No. 21 team weighs options

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2002

SONOMA, Calif. -- With Elliott Sadler headed to a new team in 2003 and the No. 21 Ford enjoying a resurgence, Wood Brothers Racing has the luxury of being selective on who will drive their car.

The list of potential drivers has been trimmed to four, ac cord ing to team owner Eddie Wood. The four are Bobby Ham ilton, Mike Wallace, Johnny Ben son and Jerry Nadeau, ac cording to Turner Sports Interactive.

Wood said he might also add a name or two from the NASCAR Busch Series.

''This deal changes every day, and who knows, by nightfall this whole list could be drastically changed,'' Wood said.

Sadler's future remains a mystery. Ricky Rudd said the 27-year-old driver from Emporia, Va., already has agreed to drive the No. 28 Ford for Robert Yates Racing. Both Sadler and Yates deny any deal has been reached.

Another viable option is at Dale Earnhardt Inc. That company has admitted to talking with Sadler. And because Sadler and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are close friends, it would be a nice fit for both.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, GREEN FLAG: Britney Spears and NASCAR have agreed to develop and produce a dramatic film about stock car racing.

Spears is scheduled to play a woman who inspires a former Winston Cup Series driver to return to the fast lane.

The project is in the preliminary writing and development stage. The story is being written by Jim Hart, whose works include Contact and Hook.

''One of NASCAR's objectives is to grow our sport by developing entertainment projects that introduce NASCAR drivers, teams, tracks and their sponsors to an ever-growing audience,'' said Paul Brooks, NASCAR's vice president of broadcasting.

NO KENTUCKY HOME: The Kentucky Speedway, a sparkling raceway near Cincinnati, won't get a Winston Cup Series date in 2003 as hoped.

Although the 112-mile raceway has attracted some of the biggest crowds on the NASCAR Busch Series since it opened three years ago, NASCAR officials said the 38-race schedule that includes 36 official races and two all-star events, leaves little room for additional races.

''We think we deserve better than what we're getting,'' said Jerry Carroll, one of the owners at Kentucky.

Carroll said he plans to ''shake it up'' to force NASCAR to consider his raceway in the future. One idea is to offer an all-star weekend for both the Busch and Winston Cup series.

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