Garage Chatter: Pocono 2

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who had to exit the No. 8 Chevrolet last weekend at New Hampshire due to pain caused by injuries suffered in an American Le Mans practice crash in Sonoma a few weeks ago; seemed better and ready to put in some seat time. At ...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who had to exit the No. 8 Chevrolet last weekend at New Hampshire due to pain caused by injuries suffered in an American Le Mans practice crash in Sonoma a few weeks ago; seemed better and ready to put in some seat time. At NHIS, Earnhardt allowed protégé Martin Truex, Jr. to practice and qualify the No. 8 car, and eventually take over driving duties during the event.

Earnhardt was suited up and ready to practice this morning, although he still has a pronounced limp from burns on his lower extremities. John Andretti will standby for Earnhardt this weekend in case he is too uncomfortable in the car, although Earnhardt does not anticipate having to be relieved on Sunday.

Fog wreaking havoc with Pocono schedule: On track action for the NEXTEL Cup teams was delayed on Friday due to heavy fog and low visibility. The 11:20 am practice had to be bumped to 1:30 pm for one hour.

Weather allowing, qualifying previously scheduled for 3:05 pm will now begin at 4:15 pm.

Newman to make 100th start: Ryan Newman will make his 100th start in the NEXTEL Cup series this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Newman is looking to rally back from a season of up-and-down results.

Newman has nine top-ten finishes, but seven results of 24th or worse. Newman has managed to rally back in the last few weeks, grabbing tenth place in the "Chase for the Championship", 502 shy of leader Jimmie Johnson.

He is the defending pole and race winner of this event.

Furr recovering: Veteran crew chief Tony Furr, who recently left Ward Burton's No. 0 car, was involved in a motorcycle accident last week. Furr broke his leg, and is recovering in the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Dodge may change models in 2005: Dodge is looking to change from running an Intrepid to racing a Dodge Charger in 2005. While nothing has been made official, Dodge has apparently submitted the request to NASCAR and is awaiting word on approval.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ryan Newman , Martin Truex Jr.