King of the Road
Aric Amirolla will be in the RPM #9 this weekend, and Budweiser will remain on the hood and TV panels for the rest of the year. Double A will actually race in all three events at TMS this weekend. Meanwhile, Richard Petty continues to search for OPM to keep this race team afloat. Look for, fellow Ford racer, Jack Roush to eventually step in and 'help'. Soon followed by RPM's sponsors moving to RFR.
Shane Hmiel was scheduled to return home to Charlotte, NC Thursday morning. He was removed from the ICU on Wednesday.
Chip Ganassi listened to Ford's pitch to switch to the Blue Oval next year, and finally decided to stand pat with Chevy. He thinks that he'll win more races with Chevy, even though Ford would give him more cash and resources.
Last week's tag team partners, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr both won their first Cup race at TMS.
Jeff Gordon has won once at TMS. It was his last win, a year and a half ago.
Carl Edwards leads all drivers with three wins here.
Denny Hamlin (9.6) and Matt Kenseth (9.9) are the only drivers to average a top-10 finish here.
Two trained monkeys (not Mikey and DW) will be selling race programs at selected sites during the weekend at TMS.
Kelly Hansen of Foreigner will sing the national anthem on Sunday. They couldn't afford the whole band after paying for those monkeys?
Willie Nelson will be live on the frontstretch stage for a pre-race concert on Sunday.