Garage Chatter: Martinsville II

RCR to get new car number?: Rumor is that the No. 30 Chevy will change sponsors and car number next season. Plausible sponsor: Jack Daniels. New car number: 7 - for 'Old Lucky 7'. Garage buzz indicates that Dave Blaney may fill the seat of the...

RCR to get new car number?: Rumor is that the No. 30 Chevy will change sponsors and car number next season. Plausible sponsor: Jack Daniels. New car number: 7 - for 'Old Lucky 7'.

Garage buzz indicates that Dave Blaney may fill the seat of the No. 30 when Jeff Burton moves to the No. 31 at the end of the season. The No. 30 crew is expected to follow Burton to the 31 ride.

Robby Gordon confirmed to PRN's Garage Pass this weekend, what has been evident for several months; that he will not be returning to RCR next year. Instead, he will concentrate on running his No. 55 Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevy in the Busch Series, and most likely run a self-owned Cup effort.

Sadler pit crew donate winnings to charity: The No. 38 team pit crew, after winning the PowerAde pit crew award last weekend at Charlotte donated $10,000 to the Susan P. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation and The Autism Society of America.

Kvapil makes good showing: Travis Kvapil attempting his first ever Cup series start - hit one out of the ballpark landing the 5th starting position for Sunday's Subway 500.

Kvapil is under a development deal with Penske Racing and is rumored to be in consideration to replace Brendan Gaughan in the No. 77 Dodge next season. Although team members deny that any driver change is imminent.

Jr. expected to win appeal: In Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s post qualifying press conference on Friday, he commented that he was surprised that he did not win the appeal to protest a 25 point loss for use of profanity in Victory Lane at Talladega.

"I was really frustrated by the appeal," said Earnhardt. "I really felt pretty strong about it. I wouldn't have went all the way down to Daytona if I didn't feel like it was worth the trip. They made you feel like they were listening to you while you were there. I think the decision was already made from when the wheels hit the ground. The appeal system could use a little revision but I'm not in charge of it.

"It was really pointless to have it. They just kind of made you feel like they were listening to you the whole time you were there. It's a little frustrating to go through all that. I feel kind of foolish now because I felt like I was getting a fair trial. It was not quite fair I guess.

"It'd be like NASCAR losing at appeal that we held at DEI (laughs). It was kind of tough. I've never done an appeal before so I didn't know what to expect or how they work. The whole time I was going 'what's next?' and 'what's the next step, who are we talking to here and what do you do and what influence does this particular instance have?'

"I tried to state my case. I thought exactly what I said and that anybody would have turned it over on the drop of a hat. I guess I feel more strongly about it than everybody else. I guess John Darby had a better argument than I did anyways. It was fun. It was interesting."

Wallace paces first practice: Rusty Wallace would like nothing more than to sweep both races at Martinsville this season. With a second place qualifying effort and the fastest time in morning practice; he's a good bet to make a good showing on Sunday.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Rusty Wallace , Robby Gordon , Brendan Gaughan , Dave Blaney , Travis Kvapil
Teams Team Penske , Robby Gordon Motorsports