Saturday, May 24, 2014

Charlotte "News" and Notes

--We're just a few hours away from the biggest day in racing on the calendar!  Monaco!  Indianapolis!  Charlotte!  And, um…Topeka?

--Kurt Busch attempts to "Do the Double" for the first time tomorrow, running the Indy 500, then flying down to Charlotte for the Coke 600.  Personally, I can't wait to see all seven IndyCar diehards try to rationalize away a great run by Kurt at Indy.

--Good news for Trevor Bayne--he's moving to Cup full-time!  Roush-Fenway announced today that Bayne will move up with his Nationwide sponsor (Advocare) and Nationwide car number (6) to Cup in 2015.  This means that we should have another four-car team in Cup next year--Joe Gibbs Racing.

--No word yet on who will move into the Wood Brothers car in 2015.  The 12-races (or so) of sponsorship that Ford provides hopefully means that they can sign someone deserving of the ride, and NOT have to go to John Wes Townley, who isn't deserving of a ride in a van to the track.

--Jeff Gordon is dealing with back issues (no, not of Winston Cup Scene) and will have Regan Smith standing by if necessary tomorrow.  Nascar insiders were stunned to hear the word "spaz" and not have it somehow involve Kyle Busch.

--Remember Jeff Burton?  Well, he's planning on running at least two more races in 2014--Kentucky and Michigan.  In theory, the 66 team will run MWR equipment in two other races as well, to allow co-owner Michael Waltrip to recreate his career by running 35th.