Racingone Pitnotes: California

Weekend Statistics: Driver Averages | Driver Ratings | Qualifying Results | Starting Lineup | 1st Practice Speeds | 2nd Practice Speeds | Final Practice Speeds

    Be sure to pick up your exclusive copy of RacingOne Pitnotes on Sunday at California Speedway with the Sony HD 500 souvenir program. The at-track publication includes all the latest news, photos and scanner frequencies.

    Tracy to Drive for Riley-D'Hondt
    Newly formed Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports announced that Sport Clips has agreed to be the primary sponsor of one of their new teams in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series with Paul Tracy slated to run for the organization. Full Story

    Harvick Won't Run Busch Series Full-Time in 2007
    Kevin Harvick told the media Friday morning that he plans on just running the NASCAR Busch Series events that run in conjunction with the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2007.

    Burton Says No to Change
    Jeff Burton, who will start seventh in the Sony HD 500, says that California Speedway has the opportunity for multiple groove racing and the track should not be changed.

    "I am just not a proponent of changing race tracks," Burton said. "There is no evidence that has been presented to me that anybody knows what they are doing when they go to build a race track, much less change it. I don't want to see them change the race track at all."

    Gordon Did Try to Buy Into RYR
    Robby Gordon stated Friday during the NEXTEL Wake-up call with the media that he did try to buy half of Robert Yates Racing's two cars.

    "We had funding and sponsorship in place for the 88 car," Gordon said. "We have our car funded for the 7 car. I wanted to buy half of his two cars. That was the deal that was proposed. So whatever you want to hear on the other side of the street, the deal was I wasn't going to do it unless I could own half of those two cars.

    Gordon thought he could have been a good coach for the new talent at RYR in David Gilliland and Stephen Leight.

    "To date I don't know what they are going to have for experience showing up at the Daytona 500.

    "Who knows what is going to happen. There are a lot of things that made sense for Robert, myself, Doug - a lot of good alliances there. It is unfortunate that it is dead," Gordon said.

    Hornish to Stock Cars?
    Roger Penske said that he's looking to enter two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion in some NASCAR Busch and ARCA RE/MAX Series races next season.

    Hornish, who trails his teammate Helio Castroneves by 1 point heading into the IRL season finale, has always said he would think about stock car racing once he won the Indy 500, a feat he accomplished this season.

    "Roger is a true racer himself and wants to win as many races as he can so someday he might feel like that is the thing I need to do next. In all reality if it were going to happen it would be a mutual agreement between the both of us. It wouldn’t just be that I would want to do it or that he wanted to do it. Everything would have to be right to go stock car racing." Hornish told RacingOne back on August 3.

    Johnson, Martin Pace Practices
    Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin, respectively, paced the second and final practices on Saturday in preparation for the Sony HD 500. Johnson's speed of 176.856 mph was the fastest on the day that saw just about every driver post their best time on their first lap. 2nd Practice Speeds | Final Practice Speeds

    Countdown for Kahne
    Time is running out on Kasey Kahne's hopes to make the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup." Despite winning four races this season, Kahne still finds himself on the outside looking in on the championship season. Full Story

    Additional News, Notes and Rumors
  • A hot night is on tap Sunday with race time temperatures expected to be in the 90's.
  • Today, Kyle Busch left his mark in the California Speedway Walk of Fame by leaving his footprints at the enterance of the 2-mile speedway.
  • Dodge may enter its new Challenger in NEXTEL Cup competition, replacing the current Charger body style. There is also the possibility the manufacturer will keep the Charger but roll out the Challenger model as part of the "Car of Tomorrow" events on next year's calendar.
  • Michael Waltrip says its down to David Reutimann and Travis Kvapil for the third seat on his new team next year. An announcement is now expected to come at Charlotte in mid-October.
  • Champ Car's A.J. Allmendinger may be the next to join Paul Tracy in NASCAR. Allmendinger tested a Craftsman Truck at Richmond earlier this week and may have a Busch-ARCA schedule for 2007 in work.
  • Chicagoland Speedway is rumored to be adding a Craftsman Truck Series race as part of its July NASCAR weekend in 2007. Kansas Speedway's annual truck race will shift back to April as part of the IRL weekend, opening up a weekend in July that could shuffle the schedule and bring the trucks to title sponsor Craftsman's backyard.

    Busch Captures Fifth Pole of 2006
    Kurt Busch won his second straight pole position Friday afternoon taking the top spot for Sunday's Sony HD 500 at California Speedway with a lap of 184.540 mph in his Miller Lite Dodge. Full Story | Starting Lineup | Bud Pole Standings

    What drivers are saying this weekend at California Speedway
  • "It is frustrating to come out here with this track schedule. It just doesn't make any sense from when we practice to when we race. Probably the only thing half way decent is when they schedule qualifying because it starts a little later. We practice in the heat of the day when it is really hot and slick. The biggest concern is we race starting at 5:00 on and we don't have a single practice in the early morning or late afternoon or evening to get even close to the same track conditions we will race on." -Jeff Gordon
  • "I think we have a good shot to run well this weekend, I am not sure about our shot to win. It is like any week, you never know who is going to be good until after the first round of practice or so. I feel like this is a place we run well. I like coming to the two-mile race tracks. We run well at Michigan and we run well here." -Kyle Busch
  • "Our car is really good. It shouldn’t be any problem if we don't have anymore trouble, but it's real close. We went from fourth to tenth last week and if we don’t have any trouble this week, we should be better than tenth when it's over with." -Mark Martin
  • "I like it (California Speedway). I think it's a lot like Michigan. I think there's a lot of room to race out there. It’s real wide and I think there's a lot of passing." -Matt Kenseth

    California Car Shots
    A look at some of the paint schemes running in Sunday's Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. View Gallery

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