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NASCAR Nationwide Rookie Landon Cassill won his first career pole at the newly-named New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but had to start Saturday's race from the back due to an engine change. He finished 34th after crashing out. Two-time Cup series champion Tony Stewart won the N'Wide race and Clint Bowyer retains the series lead. JR Motorsports' Brad Keselowski loses two spots in the standings after finishing 10th behind Carl Edwards (5th) and David Reutimann (7th).
About that JRM Cup ride ... quoting this...
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I shouldn't have said that. I should have just kept that to myself, because I really don't want to talk about it in the press. That's personal to me, what I do with my business, and I damn sure ain't going to air my timeline out to the media. If we feel like we want to do it, we'll do it."
Out: Casey Mears
- Hinted at by Mr. H. last week and now confirmed. Mears will not return to the #5 of Hendrick Motorsports.
Rumored to be out: DEI's fourth team
- If Martin Truex Jr. exits behind Mark Martin, will he be replaced?
In: Greg Biffle
- Signed three-year contract extension with Roush Fenway.
In: Clint Bowyer
- 2009 option picked up by RCR, negotiations for long-term contract extension underway.
Up in the air: Ryan Newman, David Ragan and David Reutiman
- In addition to Truex, their contracts are up in 2008.
Holding up the line: Tony Stewart
- Apparently the future of all the free agents in the garage as well as that of many teams and sponsors hangs in the balance until he makes a decision about his future. His contract isn't up until 2009, but it appears imminent that he leave Joe Gibbs with Chevy footing the buyout bill.