The San Rafael, Calif., native was chosen by BMR/RCR team representatives at the 2005 Drive for Diversity Driver Combine Testing and Evaluation, held last fall at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
“We’re taking a look at Allison in the Late Model Series, and we think she’s going to do a great job,” Childress says. “She already has a great deal of experience with road racing and sports cars, and she obviously adapted quickly to stock cars with her performances at Hickory Motor Speedway. Running Allison in a full season of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series with Bill McAnally Racing should give us an even better idea of her potential.”
PETTY’S TAKE ON THE CHASE
Love it or hate it, the new NASCAR Nextel Cup “Chase for the Championship” playoff system appears to be here to stay – at least for a while. During the preseason media tour, seven-time series champion Richard Petty weighed in on the new format.
Is it simply part of the sport’s evolution?
“Well, yeah, I guess,” Petty says. “You talk about having five different championship points, and they started with one when my father won some championships; and they didn’t like that, so they changed it; and didn’t like it and changed it again. So really, I don’t know whether they are trying to modernize or look for something that will work and that everybody understands.
“You know, every time we change, everybody always said, man, we liked the last one better or whatever, and they are doing the same thing now. So once we run the first year with the new championship points, then you know you’ve got the believers and the non-believers that it’s going to work or that it’s better. After the first year, then next year, you’ll hear less of it. By the third year, they will be the champion and they won’t be comparing with anything.
“I was fortunate to win no matter what, because going into the season, you know what you’ve got to do to win the championship. You know how the points are. So it was the same thing this year, and it will be the same thing if it changes again.”
MIDDLE E RETURNS
His father is a legend, and his half brother has found Victory Lane to his liking as well. Now Kerry Earnhardt hopes he is on the road to big league racing glory.
Earnhardt is driving the black No. 33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Richard Childress this season.
“We’re just working on (superspeedway) stuff right now,” Earnhardt says. “We found bits and pieces at different times that helped the car (during testing) at Daytona, and we just went back to the shop and put it all together in one package. Now, we’re trying all of that out here.”
For the first time in his career, Earnhardt looks to have solid financial backing with the Bass Pro Shops deal in Nextel Cup.
A franchise is opening in Leeds, Ala., and Earnhardt wants to be part of the grand opening.
“I just can’t wait,” he says. “We went down for the groundbreaking, and I can’t wait for them to get it open and see the whole thing. They couldn’t have picked a more beautiful location. Just driving down there for the ceremony was impressive