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Notes: Ginn, others to make changes

Notes: Ginn, others to make changes

Notes: Ginn, others to make changes
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Even before the Kyle Busch sweepstakes are determined expect a little reorganization to occur in the garage during the off-week.

Ginn Racing is expected to consolidate its effort into two teams before the Nextel Cup tour resumes at Indy. Team sources say Regan Smith will finish the remainder of the Cup schedule in the No. 14 Chevrolet as he prepares to run the full-time in 2008.

Although Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs said he's trying to work out a position for Aric Almirola next season, the 23-year-old development driver has been mentioned as a possible driver Ginn would use to compliment Mark Martin's part-time schedule for the races the veteran chooses not to run. Almirola was credited with winning last month's AT&T 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. Almirola won the pole and started the race after Denny Hamlin was delayed due to inclement weather.

ROLLING AGAIN

David Hyder's time as Jeremy Mayfield's crew chief at Bill Davis Racing was short-lived. The 39-year-old Trinity, N.C., native will return to BAM Racing this week, where he will be reunited with Ken Schrader in BAM's No. 49 car. Schrader has been out of a Cup ride since the Wood Brothers put Bill Elliot into the No. 21 car.

"I'm going back over there to build a team from the ground up," Hyder said. "I want to put all the right pieces together."

Hyder's title has not yet been determined but he's likely to fill the role of competition director/crew chief.

JUST WHAT THE OWNER ORDERED

In his JR Motorsports debut, Brad Keselowski's 14th-place finish topped the rookie field on Saturday. The 24-year-old Rochester Hills, Mich., native kept the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet in one piece at Chicagoland despite battling a loose condition and dropping one lap off the pace.

"We just need to be better on the short runs," Keselowski said. "There's certainly a lot of pressure when you're in (owner) Dale Jr.'s Busch car. It's kind of a tough way to go but in qualifying, we didn't qualify well at all."

Keselowski will return to action next Saturday at Gateway International Raceway and the following week at O'Reilly Raceway Park (Ind.) July 28.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Roush-Fenway Racing is expected to announce Greg Biffle will be driving the No. 16 next season with sponsorship from 3M ... Scott Riggs' contract has not been renewed with Evernham Motorsports for 2008 ... NASCAR is considering adopting some form of the Car of Tomorrow for the Busch Series, possibly as early as 2009 ... DEI will participate in the Busch test at the newly resurfaced Bristol Motor Speedway with Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on July 24. The organization is also planning a test at Iowa on the 21st and at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday with Paul Menard. Other teams participating in the Bristol tire test for Goodyear include Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Scott Riggs, Kurt Busch and A.J. Allmendinger.

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Chicago is the new Kansas. The two tracks are already exactly alike -- same length, similar grooves, etc. Even the grounds are the same. Seriously -- if you were kidnapped and released in the infield, you wouldn't know whether you were at Kansas or Chicago until you saw the Old Style stains on everybody's clothes, which would clue you in that you were in Chicago. In Kansas, it'd be barbecue sauce. Mmmm. Bar-be-cue.

Unfortunately, the racing is the same, too, by which I mean boring, and I'd say it in Homer Simpson voice for effect. Tony Stewart won for the first time this season, other guys did stuff, blah, blah, blah. Since the only thing worse than watching a boring race is reading a blog about it, I'm going to veer off into left field (at Wrigley, not Kauffman). If less boring racing is No. 1 on my list of things I want to see from NASCAR, here are some others:

1. More interviews with Kyle Busch. After every race, it should be mandatory for someone to ask him a) what's wrong with you that you drive like that and b) did your brakes go out or something? Because I'm in the media, I am totally and completely unbiased, showing no favor toward any driver, ever. But if I did "like" drivers, Kyle would be one of them. He drives like a nutbag and is apparently incapable of saying normal things, which is exactly what any right-thinking fan wants out of his and/or her driver. But Kyle is hated more than any driver, which is all the more reason to like him. I think he set a record last week for quantity (and quality) of teammates thrown under the bus at once. Someone needs to check with the Guinness people on this. (The world record guys, not the beer guys. Mmmm. Beer.) The sport needs more guys like Busch, not less.

2. Less sponsorship coverage. I've been asked way more than is necessary about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s sponsor next season. I'm not saying it's not a story. I'm saying it's not a huge story. His announcement this week that Bud would not come with him has to be unprecedented. I can't recall a sponsorship announcement getting covered like it did.

3. More "start your engines" commands like Kevin James' last week. How awesome was that? Bears head coach Lovie Smith did it this week. As a football coach, he'd make a heckuva librarian.

4. More teammate fracases. In victory lane today, Stewart said the media made a bigger deal out of his feud with Denny Hamlin than the team did. Dang media. All we do is make stuff up. Because all Stewart did was light his teammate on fire on national television. Stewart also said he and Hamlin worked great together on Sunday, that they were using hand signals to show each other where to run. Um, Tony, I don't think Hamlin was using that finger to tell you to run in the middle.

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1. More interviews with Kyle Busch. After every race, it should be mandatory for someone to ask him a) what's wrong with you that you drive like that and b) did your brakes go out or something? Because I'm in the media, I am totally and completely unbiased, showing no favor toward any driver, ever. But if I did "like" drivers, Kyle would be one of them. He drives like a nutbag and is apparently incapable of saying normal things, which is exactly what any right-thinking fan wants out of his and/or her driver. But Kyle is hated more than any driver, which is all the more reason to like him. I think he set a record last week for quantity (and quality) of teammates thrown under the bus at once. Someone needs to check with the Guinness people on this. (The world record guys, not the beer guys. Mmmm. Beer.) The sport needs more guys like Busch, not less.

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