NASCAR Fines Kyle Busch; Places Him On Probation For Remainder Of Year

For Immediate Release


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2011) – NASCAR has fined Kyle Busch $50,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for his actions during the Nov. 4 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.


Kyle Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2011 NASCAR Rule Book. NASCAR took immediate action, parking Busch for the remainder of Friday night’s event and maintaining the parked position for the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. On Monday, the parking directive was lifted by NASCAR.


In issuing Monday’s penalty, NASCAR went on to say that “if during the remaining NASCAR events in 2011 there is another action by the competitor that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, the competitor will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR.”


For more information, contact:

Kerry Tharp, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications


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Self-Taught Canadian Ossowski Veteran Member of Hendrick Engine Staff

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Assembler Hopes To See Championship Winner Yet Again


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2011) — Hendrick Engines, winner of the past two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races powering Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet is in the thick of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ – and has been for the past five seasons with Jimmie Johnson.


Stewart, who trails points leader Carl Edwards by three points, won Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 to claim the race’s Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the race for the second week in a row for Stewart-Hass Racing. The award is based on a points system totaling qualifying and finishing positions. Bonus points are also awarded for leading the most laps. Hendrick’s Jeff Gordon also scored in the contingency award category as the sixth-finishing No. 24 Chevrolet’s crew chief Alan Gustafson won the Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race nod.


Hendrick engine room assembler Andrew Ossowski is proof positive that you learn by doing. The self-taught, 48-year-old native of Brigham, Quebec, Canada, has honed his craft at the highest level as one of 30 members of Hendrick Motorsports’ engine department, headed by Jeff Andrews.


A Hendrick employee since 2000, when he was hired by the late Randy Dorton, Ossowski climbed the ladder from a high school machine class to the old NASCAR North Series, an Indianapolis car team and finally his own engine building shop in Grandby, Quebec.


He followed his older brother to Hendrick and the mentorship of the legendary Dorton, one of the first to use the “cause and effect” approach to building engines and diagnosing problems. Ossowski and his colleagues will have assembled and freshened some 700 engines at this stage of the season for the four Hendrick teams and the company’s customers that include Stewart-Haas Racing.


“He (Dorton) opened up my eyes on how you go about fixing problems,” said Ossowski, who with wife Ann Marie Venneman has three children. “He always dug deeper into cause and effect and how to trouble-shoot issues. We build to very tight specifications. Every engine is the same down to every single bolt and torque pattern. If you have a problem, you can diagnose back.”


Neither Ossowski nor his colleagues build for specific teams. The choice, off the rack so to speak, is up to the crew chief. The assemblers find out later if their engine was the one that carried Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a customer such as Stewart-Haas Racing to a high finish or Victory Lane.


Ossowski’s engines have a victory with Gordon at Talladega and brought Johnson his first Coors Light Pole at Daytona. Earnhardt’s Wrangler Chevrolet claimed the first win by a NASCAR Nationwide Series new car in 2010 at Daytona.


The Canadian worked directly with General Motors’ engineering staff on the development of the company’s R07 engine. Casey Mears’ Coca-Cola 600 victory in 2007 marked the engine’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. “Throw me a challenge; that elevates me,” Ossowski said.


His current project is electronic fuel injection slated to replace carburetion beginning with the 2012 Daytona 500. “We started with a clean slate eight months ago and it’s a (major) undertaking,” he said. “We have to tailor it to the needs of the driver to make the smoothest, cleanest accelerating engine (while) creating a package that’s reliable.”


Having a limited number of opportunities to actually test the EFI system on track is a challenge both for Hendrick and the other NASCAR Sprint Cup teams. “Dynos don’t represent the real world,” said Ossowski. “We discover so many problems going to the race track. You really hope you get the most of the tests we have (because) a 25-lap run might not produce the problems you could encounter in a 48-lap run.”


With two races remaining in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ competitors move to Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500. (ESPN live 3 p.m. EDT).


Official winners of this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Prize Money & Decal Program special awards include:



·         COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Greg Biffle (193.736 mph,  27.873 secs,)

·         DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE AWARD: Darian Grubb (crew chief for Tony Stewart)

·         GOODYEAR GATORBACK BELTS FASTEST LAP AWARD: Greg Biffle (186.935 mph, Lap 2)


·         MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Tony Stewart

·         MOOG CHASSIS PARTS PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Alan Gustafson, 0.413 secs (crew chief for Jeff Gordon)




For a complete description and special award standings of national series awards presented via the NASCAR Prize Money & Decal Program, visit www.nascarmedia.com.


About the NASCAR Prize Money & Decal Program

The NASCAR Prize Money & Decal Program, commonly referred to as the contingency program, is administered by the NASCAR Automotive Group. The program strives to build strong relationships with high-quality, performance-driven brands that are leaders in their respective categories and award money to NASCAR teams via per-race and year-end postings. Competitors become eligible for awards money by displaying partner decals on the front fender of their race vehicles and, in some instances, use of a sponsor’s product. National series contingency sponsors will contribute over $8.4 million to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011.


For additional information, contact:

Owen A. Kearns, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications


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PASS North recognizes racers at annual Banquet of Champions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media, contact Norm Desjardins




Naples ME (11/7) Pro All Stars Series racers, teams, sponsors and fans packed the Howard Johnson's Conference Center in Westbrook Maine Friday evening to celebrate the 2011 season, a festive night of awards, food and socializing.


Mike Mayberry filled in for series President Tom Mayberry at the podium, kicking off the ceremony with the Presidents special recognition awards. The PASS Mods Sportsmanship award was presented to Alan Wilson; Sumner Sessions received the Hard Luck Award and the Most Improved driver of 2011 was Dana Reed. The PASS Sportsman were up next and Donnie Morse earned the Sportsmanship Award, the Hard Luck driver was Shane Tatro and Craig Smith was Most Improved. Alex Gingras earned the title of Most Improved driver in the PASS North Super Late Model series, Joey Doiron was recognized for the Hard Luck he experienced in 2011 and Maritime racer Matt Matheson earned the Super Late Model Sportsmanship award.


Rookie of the Year honors were up next, with Spencer Morse capturing the Sportsman series Rookie crown, and Mark Lundblad Jr. claimed the award in the PASS Mod series. An unusually strong Rookie of the Year crop in the PASS Super Late Models led to Co-Rookies of the Year being named. Lonnie Sommerville and Kyle DeSouza shared the podium for this award.


Then it was time for hardware and check presentations to all the qualifying drivers, speeches from PASS Mod Champion Andy Shaw, PASS Sportsman titlist Carey Martin and 2011 PASS North Super Late Model Champion Johnny Clark. Both Shaw and Martin are now two-time champions in their respective division, while Clark now has six PASS North Super Late Model titles on his resume, including the last four.


The PASS South and PASS National Championship series will wrap up their 2011 campaigns at Concord (NC) Speedway on November 25 and 26 with the Thanksgiving Classic/Mason-Dixon Meltdown.


There's loads of  banquet photos on line now at www.proallstarsseries.com .




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