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Waiting on the No. 88; Wimmer back to Busch

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Larry McReynolds

Larry McReynolds has more than 30 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, Daytona 500-winning crew chief and broadcaster. He earned 23 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief, including two victories in the prestigious Daytona 500, as well as a pair of non-points victories in the annual all-star race. Follow him on Twitter.

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No. 88 wait

John and Grace from Rutherford, N.J.: When do you expect some kind of word from Robert or Doug Yates on what is going on with the No. 88 car? Larry McReynolds: Two months ago at Fontana, officials at Robert Yates Racing told me that they would have an announcement soon about the No. 88 car's sponsor and driver. I was told that it was going to surprise a lot of people, but obviously it hasn't come to fruition yet for whatever reason. We certainly know that the sands in the hourglass are running low, especially on the sponsor side of things. You can get a driver, but you've got to have a sponsor. Who knows? Maybe they were banking on Mark Martin and just couldn't make it happen. After spending six years with Robert Yates Racing, I'm anxiously waiting to see what happens. I certainly hope for Doug and Robert Yates that an organization that has done so much for the sport will soon have a sponsor and driver.

Wimmer to RCR, KHI

Jamie from Cambridge, Ontario: Greetings from Canada, Larry. For the past few weeks, we have seen Scott Wimmer on top of Richard Childress' hauler. I am just wondering if we will see him drive a Childress car or a Kevin Harvick Inc. car in 2007? Larry McReynolds: We see Scott Wimmer hanging around Richard Childress Racing a lot, and when we interviewed him a few weeks ago, he said that he would have a pretty major announcement coming soon. From what we're seeing and hearing, it will probably be a Busch ride with either RCR or KHI.

Chase for Busch, Truck?

Neil from Newland, N.C.: Why not have a "Chase" in the Busch series? Harvick won by 700 some odd points this year. Talk about a yawn! Make the Busch Series more exciting too! Larry McReynolds: That's one question that keeps getting asked, especially when you look at what has happened in the Busch Series this year. Plus, it's just a two-man race in the Craftsman Truck Series. One part of me thinks that it should be something special set aside for the Nextel Cup Series. Another part of me thinks a miniature form of it would work in the Busch and Truck Series, especially this season.

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Fuel mileage highs and lows

Bo from Osborne, Kan.: With Dale Earnhardt Jr. always running at the top of most racetracks, is his speed through the corners off-setting the guys who run the bottom and have to get all over the gas to get going again? It's shorter around the bottom, but how much fuel difference would there be since Earnhardt actually runs longer laps at the top? Larry McReynolds: So many other things that factor into it, like how much he's in the gas. Is he pulling a different gear than the other competitors? With only two gears, that shouldn't be a huge factor. If Dale Jr. stays in the throttle, and someone running at the bottom is in and out of it coming off of the corner because their car is pushing, Earnhardt actually could be getting better fuel mileage at the top of the race track vs. the bottom. Even though you're traveling a shorter distance, if you're in and out of the throttle, you're using more fuel so a lot of things besides the distance that you're traveling factor into fuel mileage.


FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds has more than 25 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, crew chief and broadcaster. He and his fellow Crew Chief Club members take you behind the wall at www.crewchiefclub.com.

"How to Become a Winning Crew Chief" is on bookstore shelves, or you may order your own autographed copy from www.DWStore.com.

Tagged: Scott Wimmer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick

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