A round-up of NASCAR news ahead of this weekend's Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races at Michigan, while Nationwide heads to Canada and the F1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course.
Danica: no news, but everything's in place
This week saw another spike in rumours that Danica Patrick will announce her exit from IndyCar open wheel racing in preference to a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series ride.
Rumours have been sparked by arrangements for press conferences involving Patrick next Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona - the home of Patrick's principle personal sponsor, internet hosting giant GoDaddy.com - which seem set to announce that she will take up a full time Nationwide ride with JR Motorsports and a number of select appearances at Cup level in a third car for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Both Danica and her prospective team bosses - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart - have issued carefully worked non-denial denials that an announcement is imminent.
"I just have nothing new to report," said Patrick. "I wish I could give you something interesting but at this point in time, there's just nothing new to report."
"Ain't nothing to announce yet," said Earnhardt Jr, who said he was concentrating on his own Cup campaign and hadn't spoken to Danica about contracts since July. "So when there's something to announce, they'll announce it. We'll see and wait until that happens."
"When we have something to tell everybody, we'll tell them, but there's nothing to tell yet," said Stewart in a similar vein.
Patrick Carpentier's final race
Veteran racer Patrick Carpentier has announced that this week's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the F1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal will be his last professional motor race.
Carpentier, who has 157 open-wheel starts in Champ Cars and IndyCar as well as his 40 NASCAR Cup starts and 14 Nationwide races, has decided to hang up his firesuit after this weekend's swan song in his native Canada.