Ikansas Notebook:/I Team Limit

KANSAS CITY - NASCAR floated one of its famous trial balloons Saturday morning with a few members of the media which blew up into a Kansas tornado.

NASCAR CEO Brian France and President Mike Helton shared with a few select members of the press that the sanctioning body is contemplating limiting the number of NEXTEL Cup teams one owner can operate, as soon as the 2007 season.

A team limit is expected to be instituted, a move that would immediately effect Roush Racing, which has a five-car operation this season, and Hendrick Motorsports, which fields four cars.

When word of the meeting reached the media center and the garage area, it sparked a firestorm.

"We haven't arrived at that, but very shortly we're going to be announcing a long-range policy that will speak to that," said France about the number of teams which will be allowed.

"To a Roush or a Hendrick, who's done everything right who has five cars and might have a sixth on the way, you're going to be impacted more. We're just trying to take everything into consideration. It would be some number much lower than five. It will be a cap."

No word yet on whether current teams which field more than the proposed car limit will be "grandfathered" in to the new regulations.

"I'm not gonna give anybody a sound bite and I'm not gonna respond to a meeting that I didn't know anything about with whatever the agenda was for it, but I'm not going there," team owner Jack Roush said in a media conference Saturday morning. "I'm ignorant of what happened and the reason I'm ignorant in this case is that I was given neither the consideration or courtesy of either being consulted or informed of what they'll do or what they might do or what they're considering."

"You're not going to get a sound bite from me or anybody in our organization that says, 'Man this is the last straw.' They've put a lot of loads of pig iron on my back before and we'll truck this one just fine too."

When asked if this proposed limitation felt like it was directly pointed at Roush, he responded, "It feels like Get Shorty to me."

Roush also confirmed a report that current Craftsman Truck Series Driver Todd Kluever will run a full-time Busch Series schedule next season before moving to the Roush Racing No. 6 NEXTEL Cup Ford in 2007. Jamie McMurray, who signed to join Roush in 2007, will take over the No. 97 entry being vacated by Kurt Busch.

Kevin Harvick returned to Kansas after leaving with his wife Deanna to be with his ill father-in-law. Harvick qualified his GM Goodwrench Chevy and will also race in Saturday's United Way 300 Busch Series race.

Scott Wimmer, who will start Sunday's race fourth, will be back with Bill Davis Racing in 2006. Wimmer will again pilot the team's Caterpillar Dodge with new teammate Michael Waltrip coming on board in a NAPA-sponsored Charger.

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