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          NASCAR NEWS - Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quinn takes over as crew chief for Cook, Wyler truck
By Official Release

John Quinn has assumed the role of crew chief at Wyler 
Racing, effective immediately. George Church had started 
the season as crew chief for driver Terry Cook but left 
the team following the Martinsville race to pursue other 

"We wish George nothing but the best. We appreciate all 
he has done to get us to where we are so far in 2008," 
Wyler Racing team manager Tom Buzze said. "There have 
been a lot of changes at this team since the end of last 
season and George came in and really helped stabilize 
things and keep the level of performance there." 

Quinn now assumes the crew chief role for the No. 60 
Wyler.com Toyota heading into the next series race at 
Kansas Speedway on April 26. 

"I am excited to have John as crew chief," Cook siad. 
"He has a great background and he's a proven winner. I 
won at Kansas in 2006 and John won at Kansas last year 
with Erik Darnell. In the very short term I think this 
combination can pay off pretty big benefits but I also 
think this is something that will keep this team in 
contention all season long." 

Quinn's engineering expertise was put to use first as 
a shock specialist with several teams including DEI and 
Richard Childress Racing. He joined Roush in 2003 and 
was promoted to crew chief for Ricky Craven in 2005. 
He led Craven to one victory before leading Darnell to 
rookie of the year honors in 2006. He and Darnell combined 
for one victory at Kansas. He joined Wyler Racing in the 
off season and served as team engineer and shock specialist.

"I appreciate the opportunity the Wyler family has given 
me here," Quinn said. "This is a top-flight race team 
with everything it takes to win races and chase after a 
championship. I am excited to get to Kansas with Terry 
and see what we can do together. It's a good track for 
him and I've had some success there too. We should be 
good there and hopefully it will just be the start of 
good things to come." 

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McDowell gaining national exposure from Texas crash
Trips to New York, California highlight week's media tour
By Team Release

NEW YORK -- Michael McDowell was in New York all day
fulfilling national media obligations to talk about
Friday's terrifying accident during Sprint Cup Series
qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway. Before departing
for the city Sunday night, McDowell handled 500 miles
like a pro at the 1.5-mile track. He posted a 33rd-place
finish in his No. 00 Toyota.

"I started out the race sore and in a little pain, but
it wasn't too bad," McDowell said. "It didn't take very
long until I felt it. I really want to thank my crew for
absolutely everything. They did a great job with what
they were faced with on Friday. This is only our second
race and we are only in the beginning stages. We are
just going to keep plugging away to make our cars better
at the 1.5-mile tracks."

His finish kept his Michael Waltrip Racing team inside
the top 35 (28th place) in owner points, guaranteeing
him a starting spot in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at
Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.

"I feel really bad about the points situation," McDowell
said. "It should be me trying to make the races and not
David [Reutimann] because he earned it. I don't know what
happened there, but he was out of the race early at Texas."

Following the Samsung 500 Sunday, McDowell departed to
Statesville, N.C., with all of Michael Waltrip Racing's
Cup teams to board Michael Waltrip's King Air for New
York. Because McDowell's accident garnered national
attention, he and his wife Jami were invited to the set
of the Today show for an interview with Matt Lauer and
Meredith Vieira Monday morning. Afterwards, McDowell
went in studio at MSNBC and Inside Edition. Tuesday, he
travels to Burbank, Calif., to be on The Ellen DeGeneres

"My wife and I have had a nice time doing all the shows,"
McDowell said. "This has been great exposure for the
sport. NASCAR has done a tremendous job in making the
cars safe."

McDowell has enjoyed the whirlwind tour, but more
importantly he wants to see his family and friends so
that they can see firsthand he is doing fine. This week
is a homecoming of sorts for the McDowells as they go
back to their hometown of Glendale, Ariz. The timing
could not be more perfect for him and his family after
the weekend they have endured.

"It has been non-stop since Friday," McDowell said. "We
cannot wait to arrive into the Glendale area to see all
of our family and friends. Only Jami and my friend Brian
[Hosford] were at the track when the accident happened.
I'm so thankful they were there. We're all looking
forward to going back home."


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Cooper named new crew chief for Petty, No. 45 car
By Team Release

Petty Enterprises has named Stewart Cooper as the new crew
chief for Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Dodge.

Cooper comes from the Nationwide Series where he worked
with Braun Racing and the No. 38 Toyota driven by Jason
Leffler. Cooper will be on top of Petty's pit box beginning
this weekend for Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at

"It's an honor to come on board a race team like Petty
Enterprises," Cooper said. "Everyone here is committed
to making this No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge competitive on
a weekly basis. If we do that, the points thing will
take care of itself."

The No. 45 currently sits 41st in the owner standings,
141 points out of the top 35 positions that are locked
into a starting position. Petty failed to qualify two
weeks ago at Martinsville, and fill-in Chad McCumbee
missed last week's race at Texas.

"Petty Enterprises has the pieces and they are all in
place, we just have to put the pieces to work," Cooper
said. "Our first priority is to qualify Kyle into the
show this weekend and then perform well on Saturday

"Stewart is that new breed of crew chief that couples
a mechanical engineering education with a lot of
practical at-track experience," Petty said. "With the
success he has had as a crew chief in the Nationwide
Series, I know Robbie [Loomis, general manager] has
been trying to get him in the organization for some

Cooper replaces Billy Wilburn as Petty's crew chief.
Wilburn is now heading up the test team for Petty

"Kyle, Billy and the team participated in the test at
Phoenix last month so we have a nice book of notes to
help us ..." Cooper said. "Billy Wilburn and Robbie
have assembled a good team here and I'm looking forward
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Newman hit with 25-point penalty for Texas infraction
Drops two spots to 10th in Sprint Cup Series standings
By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has issued penalties and
fines to the No. 12 team that competes in the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions found
last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The No. 12 car driven by Ryan Newman was found to be in
violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock-
car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or
equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 12.8.1C
(right-rear quarter panel height did not meet the required
specification; too high in post-race inspection) of the
2008 NASCAR rule book.

As a result, Newman and car owner Roger Penske have been
penalized 25 championship driver and 25 championship owner
points, respectively. Crew chief Roy McCauley has been
fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

"We had an issue in post-race inspection on Sunday at
Texas Motor Speedway. It is always our intention to follow
NASCAR's rules, and we regret this mistake," Penske Racing
South's vice president of operations Michael Nelson said
in a statement. "We look forward to getting back to the
track this week and are focused on having a strong run in
the No. 12 Alltel Dodge at Phoenix International Raceway."

The penalty drops Newman from eighth to 10th in the Sprint
Cup standings, with 876 points and now 189 points behind
leader Jeff Burton.

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