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JIMMY SPENCER has long had the nickname "Mr. Excitement." He lived up to his name, in a matter of speaking, Sunday when he didn't go quietly into the good night. Spencer was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of "disorderly conduct" when the local constabulary came to his home in Cornelius NC to serve his son for "injury to personal property."

Even though Spencer is not in custody, he is without a ride. He was summarily released by Morgan McClure, which will announce its new driver this weekend. No word on a Busch ride with MICHAEL WALTRIP.

This hasn't been the year for "Mr. Excitement." His ride with JIMMY SMITH of Ultra Motorsports dried up with the sponsorship after the Daytona 500. After an enforced sabbatical, Spencer drove 25 Cup races for Morgan McCLURE through this past weekend when he finished twenty-ninth. Wednesday he was just finished.

Team Owner LARRY McClure said "Over the past several weeks there has been a steady and gradual improvement in the Morgan McClure racecar and Spencer has been an integral part of this drive for success. While his part has been greatly appreciated by everyone here at Morgan McClure Motorsports, it has been decided, by mutual agreement, that it would be beneficial to both the team and to Jimmy Spencer to release him so that he may pursue other driving opportunities within the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series."

ROBBY GORDON has confirmed long-standing rumours that he would be leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the season to start his own Nextel Cup team, with himself as owner/driver. He will also continue his Busch Series team.

Cingular as a sponsor seems to be out of the equation. It won't be following Gordon, who said he's working on several good deals which should be ready to announce soon.

RCR will name Gordon's replacement Friday. Some say it will be DAVE BLANEY with sponsorship from Jack Daniels. That would be a first for NASCAR which has up to now eschewed hard liquor.

Gordon has been with RCR for nearly four years.

It may be Halloween week already, but the Silly Season just keeps on coming. Now there's been a change in the Braun Racing #32 TRIMSPA Dodge. SHANE HMIEL is in and DAVID STREMME is out. The car is currently a Dodge but that will change when the team can effect the switch to Chevrolet, after which point it will run engines from Dale Earnhardt Inc. Hmiel will continue his Craftsman Truck racing for the rest of the year-he races #15 Chevrolet with a win and two top five's already on his resume.

Meanwhile, Stremme is in and Blaney is out at Fitz Bradshaw Racing, where sponsor US Navy said we're out of here unless you change the car, driver and support personnel. Stremme will race the #14 US Navy Chevrolet for the rest of this season, with a few consultants coming over from Chip Ganassi Racing. Next year Stremme's car will be a Dodge,

Hendrick Motorsports held a public candlelight service Wednesday night at its shop, to honour the ten people who died in the Hendrick Motorsport plane crash Sunday afternoon. Thursday there will be private services. Friday all the teams will be racing at AMS, and at noon all Hendrick Motorsport drivers and crew chiefs, as well as TONY STEWART, will be part of a Question and Answer session at AMS.

JAY SIGNORE, President of the International Race of Champions, said the season's finale race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway will have a new twist. On Lap 47 the cars (12 start the race) will be brought in for a tyre change, which should make the last 13 laps "interesting." The Saturday race will be telecast live on SPEED TV.

One of the 12 starting drivers will be pole sitter J.J. YELEY. He will be doing triple duty this weekend, racing the #18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Aarons 312 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday before IROC, and on Sunday he will race for JGR in #11 MBNA Chevrolet in the MBNA 500 Nextel Cup race.