NASCAR has received permission from Virginia Tech to display the school’s logo on its racecars for the next three weeks; a tribute to the victims of the recent shootings there.
The Virginia Tech logo will be displayed on the “B-post” – the area just to the right of the driver’s side window net – on cars Nextel Cup and Busch Series cars at Phoenix, Talladega and Richmond, and on Craftsman Truck entries at Kansas Speedway April 28th.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said, “We wanted to make a simple, but strong gesture of remembrance. We are grateful the university gave us clearance to display their logo.”
MWR Personnel Shuffle Begins: Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Buddy Sisco will take over as crewchief on the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota this weekend, replacing Scott Eggleston. Derrick Finley has been named Lead Team Engineer on Waltrip's #55 car. There is no word on Eggleston’s status with the team.
Sisco had served as car chief on David Reutimann’s Domino's Pizza Toyota. He began the season as crewchief for Jeremy Mayfield at Bill Davis Racing, before jumping to the Waltrip camp.
MWR Vice President and General Manager Ty Norris said today that the team has also made personnel changes in its fabrication and engineering departments, in an effort address the shortcomings that have plagued the team so far this season.
"I feel we have made positive moves within our organization to help improve preparation in the shop, which will show on the race track," Norris said. "We have reassigned several key individuals and resources within the engineering department and have strengthened our test team. This is the most competitive season NASCAR has ever seen. We believe these changes were necessary to compete at this level and will make us a better race team."