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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page December SPONSOR OF THE NASCAR PAGE If you have a question or a write NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 BURNING ISSUES I 1 PenskeJasper Racing recently 77 Dodge for driver Travis Kvapll in If the which finished 34th m the 2008 Downer does not enter the Daytona Its automatic spot Irt the starting field would slide down to the Mthplace fin It would ba a bit Ironic if Mor ganMcClures 4 Chevrolet from the 77s de Kodak sponsored Larry McCluras car for many and Kodaks departure has ap parently bean the determining factor in the 77s withdrawal from regular a Vet to be determined is just who will drive the MorganMc Clure Two possibilities are Scott late of Bill Davis1 22 In yet anoth er kThe impending resurfacing of Talladega Superspeedway will have a much less dramatic ef fect than at most Usually a new coat of asphalt causes the quality of racing to deterio rate for Several years until the pavement cures and becomes a bit Wr ftThat wont apply to the restric torplate racing at or so says 1999 champion Dale We wont be dealing with a singlegroove track that some other resurfacing projects have presented at other tracks because its a different type of he Toyotas decision to pull out of the Indy Racing League could hasten its entry Into Nextel Some expect a January an nouncement that Toyota will en ter Nextel Cup and Busch Series competition in Did you notice Tony Stewart on the sidelines during the Wash ington Redskins 357 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sun day whose car owner is Redskins coach Joe is a football fan whose loyalties are divided between Gibbs Red skins and the Indianapolis Colts of his native A lot of attention will be fo cused in 2006 on the progress of Petty where three former champions driver Bob by Labonte and crew chiefs Rob bie Loomis and Todd Parrott have been Is there any doubt that the Craftsman Truck Series has be come NASCARs Senior Tour The top six drivers in the points stand ings were all and eight of the top Never was a book more aptly titled than Donnle Allison As I Recall with Jimmy fore word by Larry pub lished by SportsPubllshlng The which sells for Is a frank account of a golden era In stockcar rac the 70s and Oonnle often overshad owed by his older brother enjoyed a fine career himself and once finished fourth In the Indi anapolis Hes always been Known for telling it like It and this book doesnt tall in that It can ba ordered at I rOPNOS AND lORfc NASCAR lott Iti champion when on from had won Qrart Wlw to the two the fifth race of and Weetherlyi M to Mora than he asked for When Mark Martin won the Nextel AllStar Challenge at Lowes Mo tor Speedway in he said to owner Jack via radio right af ter the Ill be back if youll give me a At the Martin was talking about the specific an annual allstar Im holding out hope that this wont MARTIN be Marks last said As it turned that wasnt the half of Roush ended up asking Martin to come back for another Martin agreed out of gratitude to insist ing all the while that he would prefer to compete in the Craftsman Truck Series next year for In preparation for what he thought would be his final Martin had put together a farewell Salute to which he saw as a tribute not to himself but to his A piece of the action No pitcrew competition was con ducted during Nextels first as corporate sponsor of NASCARs premier The official competition had been held at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham for but that site became unavail able when it was sold and essentially put out of In the Crew Chiefs Club put together a new competition at a pit crew training facility in NASCAR officials werent pleased that a separate body had put together a new By early this Nextel and NASCAR had put together a much grander spectacle at Charlotte Both were held in The crew of Kurt Busch won one Kasey Kahnes crew won the The likelihood when 2006 rolls around is that the Nextel competition will have succeeded in its presumed mission of running the other out of ROBBY GORDON NEXTEL CUP SERIES 7 JIM BEAM CHEVROLET Senegal Soiree Gordon hopes to be first American to win Dakar Rally By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week What could be better for Rob by Gordon than to celebrate the new year in Senegal For the second consecutive the 37yearold Gordon will compete in the Dakar which begins on 31 in Lis Portugal and winds up miles later on 15 in Senegal after crossing the Strait of Mali and Last driving for the Ger man Volkswagen Gordon became the first American ever to win a stage in the even tually winning two of the 16 en route to an 12thplace overall The logistics involved are mind he This year weve entered and built a car out of my own race team in the and the thought of building cars and support vehi cles here to race in Europe and Africa is itself But when you add to it that these support trucks and 16 crew members have to follow the race car down the same race course to work on the car after every its beyond intimi I like to tell people its like running 16 Daytona 500s or Indy 500s in a but you dont have a garage to work You cant go to an autoparts store and buy what you need to fix or replace a broken If you dont have it with youre in You have to think of every possible item that can break on a and bring four of them with a sixtime SCORE OffRoad Champion and a two time winner of the famed Baja 1000 in addition to countless oth er offroad races in North Amer will drive a specially pre pared Hummer H3 on Toyo Tires with sponsorship from Jim Gordon is hoping to become the first American to win the famed Dakar Rally in its 28year Contact Monte Dutton at hmdutton50@aol.com John This Week Nextel Cup driver and offroad racing veteran Robby Gordon Is hoping to become the American to win the famed Dakar Rally In Its 28year I like to tell people its like running 16 Daytona 500s or Indy 500s in a but you dont have a garage to work Robby Gordon HE SAID WHAT By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Some are Some are Some are wacky and in For a variety of the following Is a collection of re marks made during the season just completed I dont think speed has a lot to do with and I know that sounds Kyle Petty A lot of racing is common but sometimes it doesnt come into Sterling Marlln Either way you look at it equiv alates to Jeff creating a new word when asked why so many Cup drivers also race in the Busch We always work these races back You really dont pay attention to how many laps youve You pay attention to how many laps you have Tony Stewart The more you stay on the throttle the faster youre going to Joe making a pojnt that Is hard to dont think anyone is wishing us bad but in the back of their if it theyre not going to be points leader during the I say if the race is too stay Mark Martin Youve got guys like Mark Martin who try to be as fit as we and youve got guys like Tony Stew art who admittedly exercises by changing the channels on his Mark and Tony are both They go about It different Carl Ed wards love this kind of but these guys sure change their per sonalities In race Theyre like Doberman pinschers with a hand grenade in their road racer Boris Said I stepped on that big and it was like stepping on a cats and It went right de scribing a YOUR TURIM LETTERS FROM OUR READERS tttlo not bMod on win porcontago In your Burning Issues qolumn the manufacturing cham pionship is clinched by Chevrolet with 16 wins while Ford has 14 Also in the column is reference to 8s Dale Earnhardt percent age of laps If NASCAR did a percentage of cars entered to Ford would be way Am I wrong Jim Peterson youre not but thats not the way the manufacturer points are In each the win ners make gets nine the next highest finishing make gets six and the third gets for Fords finished they would still only get nine and In that In If a Chevrolet finished it would get six and regardless of where the top Dodge It would get four Thats the sys tem in and its been that way for many   

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