Garage Chatter: Preseason Thunder 2

NASCAR switching fuels in 2008: The New York Times is reporting that NASCAR will switch to unleaded fuel beginning in 2008, making the switch from the high octane formula that is currently used. The fuel developed by Sunoco is already being ...

NASCAR switching fuels in 2008: The New York Times is reporting that NASCAR will switch to unleaded fuel beginning in 2008, making the switch from the high octane formula that is currently used.

The fuel developed by Sunoco is already being utilized in the Grand American Road Racing Series.

Toyota to make debut in 2007: It is expected that during next week's media tour in North Carolina that NASCAR will announce Toyota's introduction into the Busch and Cup series in 2007.

Toyota already fields cars in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

McMurray unveils new ride: New Roush Racing face Jamie McMurray unveiled his new No. 26 Ford, which overtakes the No. 97 vacated by Kurt Busch. Crown Royal will serve as the primary sponsor for 18 races and Newell-Rubbermaid (Sharpie and Irwin tools) will be the sponsor for the remainder of races.

After testing: After six days and two sessions of Daytona pre-season testing Jeff Gordon is the quickest Cup driver with a speed of 188.466 mph.

Kyle Busch, Bill Elliott, Elliott Sadler and Jimmie Johnson complete the top five overall times.

Earnhardt gets own show: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will host his own show on XM Satellite Radio beginning next month on channel 144.

"I love racing and I love XM, so I definitely couldn't pass up on an opportunity to combine the two," Earnhardt said. "It's a perfect fit."

Earnhardt will discuss personal interests, video games and what is going on in NASCAR racing.

"Listeners to my new show on XM will get a real sense of who I am both on and off the track," Earnhardt said. "Thanks to XM, I'll have a national weekly radio show that allows me to speak my mind, play my music and, most important, keep in touch with NASCAR fans."

Who's where: A loyal NASCAR watcher and friend of mine said to me this week, "I have no idea who is driving what other than the obvious." So, here is the breakdown of who went where over the off-season.

*Jamie McMurray to the No. 26 (formerly 97) at Roush Racing
*Kurt Busch to the No. 2 Dodge at Penske Racing
*Bobby Labonte to the No. 43 Dodge at Petty Enterprises
*JJ Yeley to the No. 18 Chevy at Joe Gibbs Racing
*David Stremme to the No. 40 Dodge at Ganassi Racing
*Clint Bowyer to the No. 07 Chevy at Richard Childress Racing
*Dave Blaney to the No. 22 Dodge at Bill Davis Racing
*Martin Truex, Jr. moving into the Cup series in the No. 1 Chevy at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Racing
*Scott Wimmer to the No. 4 Chevy at Morgan McClure Motorsports
*Scott Riggs leaves MB2 Motorsports with his car number, which is now the No. 10 Evernham Dodge
*Denny Hamlin to the No. 11 Chevy at Joe Gibbs Racing
*Sterling Marlin to the No. 14 Chevy at MB2 Motorsports
*Michael Waltrip to the No. 55 Dodge at Bill Davis Racing (sponsor NAPA followed Waltrip)
*Paul Menard to the No. 15 Chevy at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (for a limited number of races)
*Kenny Schrader to the No. 21 Ford at Woods Brothers Racing, taking over for the retired Ricky Rudd
*Travis Kvapil to the No. 32 Chevy for Cal Wells
*Bill Elliott and Boris Said splitting a ride in the No. 36 Chevy for MB2 Motorsports
*Reed Sorenson in his first Cup effort in the No. 41 Dodge at Ganassi Racing
*Casey Mears moving from the No. 41 to the No. 42 Dodge at Ganassi Racing
*Brent Sherman to the No. 49 Dodge at BAM Racing
*Jeff Green to the No. 66 Chevy (formerly the No. 0) at Haas/CNC Racing
*Terry Labonte (first five races) and Tony Raines (rest of season) splitting the No. 96 Chevy for Hall of Fame Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Boris Said , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Brent Sherman , Scott Wimmer , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , David Stremme , Clint Bowyer , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch , Travis Kvapil
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Hall of Fame Racing