Talk turns to airplanes when Edwards, Kenseth break silence
SILENCE NOT GOLDEN
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Matt Kenseth didn't have much choice but to talk to Carl Edwards on Sunday.
The two were paired in the back of a pickup truck for a lap around Atlanta Motor Speedway during pre-race introductions for the seventh race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
EARNHARDT DEBUT FOR HMS
STREMME JOINS RWIChange will be the buzzword for Rusty Wallace Inc. in 2008.RWI will field two full-time entries in the Nationwide Series, David Stremme will hop on board in a part-time role, and the team will move from the Dodge nameplate to Chevrolet.
Stremme will drive the No. 64 in 17 Cup companion events, while 18-year-old Chase Austin will drive the car in 15 races. A third driver yet to be named will drive the three road-course events. Two-time 2007 pole winner Steve Wallace will continue driving a full-time schedule in the No. 66."Our entire team is thrilled about our prospects for the 2008 season," Rusty Wallace said Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "David Stremme has proven that he can get the job done in the Busch Series and we're ecstatic to have him on our team."Sponsoring both cars in '08 for the majority of races will be Atlanta-based Atreus Homes and Communities, known as HomeLife Communities until its Jan. 1 name change.-- Joe Breeze
PENSKE STAYING WITH DODGEPenske Racing owner Roger Penske said Sunday that his team will be driving Dodges for years to come. Penske said he has agreed to a multi-year deal with Dodge. The team contract was set to expire at the end of the 2008 season."We've extended our relationship," Penske said. "We've got it good. With [Robert] Nardelli there [as CEO of Chrysler], the commitment is here."As for Sam Hornish Jr., one of Penske's two IndyCar Series drivers who is considering the switch to the Cup Series but has yet to qualify for a race, the plan is to continue trying to get him in a race."We're going to keep digging," Penske said.He said the team likely will know its plans for Hornish by the Phoenix Cup race in two weeks.-- Angelique S. Chengelis
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