2007 Nextel Cup Preview

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  1. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I put this together so you will have a heads up when the 2007 season starts.
    Its not completely accurate but is the best I can come up with.

    ROTY = Rookie of the Year
    TBA = To be announced later

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    CAR: # 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Martin Truex Jr.
    OWNER: DEI ( Dale Earnhardt Inc. )
    CREW CHIEF: Kevin Manion

    no, known changes for 2007
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    CAR: # 2 Miller Lite Dodge
    DRIVER: Kurt Busch
    OWNER: Penske Racing ( Roger Penske )
    CREW CHIEF: Roy McCauley

    could be a crew chief change, some rumors have Penske switching to Toyota but have been denied and seem unlikely
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    CAR: # 4 State Water Heaters Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Ward Burton
    OWNER: Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Larry McClure, Tim Morgan)
    CREW CHIEF: Chris Carrier

    Wimmer left after Kanasa in Oct 2006 and will run for RCR in Busch and Cup. Team is looking for a full time sponsor and a driver for 2007. Todd Bodine ran the car in late 2006. AERO Exhaust removed from car due to funding issues in July 2006.
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    CAR: # 5 Kelloggs, Carquest Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Kyle Busch
    OWNER: Hendrick Motorsports ( Rick Hendrick )
    CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson

    Kellogg's and Carquest will be co-primary sponsors for the full season. No other changes known. Busch is signed thru 2009.
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    CAR: # 6 AAA Ford
    DRIVER: David Ragan ( competing for ROTY )
    OWNER: Roush Racing ( Jack Roush )
    CREW CHIEF: Jimmy Fennig

    Tryson goes over to Roush's #16 team with Fennig coming back to take over the #6. Ragan named the 2007 driver on Oct 11, 2006 to take over for Mark Martin in 2007. Tryson could end up leaving and going to another Roush team or maybe to DEI's #15 car. Martin will leave Roush Racing and go to the #01 Ginn Racing Chevy in 2007 for 22 races
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    CAR: # 7 Harrahs, Jim Beam, Menards Ford
    DRIVER: Robby Gordon
    OWNER: RGM ( Robby Gordon Motorsports )
    CREW CHIEF: Greg Erwin

    Will siwtch to Ford in 2007 and use Yates/Roush engines, hopes to add a 2nd team, Motorola or Sony could be the sponsor. Almost had a deal to buy into RYR but the deal fell thru.
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    CAR: # 8 Budweiser Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr
    OWNER: DEI ( Dale Earnhardt Inc.)
    CREW CHIEF: Tony Eury Jr

    No changes known for 2007, but the rumor mill will heat up mid 2007 if DEI hasn't signed Dale Jr. to a new contract as his current one runs out at the end of 2007 and rumors will resurface about Dale Jr. going to RCR and running the #3 car, which Dale Jr has said over and over that he has no plans to do that until the end of his career...which is not any time soon. Dale Jr. is officially signed thru 2007 with DEI and hope re re-sign with them by May 2007.
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    CAR: # 9 Dodge Dealers UAW Dodge
    DRIVER: Kasey Kahne
    OWNER: Ray Evernham Motorsports
    CREW CHIEF: Kenny Francis

    UPS was rumored to be coming aboard as the primary sponsor but Dodge wanted to stay as the primary, so UPS stayed with Jarrett and went to the #44 with him
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    CAR: # 10 Valvoline, Stanley Tools Dodge
    DRIVER: Scott Riggs
    OWNER: Ray Evernham Motorsports
    CREW CHIEF: Rodney Childers

    No changes known, looks like the sponsor package will stay in place and Riggs is signed thru 2007.
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    CAR: # 11 Federal Express Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Denny Hamlin
    OWNER: Joe Gibbs racing
    CREW CHIEF: Mike Ford

    no changes known
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    CAR: # 12 Alltel, Mobil 1 Dodge
    DRIVER: Ryan Newman
    OWNER: Penske Racing (Roger Penske)
    CREW CHIEF: Mike Nelson

