Penske To Field Intrepids

Penske Racing South looks like it will go back to the future.

Rather than use the current Dodge Charger body style, Penske teammates Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman will most likely run the older Intrepid model at this season's second and third NEXTEL Cup races, at Fontana and Las Vegas.

Busch tested both models during this week's Preseason Thunder Testing session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and apparently the team liked the way the Intrepid ran.

"We're going to use whichever car our team thinks is the better performer," Penske South team president Don Miller said. "Right now, that looks like it's going to be the 2004."

Newman ran an Intrepid at last season's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway along with fellow Dodge driver Kasey Kahne. However Ray Evernham, who fields cars for Kahne, Jeremy Mayfield and newcomer Scott Riggs, said his team plans on sticking with the Charger.

Dodge teams have complained to NASCAR about the nose configuration on the Charger, but the sanctioning body has yet to grant the manufacturer a change to the current template.

Sources report that Dodge is planning to conduct a test session at Nashville Superspeedway to develop a new nose that will be presented to NASCAR for the 2006 season.

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