-December 2010 Headlines-

 

JJ Yeley Returning to Whitney Motorsports-

   Whitney Motorsports's Facebook page has confirmed the resigning of JJ Yeley to the 46 car in 2011. Yeley had origionally been with them at the beginning of 2010, but was fired after a string of DNQs. No word on any sponsors returning.

Mayfield Not Done with NASCAR-

   Jeremy Mayfield, as many probably know, was suspended early in the 2009 season indefinately due to testing positive for methamphetamines. However, Mayfield said that this test was a false, and that he would not go down without a fight. After filing a lawsiut against NASCAR not too long after the suspension and losing, he is now appealing the court's decision of the defendant. Mayfield has 40 days as of right now (12/28) to file the argument for the appeal, and could get a hearing in a Richmond court as early as September. The District Court Judge who worked on the case the first time had gone in favor of NASCAR due to the number of waivers Mayfield signed to compete in the sport, and believed he didn't have enough evidence to show that NASCAR was wrong.

Rousch Nationwide Series Campaign Looking Uneasy-

   Last year, Rousch-Fenway Racing was getting its swagger back in both the Cup and Nationwide Series, as the team got a combined 8 wins in both series and got Ricky Stenhouse Jr. far enough to get Rookie of the Year honors. But this year's situation is looking bleak for the 3 full time teams in the Rousch NNS garage, as many of the sponsors are either leaving or haven't made plans up to this point. Carl Edward's number 60 car has gone from 2 main sponsors (Copart and Fastenal) to just Fastenal. Conway Frieght has apparently left the 16 team as Trevor Bayne takes over that ride this year. The only team that looks set is Ricky Stnehouse Jr.'s car as CitiFinancial and the over-generous sponsors Blackwell Angus Beef return to the 6 team. Rousch is trying to fix the situation, as he has mooved RFR's headquarters from Mooresville, NC to Concord in an effort to get more sponsorship and recieve better information behind the scenes. Still, with half of Carl Edward's season and nearly all of Bayne's still in question, they still have a couple months to find something.

Kenny Wallace to RAB Motorsports-

   It was confirmed this week that Kenny Wallace will drive the #09 Toyota for RAB Motorsports in the Nationwide Series for 2011. Wallace, who was the first guest we had for TRE Live, was driving for the 28 team in 2010 with minimal success. RAB currently has primary sponsorship for 16 of the 34 events in NNS competiton which include Federated Auto Parts, who transferred with Wallace from Jay Robinson Motorsports. Others that have been announced were the University of Northwestern Ohio and Family Farmers. The team also said that a second ride will be made for Boris Said in the road course races at Road America, Montreal, and The Glen, in an effort to have Wallace go for the NNS championship, while still getting a chance to shine again after Said got his first NASCAR big three victory in the 09 last year in Montreal. No word yet on Wallace's successor at JRM.

Update on Michael Waltrip-

   Michael Waltrip has announced on the MWR website that he will drive in the Daytona 500 as expected in 2011 and the new race at Kentucky Speedway, along with others as time goes on. There were originally word going around that Waltrip would drive the number 15 in the 500 to officially end his career, however, he looks to be killing that idea, as he announced that he and MWR co owner Rob Kauffman have also decided on trying the Ferrari sports car at Portugal and Dubai, with others yet to be determined. It is unknown at this point who he will drive for, whether it is the number 15 car being passed around the web, or continuing with PRISM Motorsports's 55 team, which he drove the two Talladega races in to give PRISM its only decent finishes of the year, not to mention sponsorship. We'll give you updates on the crew and car number as soon as it is passed on to us.

FRM has One Less Crew Chief-

   Brian Burns, who was crew chief of the 34 team last year for Front Row Motorsports, has left the team. We don't know exacly why Burns left, but FRM has said they are looking for a replacement. News also broke that the team's owner points among the 37 and 38 teams are swapping so that David Gilliland, arguably the most effective in the FRM cars, will be the one fighting for the lock-in spot next year.

The Plot Thickens on the Wood Brothers Garage-

   It came as a surprise when it was announced shortly after the end of the season that WBR could be trying to make a full season next year. Bill Elliot, the '88 series champion, had some excellent starting positions, but couldn't find a top 10 position. But along came Nationwide Series eyebrow-raiser Trevor Bayne who not only made an impressive 17th place run in the car in the Texas chase race, but also stayed on the lead lap, something not as common when Elliot was in the car. That finish must have payed off, as Bayne took the raines this month to test out Daytona's new surface, not Elliot. Now Jayski is reporting that Trevor is expected to start in the car for the Great American race and more with the Petty-Yates owner points headed their way, while Bill Elliot could be starting the 500 in James Finch's ride unsponsored. So whether Bayne goes for ROTY, Elliot pulls a Sterling Marlin and ends his career with Finch, or any of that, it's pretty surprising this garage isn't getting that much publicity.

   UPDATE: Jayski has reported that Bill Elliot will NOT drive for James Finch according to the team owner. WBR is actually now saying that they will continue with the scheduele that they have had for the last few years, with Trevor Bayne's season currently not going on.

Kvapil Doing Double Duty?-

   Travis Kvapil is currently driving for Front Row Motorsports in the Cup Series, but he is best known for his Truck Series campaigns, recieving the 2003 Truck Series championship. Speaking of "recieving," there's word that Randy Moss Motorsports driver Mike Skinner has been released from his NCWTS job, and that former champ Kvapil could be driving for them next year, snapping a three year hietus from full year competition in the series. We'll bring you updates as they come to us.