    Nelson named crew chief in Dec 2006, was the crew chief for final 2 races of 2006. Matt Borland moves over to Michael Waltrip Racing as crew chief for #44 Jarrett. . Newman is signed thru 2012, which includes options on both parties
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    CAR: # 13 ( Bacardi ? TBA ) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Joe Nemechek
    OWNER: Ginn Racing (Bobby Ginn, Jay Frye)
    CREW CHIEF: Peter Sospenzo

    Re-named from MB2 Motorsports to Ginn Racing. Peter Sospenzo comes over from Hendrick Motorsports. Nemechek moves over from the #01 team to run a new team for MB2 Motorsports.
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    CAR: # 14 Waste Management, Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Sterling Marlin
    OWNER: Ginn Racing (Bobby Ginn, Jay Frye)
    CREW CHIEF: Richard “Slugger” Labbe

    Re-named from MB2 Motorsports to Ginn Racing. Ginn bought 80% of team in July 2006, buying out Nelson Bowers. Eggleston took over as crew chief in June 2006 but Slugger Labbe took over after Calif in Sept.. Marlin is supposed to be in the car thru 2007, have not heard of any changes here. Rumors of DEI merging or working with MB2 ended when Ginn bought the team. Team would like to get a full sponsor for the car. Waste Managment could end up leaving and going with Bill Lester and Toyota full time in 2007.
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    CAR: # 15 Menards Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Paul Menard (competing for ROTY)
    OWNER: DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc.)
    CREW CHIEF: ( Tony Eury Sr ?)

    The #15 comes back for DEI to run the full season and be a third team to go along with the #1-Truex Jr and #8-Earnhardt Jr. teams. Will run for ROTY. The team moves up from the Busch Series.
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    CAR: # 16 Ameriquest, 3M, (Subway ?) Ford
    DRIVER: Greg Biffle
    OWNER: Roush Racing (Jack Roush)
    CREW CHIEF: Pat Tryson

    Ameriquest will be the primary for most of the races. Tryson to take over for Doug Richert in 2007. 3M will be the primary sponsor for 7 races [not named yet]. Dish Network will be the primary sponsor for 5 races [first will be Pocono in June, others not named yet].Ameriquest supposedly will be the full time sponsor in 2007, possibly with Subway as a co-sponsor. National Guard will move to the #25 at Hendrick Motorsports in 2007. UPS was rumored denied by Jack Roush, then moved with Jarrett from RYR to MWR. Rumors have National Guard could leave but, as are all military sponsorships, one year deals. No word on Subway
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    CAR: # 17 DeWalt Tools Ford
    DRIVER: Matt Kenseth
    OWNER: Roush Racing (Jack Roush)
    CREW CHIEF: Robbie Reiser

    Arby's to be primary sponsor at Bristol in March. Kenseth signed multi-year extension with Roush in Jan 2006, no terms mentioned. DeWalt is signed thru 2009 as announced in Bristol 2006
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    CAR: # 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet
    DRIVER: J.J. Yeley
    OWNER: Joe Gibbs Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Steve Addington

    Have not heard of any planned changes
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    CAR: # 19 Dodge Dealers,UAW Dodge
    DRIVER: Elliott Sadler
    OWNER: Ray Evernham Motorsports
    CREW CHIEF: Josh Browne

    Browne takes over as full time 'Team Director/Crew Chief' after Dover in Sept 2006. Chris Andrews has been reassigned to work on special projects. Jeremy Mayfield released after Indy in August 2006, Elliott Sadler took over as of Michigan in August 2006
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    CAR: # 20 Home Depot Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Tony Stewart
    OWNER: Joe Gibbs Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Greg Zipadelli

    Stewart is signed thru 2009 as is Home Depot. Zipadelli is supposedly signed to long term deal. No changes known for 2007
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    CAR: # 21 Little Debbies Ford
    DRIVER: Ken Schrader (18 races), Jon Wood (at least 10 races, competing for ROTY)
    OWNER: Wood Brothers, JTG Racing (Tad Geschickter)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Instead of going to 2 teams, the Wood Brothers will Schrader and Wood share the #21 in 2007, with Schrader running 18 races, looks like Wood will also run at least 10, both with different sponsors, not sure about ROTY in 2007. Sponsors have not been announced with the exception of Little Debbie with Schrader. McSwain took over after NHIS in July 2006, former crew chief David Hyder went back to BAM.
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    CAR: # 22 Caterpillar Toyota
    DRIVER: Dave Blaney
    OWNER: Bill Davis Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Kevin Hamlin

