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Posted on 08/03/2005 5:40:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Posted on Tue, Aug. 09, 2005
Sabates blasts Roush for contract dealings
By JIM UTTER
Felix Sabates said he is "laughing my butt off" because Nextel Cup team owner Jack Roush now finds himself in a similar position to one Roush put Chip Ganassi Racing in earlier this year.
"Jack thought that he was above the rest of us," said Sabates, who is a part owner of the Ganassi team. "Now that he started all this, he'd better be big enough to end it."
Roush wants Jamie McMurray in his No. 6 Fords next season, but Ganassi and Sabates have said they plan to hold McMurray to the final option year of his contract as driver of their No. 42 Dodges.
Now Roush has a driver of his own, Kurt Busch, who wants out of a final contract year to move to the No. 2 Dodges owned by Roger Penske.
"When you conduct your business from the weeds, sooner or later the weed-eater will run over you," Sabates said. "It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."
It wasn't the 100+ temps, 20-30 mph winds, or the Sahara dust that did it, it was all this silliness flip-flopping drivers! Be back later. ;)
I give him three races before Newman decks him. (fingers crossed) With his narcissist attitude he is better suited for Hollywood...
Newman probably could deck him!! He's a pretty stocky muscular guy.
I can't believe there wasn't any news today. I came in thinking what now? I'm gonna go look and see what's up.
Well, there is this.......(what is he talking about?? Elledge going to the #40.) To me, unless contracts are hindering decisions this mean Mears is probably staying. Otherwise, I would think Elledge would go with Casey to DEI. But, I want to know why they are taking Elledge away from Casey?? What's up Mr. Ganassi?
Ganassi Announcement on Friday: Chip Ganassi will be on hand for a special announcement at Watkins Glen International regarding sponsor activities and plans for the 2006 season on Friday, August 12, 2005 at the Watkins Glen International Victory Lane.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
Hopefully this will help clear up some of the Silly Season rumors, such as does Casey Mears stay in the #41 Target Dodge? move to a 4th team, #39? go back to Busch so Reed Sorenson can move up to the #41? does Jamie McMurray get out of his contract? if so, then who goes in the #42 Texaco Dodge? Mears? Sorenson? someone else? So far the only thing we know for sire is David Stremme in the #40 Lonestar/Coor Light Dodge in 2006...supposedly #41 crew chief, Jimmy Elledge will be his crew chief.(8-10-2005)
All this sounds like "Days of Our Lives"...
Make that "Days of Our Lies"...
DEI's short list gets shorter
By BRANT JAMES, Times Staff Writer
Published August 9, 2005
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Dale Earnhardt Inc. director of motorsports Richie Gilmore would put Matt Kenseth in one of his team's Nextel Cup cars tomorrow. That isn't going to happen, tomorrow or next year, despite recent speculation. The 2003 series champion has one year left on his contract - though Roush signed Jamie McMurray away from Chip Ganassi before his deal is done next season - and Kenseth, a good friend of DEI's Dale Earnhardt Jr. , has let it be known he has unfinished business with Roush Racing.
"(Kenseth's) deal is, he looked at his teammates and saw there are teams that are running good and wants to see if he can get back and win championships," Gilmore said. "He has always been on DEI's short list. He was one of Big E's favorite drivers, and if we could ever get Matt, he would probably be our first choice for a teammate for Junior."
Kenseth finished fifth Sunday in the Allstate 400 - he has five top 10s in the past seven races - but is 15th in points, virtually eliminated from a second Chase for the Championship berth. Teammates Greg Biffle (third in points), defending series champion Kurt Busch (fifth), Mark Martin (sixth) and Carl Edwards (10th) currently qualify for the Chase. All but Martin have won races.
With Kenseth unavailable, Gilmore has trolled the garage in search of a young, marketable driver to replace Michael Waltrip in the No. 15 Chevrolet next season. Gilmore holds out hope Kenseth could drive a fourth DEI entry in 2007, but for now his choices are few. Gilmore said he hoped to have a driver secured within the next few weeks, but another option was eliminated when Casey Mears said he was "99.9 percent sure" he would return to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates next year.
Mears, 27, in the final guaranteed year of his contract - Ganassi can invoke an option for 2006 - appeared to be a likely candidate. His crew chief, Jimmy Elledge , is married to Earnhardt's sister, Kelley , and DEI seems to value personal relationships in staffing matters. Mears' representative, Cary Agajanian , said Sunday the Ganassi deal was "done."
If Gilmore cannot replace Waltrip, DEI would field the No. 8 Chevrolet for Earnhardt and the No. 1 for defending Busch series champion Martin Truex Jr. Gilmore prefers to fill the No. 15 because NAPA would like to return for a 10th season.
Is anyone else as fed up with the over-regulation exhibited by NASCAR in this travesty of a “race”?
Good thing they changed the name to the Sprint Championship. Sure fits for this abomination.
NASCAR is becoming more like Indycar and Formula 1 everyday.
Bland, Bland, Bland.
No more of my money! Wish I could say the same for the ‘tards in DC.
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