Petty shifting to booth 

For the first time in a number of years, a Petty won’t be on the entry list for more than just a race or two. NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Petty, who will provide color commentary from the cockpit of his Dodge during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 24, is also scheduled to be the TV commentator from the TNT booth another five races.

Petty is the third generation of his family to race in the Cup series. His grandfather Lee was the first of the family to compete in NASCAR’s premier series, starting in 1949. Kyle’s dad, Richard, earned the nickname "King" for good reason; he won 200 NASCAR races and seven Cup championships.

While he hasn’t enjoyed the on-track success of his grandfather and father, both of whom were voted by their peers as being among the top 50 drivers in NASCAR history, Kyle has made a name for himself with his charity work. He and wife Pattie opened the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally and chronically ill children from around the country.

FINAL PASS FOR NHRA’S SCELZI?: Four-time NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series champion Gary Scelzi may make his final pass at Infineon Raceway from July 27-29 at the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals. He has said he will take a sabbatical from drag racing at the conclusion of this season.

"It is not a retirement," said the 46-year-old Scelzi, who is a two-time winner at Infineon in Funny Car. "I just can’t continue to do 23 races, get back involved in the business and do either one of them any good."

INFINEON ENHANCES SAFETY: Safety enhancements for motorcycle riders continue at Infineon Raceway for the season-opening Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown presented by Supercuts May 18-20.

Track officials will move the safety barrier at the crest of Turn 5 back 40 feet, giving riders up to 155 feet of runoff.

BOMARITO SECOND AT LONG BEACH: Jonathan Bomarito of Monterey and PR1 Motorsports drove a steady race to finish second behind Brazilian Raphael Matos last weekend in the Imperial Capital Bank Champ Car Atlantic Championship at the 33rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Bomarito is third in the standings, two points behind rookie Robert Wickens, who was third in the race, and 13 behind Matos. Tom Sutherland of Los Gatos finished 14th and has 13 points, J.R. Hildebrand did not complete a lap do to a mechanical failure and has eight points and Bret MacDonald of Dublin was 21st in the 30-car field and has one championship point. The series is in Houston this weekend.

HOKIES REMEMBERED

NASCAR will allow race cars to display the Virginia Tech logo for the next three weeks in tribute to the victims of this

week’s shootings at the school. The logo will be displayed against a black background on the area just to the right of the driver’s side window net.

- Staff report

THIS WEEK’S PIT STOPS

NEXTEL CUP

WHAT: Subway Fresh Fit 500

WHERE: Avondale,Ariz.

WHEN: Saturday,5 p.m.

BUSCH

WHAT: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

WHERE: Avondale,Ariz.

WHEN: Friday,6 p.m.

NHRA

WHAT: Summit Racing Equipment So. Natl’s

WHERE: Atlanta

WHEN: April 29

IRL

WHAT: Indy Japan 300

WHERE: Suzuka,Japan

WHEN: Friday,9 p.m.

CHAMP CAR

WHAT: Grand Prix of Houston

WHERE: Houston

WHEN: Sunday,noon

FORMULA ONE

WHAT: Spanish Grand Prix

WHERE: Barcelona

WHEN: May 13

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