May 7, 2009
SceneDaily is reporting that Mark Martin will return next season to drive Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolet full time.
Last year, Martin signed a two-year deal with Hendrick that would allow him to compete the full year this year and 26 races next season. That agreement was recently revised, making him the full time driver of the No. 5 next year.
It means a lot to drive the No. 5 Chevy for Rick and for Hendrick Motorsports. I’m in the best condition of my life, I’m recharged, and I’m motivated. Going to the race track every weekend is still really fun, and that’s the key. There’s more gas in my tank.
May 7, 2009
ESPN is reporting that suspended NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Grubb was found dead in a Richmond, VA hotel on Wednesday.
Grubb was discovered at Alpine Hotel, just outside of Richmond, at 11:30 a.m. The cause of death has not been released, but foul play was not suspected.
Grubb, the younger brother of NASCAR driver Wayne Grubb,made one attempt to qualify for a Sprint Cup race. In 2002, he attempted to make the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway in a car fielded by Team Bristol Motorsports. He failed ot make the race after crashing during qualifying. Plans to run the entire 2003 season fell through.
In 1998, he posted a second place finish at Dover International Speedway driving for his father’s team Grubb Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.
From 1999 – 2001, he raced for Brewco Motorsports, posting 18 top tens. By 2004, he was slated to race for Team Rensi Motorsports, but he failed a substance abuse test in March.
He was reinstated in June of 2006, on the condition that he submit to random drug tests. He agreed and was reinstated.
In September of 2006, he refused to take a drug test following a crash at Richmond, and was suspended. Refusal to take a test results in an automatic failure. Grubb said that a concussion caused him to refuse the test, and said he had no memory of the refusal.
He was under suspension at the time of his death.