Garage Chatter: Darlington

Labbe to appeal suspension: Whatever pre-race chassis adjustment Slugger Labbe made on Dale Jarrett's No. 88 certainly bought him a lot of trouble. From Press Release: Richard "Slugger" Labbe, crew chief for the ...

Labbe to appeal suspension: Whatever pre-race chassis adjustment Slugger Labbe made on Dale Jarrett's No. 88 certainly bought him a lot of trouble.

From Press Release: Richard "Slugger" Labbe, crew chief for the #88 Ford driven by Dale Jarrett, was fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR until June 7, 2006 [thru race at Dover], for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.2D (unapproved rear sway bar mounting for use other than anti-roll) of the 2006 NASCAR Rule Book. The violation was discovered during pre-race inspection on May 6. Also, Jarrett has been penalized 25 driver championship points, while team owner Robert Yates has been penalized 25 owner championship points as a result of the violation.(NASCAR PR), the penalty drops Jarrett from 11th in driver points to 12th, #31-Burton moves up to 11th, Jarrett had been just 2 points out of 10th.

Labbe and Yates are appealing the suspension; Labbe will be allowed to call the race at Darlington this weekend. If the suspension is upheld he will miss the Pocono event in turn for being on property this weekend.

More Jarrett: An announcement scheduled by Michael Waltrip Racing live on Speed TV Saturday at 12:30 is expected to bring confirmation that Dale Jarrett will pilot the inaugural Toyota ride for MWI next season.

If UPS does not chose to follow Jarrett to MWI it is expected that fast food chain Burger King may step up their role in NASCAR racing.

Sadler out of No. 90 Ford: Elliott Sadler won't be doing any Busch series racing for the foreseeable future. Robert Yates Racing has chosen to use developmental drivers Stephen Leicht and Matt McCall in all remaining Busch series races this year.

Sources close to the team speculate the Sadler's poor Cup performance this year have forced the team to reevaluate and would like driver 38 to concentrate more on his Cup racing.

Sadler has also been rumored to be on Team Red Bull's hot list of young drivers they would welcome into their stable. Team representatives, however, remind that Sadler and M&M's are signed onto the No. 38 Ford through the 2008 season.

Little birdies whisper, however, that there may be some contractual "mumbo- jumbo" in Sadler's contract providing an escape hatch if so desired.

Red Bull getting desperate for booties in the seats: Well, who under the age of 30 in the NASCAR garage hasn't been rumored to have an offer from Red Bull? Throw Brian Vickers name into the hat of drivers the energy beverage company wouldn't mind having in their seat next season or sometime in the near future.

Red Bull has made no bones that they want an enigmatic, marketable young driver to represent their brand which is predominately pushed to 18-34 demographic.

Unfortunately, Vickers is not in a renewal year on his contract and it would have to be a mutual dissolve of his relationship with Hendrick Motorsports; which seems unlikely.

Put Scott Wimmer's name on the Post-It as well.

Sherman's Cup career cut short: Brent Sherman won't get the chance to shine in NASCAR's premiere series. Sherman has ended his relationship with the No. 49 BAM Racing team and will focus on running the ARCA/ReMax series the rest of the year.

Kevin Lepage will take over as primary driver of the No. 49 Dodge.

Park in Whelan No. 31 Chevy this weekend: Steve Park will make his third Busch series start this season in the No. 31 Whelan Chevrolet. Park's one- time blossoming Cup series career was effectively ended after a 2001 crash in that car at Darlington during a Busch series race.

Park attempted to get back into the No. 1 DEI Chevy after a recuperative period, and after leaving DEI also ran for Richard Childress Racing for a time in the No. 30 car. Success eluded him and after losing his ride he was forced to try and recover his career in the Truck series. The step back up to Busch is a positive step for Park who one day hopes to be back in NASCAR's top series.

Park will run a limited schedule in the Whelan Chevy as well running select Truck series races in the No. 59 Harris Dodge. He has one truck series win three Busch wins.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Michael Waltrip , Steve Park , Kevin Lepage , Brent Sherman , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Stephen Leicht , Matt McCall
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Yates Racing