Kenny Wallace and Brian Ickler Named “On-Call” Drivers
Daytona 500 winner, Matt Kenseth, and his wife, Katie Kenseth, are expecting the birth of their first child sometime in February, at home, in Wisconsin.
In order to be present for the birth of the baby, sometime towards the end of February, Kenseth’s Roush Fenway Racing team has named some “on-call” drivers for the remainder of the month.
Kenny Wallace and Brian Ickler will be ready to jump in to the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford for any practice and qualifying needs the team may have.
Wallace will be ready to assume driving duties throughout Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks events, while Ickler will be at the track for both Phoenix and Las Vegas race weekends.
Kenseth plans to be behind the wheel of the No. 17 Ford on race days, but depending on when the newest member of the family arrives, he may need assistance from Wallace and/or Ickler to practice the car for the team.
NASCAR Owner’s Points Swap
It was confirmed that under NASCAR rules, the top 35 teams from 2010, in owner’s points – as distinguished from driver’s points – are guaranteed a starting spot for the first five races of the year.
After the 2010 season a number of teams have shut down which has resulted in some off-track deals among various owners.
Hang-on there because it’s a bit confusing!
For example NASCAR.com is reporting that Thomas Pumpelly, a part-owner of the No. 71 TRG has taken the team’s owner’s points and formed an equity partnership with Richard Childress Racing so that Paul Menard has a guaranteed starting spot in the new team No. 27 team started by RCR.
So what did TRG’s owner, Kevin Buckler, do? He made a deal with RPM – Menards’s team in 2010 – so that road racer Andy Lally could be locked into the Daytona 500 in the No. 71 car.
And Foxsports.com is reporting that RPM did a similar deal with the Wood Brothers to insure that Trevor Bayne would be locked in the famous No. 21 Ford!