    Blaney and Caterpillar return in 2007 to BDR with the #22 team. Team switched to Toyota and gets manufacturer support for the first time in years.
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    CAR: # 23 (TBA) Toyota
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: Bill Davis Racing
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Davis will field a 2nd teamm, #36 for Mayfield. No idea if the #23 team will run in 2007, or if Davis will have a third team full or part-time. Lester could end up running for the team
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    CAR: # 24 Dupont Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Jeff Gordon
    OWNER: Hendrick Motorsports (Rick Hendrick)
    CREW CHIEF: Steve Letarte

    No known chanegs. Gordon is signed to a longterm deal with Hendrick, DuPont signed up thru 2009
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    CAR: # 25 GMAC, National Guard Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Casey Mears
    OWNER: Hendrick Motorsports (Rick Hendrick)
    CREW CHIEF: Lance McGrew

    National Guard and GMAC will supposedly be co-sponsors, with the Guard coming over from the #16 team. Mears takes over for Vickers, who is supposedly going to Red Bull Racing, MWR or RYR #88.
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    CAR: # 26 Crown Royal, Irwin Tools Ford
    DRIVER: Jamie McMurray
    OWNER: Roush Racing (Jack Roush)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Crown Royal will be the sponsor for 27 races and Irwin of 11 races, no Sharpie or Smirfnoff Ice in 2007. Crew chief Bob Osborne left and went back to the #99 for the final 2 races of 2006. Wally Brown handled the final 2 races of 2006 then headed to Joe Gibbs Racing as an engineer
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    CAR: # 27 (Wabash Motorsports ? TBA) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Kirk Shelmerdine
    OWNER: Kirk Shelmerdine
    CREW CHIEF: Phil Harris

    not sure of 2007 plans
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    CAR: # 29 Shell, Pennzoil Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Kevin Harvick
    OWNER: RCR (Richard Childress Racing)
    CREW CHIEF: Todd Berrier

    GM Goodwrench leaving after 2006 with Shell to take over as co-primary with Hershey's/Reese's. Harvick reups with RCR thru 2009. This team was the #3 with Dale Earnhardt before he was killed, Childress has no plans to run the #3 again
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    CAR: # 31 Cingular Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Jeff Burton
    OWNER: RCR (Richard Childress Racing)
    CREW CHIEF: Scott Miller

    Prilosec and Lenox will both be primary sponsors in a few races. Looks like Cingular will be back in 2007, at least for the first half of the season, now owned by AT&T could change, stay or end. Burton could be in play as a free agent with his contract over after the 2007 season. Cingular 'supposedly' can only stay as a sponsor if with RCR and the #31 and with the Cingular name NOT AT&T.
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    CAR: # 32 (TBA) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: PPI Motorsports ( Cal Wells )
    CREW CHIEF: Gary Putnam

    Let most of it's people go, crew went to MWR. Team may not field a car in 2007. Kvapil will run the #6 Truck for Roush Racing in 2007, so the team is looking for a new driver and sponsor. Tide leaves after 2006, supposedly leaving the sport. Wells is not signed with a manufacturer in 2007 and is supposedly looking at all manu. Wells wants a 2nd team, but has had no luck finding a sponsor.
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    CAR: # 33 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Scott Wimmer (at least 2 races)
    OWNER: RCR (Richard Childress Racing)
    CREW CHIEF: Pat Smith

    Wimmer will run at least two races in 2007 with Holiday Inn as the sponsor and 17 races for RCR in the #29 Busch car
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    CAR: # 34 Oak Gloves Chevrolet
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: Front Row Motorsports (Brad Jenkins & Chris Edwards)
    CREW CHIEF: Mike Steuer
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    CAR: # 36 360 OTC Toyota
    DRIVER: Jeremy Mayfield
    OWNER: Bill Davis Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Tommy Baldwin

