Pep Boys Auto 500 - Saturday Pit Notes 2
Pep Boys Auto 500 - Saturday Pit Notes 1
PENSKE GOES GREEN: Penske Racing and PPG officials announced Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway the team's conversion to an environmentally-friendly waterborne paint system.
TRUEX AND THE STONE: After suffering from sporadic bouts of intense pain during the final Sprint Cup practice session, Martin Truex Jr. was taken by ambulance to Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin Saturday afternoon and diagnosed with kidney stones. He passed the offending stone at about 10 p.m. and is ready to go racing today.
LOCAL NASCAR LEGEND DONATES MEMORABILIA: Raymond Parks was racing before NASCAR existed. A Georgia native, Parks was the car owner of the first NASCAR race winner. He is a two-time NASCAR champion and swept every race run on Daytona Beach. To say he was instrumental in building the foundation of NASCAR racing is probably a vast understatement.
GIMME THE GRIP: Tony Stewart was extremely outspoken last March at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his criticism of the tire Goodyear brought to the race. Three tire tests (and one race) later, all reports are that this weekend's tire will wear much better and should provide more grip. But not everyone is convinced.
AMS: MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER: Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, said Atlanta Motor Speedway is a hard track to pin down because it's ever-changing.
"It's a split-personality race track," Burton said. "In qualifying, it's fast. In the race, it's very slick with very low grip."
NEWMAN VS SPENCER: While discussing his plans for the upcoming off weekend, Ryan Newman mentioned that he would be attending a charity boxing match next weekend. He noted that he would not actually be boxing, just attending to help a friend. But the mention prompted one intriguing question from the media: Which racer would you want to box against?
WALTRIP IN NEED OF GROOMING SPONSOR: In a case of "oversharing" Friday morning in the media center, Michael Waltrip announced a developing ear-hair dilemma.
"I have hair growing out of my ears now," Waltrip said. "I might be the only guy in the Chase who's got that going on. I did not realize that until yesterday, when there was this little white hair coming out of my ear. I pulled it out and said, 'OK, I guess this is next.'"
RICK CRAWFORD MAKES IT 300: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford will make a series record 300th start Saturday in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"That's 300 steroid-free starts," quipped Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar Ford.