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Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, January 19 2010


Editor’s note: The annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway is being held this week. RacinToday has a trio of writers on the Tour and will be reporting daily with opinions, features, news and notes.

Concord, N.C. – Racintoday.com has confirmed that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby has been reassigned within the organization.

His replacement will be announced soon.

“That’s a tough job, that position,” Richard Petty Motorsports Executive Vice President of Race Operations Robbie Loomis said on Tuesday during the annual Sprint media tour. “I think he’s been very fair. I was surprised to hear about it. I’m sure it’s been very taxing on him. Just the travel, itself can wear you out.

“But I’m sure they’ll get somebody in there that has good character and strong beliefs and it will be a good deal.”

Kurt Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion, can achieve his next major goal in racing next month.

“Winning a Daytona 500 is high up on the list of things to accomplish,” he said. “And creating that consistent level of performance that I haven’t had over the years is important. That’s big on my list.

“And ultimately, I want to bring a championship home to (team owner) Roger (Penske). That’s always been on my list since I came over here in 2006. But honestly, 10 years in I hope I still have 10 more years to go.”

Legendary open wheel and NASCAR team owner Roger Penske likes the timing of Danica Patrick’s part-time venture into stock cars.

Patrick is scheduled to compete in next month’s ARCA race in Daytona before running a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports.

She’ll still run the entire 2010 IZOD Indy Car Series season.

“I think it’s great for the sport and I think it’s great for Indy Car too,” Penske said. “The fact that she’s even getting the notoriety on the NASCAR side just helps us even on the Indy car side. There’s a lot of pressure on her.

“But the most important thing she needs is time. I don’t think anybody can just step in overnight and have instant success.”

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, January 19 2010
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