Garage Chatter: Atlanta II

Rain drowns on-track activity at AMS: A steady downpour halted all on track activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. Qualifying was cancelled for the Nextel Cup series and the field was set by points. Practice for Cup teams has been...

Rain drowns on-track activity at AMS: A steady downpour halted all on track activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. Qualifying was cancelled for the Nextel Cup series and the field was set by points. Practice for Cup teams has been rescheduled for 10:30 to 11:30 Saturday, with Happy Hour set for 12:05 to 12:50 pm.

SPEED ousts some programming: Hearing that "Beyond the Wheel" and "7 Days" will not be a part of SPEED TV's 2007 NASCAR programming.

Martin close to deal to drive Ford truck in 2007: Mark Martin announced on Thursday that he will drive a Ford truck in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2007. He is leaving a long relationship with Roush Racing and Ford Motor Company in the Cup Series to drive part-time in a Chevrolet in the Cup series next season.

He said he hopes to race 5-10 events. He may also run a Chevy for a handful of Busch series races.

"I am pretty close to a truck deal," said Martin. "I think the first hurdle has finally been cleared on that."

Martin is in his final full time season which will be his last attempt to win a Nextel Cup title in his storied career. He has finished second in the championship four times and currently sits seventh in the Chase, 96-points shy of leader Matt Kenseth.

"We're still in the Chase," said Martin. "We won't give up no matter what happens between now and the last weekend in Homestead. But we certainly need to win this one. But I look at the guys in the Chase and think not only would all of them say they have a good chance, but that they need to win it."

Allmendinger replaced for final Champ Car race: Gerry Forsythe will replace A.J. Allmendinger in the final Champ Car race November 12th at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course. Earlier this week, Allmendinger announced that he was exiting Champ Car to accept a full time Cup series ride for Team Red Bull in NASCAR next season. Allmendinger drove for Buddy Rice in the Champ Car series.

Allmendinger will attempt to make the Bass Bro Shops 500 at AMS this weekend in the No. 84 Red Bull Dodge as well as piloting the No. 24 Toyota Truck for the Nicorette 300 on Saturday.

"I've never driven a single lap here and I don't know what to expect, so I'll definitely be watching previous race footage before practice," Allmendinger said. "It's been a crazy year. I never expected to be sitting here in Atlanta talking about this new deal. But I've always wanted to see what it was like to drive these vehicles and everything that's happened - I wouldn't change it for the world. I've learned so much and grown up so much."

Tracy will not join NASCAR: Paul Tracy has abandoned his plans to compete in the NASCAR Cup and Busch series in 2007. He will instead focus on his Champ Car career. Tracy was set to drive for Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports next season but that deal has fallen apart.

Regan denied entry at AMS: NASCAR chose not to clear rookie David Regan to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Regan has been tapped to take over the No. 6 Ford at Roush Racing next season and had planned to run both the Truck and Cup events at AMS. NASCAR, however, did not grant him clearance to run on their superspeedway tracks forcing Roush to withdraw his Cup entry.

He has wrecked in both of his Nextel Cup starts.

Harvick races on: You'd think Kevin Harvick would sit out this weekend's Busch race in Memphis since he's locked up the 2006 series title. But Harvick wants to race. He will pull double-duty this weekend along with fellow Chasers Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.

Chevy unveils Car of Tomorrow car: Chevrolet revealed their COT car Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. As expected NASCAR has approved an Impala SS for the COT races with the Monte Carlo SS to be used at all non-COT races.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Paul Tracy , Kasey Kahne , A.J. Allmendinger , David Ragan , Denny Hamlin , Mark Martin