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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4E HERALDZEFTUNG February If you a question or write NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 ON THE TtJOe All times eastern 2 MMCIIvSflSS Offcltz Noon CrsfUmsn CfWvy Silverado HD Tony Stewarts Budweiser Shootout his was about the only occurrence dur ing the seasons first weekend that wasnt wildly The major Nextel Cup team that had the most bitterly disap pointing season in 2006 was Robert Yates Yates Fords captured the front row slots for the Daytona David the pole win has never finished In the top 10 in a Cup Ricky the secondfastest qualifi sat out save for one cameo appearance at Dover as a relief Dont go overboard just in proclaiming Yates His Fords were fast at plate tracks last Every where else they As a matter of the last time two Yates drivers started on the front row last Gilliland and Dale Jar rett qualified 1 2 at JARRETT NASCAR offi cials seized the intake manifold from Michael Waltrips Toyota and Impounded his car after Waltrip went on na tional TV and said there was nothing but oil in the NASCAR officials said they were pretty sure they had seen oil be and this wasnt Winning the pole at Daytona affords lots of but it doesnt have much correlation with winners of the Among the drivers who have started on the pole are Ramo Loy Allen Mike Skinner and Jeff none of whom has ever won a Cup Though only the frontrow spots were the qualify ing speeds of Boris Ster ling Marlin and Johnny Sauter guaranteed them positions somewhere in the Gilliland became the fourth driver to win the 500 pole in his joining Allen Skinner 1997 and Jimmie Johnson AND hot Tony whos never won the Daytona has won three Budweiser Juan Pablo Mon toya Impressed his peers with his performance this Whos not Dale Earn hardt inadvertently touched off a lastlap crash in the Michael Waltrip suffered the embarrassment of having NASCAR officials dis cover an apparent engine Ir regularity In his and the entire car was q 3 f fl i ra TO WIVHI tllWS In what year did Benny Parsons win the then Winston Cup championship What NASCAR driver was the top rookie in the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Who replaced David Pearson in trie Wood Brothers 21 When Richard Petty won his 200th who built the en gine sajex viaqoa uauuog ION Wrftotous NASCAR This Week wel comes letters to the but please be aware that we have room for only a few each Well do our best to select the but individual replies are Impossible due to the bulk of mail which Should be addressed to NASCAR This Week The Gaston Gazette Box 1538 28053 SERIES Race Daytona 500 Where Daytona In ternational Speedway 200 When 18 yews winner Jimmie Johnson QiMlHylnf record Bill Race record Buddy Last week Tony Stewart let fans know he was the Day tona 500 The twotime Cup champion conquered the 500s scale the Budweiser for the third Eight days before the Daytona Stewart didnt have to hit the press the flesh or work the Stewart merely had to beat the If the Budweiser Shootout was run to establish a favorite for the Daytona Stewart emerged from the all star race with a healthy edge in the To belabor the political lingo even the race the scxalled Great American one re mains wide Stewart used his bumper to deliver a message to Kyle thus taking the lead with sev en laps to Kurt in a managed to finish but it was an unlikely second year driver David Gilliland in a who followed Stewart under the checkered As Stewart ap proached the Dale Earnhardt inadvertently touched off a mul ticar crash he was trying to bump draft Elliott Sadlers Dodge that marked the only melee of the The Dodge of Kasey Kahne and the Chevy of 2006 winner Denny Hamlln were also sent skidding In the chain Race Orbltz 300 Where Daytona Internation al Speedway 120 When 17 Last winner Tony Stewart Qualifying record Tommy Race record Geoffrey Last race Matt in a won the 2006 finale at HomesteadMiami Race Chevrolet Silver ado HD 250 Where Daytona Internation al Speedway 100 When 16 Latt yeara winner Mark Martin Qualifying record Joe Race record Mark Latt race Mark in a won the 2006 finale at HomesteadMiami J 4 DAVID GILLILAND NEXTEL CUP SERIES 38 FORD Dynamic Duo Yates drivers Rudd starting up front at Daytona By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week DAYTONA After winning the pole for the Daytona 30yearold David Gilliland said he wouldnt be content just to start the race We feel like weve got a race car good enough to win the he I just need about 495 miles of experi and then well go for it the last five miles and try to do In the span of one from proved he could be a contender in NASCARs most prestigious The night before he captured the edging Robert Yates Racing teammate Ricky Gilliland drove his 38 Ford to second place behind Tony Stewart in the Budweiser it was Gillilands first at tempt to qualify for the Daytona One year Gilliland didnt even have a fulltime ride in the Busch Se He pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the 2006 season by winning a Busch race at Kentucky This drew the attention of team owner Robert who turned to Gilliland when Elliott Sadler moved to one of Ray Evernhams Though he wouldnt eliminate the possibility of a 500 Gilliland said we just want to bring home a good finish and learn some racing tactics for We got to learn a little bit in the which was a great big plus for being that it was my first race ever at Now we wanted to get some momentum rolling to get the year started off Ricky the teammate who will start NASCARs most prestigious race alongside Gilliland on the front said of him I tell you what im pressed me the Weve got a little farm out in the He came over the other and he brought his 5 yearold son with him and we were riding dirt bikes and motorcycles and Photos by John This Week Robert Yates Racing teammates Ricky and David Gilliland will start on the front row for Sundays Daytona Gilliland earned the pole In his first career attempt to qualify for NASCARs greatest We feel like weve got a race car good enough to win the David