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Press Snoop: PIR sound bites.

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]
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, races to an eighth place finish with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS who finished in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to a fifth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Elliott takes over the #24 car from retired driver Jeff Gordon.  (Photo by Ashley R Dickerson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, races to a fourth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 as Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (L) and John Godwin of Duck Commander (R) look on at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s 75th Anniversary Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s 75th Anniversary Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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