All-Star Challenge Weekend Pit Note #4
Double Duty for Two: One NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver and his team owner won't be taking this Sunday off and hanging around the lake or spending time with families. Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress will head to Iowa Speedway where Harvick will compete in the NASCAR Grand National Division combination race between the Busch East Series and the West Series.
The Featherlite 200 will be the first NASCAR-sanctioned race at the track located in Newton, Iowa. Harvick will compete in the race while Childress serves as the Grand Marshal. This weekend marks the first time the two Grand National Divisions will compete in the same race with points at stake. The drivers will race at Elko (Minn.) Speedway Friday night and Iowa Speedway Sunday. Richard Childress Racing also has two development drivers in NASCAR's Grand National Division, with Ryan Foster and Tim McCreadie in the West Series. Other Grand National Division drivers with development ties to the NEXTEL Cup Series are Joey Logano and Marc Davis (Joe Gibbs Racing), Jeffrey Earnhardt (DEI), Chase Austin (Rusty Wallace Inc.), Jamie Hayes (Ken Schrader Racing), Ruben Pardo and Pierre Bourque (Fitz Racing), and Jesus Hernandez (Ginn Racing).
Rusty Wallace played a key role in designing the Iowa Speedway.
Power Wheels Mini Challenge: Prior to Saturday's NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and NEXTEL Open, Jeff Gordon will be racing with six kids in new Power Wheel vehicles decked out in NASCAR-licensed paint schemes. The green flag will drop at 4:55 p.m. The race will be held on the front stretch of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Gordon will also present participants a trophy.
Kenny Wallace Unveils New Book: In a press announcement held this afternoon, NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace unveiled his new book titled "Inside Herman's World." The book was written by Joyce Standridge and published by Lew Boyd and Coastal 1881, both noted in their field. The book reveals a side of Kenny Wallace that most fans do not know about. "The book is not about what you think it is," said Wallace. "It was very therapeutic for me. You think about how long we have raced. I have had a long road. It's pretty heavy and it's light too. I tell the truth. It's been an up-and-down my whole career. It's really well written and tells the truth." Author Joyce Standridge said, "There are depths to Kenny you haven't seen. He does everything flat out." The book has three forewords written by drivers Ken Schrader, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.