Jeff Gordon saw his 2.5 second lead in the closing laps of the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway evaporate when Elliott Sadler blew a tire and slid across the track. That allowed Kyle Busch to get tires and mount a charge that would ultimately result in his 17th career Sprint Cup victory.
Kevin Harvick, who hung in the back most of the day, broke his 115-race winless streak by beating Jamie McMurray to the finish line by 0.011 seconds in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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Texas Governor Rick Perry’s re-election campaign is sponsoring TRG Motorsports and driver Bobby Labonte for the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 71 Chevy will tour the state in the days leading up to the race, allowing fans to learn more about Perry’s plan to keep “Moving Texas Forward.”
Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne nipped Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart at the line respectively to emerge from the Gatorade Duels victorious. The combined margin of victory was .02 of a second. Johnson beat Harvick by a mere .005, and Kahne beat Stewart by .014.
TRG Motorsports announced that Doug Randolph will serve as crew chief for the No. 71 Sprint Cup Series team, and driver Bobby Labonte. Randolph most recently served in the same position for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 07 and driver Casey Mears. He replaces Richard “Slugger” Labbe who was released last week.
TRG Motorsports announced that the team has parted ways with crew chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe. Labbe served as crew chief for the team’s No. 71, which will be driven by Bobby Labonte next season. TRG is currently in discussions with other crew chiefs.
TRG Motorsports has announced that Bobby Labonte will return with the team’s No. 71 in the Sprint Cup Series in 2010. TaxSlayer.com will also return as a primary sponsor for 12 races. The team is also considering a switch to a different manufacturer. They fielded Chevys in 2009.
Jimmy Johnson followed up his Texas stumble with a victory in Phoenix. He currently has a 108-point lead over Mark Martin, meaning that Johnson needs to finish 25th or better at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch the championship.
Jimmie Johnson showed the other Chase drivers that he is in Championship form, dominating the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Johnson led for 271 of 400 laps, and he pulled to within 10 points of the points-lead. Hendrick Motorsports teammate, and points-leader, Mark Martin finished second.