2003 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Brian Vickers will share Braun Racing’s #32 Nationwide Toyota with former Richard Petty Motorsports driver Reed Sorenson this season. Vickers will begin the season at Daytona International Speedway, and run at least 10 races, mostly companion events on Sprint Cup weekends. Sorenson will run 23 races, with the road course events at Montreal and Road America still to be determined
Prepare For Trash Talk: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey have placed a bit of a “side bet” on tonight’s college football National Championship game between the Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide.
The loser will be required fly the rival track’s flag over his speedway for three days following the game, while wearing the shirt and hat of the winning team. The winner will also eat well at the loser’s expense, with Texas’ Gossage offering up a lunch from Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, while Talladega’s Humphrey counters with a plate of Dreamland Barbeque ribs.
Knowing the personalities of the men involved, a liberal dose of post-game “woofing” is also expected.
Dillon To Trucks: Richard Childress Racing will run fulltime on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, fielding a black #3 Chevrolet Silverado for third generation driver Austin Dillon.
Dillon is the grandson of team owner Richard Childress and the son of RCR Vice President of Competition Mike Dillon. “We are going to run full time with Austin in the truck… we do have a sponsor, and we’re real excited about it,” said the elder Dillon this week. He also revealed that plans for a second RCR Truck Series entry have been scrapped, adding, “We decided to go another route.”