Evernham: Carpentier candidate to replace Riggs in No. 10
Updated: October 6, 2007, 11:09 PM ETBy David Newton | ESPN.com
CARPENTIER TO EVERNHAM?
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Patrick Carpentier could be the next open-wheel driver to make the move to the Nextel Cup Series.
GILMORE SENT HOMERichie Gilmore, the director of motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc., returned to his North Carolina home after being hospitalized in Birmingham, Ala., with an aneurysm discovered Thursday at Talladega.Max Siegel, the president of global operations at DEI, said Gilmore is resting comfortably and will undergo more tests Monday in Charlotte."He apparently was having bad migraines," Siegel said. "He went to the infield care center, and they took him to the hospital in Birmingham for tests. He did not have a stroke." Dale Earnhardt Jr., who qualified 26th for DEI, sent his best wishes to Gilmore. "Hopefully, that qualifying lap didn't give him another one," he said with a laugh. "He's going to be just fine. He's getting up there [in age,] and he needs to watch his health and take care of himself as good as he can."
FAILED INSPECTIONSThe speeds of Kurt Busch and David Ragan were disallowed after their cars failed the post-qualifying height inspection.Busch will start 41st and Ragan 42nd on Sunday.David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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