Below are some random NASCAR news bites about David Reutimann, David Ragan, Johnny Benson, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, and a quickie on Robby Gordon’s Dakar Rally run!
After getting ousted by Michael Waltrip Racing, David Reutimann landed on his feet, so to speak, and landed a ride with Tommy Baldwin Racing, joining Dave Blaney in that Sprint Cup stable.
David Ragan was another driver that landed on his feet after being ousted by Roush Fenway Racing. Ragan will be driving for Front Row Motorsports for 2012. He’ll now be the teammate to David Gilliland.
Not his best shot at fame and glory, w/ no disrespect to the team, but I think we’ll be seeing his name every weekend anyway.
Bob Jenkins owns the team.
Last time I heard, though Johnny Benson was plotting a return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012, it appeared as if the deals he was hoping for fell through, and he will not be competing in the 2012 season.
Reminder: Kasey Kahne will be in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy this year! His crew chief will be Kenny Francis.
Of course, I previously touched on Rusty Wallace Racing shutting down for the time being. (Which is a bit disheartening to see the economy to hit that team.)
I also touched on Greg Zipadelli crew chiefing for Danica Patrick under the Stewart Hass Racing roof.
Oh yea, Zippy joined SHR.
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The never-retiring Mark Martin will be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but in specific races, not full-time.
His first race will be in the Interstate Batteries Camry in the Nationwide race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
We’ll see if he still has “it” for the 2nd tier race series. (Or, all full-time NNS drivers should just sit back and watch this one.)
Then again, Mark Martin is also driving for Michael Waltrip Racing in a limited schedule.
It will be very interesting to see how consistent Mark can be between teams and being part-time! Plus, Mark is wearing me out just watching everything he’s been doing.
Robby Gordon won three of his stages, had to deal with questions about his car being compliant with Rally rules, but still ended up finishing fifth in the overall classification of this brutal off-road, terrain spanning endurance race.
Dakar.com: Dakar Rally Stage Reports
The man everyone liked grumbling about because if he wasn’t wrecking, he wasn’t racing, is coming back. John Wes Townley is returning to the NASCAR race gang in the Camping World Truck Series is will be racing a full season for RAB Racing.
No word on any sponsors, when I caught the RAB press release.
You have to wonder if being gone from the scene in 2011 gave Townley time to reflect and understand where things were going haywire when he raced in the NNS?
My gauge? If he gets “chicked” during the truck races.
In running, if a girl passes you up, you’ve been “chicked.” Trust me, it isn’t a bad thing really. Some women just rock and some guys just have to accept that. But in this case, in NASCAR, it might not look so good. Heck, if he gets Cope’d, well, never mind. Hehe.
Don’t forget to set your DVR’s, if you can’t watch it live: The Daytona 500 takes place February 26th, 2012!