NASCAR Sprint Media Tour - Day Four

David Pearson

David Pearson was on hand for the No. 21 paint scheme unveiling. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The final day of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway rolled on Thursday as the fourth day of the annual event headed to the checkered flag.

The day began with an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series presentation as the sanctioning body prepares to celebrate its 60th season in 2011.

A list of “60 Greatest Moments” has been compiled to commemorate the anniversary starting with founder Wally Parks establishing the series in 1951.

2010 NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon and the legendary Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney were on hand as part of the press conference that also saw an announcement that the series will create a special pewter Wally trophy in honor of anniversary.

A hanger at the Concord Regional Airport was the next stop to meet with Roush Fenway and Wood Brothers Racing.

RFR team owner Jack Roush introduced his four car Sprint Cup stable of drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and David Ragan and announced that all four cars are fully funded for this season.

"All of our sponsors agree they continue to see NASCAR as the sport that's very important to their marketing efforts," Roush said. "They see Roush Fenway as an organization that's a terrific investment and for good reason. For 2011, every Cup program has all new cars built. We have realigned our engineering department and we have new software to run our programs on."

Roush also outlined the team’s plans for the Nationwide Series with Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse set to pilot of pair of Ford Mustangs in the division.

While Edwards has plans to run the entire Nationwide schedule despite not being eligible for a championship due to NASCAR’s new policy of limiting drivers to run for a single title, sponsorship will dictate the No. 60 team’s future.

“I want to run the whole schedule even though I can’t win the championship,” Edwards said. “But Jack has to have the funding to do so and our main focus is on the Sprint Cup side of things for sure. Hopefully it will all work out because I love running the Nationwide series.”

Edwards along with Biffle and Kenseth will also have something more to look forward to this season as the trio is expecting children in 2011.

The Roush drivers also fielded questions in the wake of yesterday's points and Chase announcements at the NASCAR stop on the tour.

"I did see the most points you could get for winning was 48 so that's kind of unique," David Ragan said about the points system. "I think it's great. The bottom line is it's easy to figure out. It will be simpler for not only the fans, but for us."

The Wood Brothers, who will run young Trevor Bayne in a 17-race schedule, unveiled a special paint scheme for their iconic No. 21 entry.

As a tribute to future NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee David Pearson, the team will field a car sporting the paint scheme the “Silver Fox” drove for the organization in the 53rd running of the Daytona 500.

Pearson was on with several members of his crew from the 70s for the unveiling of the car.

Joe Gibbs Racing was the final stop of the 2011 tour to meet with drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Brian Scott. Team owner Joe Gibbs and president J.D. Gibbs outlined plans for the new season, which will celebrate the team’s 20th anniversary.

“Twenty years ago we had 16 employees working in a small leased building," Joe Gibbs said. "Today, we have more than 400. This is a good time for us. We’ve had two of our most important sponsors re-up in the middle of this financial situation. We’re also adding a Nationwide team (Brian Scott, driver) this year.”

Former JGR drivers Dale Jarrett (via video), Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte were on hand to help commemorate the anniversary.

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