Gilliland stuff and just having a good There must have been 15 of and I had a couple of motorcycles and fourwheelers in the I told I dont have time to mess with but go over there and dust it off and put some air in the tires and gas it and its ready to He goes over there and hops on the little four and he could ride a wheelie the length of this front straightaway on a I was really im pressed with I Thats my kind of guy right Todd Gillilands crew said of him He has a lot of a lot of Our communication those last 14 races of was the best thing to happen for us as a It was hard for me because I had nev er worked with a rookie Hes got a lot of heart and a lot of and were going to have a lot of suc cess this whose team is coming off a lackluster said This is as good as back in the or Its the best day weve had in a Contact Monte Dutton at [email protected] FEUD OFTHE WEEK Stewart Buach Tony Stewart Kyis Busch Stewarts Budweiser Shootout victory came at Buschs though there was a difference of opinion about whether or not Stewarts Chevy made contact with Buschs in order to take the Stewart said he didnt think he touched Busch said Stewart decided to get me out of the NASCAR Thl Weeks Monte Dutton gives his take It was a lit tle more complicated than either driver was willing to It ap peared as If there was contact be tween the and Busch made a breathtaking save as Stewart passed him in turn was laboring to maintain the lead In blocking probably lost trac When one car slows and anoth er is going 185 mph just inches be its almost impossible for even a great driver to avoid LEGENDS AND was first to win iHwkto back championships The first driver to win consecutive championships in NASCARs top level was Buck who won Grand National later Winston Cup and now Nextel Cup titles in 1956 He also finished second in 1955 and Baker was born on March and died on April Both Buck and his enjoyed tremendous Buck Baker ended his career with 46 Among Buddys 19 wins was the 1980 Daytona Yslsys golf tournamsnt will bsvMftt hospital Yeley is hosting a charity golf benefiting Phoenix Childrens on March 8 at Kierland Golf Club in Some public spots are Entries are and foursomes can sign up to play at per Each foursome will be paired with a NASCAR a NASCAR industry personality or a prominent local Among those scheduled to take part are Juan Pablo Denny Kyle Stephen Leicht and Mike as well as former Phoenix Suns player Dan Interested fans should e mail contact information to market Junior says media comes in handy in talks with stepmom By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week DAYTONA Dale Earnhardt has used the public airing of differences be tween him and his stepmother to his The contrast is notable since Teresa Earn hardt is a virtual Other times Ive been in any kind of controversial the media has always been a good release for said Earnhardt Teresa Earnhardt owns Dale Earnhardt Kelley Earn hardt Elledge is her brothers business Earnhardt said reading articles about his contract negotiations have helped him understand the leverage he has in attempting to gain for himself controlling ownership of When the media writes about the position and leverage I it sort of helps me un derstand what my sister and all these people have been trying to explain to me for five or six he He still bristles at his step mothers suggestion that he lacks direction and needs to concentrate solely on his ca reer as a Last week he revealed for the first time that he wants to buy into In he said he wants to own more than SO which would also mean that his step mother would have to back off considerably from her which is currently 100 She portrayed it as if I was out there waving a look at I can I can sing and check me Like Im trying to do all this differ ent he I enjoy my radio Its an hour long and takes no time to My TV show takes five days out of the year to These things are In he said his stepmothers remarks were a little like a low blow A work in progress Jeff Burton said the life of a driver is full of pnthejob Burton will turn 40 this sea Any driver who has stopped learning has just gotten to the point in his career where he has decided he doesnt need to learn said Thats not where anybody should ever I dont care what you You talk to a guy whos 75 years and hes still Wise guys Martin Truex has taken more than his share of ribbing since being fined several weeks ago when a policeman caught him urinating in Ive taken plenty of said but everyone pret ty much sees it the way I Everybodys done and everybody thinks its pretty Ive seen some pretty cool decals on the Funny he mentioned that Most drivers seem to have ral lied behind 72yearold James Hyltons quixotic bid to make the Daytona 500 If NASCAR says hes all right to run then we have the confidence that hell be just said Tony Lets not give this guy a hard Red Farmer is older than Hyl ton and I would trust Red Farmer with my I would ride with Red in the Daytona 500 if I had the Lets not turn this into a bad deal for this Let him enjoy The fact that hes able to run a race car and have the desire at the age of Im for 100 Hyltons chances didnt seem promising during practice on Another 50 yearold veteran Ricky was fastest in the final prac running mph in his struggled getting only mph out of his Its something he loves and wants to said Mark For most of its been the center of our lives since we were Thats not exclusive to a racecar Many peo ple have difficulty with retir especially if youre talking about retiring from something you love with a At some point in you have to face the fact that you cant compete on that level I still might choose to compete at an advanced just not on that I dont think this is Keep in touch Carl Ed wards said he hoped the absence of Mark Martin as a teammate wouldnt affect the warmth he feels for the Mark is a real said I think a lot of peo ple would say that about him because hes such a nice nothing will change between Mark and We still talk and get along and every Itll be harder at Roush because any time you lose a person from an organization whos that its ;