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Montoya to test Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Juan Pablo Montoya will test a Nextel Cup car during Homestead-Miami Speedway testing October 16-18. Montoya joins 40 other teams for the open test. This will be ...

Montoya to test Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Juan Pablo Montoya will test a Nextel Cup car during Homestead-Miami Speedway testing October 16-18.

Montoya joins 40 other teams for the open test. This will be Montoya's first chance to pilot a Cup series stock car since announcing he will drive the No. 42 Dodge for Ganassi in 2007. Montoya drove a stock car in the ARCA series race at Talladega last weekend earning a third place finish.

ESPN announces broadcast lineup: NASCAR returns to ESPN in 2007 with the following broadcast team: Brent Musburger, Rusty Wallace, Jerry Punch and Andy Petree in the booth and Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Mike Massaro on pit road.

Among specialty NASCAR shows being produced by ESPN are "NASCAR Countdown" and NASCAR Now".

Stewart to drive Busch DEI car this weekend: Tony Stewart will man the helm of the No. 8 Goody's Headache Powder Chevrolet in Friday night's Busch race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"Every time I've driven a DEI car we've had good runs, but just never able to win because of outside circumstances," Stewart said. "I'm looking forward to driving a car Tony Sr. helped build for the first time. It's going to be fun because the whole scenario has that Harry Hyde/Cole Trickle flavor to it from "Days of Thunder".

"I don't really know what to expect with that combination (laughs), but I can pretty much guarantee you it's going to be a lot of fun. He likes to have fun, I like to have fun and I think we'll work really well together. Having Tony Jr. on the pit box for the race Friday night will be something, too."

Red Bull breaks out: Team Red Bull makes its NASCAR debut this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The No. 83 Red Bull car piloted by Bill Elliott will be a Dodge for this race and in Atlanta and Texas. Next year they will field two full time teams with Toyota as the manufacturer.

"Success for us is two-fold: our ability to qualify and finish on the lead lap and also out ability to gel together as a team and apply the work we've done for the past nine months," said Marty Gaunt, VP-GM, Team Red Bull. "What we feel and what others see might be two different things. We can't put the bar too high up for our first time out of the box."

Kahne 185-points out but not giving up: Kasey Kahne may trail leader Jeff Burton by 185 points but he's not ready to roll over and give up his title hopes yet.

"We had three races, where we had three really good races and we had things go wrong and that cost us points," commented Kahne. "But last week we had a really good race and that was by far the best car and the best engine I have ever had on a restrictor plate race track."

Kahne will run the same car he ran at Dover this weekend. "We are going to a lot of tracks that we run well at," said Kahne. "I think we can go on a tear and I am looking forward to that. This is actually my favorite car and I feel like it can win here this weekend."

Kahne's championship hopes were toast going into Talladega but after a disastrous run for many Chase competitors the point gap narrowed.

"The biggest thing is when you are 280 points behind you don't think you can make up a hundred points in one weekend but last weekend we did it," explained Kahne. "The only way we can get back into it is if other people have bad luck and I don't wish that on anybody."

Vickers turned down extra security: Brian Vickers learned that Lowe's Motor Speedway had hired extra security to protect him by a call from his PR person. He then read the entire release on the Internet. Vickers was emphatic that at no time did a representative from LMS or Speedway Motorsports contact him to ask or anyone at Hendrick Motorsports if he wanted additional security.

"We appreciate the offer," laughed Vickers. "We passed on that. You know its unfortunate, I feel like if they were really concerned they would have called me personally. I haven't gotten a call or anything and neither has anyone at Hendrick Motorsports. I probably would have handled it a different way if I was putting out the press release."

He declined the offer.

Kahne fastest in first practice: Kasey Kahne paced initial practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a lap of 187.279 mph. Scott Riggs, Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and Mark Martin complete the top five times.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Hendrick Motorsports