1) Here is a picture of the paint scheme that AT&T/Cingular wanted to run on Jeff Burton's car. I mean really, what is the big deal anyway?
2) This weeks race will not only see the introduction of the car of tomorrow but we will also see the new Dodge Avenger and the Chevy Impala. I wonder if the old saying, "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday" still applies? I also wonder why Ford didn't get on the same bandwagon as the two other North American companies?
3) Dale Jr seems to think that he will still be able to use the front bumper on his competition because the back bumper is high enough so that the front splitter doesn't really come into contact with it, as long as he doesn't do it in a corner where he might get under the car far enough where the splitter hits the left tire and then he would be in trouble. I'd like to provide you with the link to this story, but I can't find it again - let me know if you know where it came from and I'll add it.
4) Speaking of Dale Jr here is what he had to say about Bristol (and people wonder why Mark Martin didn't want to run there); "It's a bumpy, rough track and when you finish 500 laps there, you feel like you've been in the ring with Mike Tyson -- the young, bad-ass Mike Tyson," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "The track is so rough, it will beat you up even when you're running alone, like a hammer to your organs. But you throw in 42 other cars, and it's like a cage match." - source timesunion.com
5) I forgot to list the drivers that got Rick Hendrick his 150 Cup wins, which is now 151 as of Atlanta. As best as I can recall we are looking at the following drivers in no particular order;
Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers, Tim Richmond, DW, Geoff Bodine, Kenny Schrader, Terry Labonte, and Jerry Nadeau.
The Winston Open win by Ricky Craven does not count since it was not an official Cup event and I know that Benny Parson drove in Tim Richmond's car, but I don't think he won a race, please correct me if I'm wrong.
6) Speaking of Rick Hendrick, here is another interesting fact;
"Car owner Rick Hendrick now has 199 combined NASCAR victories: 151 at the NEXTEL Cup level, 23 in the Busch Series and 25 in the Craftsman Truck Series.
The total includes a 1983 Busch Series win by the late Dale Earnhardt at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a car co-owned by Hendrick and Robert Gee.
A win this weekend at Bristol would mark Hendrick's 200th in NASCAR."
Yup, Dale Earnhardt drove for Rick Hendrick. Whoa!
Now let's get ready for the CoT debut at Bristol this weekend!