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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4E-Herald-Zehung - Sunday, January 14,2007 �*DUBIOUS * v AGHIE VEMEN T� ....... 4 >>0 it* |BB Appna 'j 0j0m8uv HE-SAID WHAT-? 1 had it in my head that I wanted to lead the first lap, and I wrecked all the way from the bottom of the hill to the top." - Jamie McMurray, after a Sonoma crash. 'Somebody ran into somebody, and then It just starts gathering cars as It goes." - Ken Schrader, after crashing on the ninth lap of a Talladega race. "Kings Royal by Crown Royal. If you can't say It three times, you haven't been drinking responsibly." - Tony Stewart, announcing the name of a race at his El-dora (Rossburg, Ohio) dirt track. "I'm sure Sterling Martin's hairpiece fell down In his face and he couldn't see me." ~ Ryan Newman, assigning blame for a Texas crash. "You know, we don't help each other in Europe. If you see somebody struggling in Formula One, you're never going to go and say, 'You're doing this wrong.' What you do is go to your guys and say, 'You see what they're doing wrong?' " - Juan Pablo Montoya  If you have a question or a comment, write: NASCAR This Week, c/o The Gaston Gazette, RO. Box 1538, Gastonia, NC 28053 Goody's disappointed, but still committed despite snub Goody's officials expressed disappointment at being supplanted, after nearly 30 years, as NASCAR's "official pain reliever" by Tylenol. Marketing Vice President Darren Singer said, "It became apparent to us early on that NASCAR was interested in going in another direction." The company isn't leaving the sport, however. The spring race at Martinsville Speedway will be the Goody's 500, and the company will continue to be represented by Richard Petty and Tony Stewart. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s sister, Kelley Elledge, is his business manager as well, and she defended her brother against suggestions by their stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt, that he needed to "decide on whether he wants to be a NASCAR driver or whether he wants to be a public personality." Junior's contract with the family team, DEI, expires at the end of the coming season. "I think most everybody in the industry knows that Dale's focus has been at its highest," said Kelley. "His number one desire and his passion is driving that race car, and that'll never change." Still no signs of a thaw in the frosty relationship between drivers Stewart and Carl Edwards. Stewart said on his Sirius Satellite radio show: "The next time that I hear Carl Edwards tell me that he's going to make me bleed, he better be ready to do it right then and there. Straight up. I don't care what the fine is from NASCAR. I've got $50,000 saved." � The move from Hendrick Motorsports to Bill Davis Racing by engine builder Dr. Andrew L. Randolph fuels the widespread resentment by established teams that Toyota is raiding the other manufacturers for top talent. Benny Parsons is cancer-free. His current difficulties relate to damage to one of his lungs caused by the harsh treatment required to eradicate the disease. The Busch Series race on Aug. 19, 2006, at Michigan International. Speedway - the one where Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Carl Edwards' car out of the way near the end - was voted by fans as the track's most exciting moment of the year. Edwards later purposely ran into Junior's car and angrily confronted him in victory lane. There are, however, no lingering hard feelings between the two. Bobby Hamilton 1957-2007 I Hamilton would never accept the label of Victim' By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Bobby Hamilton, the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion, died on Jan. 7 of cancer. It's often an exaggeration to refer to a "battle" with serious illness, but it was an accurate description in Hamilton's case. Hamilton was only 49. After being diagnosed with cancer in his neck and back early last year, Hamilton still competed in the first three races of the season. His final race was a 14th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 17, 2006. Highlights of his long, successful career in NASCAR were four victories in what is now the Nextel Cup Series, one in the Busch Series and 10 in trucks. Beginning with a Busch Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1988, Hamilton raced a total of 559 times in NASCAR's three major touring series. After winning Cup races at Phoenix, Rockingham, Martinsville and Talladega, Hamilton moved into the Truck Series as a driver-owner in 2003, winning the championship a year later. He was a lifelong resident of the Nashville, Tenn., area and was one of many fine drivers to lay a foundation on the famous paved short track at the fairgrounds there. He fought it to the end and had even planned to compete in the season's final event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As recently as December 2006, Hamilton said of the illness: "I didn't want to be labeled a victim when I announced it, and I sure won't lie down and be a victim now. "There are two things that I've truly learned from an unfortunate battle like this," he added. "One thing is that some people really go out of their way to sincerely support my battle. The flip side mm. � ��iAj'if � � * FEUD OF THE WEEK ^ Stewart v E R S U S Edwards Tony Stewart vs. Carl Edwards Stewart still holds a grudge against Edwards, who criticized him (and rammed his car on pit road) after a crash at Pocono last July. On his Sirius Satellite Radio show, Stewart said: "I don't know, but obviously, being as nice as he is hasn't gotten him very far because he didn't even win a race last year. Maybe he ought to try being a jerk this year, see If he can win a couple more races." Stewart also revived his depiction of Carl Edwards as "Eddie Haskell," referring to the character from the old television series "Leave It to Beaver." NASCAR This Week's Monte Dutton gives his take: "This all started because Stewart, not Edwards, caused a wreck. Stewart's car bored into Clint Bowyer's, and it appeared intentional in part because Stewart was shaking his fist at Bowyer at the time. Edwards was an unwitting victim, but the