NASCAR & Auto Racing

Multimillion-dollar deal for NHRA red-lights

Some short takes from the motorsports notebook:

  • The proposed deal valued at approximately $121 million in which HD Partners would have bought the National Hot Rod Association’s professional racing assets is off after not enough of HD Partners’ shareholders voted to finalize the deal.
  • NHRA president Tom Compton said the NHRA has no plans to pursue another buyer and would continue to operate as it did before the proposed deal.

    Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith, who had previously said he would be interested in buying the NHRA, said Thursday that interest “is just on hold now” and that he has no immediate plans to pursue any such deal.

  • Grandstand seats for the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 have sold out, track officials announced Thursday. Infield tickets are still on sale, as are tickets for all other Speedweeks events.
  • Daytona International Speedway also announced that Richard Petty, who has won the Daytona 500 seven times and whose father, Lee, won the first 500 in 1959, will serve as honorary starter for this year’s race.

  • Craftsman Truck Series driver Phillip McGilton and his wife, Mandi, had their fourth child on Wednesday. Presley Jade McGilton is the couple’s fourth daughter.
  • “Inside Nextel Cup,” a staple of Speed’s Monday night television lineup, will have a new name, a new host and a new format in 2008. The show will now be called “This Week in NASCAR” and will concentrate less on reviewing the previous weekend’s action and more on looking ahead to upcoming events.
  • Steve Byrnes is the new host. Drivers Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader and Greg Biffle will return to be part of the weekly panel that also will feature crew chiefs, including Chad Knaus of the two-time defending Cup series championship team at Hendrick Motorsports.