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Spirited campaign

Robby Gordon's No. 7 Chevrolet will bear a "SaveOurName.com" logo on its hood this weekend as part of a bid to prevent a corporate sponsor from buying the naming rights to Wrigley Field. Kyle Busch still unstoppable

Kyle Busch earned his fifth Nationwide series victory this season, and 13th in NASCAR's top three series, Friday night in the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, who started 41st, wound up second. David Reutimann of Zephyrhills led 83 laps and finished fifth.

Internet item of the week

Tired of your dinner parties reeking of cinnamon Yankee Candle and fondue? Try race fumes deodorizer in an aerosol can and get that shindig rev vin'. (You can actually buy the stuff at racefumes.com.) One can only hope venue-specific scents will soon follow. "Talladega, fall race" is wonderful in the den.

Saturday night lights

Kevin Harvick likes racing on Sunday afternoons and doesn't like NASCAR's trend toward non-Sunday events, including tonight's Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

"I guess it's all a matter whether you want people in the grandstands or you want people to watch it on TV," he said. "I like to watch my TV shows that come on at the same time because that's the only way that I can remember that they're on. "

Comeback kids

Sometimes it's forgotten how deep inside a bubble many NASCAR drivers are, given the demanding nature of their jobs. Mark Martin provided a reminder July 4 when asked why so many athletes (specifically him and Brett Favre) can't seem to stay retired.

"I don't know very much about football," he admitted. "And I saw something the other day likening me to (Favre) but all I know is that (Packer fan) Matt Kenseth thinks that he's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Evidently he's awfully good at what he does. I don't know for sure, but I think he's awfully good because people would still like to see him come back again."

Martin will run one final full-time Sprint Cup season in the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2009.

Stats

Ryan Hunter-Reay's win Sunday at Watkins Glen made him the seventh driver to win their first Indy Racing League event of the season. Those drivers have come from five teams — and that doesn't even include Will Power's win in the Champ Car series finale, which counted for IRL points.

Elsewhere

The BAM Sprint Cup team made sponsorship proposals to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain, team spokesman Rhett Vandiver said. But the Obama campaign said Friday that it would not be sponsoring a Sprint Cup car. … Helio Castroneves earned the pole for today's Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway with a lap of 204.519 mph. He bumped Danica Patrick off the top spot; she'll start second. … Cory McClenathan led Top Fuel qualifying at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, the first event at a shortened distance (1,000 feet) for Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.

Racing news and notes 07/11/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 12, 2008 12:07am]
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