One Month Left: Some Notes About The 2010 NASCAR Season

Mason DunnCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010

DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Dave Blaney, driver of the #66 PRISM Motorsports Toyota, walks in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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PRISM Motorsports Back With Two Cars In 2010

PRISM Motorsports, owned by Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey, announced that not only will they return to Sprint Cup competition in 2010 with the No. 66 and driver Dave Blaney but also with a second team to be campaigned by Michael McDowell.

"We didn't want to be a start and park last year. But we're trying to build something for the future and that's what we had to do to survive without sponsorship. We want to race this year. We're talking to people about sponsorship but don't have anything yet.

"We hope to have the money from the outside that will let Dave race. But if we don't, we want to be able to do it ourselves. And having a second car is part of that," said Parsons, addressing the team's status in 2009 as a "start and park" and finding a way to afford to race in 2010.


Both Front Row Motorsports Teams Locked-In For First Five Races

Travis Kvapil and teammate Kevin Conway are both expected to have locked in positions for the first five races of the 2010 season driving for Front Row Motorsports. Kvapil will be locked in as he is taking over the No. 34 ride, which former driver John Andretti placed 35th in final owner standings from 2009.

As far as the No. 37 of Kevin Conway, there are several possible scenarios that could give this team a place in the top 35 come Daytona. One of those scenarios is a deal to acquire the owner points from the No. 96 of Hall of Fame Racing who have not announced any racing plans for 2010. Also in speculation is the now defunct No. 44 of Richard Petty Motorsports which was forced to shut down after the merger with Yates Racing.


Gunselman Motorsports Back In 2010

Gunselman Motorsports will be back with the No. 64 in 2010, but are making the switch from Toyota to Ford. No mention of a driver as of yet but their website does state that they are, "working diligently to secure sponsorship and new alliances that will allow our team to compete in all 36 races in 2010."

Could Gunselman Motorsports be making the switch to Ford in an attempt to make a deal or alliance to acquire owner points, from either the No. 44 or No. 96, for the locked-in position? Only time will tell.


Mad Max Papis To Return In 201

Max Papis revealed in an interview with a German racing website that he will be back in the No. 13 GEICO Toyota for Germain Racing in 2010 and plans to race in 20 of the Sprint Cup events, while attempting to qualify in most if not all.

The reasoning for attempting to qualify in more races then he plans to race is not a matter of start and parking, but more a matter of preventing being one of the teams on the outside looking in when Sprint Cup qualifying gets cancelled by rain. Papis does not want to get sent home after rain because he didn't attempt enough races.


2010 Chili Bowl

Kevin Swindell was able to follow in his father's footsteps winning his first Golden Driller trophy this past weekend at the famed 24th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cole Whitt finished second, followed by Sammy Swindell in third, Jerry Coons Jr. in fourth, and Chris Windom in fifth.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne finished 18th in the A-main feature after transferring in by winning B-main No. 1. Another name some NASCAR fans will recognize, Bobby East, finished 17th in the A-main feature. Other notable NASCAR names that took part in the Chili Bowl include J.J. Yeley, Shane Hmiel, and Josh Wise.


New Voice In Newman's Ear

Jimmy Kitchens will be taking over spotting duties for Ryan Newman in the No. 39 this season taking the place of Newman's father, Greg Newman. Kitchens was the spotter for Casey Mears in the No. 07 at RCR which recently announced that it would not be competing in 2010 due to lack of sponsorship.


Danica To F1?

You read that tag line correct. Danica to F1, but only for one hour as she and VH1's Antonio Sabato Jr. will portray Formula race car drivers in the February 17th episode of CSI:NY."