    Davis will field a 2nd team, #36 for Mayfield with new sponsor 360 OTC. Mayfield supposedly is signed thru 2009 as is 360 OTC
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    CAR: # 37 (TBA) Dodge
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: RJ Racing (John Carter)
    CREW CHIEF: Mark Tutor

    Supposedly plans were run the full 2007 season with a new owner, NFLer Mathis and Victory Motorsports Racing, but the deal supposedly fell apart and Carter remains the owner.. Just before the race at Michigan in June 2006, Mathis bought the team from John Carter/RJ Motorsports.
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    CAR: # 38 M&M’s Ford
    DRIVER: David Gilliland
    OWNER: Robert Yates Racing (Doug Yates)
    CREW CHIEF: Todd Parrott

    Rumor had Gordon/Menard could buy 50% of the team [the #88] or merge with RYR, but the deal fell thru. Elliott Sadler left after Watkins Glen in 2006, Gilliland takes over as of Michigan in August 2006, will not run for 2007 ROTY. Looks like the team will stay with the #38 and not change to #28 as was rumored. Todd Parrott comes back to Yates from the Petty's #43 after Indy in August of 2006, and took over crew chief job at Michigan in August 2006.. Barraclough replaced Tommy Baldwin before Indy in 2006 for two races. Car# could change to #28, the old number. After NHIS in July, Sadler announced to the team he would leave and go to the #19 Dodge, but M&M's will stay with the #38. At NHIS in July, rumors circulated that Sadler could leave #38 RYR ride and bring M&M's with him to the #19 Dodge. Sadler had been signed thru 2008 but had an out clause he exercised. M&M's is supposedly signed thru 2008
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    CAR: # 40 Coors Light, Lone Star
    DRIVER: David Stremme
    OWNER: Chip Ganassi Racing (Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates)
    CREW CHIEF: Steve Lane

    Tums to be primary at Chicago. Ganassi has been rumored to possibly be going to Toyota, but that rumor has been denied. Lane became crew chief early in 2006
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    CAR: # 41 Target Dodge
    DRIVER: Reed Sorenson
    OWNER: Chip Ganassi Racing (Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates)
    CREW CHIEF: Jimmy Elledge

    Tums will be the primary sponsor at Texas in April. Ganassi has been rumored to possibly be going to Toyota, but that rumor has been denied.
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    CAR: # 42 Texaco Havoline Dodge
    DRIVER: Juan Pablo Montoya (competing for ROTY)
    OWNER: Chip Ganassi Racing (Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates)
    CREW CHIEF: Donnie Wingo

    Big Red Gum (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co) will be the primary sponsor in three 2007 races [not named yet]. Montoya to leave F-1 and run for Ganassi in 2007. Casey Mears leave at end of 2006 to go to #25 Hendrick team. Ganassi denied his IRL driver Dan Wheldon is a candiate, no other drivers rumored, Ganassi has been rumored to possibly be going to Toyota, but that rumor has been denied. Texaco is supposedly signed thru 2007.
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    CAR: # 43 Cheerios, Pop Secret, Betty Crocker Dodge
    DRIVER: Bobby Labonte
    OWNER: Petty Enterprises (Richard Petty)
    CREW CHIEF: Paul Andrews

    no known changes, Andrews came over midway thru the 2006 season
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    CAR: # 44 UPS Toyota
    DRIVER: Dale Jarrett
    OWNER: Michael Waltrip Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Matt Borland

    Borland named crew chief in Dec 2006, comes over from Penske Racing and #12-Newman. Waltrip got the #44 being used by Hendrick for Terry Labonte in 2006 and controlled by Petty. Jarrett and UPS come over from RYR in 2007, 2 year deal thru 2008. Jarrett and UPS ran the #88 at RYR for years.
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    CAR: # 45 Wells Fargo, Marathon Oil Dodge
    DRIVER: Kyle Petty
    OWNER: Petty Enterprises (Kyle Petty)
    CREW CHIEF: Billy Wilburn

