This Week in NASCAR [Dover Chase Edition]

9/27/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Dover has long been known as the Monster Mile, and a few years ago Miles the Monster was unveiled at the track.  He's a huge, concrete behemoth featured holding a car.  He welcomes the visitors and countless pictures have been snapped as momentos of visits to the track. 

For the drivers though, Miles might make them catch a breath, heave a sigh, or bring a flutter to a stomach or two.  Dover is a fast concrete track, requiring constant attention by the driver.  It isn't a track where anyone can look around, watching the TV broadcast on a jumbotron.  

Practice is underway and the top of the chart has changed constantly as teams adjust their cars.  The weather is currently cool and overcast, and the track is fast, but so far we haven't seen them set any speed records.  

This week, possibly the biggest news was that coming from 5-Hour Energy.  The brand has announced they will be back as sponsor of the 15 car for next year, deciding that the controversy after Richmond and the Race to the Chase wasn't enough to chase them out of the Michael Waltrip Racing fold.  Perhaps they saw some of the comments on social media after NAPA announced they would be leaving. In any case, Clint Bowyer still has his sponsor for 2014.

Also this week, Quicken Loans announced they will move over to Richard Childress Racing in 2014, following Ryan Newman, rather than staying with Stewart Haas Racing.  This is great news for Newman, who is in the Chase this year and fighting tooth and nail for the best finishing spot he can get.  Kevin Harvick, who is basically swapping teams with Newman, is also in the Chase, but had a less than stellar finish last week (20th) and sits 6th in points, 39 points back.  Kevin and Budweiser have already announced that they will continue their partnership at Stewart Haas Racing.
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