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Impala Returns to NASCAR
Chevrolet announced the Impala SS will come into NASCAR NEXTEL NEXTEL Cup competition next year in 16 "Car of Tomorrow" races beginning at Bristol in March. Full Story

Nicorette Back with Gordon
Jeff Gordon will fly the Nicorette colors again in 2007, continuing a sponsorship deal between Hendrick Motorsports and the nicotine gum manufacturer. Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet will carry a new Nicorette paint scheme next year in NEXTEL Cup races at Las Vegas, Chicagoland, Richmond and Atlanta.

To date, Nicorette has helped 173 NASCAR officials and crew members quit smoking with the QUIT Crew program.

Ragan to Ride with Stewart
Tony Stewart and David Ragan didn't exactly see eye-to-eye last week in Martinsville, but the two will have plenty of time to get to know each other this week in Atlanta. Ragan bid $5,750 to buy a pre-race ride around the track with Stewart at AMS, with the proceeds going to Speedway Children's Charities.

"Tony, he criticized me a lot after last week, and when a champion does that, it's good to go talk to him," Ragan said. "I think I'll ask him his thoughts, what I should have done different, just introduce myself so that if I step out of line in the future, he'll come talk to me about it."

Stewart is looking forward to the meeting.

"I think it's hilarious; it's great," Stewart said. "He could have saved a little money by just picking up the phone and calling me, but at least it's for a good cause."

Seaberg Truck Driver Challenge Winner
Evernham Motorsports hauler driver Jeff Seaberg, who steers the No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge to the track each week, was named the 2006 Pilot Truck Driver Challenge winner. Seaberg claimed his $50,000 check and large trophy in front of a roon full of his peers.

Seaberg claime dthe title by acing a comprehensive test of driving ability, alertness and dedication to his profession. The competition included safety checks, spot quizzes and navigating through driving courses.

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