    Schwans won't return as a sponsor, but Marathon, Tire Kingdom and Wells Fargo do return. Not sure if the team is looking for additional sponors. Wilburn came aboard mid season 2006, Andrews went over to the #43
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    CAR: # 47 (Clorox ? TBA) Ford
    DRIVER: (Jon Wood ? TBA)
    OWNER: JTG Racing (Wood Brothers & Tad Geschickter)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Wood and Schrader will share the #21 car in 2007, Wood may run this car in a few races also
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    CAR: # 48 Lowes Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson
    OWNER: Hendrick Motorsports (Jeff Gordon)
    CREW CHIEF: Chad Knaus

    No known changes, Johnson, Knaus and Lowe's signed thru 2010
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    CAR: # 49 WhatsOnline.com Dodge
    DRIVER: ( Mike Bliss ? TBA )
    OWNER: BAM Racing (Beth Ann Morgenthau)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Crew chief David Hyder left at the end of 2006 and went to MWR #55. Plans are to have Bliss back for 2007 if a deal can be reached. WhatsOnline.com supposedly will be the full sponsor for 2006 and 2007. Hyder named crew chief after California in Sept.
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    CAR: # 52 (TBA) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Larry Gunselman and Donnie Neuenberger
    OWNER: AD Motorsports (Donnie Neuenberger, Austin Cox, Rick Ware)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    No word on 2007 plans
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    CAR: # 55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
    DRIVER: Michael Waltrip
    OWNER: Michael Waltrip Racing (Michael Waltrip, Doug Bawel)
    CREW CHIEF: David Hyder

    Hyder named crew chief in Dec 2006, comes over from #49 BAM Racing team. Waltrip's own team with Toyota as the Manu, keeps NAPA and has two other teams, #00-David Reutimann and #44-Dale Jarrett with UPS
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    CAR: # 60 SoBe No Fear Energy Drink Ford
    DRIVER: Boris Said ( 7 Races)
    OWNER: No Fear Racing (Boris Said,Mark Simo & Frank Stoddard)
    CREW CHIEF: Frank Stoddard

    Looks like a part-time deal in 2007, 7 races. Martin was rumored to be running this car part time in 2007, but will run the #01 Chevy instead. Had plans to run the full 2007 season
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    CAR: # 61 (TBA)
    DRIVER: (Chad Chaffin or Kevin Lepage ? TBA)
    OWNER: Front Row Motorsports (Bob Jenkins)
    CREW CHIEF: Randy Seals

    Front Row Motorsports bought the team in April 2006, no word on sponsor or manufacturer plans, plans to run the full 2007 season
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    CAR: # 66 Best Buy, Haas Automation Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Jeff Green
    OWNER: Haas Automation (Gene Haas)
    CREW CHIEF: Harold Holly

    Crew chiefs Holly and Robert "Bootie" Barker swapped jobs after Charlotte in Oct 2006 with Barker going to the #00 Haas CNC Racing Busch team. Moving to a larger shop in Kannapolis NC and a possible 2nd team with the #70 and Johnny Sauter
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    CAR: # 70 (Yellow Transportation ? TBA) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Johnny Sauter
    OWNER: Haas Automation (Gene Haas)
    CREW CHIEF: Bootie Barker

    Will move up from Busch [#00 car] to the #70 Chevy, unknown sponsor
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    CAR: # 71 (TBA) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: (Jason Leffler ? TBA)
    OWNER: Todd Braun
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Planned to run a race in late 2006, no word on 2007 plans in Cup
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    CAR: # 72 ( TBA ) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Brandon Whitt (competing for ROTY)
    OWNER: CJM Racing (Bryan & Tony Mullet)
    CREW CHIEF: Doug George

