The biggest announcement expected this week at the year-ending awards banquet is the winner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame sweepstakes.
Five cities - Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Richmond, Va., Daytona Beach, Fla., and Kansas City - are still in the running to win the sport's official museum.
While NASCAR has worked behind the scenes, insiders claim Kansas City and Atlanta are the two favorites, although Charlotte and Daytona Beach are the two most logical choices. The majority of the sport's teams are based near Charlotte, while the sport was founded in Daytona Beach.
CHANGES AT RYR: Dale Jarrett has a new crew chief at Robert Yates Racing. Again.
Richard "Slugger" Labbe was hired to replace Todd Parrott for Jarrett's car; Tommy Baldwin was hired to replace Kevin Buskirk for Elliott Sadler's car.
For Jarrett, the change marked yet another shift in the garage. Labbe will be the third crew chief for Jarrett in the past year.
Both Labbe and Baldwin worked at Evernham Motorsports last year - Labbe as Jeremy Mayfield's crew chief; Baldwin as Kasey Kahne's crew chief.
"We've been aggressive in the off-season," team general manager Eddie D'Hondt said. "We are really pleased with the staff we've put together and delighted to have Slugger and Tommy on board."
PETTYS BACK OUT OF NSL: The National Sprintcar League will have to make its maiden voyage without Richard and Kyle Petty.
After announcing they were going to be founding partners for a series to rival the World of Outlaws, the Pettys backed out last week.
OLD SYSTEM FAVORS STEWART: Although the Chase for the Championship has been described as quirky, it still created a worthy champion in Tony Stewart.
While he won the 10-race playoff format, he also would have won under the points system used before the 2004 season.
Under the old format, Stewart would have beaten Greg Biffle by 215 points, meaning he would have clinched after the next-to-last race.
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