crash was a major blow that may have ended Edwards' chances of making the Chase. This would have been oyer long ago had Stewart only been willing to apologize at the time." Photos by John Clark/NASCAR This Week After being diagnosed with cancer In his neck and back early last year, Bobby Hamilton still competed In the first three races of the season. He died on Jan. 7. to that, unfortunately, is people really use the circumstances to say or write the story based on complete speculation and don't think about the repercussions it causes. Cancer is an ongoing battle, and once you are diagnosed, you always live with the thought of the disease in your body. It's the worst thing you could ever imagine." As these words, late in life, attested, Hamilton was an honest, often blunt, man whose courage showed in both his career and the events leading up to his death. The illness was discovered during a visit to a dentist's office, where he was having wisdom teeth removed. Hamilton publicly announced that he had cancer on the day after his final race. "I don't take an aspirin," Hamilton said at the time. "I never have. I'll be back. I just have to take my treatment." He will be greatly missed at the speedways of the land. Contact Monte Dutton at [email protected] Hylton By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Testing tires was onec a fatal proposition In the 1960s, several drivers lost their lives while tire testing for either Goodyear or Firestone. One was Jimmy Pardue of North Wilkesboro, N.C., who died at age 33 on Sept. 22, 1964, after a testing crash. Pardue had won single races in 1962 and 1963. His fatal crash occurred at Charlotte (now Lowe's) Motor Speedway. Pardue's two victories occurred in Richmond, Va., and Moyock, N.C *^/kP4 d wh07s notvfc  Who's hot - This is the best time of the year for Robby Gordon, who, at least so far, has been more competitive in the Dakar Rally than while driving his own Chevy in the Nextel Cup Series.  Who's not - Jacques Villeneuve wants to go racing in NASCAR, but his attempt to land a Roush Racing ride in the Busch Series has hit snags. Now Vllleneuve's reportedly trying to land a Craftsman Truck Series ride. enters Daytona 500 one more time nuts and bouts mm- James Hylton, who will receive the Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award on Jan. 27 at the annual Eastern Motor-sports Press Association awards banquet in Trevose, Pa., is going to enter the Daytona 500 one more time. The Inman, S.C., driver has mainly competed in ARCA in recent years, though he also competed once in the Busch Series last year. Hylton, 72, was once NASCAR's rookie of the year ... in 1966. He finished second in the Grand National (now Nextel Cup) point standings in 1966,1967 and 1971. He won major races at Richmond in 1970 and Talladega in 1972 and had four poles. Last year he was 18th in ARCA points. Hylton has entered a Chevrolet, No. 58, built and prepared by Richard Childress Racing. It will be sponsored by the Gra-hamFest, a music festival, and Mountain Rock Music, owned by his longtime friend J.C. Weaver. Hylton will also go to Daytona with Childress engines under the hood. After Daytona, Hylton*s team will enter select races with Damon Lusk, of Ken-newick, Wash., behind the wheel with Hylton moving to crew chief. Hylton said the team plans to enter 19 races and has a Car of Tomorrow under construction at the Ronnie Hopkins shop. The Daytona car is also a Hopkins chassis. associated with the damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy. If you'd like to drop him a line, he can be reached at [email protected] Hospitalized - Benny Parsons was, as these words were written, hospitalized in the intensive-care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The 1973 Winston Cup champion, still a familiar face in the sport thanks to his work as a television analyst and radio personality, has experienced complications stemming from his treatment last year for lung cancer. Though the cancer was eradicated, Parsons continues to suffer breathing difficulties Randolph switches - Bill Davis Racing has hired Dr. Andrew L. Randolph, previously director of engine development at Hendrick Motorsports, to serve as BDR's engine technical director. A release stated Randolph will "lead a development team that defines the engine architecture for the Tbyota engine.? used in the... Nextel Cup Series." Randolph holds a Ph.D in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He has worked for 22 years at General Motors and in NASCAR. Supposedly, he is "one of the world's foremost authorities on combustion analysis." Martin's schedule Mark Martin, now driving a limited schedule with Ginn Racing, will compete in the Budweiser Shootout and the first four point races of the Nextel Cup season. Martin's No. 01 Chevrolet will be handed over to Regan Smith for the races on March 25 at Bristol and April 1 at Martinsville. Including the two all-star races, Martin will compete in 14 races during the season's first half. This will be Martin's 19th straight appearance in the Budweiser Shootout and his 23rd in the Daytona 500. The famous Tulsa chili - This is the weekend of the Chili Bowl indoor midget race in llil-sa, Okla., and, as usual, the intense competition will include the likes of NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jason Leffler. Interstate Batteries has signed on to sponsor Yeley's two-car team. He will drive one car, Ricky Gaunt the other. The event is scheduled to conclude on Jan. 13. The old switcheroo - Brendan Gaughan is switching from Dodge to Chevrolet in the Craftsman Truck Series this year. ; "The team is going through a-lot of changes and we're trying; to get back to winning a championship/' said Gaughan, who came close in 2003. His Las Vegas-based team i$ now known as the South Point Racing Team. Michigan's most exciting - The Busch Series race on Aug. 19, 2006, at Michigan International Speedway - the one where Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Carl Edwards' car out of the way near the end - was voted by fans as the track's most exciting moment of the year. Edwards later purposely ran into Junior's car and angrily confronted him in victory. A ;