    Will use RCR engines in 2007. Looking for a primary sponsor in 2007. Attempted some race in 2006, plans to run a full season in 2007, plans to switch to Chevy
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    CAR: # 74 (TBA) Dodge
    DRIVER: Derrike Cope
    OWNER: Raynard McGlynn
    CREW CHIEF: Dom Turse

    supposedly will attempt to run the full 2007 saeason with Cope back as the driver
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    CAR: # 77 (Kodak ? TBA) Dodge
    DRIVER: ( Sam Hornish? Or Bill Wease ? TBA)
    OWNER: Penske Racing South (Roger Penske)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Could run Wease part time or full time in 2007 if the team comes, could change car numbers also, but have heard NOTHING about the team. Back Bawel took the # 77 owners points and joined up with Waltip and the # 55 team so Waltrip was guaranteed making the first five races. Will not run in 2006, Kodak says they expect to be back in 2007 with Penske as a full-time team. Kvapil released and now drives the # 32 car, Crew Chief Shane WIlson was also released an went to RCR as # 21 Busch crew chief.
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    CAR: # 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Kenny Wallace
    OWNER: Furniture Row Racing (Barney Vissar)
    CREW CHIEF: Joe Garone

    Wallace signed a 2-year deal to run full time and cannot run the Busch series without the team permission
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    CAR: # 81 (TBA) Ford
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: Tim Brown
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Announced he is starting a NASCAR team in 2006 and getting support from Roush Racing, sponsorship will decide which series, Cup, Busch or Trucks. Owned by former NFL great Tim Brown
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    CAR: # 83 Red Bull Energy Drink Toyota
    DRIVER: Brian Vickers
    OWNER: Red Bull Racing (Dany Bahar & Dietrich Mateschitz)
    CREW CHIEF: Doug Richert

    Richert named crew chief in Dec 2006. Vickers named the driver on June 25th, the team will run two teams
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    CAR: # 84 Red Bull Energy Drink Toyota
    DRIVER: A J Allmendinger (competing for ROTY)
    OWNER: Red Bull Racing (Dany Bahar & Dietrich Mateschitz)
    CREW CHIEF: Ricky Viers

    Allmendiner was named full time driver of this car in Oct 2006 along with Viers
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    CAR: # 88 (TBA) Ford
    DRIVER: Ricky Rudd
    OWNER: Robert Yates Racing
    CREW CHIEF: (Butch Hylton? TBA)

    If Rudd comes back, the #28 could return too, but just rumored. Yates announced at Homestead that he has a sponsor for 2007, supposedly M&M's will sponsor both the #38 and #88. Sauter is the hottest rumor. Ward Burton looks like he will head to the #4 team for 2007. Martin will not run in this car as he will run the #01 part time in 2007. The team still needs a sponsor and could end up not running, or going part time, but Yates plans to keep it a full-time team. Rumor had Gordon/Menard could buy 50% of the team or merge with RYR, but the deal fell thru as Yates didn't want to sell. Todd Parrott comes back to Yates from the Petty's #43 after Indy in August of 2006, to be crew chief of the #38. Butch Hylton took over for Slugger Labbe before Indy in 2006. Dale Jarrett and UPS will leave at end of 2006 and go to MWR and Toyota.
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    CAR: # 89 Racing With Jesus Dodge
    DRIVER: Morgan Shepherd
    OWNER: Morgan Shepherd
    CREW CHIEF: John Graham

    sold his team to CJM Racing in 2006, supposedly will run limited races in 2007
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    CAR: (# 91 TBA Toyota)
    DRIVER: ( Paul Tracy ? TBA)
    OWNER: Riley-D’Hondt Motorsports (Eddie D’Hondt, Bob & Bill Riley)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)
    two teams in the NASCAR Busch Series, as well as a Nextel Cup Series team competing in as many as five Nextel Cup "Car of Tomorrow" events
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    CAR: # 92 (TBA)
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: Front Row Motorsports (Bob Jenkins, Jimmy Means)
    CREW CHIEF: (TBA)

    Attempted some races in 2006, then shut down after the team bought the #61 team. no word if they bring the third team back in 2007

    CAR: # 94 (TBA)
    DRIVER: (TBA)
    OWNER: Keith Coleman Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Keith Montgomery

