Garage Chatter: Bristol

X-box: Jamie McMurray's No. 42 Dodge was confiscated Friday morning by NASCAR. McMurray's Dodge did not meet the X measurement specifications. The X-measurement is taken at the rear window, and it is offset on the No. 42. It's the same thing that...

X-box: Jamie McMurray's No. 42 Dodge was confiscated Friday morning by NASCAR. McMurray's Dodge did not meet the X measurement specifications. The X-measurement is taken at the rear window, and it is offset on the No. 42. It's the same thing that happened to the No. 20 of Tony Stewart last year at Texas.

Hey good looking what's cooking: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been voted one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. Word is he was also approached by ABC to be the new "Bachelor" but did not have time in his schedule to commit to the six-week shoot. ABC is currently looking for some other NASCAR driver to slate into the show. Methinks Jr. is not really that hard up for dates.

Martin Truex, Jr.'s name has been floated as a possible candidate.

Cha-Ching: Word is that a second Cup date at Vegas is imminent. Vegas getting a second date would solve the Texas/Speedway Motorsports lawsuit and aide NASCAR in their efforts to expand into West coast markets. Vegas track officials are pondering adding 12-degrees of variable banking to help assist in making the desert date a more spectacular event. I can hear the wallets of the NASCAR garage emptying already.

It's becoming more likely that International Speedway Corporation will sell Rockingham raceway to Speedway Motorsports.

40 race schedule? Hopefully NASCAR will announce their plans for the 2005 schedule soon. Rumors are rampant in the Nextel Cup garage. Hearing everything from a 40 race schedule, to a three network (ABC, Fox, NBC) deal that would break the season into 13-race segments with a rotating Super Bowl at premiere tracks on the circuit.

First Wives Club: Wives giving "advice" to team members not a popular decision in the Nextel Cup garage. A certain spouse has been called to the carpet for advising her husband's team on how they can run better. Sometimes it is better to just stay in the kitchen, or at least in the motor coach lot.

Cigarettes and junk: Interesting that Redneckjunk.com got bounced as primary sponsor of Derrike Cope's car because it did not portray the corporate brand of NASCAR (ie. They don't want to be perceived as rednecks) yet Kirk Shelmerdine is grooving around the track with Tuscon cigarettes on the hood.

Word of counsel to NASCAR, if they are trying to loose their Southern blue- collar redneck roots maybe it's time to ban confederate flags from the infield.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Derrike Cope , Tony Stewart , Jamie McMurray , Kirk Shelmerdine , Martin Truex Jr.