New rule prohibits tobacco sponsors

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 New government regulations for smokeless tobacco sponsorships couldn't have come at a worse time for two teams. Ron Hornaday Jr. must remove Longhorn snuff from his Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet and Greg Biffle must drop RedMan from his Nationwide Series Ford by the end of June.

The Food and Drug Administration will have new rules that will further restrict the way tobacco companies can market their products. As of June 22, cigarette and smokeless tobacco sponsorships can't be included in any athletic, musical, social, cultural or team-related event.

Kevin Harvick owns Hornaday's truck. The team learned of the new regulations 18 months ago, but even with a head start it hasn't been able to find a replacement.

KENTUCKY RACE ON HOLD: The Kentucky Speedway cleared its biggest hurdle in getting a Sprint Cup Series race last month when the track's original owners dropped their anti-trust lawsuit against NASCAR. But that doesn't mean the track located between Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., will get a race next year.

Speedway Motorsports Inc., which bought the track in 2007, will have to make improvements to the 1.5-mile speedway, including adding seats, before it can play host to a Sprint Cup race, the company reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Once the work is completed, SMI still has to figure out a way to get a race. NASCAR has insisted it won't expand the schedule, so SMI's best option may be to move a race from one of its seven existing facilities.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway might be a prime target since local leaders there are demanding $150,000 from the track for police and emergency services for next month's race.

BEST, WORST OF BROTHERS: Steve Addington worked with Kyle Busch last year; now he's Kurt Busch 's crew chief. Between the two, he's happier with the older, more mature Kurt.

"Well, you know, Kyle has his own personality, that's just Kyle," Addington said after Kurt Busch's victory Saturday in the Sprint All-Star race. "... He's trying. I know he's trying and trying hard to get to where he stays a lot calmer."

Kurt used to have a reputation for being a hothead, too. Now he's under control, gaining the respect and admiration of the rest of his Penske Racing team.

"I think the biggest difference is, you know, being mature and being through the up-and-down seasons," Addington said.

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madmoondog 05/27/10 - 03:26 pm
Amazing! This is from the

Amazing! This is from the same hypocritic organization that let's crown royal and beer companies sponsor teams. So much for hurting for sponsorship. It's okay to drink yourself to death, but not do the same from tobacco. I don't smoke, but I see the absolute bullshoot here. This from a company that built itself up on the backs of moonshine and tobacco. Once again I am not condoning the use of tobacco, but I get tired of nas$caacting like A God like icon, but looking more like a horse's arse. And then they wonder why hardcore fans have left in droves. I'm still hanging on at the fringes, but it gets harder and harder to stomack the crap that goes on under Brian, the dunderdog.

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