Garage Chatter: Week off before Loudon

Another one bites the dust: On the heels of the No. 18 JGR team releasing Michael McSwain, Haas CNC Racing announced today that Tony Furr will no longer serve as crew chief. Furr will become the team's shop foreman, and Bill Ingle who held the ...

Another one bites the dust:
On the heels of the No. 18 JGR team releasing Michael McSwain, Haas CNC Racing announced today that Tony Furr will no longer serve as crew chief. Furr will become the team's shop foreman, and Bill Ingle who held the foreman position takes over as crew chief.

Green finish confirmed:
From the NASCAR press release: A "green-white-checkered" finish format will be used for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend's races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced Thursday.

"The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone's goals -- a green-flag finish," NASCAR President Mike Helton said. "This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series."

The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps - green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored.

Vickers fastest at Brickyard testing:
Brian Vickers and the No. 25 Hendrick Chevy team topped times during testing at The Brickyard. Vickers posted a lap of 181.554 mph on the second day of testing among 22 cars.

Jason Leffler, Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler and Jeff Gordon complete the top five quickest rides.

Ford sues Kahne:
Ford Motor Company has filed suit against rookie driver Kasey Kahne alleging breach of contract. According to the suit, Kahne signed a contract that obligated him to drive a Ford for Robert Yates Racing. Kahne dropped out of that deal last year to sign on to drive a Dodge for Ray Evernham Motorsports.

No penalties for Stewart:
NASCAR determined that the contact between the No. 20 Chevy of Tony Stewart and the No. 9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne was a racing incident, and that Stewart will not be penalized.

No. 9 crew chief, Tommy Baldwin, however, was fined $10,000 and placed on probation until year end for violations that led to a fight on pit road between the teams.

Stewart says he has not had the opportunity to speak to Kahne about the contact.

Stewart was fined and place on probation two weeks ago, for allegedly instigating a confrontation with Brian Vickers.

Evernham over it:
After stating Sunday that driver Tony Stewart needed "his butt kicked" for wrecking the No. 9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne. Evernham now wants to get on with the business of racing.

"NASCAR has made its decision; now its time to move on," Evernham commented. "I understand why Tommy (Baldwin, crew chief) and the team reacted the way they did in the heat of competition. NASCAR has rules. I agree with the rules. Evernham Motorsports also has rules. NASCAR has made its decision and imposed its penalties. Now, I will impose the appropriate penalties for Evernham Motorsports.

"This is behind us now. As a team, our focus is on the upcoming events and the future."

38 Team wins pit crew challenge again:
For the third time in the last four races, the No. 38 team of Elliott Sadler has won the pit crew challenge. The team collects a $20,000 purse to be split amongst crew members.

The 38 crew consists of Darryl Lockyer, front tire changer; Kevin Hall, front tire carrier; Dave Smith, rear tire changer/car chief; Lance Hanna, rear tire carrier; Rodney Fetters, jackman; Preston Cordell, gas man; and Jay Thompson, catch can man.

The team is competing for a $200,000 end of the year bonus sponsored by McDonald's and Powerade. Currently, they sit nine points behind leaders - the DEI No. 8 Chevy team.

Thomas named interim crew chief at 18:
Brandon Thomas, part of Joe Gibbs Racing engineering department, will step in as interim crew chief for the No. 18 Chevy of Bobby Labonte.

A permanent replacement will be named in the future. JGR released crew chief Michael McSwain earlier this week.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Ray Evernham , Robert Yates , Mike Helton , Elliott Sadler , Tommy Baldwin , Mark Martin