    Moving up part-time in 2006 from the Busch Series, supposedly will try to run the full 2007 season
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    CAR: # 95 (TBA) Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Stanton Barrett
    OWNER: Stanton Barrett
    CREW CHIEF: Mike Dayton

    disappeared after 16 races in 2006, no word on 2007 plans
    CAR: # 96 Texas Instruments DLP Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Tony Raines
    OWNER: Hall of Fame Racing (Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach & Bill Saunders)
    CREW CHIEF: Brandon Thomas

    Thomas took over as of Charlotte in Oct 2006. Philippe Lopez remains as competition director. Raines will be back full time in 2007, the team may run a 2nd team to compete in the COT races with a full season planned in 2008
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    CAR: # 99 Office Depot Ford
    DRIVER: Carl Edwards
    OWNER: Roush Racing (Jack Roush)
    CREW CHIEF: Wally Brown

    No changes known
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    CAR: # 00 Burger King/Domino's Pizza Toyota
    DRIVER: David Reutimann (competing for ROTY)
    OWNER: Michael Waltrip Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Larry Carter

    Carter named crew chief in Dec 2006. Reutimann will run for ROTY and both the Cup and Busch series in 2007 [#99 Aaron's Dream Machine]. The sponsors have been announced with Burger King and Domino's Pizza will be co-primary sponsors for the third MWR team -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CAR: # 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Mark Martin ( 22 races ), Regan Smith ( 16 races and ROTY )
    OWNER: Ginn Racing ( Bobby Ginn, Jay Frye )
    CREW CHIEF: Ryan Pemberton

    Re-named from MB2 Motorsports to Ginn Racing. Martin moves over from Rosuh Racing to run 22 races [20 points and the All-Star and Bud Shootout] with Regan Smith running 16 races. US Army and Pemberton stay, Joe Nemechek stays with MB2 and moves to the #13 car. Ginn bought 80% of team in July 2006, buying out Nelson Bowers. Nemechek and U.S. Army signed thru 2007, Nemechek signed a multi-year deal in July 2005, was rumored going to Toyota but Ginn said he expects both drivers back in 2007. Rumors of DEI merging or working with MB2 ended when Ginn bought the team. Army works on one-year contracts.
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    CAR: # 02 (TBA) Dodge
    DRIVER: Brandon Ash
    OWNER: Ed Ash
    CREW CHIEF: Ed Ash

    not sure on 2007 plans ,typically runs the west coast races like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Infineon Raceway and California
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    CAR: # 03 (TBA) Toyota
    DRIVER: Todd Bodine (15 races)
    OWNER: Germaine Racing
    CREW CHIEF: Mike Hillman Jr.

    plans to run 15 Cup races in 2007, supposedly only Car of Tomorrow [COT] events
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    CAR: # 07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet
    DRIVER: Clint Bowyer
    OWNER: RCR ( Richard Childress Racing )
    CREW CHIEF: Gil Martin

    No known changes for 2007. Jack Daniel's is signed thru 2009.
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    CAR: # 09 Miccosukee Ford
    DRIVER: Mike Wallace
    OWNER: Phoenix Racing (James Finch)
    CREW CHIEF: Marc Reno

    Assuming the team will run their normal part-time schedule in 2007
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    CAR: # (TBA) Ford
    DRIVER: Greg Sacks
    OWNER: Daytona Speed Inc. (Greg Sacks, James Wilsberg)
    CREW CHIEF: Paul Sacks

    No word on 2007 plans as Sacks was supposed to run many 2006 races and didn't. The #13 will be used by MB2 Motorsports, so Sacks will need a new number IF he comes back
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thanks Wolfman for all the good info & time you put into this post!
     

  3. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    Thankx Wolfman, Now lets see if I have this right...

    Dale Jarette driver of the 88car will be driving the 44 car A Toyota, for MWR
    The 88 car may turn into the 28 car with Ricky Rudd driving.
    But wait? Dosent the 28 car belong to Chip and Casey Mears?
    Oh Yeah.
    Casey will be in the 5 car for Hendricks, and Vickers is going to......
    And I dont even want to think about Mark Martin.
    OHH Man I love silly season!!! Looks like Im going to have to buy a program this year.
     
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    beetle New Member

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    Thanks for all the work you put in to this Wolfman!