Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Early Week News Items

Some things to talk about for a bit:

A.J. Allmendinger coming to Nextel Cup in 2007 - Another open-wheeler joins NASCAR for 2007, but with a twist - he is American!  A.J. obviously has talent and he should make a good addition to the Red Bull team.  He'll pilot the #84 and he will also be running this week in Atlanta in the #83 as well as the rest of the scheduled races this season. 

Dodge, Chevy playing with their cars... again - First, Dodge is changing their model for both the present model Charger and for the Car Of Tomorrow, introducing the Avenger.  Maybe it's just me, but a redesigned Charger would be better than switching nameplates yet again.  The model that is getting more attention is the Chevy announcement that the Monte Carlo will be phased out with the Impala SS.  The Impala will be Chevy's Car Of Tomorrow brand of choice.  Maybe there are secrets in this sport, because both announcements seem to have caught everyone in the media off guard.  I suppose Ford is sticking with the Fusion and Toyota will roll with the Camry for both models.

Busch Series models to change as well - By the 2010 season the Busch Series (if it is even still called the Busch Series by then) will have new models and supposedly the names being tossed around are the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Toyota Solara.  I have been a proponent of this for a while, having the Busch cars more different from the Cup cars.  You know, the way it used to be.  I see this as a very positive step to giving the Busch Series a separate identity again.

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