Spanning the globe to bring you the constant lack of variety in whatever little news there is with NASCAR in the pre–pre–preseason:
- Richard Petty Motorsports has snagged rights to the number 44, which they will use next year for Brian Scott, who replaces Sam Hornish Jr. For us old farts whose memory of NASCAR stretches all the way back to the dim and distant past known as the 1990s, 44 is immediately associated with Kyle Petty and his Hot Wheels car. Given that Mattel no longer makes any type of NASCAR–related die cast, and they just lost their ten bajillion dollar a year contract to Hasbro for manufacturing Disney toys, it’s highly doubtful I’ll we will ever see another Hot Wheels car. Although, a Barbie car during breast cancer awareness month would be a nice touch.
Nostalgia aside, the question is what makes Richard Petty think Scott, whose racing record is anything but spectacular, will produce better results than Hornish. Then again, Kyle Petty never won a race in the 44 car. Hopefully for Scott’s sake, RPM isn’t going for consistency as well as nostalgia.
- Julia Landauer, who in addition to the minuscule amount of fame currently afforded anyone who has appeared on Survivor can drive a race car, will have a full-time ride in the K&N West series this season. Who knows; if she has the right stuff she might wind up being the first Stanford graduate ever to drive in Sprint Cup.
- It’s interesting that among Landauer’s teammates are a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, and that JR Motorsports just signed a 15-year-old to run a Late Model car. At this rate I’m not sure whether to look for future stories on upcoming drivers on the cover of NASCAR Illustrated or Teen Beat.