NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Note # 2
SPECIAL SCHEMES FOR SOME: Several drivers in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Sprint Showdown are sporting special paint schemes for this weekend's activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will sport a paint scheme to honor the National Guard Citizen-Soldiers on his no. 88 Chevrolet out of the Hendrick Motorsports stables.
Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth will be sporting different schemes as well on their Fords. Biffle will carry Dish Network colors on the no. 16 Ford while Kenseth will carry special sponsorship from DeWalt NANA on his no. 17 mount.
Other special paint schemes to look for are with drivers Elliott Sadler (no. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge); Kevin Harvick (no. 29 Pennzoil Platinum Chevrolet); Juan Pablo Montoya (no. 42 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum Dodge); Kyle Petty (no. 45 Coca-Cola/Olympics Dodge) and Chad McCumbee (no. 49 Marathon American Sprint Motor Oil Dodge).
Retiring driver Dale Jarrett will have a "Sign-Sealed-Delivered 1997-2008" paint scheme on his no. 88 UPS Toyota in honor of his final Sprint Cup race on Saturday night in the Sprint All-Star Race.
Regan Smith has a black Principal.com scheme on his no. 01 Chevrolet out of the Dale Earnhardt Inc. stables.
COT CAUSES LITTLE CHANGE: One of the biggest questions going into Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Challenge is whether the new "Car of Tomorrow" will cause any major changes, especially with the addition of 10 extra laps.
JEFF HAMMOND (Fox Sports color commentator): "I don't think it's going to change a whole lot. The biggest thing is these guys getting more confidence in these new cars here and their ability. I think if anything these cars are going to become more of a pushing machine than we've ever seen before because these guys aren't afraid to rough it up. These guys aren't afraid to rough it up because you can't cave in the sides of the car like you used to if you get into the side of another car. The bumpers don't seem to get as messed up if you get into another car because the bumpers are lined up so even to one another. A lot of the times with the old car you'd knock the grille in if you got into another guy. That's the one benefit I see of the new car over the old one. The new car is almost like a battle tank compared to the old one. With these drivers feeling like they're encased in a tank, I think they're going to feel more bulletproof than they ever have before."
JACK ROUSH (Team owner at Roush Fenway Racing): "I think the biggest difference in tomorrow night's race is the fact that these guys aren't racing for points. Secondly, the cars that will be used Saturday night are not the same cars that the teams will race next weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. I think the normal way is that the moon will be full and it's going to be some white-knuckled racing. That's going to be the way it's going to be tomorrow so I think with no points on the line it's going to be the same racing as it has been in year's past."