E15 fuel will be used in all 3 series next season

NASCAR will switch to E15 ethanol

fuel, beginning next year, for all Sprint Cup, Nationwide and

Camping World Truck Series races. The ethanol will be corn-based,

NASCAR Chairman Brian France said

Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Domestic ethanol, for sure,”

France said. France and other officials said that switching to the

new fuel shouldn’t impact fuel mileage and has shown signs of

providing more power for drivers.

Robin Pemberton,

NASCAR’s vice president of

competition, said that teams have been using ethanol in various

tests, including Goodyear tire tests this year. The move completes

a quick transition for

NASCAR in its fuel supply.

NASCAR went from leaded to unleaded

fuel in 2007 and now this. France pledged more would be done in

regard to green initiatives, although he didn’t specify what could

come next. “This is one of these areas that involve the whole

industry,” France said. “It’s not about

NASCAR just making some mandates.

It’s about working with all of the sponsors or track operators

[and] team owners. “The companies that are doing business with us

and our fans sort of expect us to take good, smart steps to do what

we can as an industry to protect the environment and be smarter

about how we go about our business.” TV ratings With the TV ratings

down about 25 percent for the first four Chase races,

NASCAR Chairman Brian France briefly

addressed the issue. Asked about the ratings decline, France said:

“We’re working on it. Racing is great and over time that takes care

of things. We’d like to have better ratings but we will over time.”

Asked what could be done and if it would make sense to show

commercials on the TV screen at the same time as the race (like the

IndyCar Series does), France said: “We’ll look at everything we can

do. Ultimately, the racing, which is phenomenal, will carry the

day. That’s our product.” Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway

Motorsports Inc., said that

NASCAR needs to move the start times

back for some of his races. Instead of races starting at 1 p.m.,

Smith said that the races should start at 2 p.m. “You’ve got to

look at competition on TV today and that’s one of the things,”

Smith said. “I’m not sure we’re down 25 [percent]. I have

difficulty believing that, but here again, if you start a race at 1

o’clock on Sunday afternoon, look at all the competition you have

on TV. I’m not sure that 1 o’clock is doing our sport any favor.

“If people want to tune in and watch football — and every game

seems to be about the same — if they want to, let them. Let’s say

by 2 o’clock they’re tired of it and then they’ll come over and

watch a real sport..” Satisfaction A few days after being selected

for the

NASCAR Hall of Fame, David Pearson,

Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore and the family of Lee Petty

served as grand marshals for the race. “One goal I set for myself

was to live long enough to get in it,” Jarrett said. “I worked

extremely hard on my health the last several years for this

purpose, well, I wanted to live for other reasons, too, but

certainly that was a big reason why I wanted to be around for a

while.” Next race The series heads to Martinsville next week where

Denny Hamlin will look to score his third consecutive victory at

that track. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at

www.martinsvillespeedway.com.