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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Gibbs Racing hoping to stay with Chevrolet

By David Newton
ESPN.com

LOUDON, N.H. -- Joe Gibbs Racing's first choice is to re-sign with General Motors, not jump ship for Toyota.

"We want to work this out [with GM]," team president J.D. Gibbs said before Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway. "I can't say a whole lot more than that.

"We've got a great relationship with GM. We've been partners with them for 16 years, ever since we became an organization."

Gibbs said he's had several meetings with GM officials, the most recent last week. He brushed off a report that the organization had a "done deal" with Toyota.

Gibbs reminded reporters that none of the Chevrolet teams have re-upped with GM but said he hopes the situation will become clearer soon so the organization can start preparing for 2008.

Penalties for Busch, Sauter
The cars of Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter failed postrace height inspection that likely will draw fines and points deductions for both teams.

Suspension of the crew chiefs is not likely because NASCAR didn't consider this an attempt to test the integrity of the Car of Tomorrow.

Busch finished 11th and Sauter 14th. Their cars, both too low, will be returned to NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., to be measured electronically.


Ryan Newman came from 27th place after receiving a pit-road penalty for running over his air hose to finish 10th.

The rally kept him 13th in points, 127 behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the 12th and final spot in the championship Chase.

"We had a good top-5 car and we lost track position," Newman said. "It's so hard to get it back here, especially with how the racetrack runs and having to pass the lapped cars."

Kyle Busch to Evernham?
Ray Evernham acknowledged that Kyle Busch visited his shop in Statesville, N.C., on Tuesday.

He said that the visit went well and that he hopes Evernham Motorsports remains on Busch's list when the number of suitors is soon reduced to about four.

Evernham said negotiations to extend the contract of Scott Riggs, who has missed the past two races and is 36th in points, continue. But he wasn't quite as adamant that Riggs will be a part of the organization in 2008 as he was three weeks ago.

"He's a good little guy," Evernham said. "I just feel bad for what's going on with him."

Curse of the Bambino?
Carl Edwards doesn't believe in curses, even after his car with a Boston Red Sox logo fell off the jack when he pitted leading the race, dropping him a lap down.

"I don't know if I can describe how frustrated I was," Edwards said. "I just have to thank everyone with the Boston Red Sox and everybody at the Fenway Group … for coming on board. It's not a curse. We still finished 13th."

David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com.