Garage chatter: Pocono

New engine for Sadler at Pocono - Elliott Sadler and Team 38 will run the new Robert Yates Racing Ford D-3 engine this weekend. Ford and Yates have been working on new engines cylinder heads and tested at Pocono last week. The engine is low gear...

New engine for Sadler at Pocono - Elliott Sadler and Team 38 will run the new Robert Yates Racing Ford D-3 engine this weekend. Ford and Yates have been working on new engines cylinder heads and tested at Pocono last week. The engine is low gear and expected to give Sadler a competitive edge over the field this weekend.

Sauter done? Johnny Sauter was removed as the driver of the No. 30 Richard Childress Chevy this weekend under the official guise of scheduling conflicts, and Dave Blaney named as the driver this weekend. That announcement comes on the heels of RCR announcing that Sauter would not drive the road course race at Sonoma in a few weeks.

It is speculated that Sauter will not be returning as primary driver of the No. 30 and that Childress is shopping for a new racer.

In 13 starts, Sauter has not finished higher than 14th, and has nine finishes of 20th or worse, and currently sits 28th in series standings.

There has been much speculation that Greg Biffle is the lead candidate to go into the car next season. With Biffle in the hunt for the Busch Series championship in the No. 60 Roush Ford, it is unlikely that he would forfeit his ride in the No. 60 Cup car and the Busch ride before the end of the year.

Blaney is set to run a Dodge for Bill Davis Racing at Michigan, although BDR representatives stated that if Blaney were to find a full time ride they would not hold him up.

Dover hangover: NASCAR President Mike Helton stopped by the media center to address the 24-lap caution at Dover last weekend, brought out after Ryan Newman wrecked on pit road. Apparently, the caution length was due to NASCAR having issues with sorting out the running order of the field.

"It was unacceptable," commented Helton on the long caution period at Dover. "We agree with everyone it was unacceptable."

NASCAR relies on electronics to automatically freeze the field in the computer, so that it can align the field against the last loop the cars have crossed over at the moment of caution. They will continue to do that as well as rely on manual scoring and video in an effort to make sure they are making the best decision possible.

"In NASCAR with the level of competition can offer up a lot of challenges," said Helton. "In other series you don't have the electronics, you have other people saying here's where you belong, 'Lets go. But at these stakes in NEXTEL Cup racing, there should be more proof than that.

"The electronic scoring rules out the human eye of having to say where you belong, and we will rely on that."

Helton also stated that they will not rely on the pace car to open up pit road, starting this week. The leader will determine the opening of pit road on his second lap around after a yellow flag. Also beginning this week, once they determine the "Lucky Dog" that vehicle will be moved up to their new position immediately, instead of waiting until after pit stops.

Animal Rights: NEXTEL Cup practice was halted this morning when a deer perched on the turn 1 wall looked as if it might jump onto the track. Too bad avid hunters, Elliott Sadler and Ward Burton weren't equipped with their rifles. Instead 10-15 Cup officials were sent out to scare off the lost doe.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Greg Biffle , Johnny Sauter , Robert Yates , Mike Helton , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing , Yates Racing