Some news and nuggets grabbed from various places on the Web:
Jeff Gordon gets a new car chief
SceneDaily.com reported Wednesday that Jason Burdett has left Michael Waltrip Racing, where he served as crew chief for Dale Jarrett, to become the car chief for Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick Motorsports spokesman confirmed. Burdett worked on the Gordon and Jimmie Johnson teams at Hendrick from 2000-2002 before joining Robert Yates Racing as the car chief for Jarrett. He joined MWR in May 2007 to replace Matt Borland as Jarrett's crew chief for the first-year Nextel Cup team. Burdett replaces Jeff Meendering, who has taken over as crew chief for Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 team at Petty Enterprises. A replacement for Burdett at MWR has not been named.
New crew chief for Ryan Newman
Penske Racing South announced that Roy McCauley, who was crew chief for Kurt Busch for part of the 2007 season, has been named to the same position for Ryan Newman and the No. 12 Sprint Cup team. McCauley replaces Mike Nelson, who has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at the company. It was also announced that Don Miller, who has served as President of Penske Racing South, Inc. since its inception in 1990, is retiring from his position after nearly two successful decades at the highest levels of stock car racing.
Bobby Labonte to drive for RCR in Nationwide Series
NASCAR.com reported Tuesday that Richard Childress Racing has signed Texas native Bobby Labonte to drive a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series next year. Labonte is scheduled to compete in 15 races in the No. 21 Chevrolet. Securing sponsorship for the team is ongoing.
Brendan Gaughan looking for a ride
SceneDaily.com reported Wednesday that the merger between Craftsman Truck Series teams Wyler Racing and South Point Racing is off. It was also confirmed that South Point Racing, based in Las Vegas, Nev., will close its race shop. The merger was announced in October and the new team was to be called Wyler-Gaughan Racing with its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Brendan Gaughan, son of team owner Michael Gaughan, was scheduled to drive the No. 77 Toyota for the team. Brendan Gaughan is now exploring other rides. A spokesman for Wyler Racing said the team will return in 2008 with its No. 60 Toyota and a driver to be determined. Brendan Gaughan, who won four consecutive Craftsman Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002-03, finished 11th in the Truck series standings this season and had a best finish of second at Bristol in August and Texas in November.