for yourself, especially when you are so passionate about your racing career," said Hamilton. "But to have my son in a position to race for me means the world to me. He'll win races for Fastenal and Dodge this year and I'm still the owner, so I plan on being there to see it all happen."

Hamilton thought a wisdom tooth was to blame for a swelling in his neck, but was diagnosed with head and neck cancer shortly before Daytona. Hamilton will most likely be out the entire season with the possibility of returning for the closing race at Homestead and if not for Speedweeks 2007.

"I will be back," said Hamilton. "My treatment hasn't started. I have been trying for the last three weeks to see if I could start chemo and keep racing.but I didn't think it was fair to my other competitors. So, I start my treatments Monday morning. It will be chemo at first and then two weeks off and then a mix of chemo and radiation."

Hamilton is the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion.

Newman going for record: Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with six poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway but one more ties him with the all-time record holder, Newman's mentor and friend Buddy Baker.

Lester trying to qualify for AMS Cup race: Bill Davis Racing driver Bill Lester will attempt to make the Cup field for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Lester will also attempt the Cup races at Michigan and California with additional races to be announced. Qualifying kicks off at 7:00 pm Friday night.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Clint Bowyer , Buddy Baker , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Bill Davis Racing