UPDATE: No word on this transaction being certain, but Mike Skinner is keeping quiet about it, and is not confirming he is out of a job.

Travis Pastrana to make NASCAR Debut early-

   It was announced this week that Travis Pastrana and Michael Waltrip have teamed up in the K&N Pro Series East to drive the newly instated Pastrana-Waltrip Racing car for the Toyota All-Star Showdown held at Irwindale Speedway to begin the motocross racer's NASCAR career. Pastrana has already been testing the car at a local track in Florida and word is that he loks promising to look good out of the gate. The All-Star Showdown will go green on the 28th and 29th of January.

Kahne is now number 4-

   Red Bull Racing has announced that Kasey Kahne will drive in the number four car instead of the expected 82 or 84. The car has beed released to the web and is similar to Vickers's number 83, omit the number on the car. Kahne will drive this car for one season before heading off to Hendrick Motorsports and the 5 team in 2012. It is expected that Kahne will recieve the owner points position from Speed's car last year.

Justin Allgaier / Turner finds Sponsor-

   Justin Allgaier and the #31 Turner Motorsports team have found a sponsor for this season. The Illinois technological company BRANDT struck a deal with the team to their first full time deal in the company's history. Allgaier is now in his third full time season in the Nationwide Series and is considered one of the best drivers not in Sprint Cup competition.

2nd Chance Motorsports Back thanks to Rousch-

   2nd Chance Motorsports and the #79 team will return to drive some if not all of the 2011 races, sponsor pending. They had not gotten a COT car for this year until they were able to get a car from Rousch Fenway Racing, meaning they will have enough equipment to at least start and park for the coming races unless they acn find sponsorship. No word yet on who the driver will be.

Daytona Renovations Almost Finished-

    After 23 weeks of grueling work, Daytona International Speedway is getting ready for the 500 this February. Not only was there paving work going on after a pothole developed during the 500, but there were other tasks going on, like installing lights, changing the catchfences, scoring loops, and painting the infamous yellow line. The projects are ongoing, but are running on scheduele, with most of the work on the finishing touches. Many drivers are expected to test the repaving job this Wednesday and Thursday.

Eric McClure / Hefty Moving to TriStar-

            Eric McClure, who for much of the season was in last among drivers who ran every race before knocking out of the lock-in position, will not be returning to Team Rensi and the #24 team in 2011 Nationwide Series. It was announced last week that Eric McClure, along with long time sponsorship partner Hefty, is going to join Tri Star Motorsports, who has needed this deal after the departure of FRM owner Bob Jenkins brought the Long John Silver’s decals, drivers (Tony Raines and Jason Keller), and possibly even the car numbers with him. McClure is signed for the entire 34-race season with TriStar, and is expected to be in a good position with TriStar finishing 29th and 23rd in the owner points last year. The car numbers and if he will have any teammates, is currently unknown at this point.

JGR’s Nationwide Campaign Changes Coming-

            The Joe Gibbs Racing entries last year were 1st and 4th in the owner points, and now the team is taking the opportunity of bringing in another Nationwide team. The car will sport the number 11 that was formerly taken by Braun Racing, but it will still carry Brian Scott as the driver (Scott ran with Braun’s version of the car for the bulk of 2010), with Kevin Kidd in the pit box, who was with the 20 team last year.

            The 20 team meanwhile will involve a promotion, as a former engineer on the car, Adam Stevens, takes over for Kidd. This team will sport Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano once again this year, with Logano driving for around 20 of the races, continuing with the sponsorship from SportClips and Game Stop. Hamlin will likely not be the only driver filling in for the other 14 or so races not being run by Logano, but it is said that Interstate Batteries will be the main scheme for Hamlin’s runs in the car.

            The 18 team will not have many changes. Kyle Busch is running most if not all of the races with Jason Ratcliff again in the pit box for another year, along with the same sponsors: Z-Line Designs, NOS Energy Drink, Combos, and Interstate Batteries.

 

Keyed Up Motorsports Going for the Cup Again?

            We are hearing rumors that Keyed-Up Motorsports, team for the #90 Chevrolet in the first portion of the 2010 season, would like to return to competition in 2011, driving the first 5 races or more if they can snag a spot in the top 35. This was reported not too long ago on Jayski, however neither the Keyed-Up’s Twitter page nor website has confirmed this rumor. We will report any updates that come in.

 

Scott Speed Suing Red Bull; Still Unsure about 2011

            Well fans, if you like a driver who’s loyal to his Twitter followers, you’re gonna love this one. Scott Speed said his Twitter yesterday quote:

“Today should be the day my lawyer files this lawsuit against Red Bull…Had to tell my loyal twitter followers before they saw it online ;)”

            So, after 7 years of driving for Team Red Bull in multiple racing divisions, he is now in gridlock with the Austrian company and its racing team, saying in a phone interview that he was only faxed that he was fired from the team, explaining it as being “kicked to the curb.” Speed has sewed Team Red Bull for a total of 6.5 million dollars through breach of contract. He also said yesterday that he is still looking for a job in NASCAR, ultimately killing the rumor that Morgan-McClure had been considering him to take a job. Wherever he goes, though, he says that he’ll keep everyone posted.