Right Sides Only: NASCAR News And Notes

Reno SouthContributor IMarch 19, 2009

NASCAR heads back to its roots this weekend. Instead of one of their sanitary, cookie-cutter super speedways, they're giving us the half-mile, bowl shaped, eagle's nest perched on top of a mountain: Bristol Motor Speedway.

The most interesting race of the weekend may be the Legends Race on Saturday night. 12 NASCAR legends will compete in a 50-lap late-model race.

Twelve "celebritied" will drive the race cars for the first 15 laps. Then the legends will take their spot and drive the remaining 35 laps. The legends are Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Harry Gant, Rusty Wallace, Junior Johnson, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Phil Parsons, LD Ottinger, David Green, Jimmy Spencer, and Jack Ingram.

Wow, I see three "legends" that never won a Cup race.

The celebrities include Brad Dougherty, Ray Everham, football coaches Frank Beamer, Terry Bowden, Eagles kicker David Akers, and NHRA driver Ron Capps.

Calling the race live for ESPN2 will be Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, and Dale's father, Ned Jarrett. At least four ESPN TV race analysts will be on the track; they should be worried about the audience getting to listen to an analyst who actually knows what's going on (that would be Ned).

Kyle Busch
has the most driver points in the last five races at Bristol, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the most over the last 10 races.

At least 13 SCS drivers tested at the half mile track in Rockingham this week in preparation for Bristol and the upcoming Martinsville event. I thought NASCAR passed a law banning testing...oh yeah, that only affects the small teams that can't afford to back-door it.

Among those testing were all four RCR cars, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, and David Ragan.

Also, Budweiser says that it is sticking with Kasey Kahne at least until their sponsorship contract runs out at the end of next year. Anheuser-Busch is pulling out as title sponsor of the NHRA this year, though.

Marcus Smith
, the guy who replaced Humpy Wheeler as president of SMI, has been accused of padding the old resume. Seems he didn't quite graduate from UNC, as he claims. He stated in a recent interview that "...(I) believe I had the proper credits for graduation."

Nothing better than the president of a multi-billion dollar outfit not knowing if he graduated. Does it really matter when your last name is Smith and the CEO is Bruton Smith, your father?

Finally, would you believe that Clint Bowyer will appear on NBC's 'Biggest Loser' on March 24. You read it right. That's Clint Bowyer, not Kyle Petty.