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Biffle remains at Roush with Ameriquest in Cup:
Ameriquest is continuing to escalate its NASCAR sponsorship, moving up from Busch to Nextel Cup with GREG BIFFLE, who will race No.16 Ford with Roush Racing for the 2007 season. Biffle took the moment to ensure folks that he is not going to Yates Racing as had been rumored. The Coast Guard program details couldn't be done for next year. Biffle doesn't know the details but is disappointed. Team owner JACK ROUSH echoes the sentiment, thanking the Coast Guard for all it does to protect our country and our economy. No 2007 Crew Chief has been announced yet for Biffle, but Roush said it won't be DOUG RICHERT. Roush said Richert is a card-carrying Crew Chief, who will no doubt find happiness in some other opportunity. In the meantime, it will be a busy off-season. "We're not done with looking within, and there's a long list of people to consider."

Roush doesn't feel there is an unfair advantage in the garage:
JACK ROUSH doesn't feel that the Chevrolet Monte Carlos have an unfair advantage over his Ford Fusions, but is upset that Chevrolet gets a new engine next year, and Ford has to wait until 2008. The Fusion was approved in 2005, and Roush thought the Fusion was better than the Taurus. "Whatever we lacked wasn't due to the body shape of the car."

Chase OK with Roush:
Roush feels The Chase format is fine as is. "Whatever they do we'll be there."

Blowing bubbles:
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has a new look for the 2007 NASCAR season - Wrigley Brands gums. Team Owner Ganassi said that next year it will be OK to blow bubbles in team meetings. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA of Colombia will race No.42 Big Red Dodge in three Nextel Cup races as part of his full season run for the Rookie Championship. Big Red will remain with JPM for the remainder of the Cup season as an associate sponsor.

REED SORENSON of Peachtree City GA and DAVID STREMME of South Bend IN will share the first 25 runs in the No.41 Busch Series Dodge featuring rotating graphics for Spearmint, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit and Winterfresh, with Wrigley's as an associate sponsor for the remaining ten Busch races.

There's life after 'Talladega Nights':
KEN CLAPP of Northern California is a retired Senior VP of NASCAR and now is a contract consultant to NASCAR Digital Entertainment, which sends him in several directions. He was involved with the recent comedy hit, "Talladega Nights" which had a NASCAR racing theme. One of his new projects is another movie in which NASCAR will be involved. The movie is in the preliminary stages, and could start filming by late 2007 or early 2008. It won't be a comedy, but other than that Clapp won't divulge. Clapp is also on 'loan' to California Speedway.

Site sight:
California Speedway held a press conference at PIR Friday afternoon with California Speedway President GILLIAN ZUCKER and NASCAR President, MIKE HELTON. Zucker said after this year's Labor Day NASCAR race, the track hired Associated Engineers Inc to conduct a sight line study. This has led to recommendations for what Zucker characterized as "subtle track improvements." Included in the planned changes are removing the first row of RV parking on backstretch which would improve safety conditions by adding fifty feet on the inside retaining wall and the 150-foot skid pad. This will also improve sight lines for the 40,000 lower grandstand seats. This means 157 fewer RV parking spaces. Zucker called each one of those space holders to advise of the loss. For the most part she said they took it well.

Infield RV viewing will be enhanced with two new NEXTEL vision screens with FM band radio audio for the audio from the Public Address system and MRN broadcasts.

Zucker was pleased with the two Nextel Cup races this year, which she said were "remarkably competitive," Between the two, there were 43 green flag lead changes among ten drivers and more than 6,000 total passes (actually 6,430 according to NASCAR) - the most passes on any non-restrictor plate track. Fontana passing was up by 48.4 percent compared to last year, surpassed only by Chicagoland and Atlanta.

When asked about the concerns about reaching the Souvenir Stands, Zucker said that souvenir shoppers not attending the race cause considerable operational difficulties. Therefore, she said, additional opportunities will continue to be provided for them to shop and not impede those who want to attend the race.

Helton said NASCAR applauds the changes. The banking at the track, based on Daytona International Speedway, is set to enhance fans sight lines.


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02/18/06 Daytona. Gregg Biffle  in the Roush Racing/National Guard Ford Fusion. Photo Credit: autostock
Jack Roush keeps check on his drivers during qualifying for the Daytona 500. Mark Martin posted the best time by the Roush Racing stable with a 14th placed effort [Photo: autostock].
Reed Sorensen talks to team boss Chip Ganassi at Indianapolis. [Pic Credit IMS Media/Dana Garrett]
Brian Scott. (Picture Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, holds his daughter, Lydia Sunday, November 22, 2015 before final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson and other Jeff Gordon teammates at Hendrick Motorsports wore tribute hats to honor the retiring Chevy driver prior to the start of the race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to a sixth place finish Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Gordon finishes third in the Chase for the Cup Championship. This was Gordon`s last race as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. He has made 796 consecutive Cup Series starts, earned 93 wins, and 81 poles - all behind the wheel of Chevrolets. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick finishes as the runner-up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place, and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision finishes in twelfth place Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. This Chevrolet drivers finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the Chase of the Cup Championship. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Team battled back from a bad re-start after the first caution of the race to finish 17th in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo Credit: Campbell Marketing)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Former racing driver Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pose during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
A general view as cars pit during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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