Garage Chatter: Bristol II

Jarrett talking retirement? Dale Jarrett stated Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that when Robert Yates and company thought it was time for him to hang up his fire suit, he would listen to advice and retire. Jarrett gave no time frame of any ...

Jarrett talking retirement? Dale Jarrett stated Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that when Robert Yates and company thought it was time for him to hang up his fire suit, he would listen to advice and retire.

Jarrett gave no time frame of any existing plans to phase out of the sport.

Bobby Jr. in No. 32 before end of season? Sources say that Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (recently released from his Busch ride) could jump into the seat of the No. 32 by Martinsville - if not sooner.

Current driver Ricky Craven and owner Cal Wells announced several weeks ago that Craven would not be returning to that ride next season, and that Hamilton would take over the wheel in 2005. With Hamilton available now, logically the team may put him in the car for the remainder of the season.

Burton settling into 30 ride: Jeff Burton seems to be fitting in nicely with his new ride in the N0. 30 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Burton was fifth fastest in practice at Bristol Motor Speedway, and qualified 15th for Saturday's night's race. y with a lap of 127.317 mph.

Gordon looking forward to final ten: Jeff Gordon is in the hunt for a fifth championship title, and his attitude is 'bring it on'. The way the 24 team has been running, they are in prime position to make his charge.

"I still think that the team that does the best job and does it better than anyone else, is going to be the team that winds up on top," said Gordon. "We are as good as we have ever been."

Gordon has a series high six poles and also leads the field in race wins, with five.

"We are all learning a lot with the new point system. The last ten races are going to be very intense and very exciting. Right now, I am a fan of the new system, but I will speak my mind and give my opinion once we are in the last ten.

"We've got to run those ten consistently. Not taking a lot of risks, until you get down to the last few races and you have to."

Outside pole sitter Kahne hits wall in practice: Kasey Kahne, who qualified 2nd for Saturday night's event, hit the wall in second practice, having to pull the No. 9 in for repairs. Currently, they are not expecting to have to resort to a back-up car.

"It pushed up into the wall and I hit coming off of turn four," Kahne commented. "I didn't think it was that bad, but when I got out and looked it was pretty bad. They'll fix it. It just takes a long time to fix the rear-end housing.

Kahne did not participate in final practice for NEXTEL Cup teams.

Jeff Green paces final practice for NEXTEL Cup teams at Bristol: Jeff Green, Ward Burton and Matt Kenseth charted the top-three quickest times in final practice for Cup teams at Bristol.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Jeff Green , Ricky Craven , Kasey Kahne , Robert Yates
Teams Richard Childress Racing