Garage Chatter: Charlotte

DEI seals 5-year deal on No. 1 car: DEI will run the No. 1 Chevy with Snap- On as the sponsor with John Andretti for several events and road course expert Ron Fellows for Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Apparently, DEI has sewed up a five-year deal ...

DEI seals 5-year deal on No. 1 car: DEI will run the No. 1 Chevy with Snap- On as the sponsor with John Andretti for several events and road course expert Ron Fellows for Watkins Glen and Sonoma.

Apparently, DEI has sewed up a five-year deal starting in 2005 with Bud Light as the primary sponsor on the No.1 car. No driver has been named, but word is that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would like to see Martin Truex, Jr. spend another full season in the Busch series before moving to Cup sometime in 2006.

Stewart on Indy: It wasn't a big deal: Tony Stewart just wants to race. Stewart thought it might be a hoot to jump in AJ Foyt's Indy ride and make a few laps at the Brickyard last weekend. The media seemed to make more of a brouhaha out of it then what it really was. Although there was talk between Foyt and Stewart of perhaps further exploration of the Indy 500 if the run was particularly good, but a call from General Motors squashed those talks.

Stewart strongly denied that the incident was any kind of publicity stunt.

Stremme not happy at Ganassi?: Busch series driver David Stremme, who is under a development deal with Ganassi racing, is reportedly unhappy with his progress at that organization.

Stremme looks to step up to the Cup series next year, with or without the help of Ganassi.

New Ford engine on the No. 21 this weekend: The new Roush/Yates Ford engine will get track time this weekend under the hood of Ricky Rudd's No. 21 Ford.

Ford has been in development for several months working on the new Ford engine program. The 600-mile race at Lowe's Motor Speedway seems the best place to perform a litmus test on the new cylinder heads before the Roush and Yates teams complete the full engine package.

Biffle/Busch kiss and make-up: After a wild weekend on-track at the All- Star event, where Greg Biffle and ten other cars were wrecked by Kurt Busch; it seems at least Biffle has buried the hatchet with his teammate, although there still appears to be some bad feelings.

"He felt really bad about what happened," said Busch. "He wrecked a lot of race cars besides ours and he felt that he had more ability than what he showed there when he made contact with the back of our car. That's not what he had planned and that wasn't the outcome he had planned. Obviously, he misjudged by a lot and he's got to personally pay the price for that himself."

Busch hopes that Biffle can let the incident go and they can move forward from here, "We discussed things on the phone and that helped solidify things. It's been real easy to work through this because of how long I've known Biffle and with our relationship in the truck series and then moving into the Cup deal.

So, we've got things ironed out."

Double Duty update: Robby Gordon completed 20 laps of practice for the Indianapolis 500, with a top speed of 214.630 mph, before leaving Indiana to practice his main ride, the No. 31 RCR Chevrolet for the NEXTEL Cup series event in Charlotte.

Of his run, Gordon was so-so on the results, giving a small shrug and stating, "We're okay."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Ron Fellows , Martin Truex Jr. , David Stremme