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Phillip Morris withdraws from tonight's Motor Mile Race due to weight restrictions
Jun 12, 2010 - updated Jun 12th, 2010 11:52am
Web posted by Bob Barney

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The shock post on RaceRap last night by Jim Dean, owner of the Clarence Steak House NASCAR late model car driven by National Champion Phillip Morris declaring that Phillip would not race in tonight's NASCAR late model event at Motor Mile Speedway has generated hundreds of reads in the first few hours of the post. Normally, Friday nights are the slowest for RaceRap readership, but the one posts generated the most hits on the site in recent memory.


This week, a series of posts from some named and unnamed people have suggested that Phillip was not going to race. RaceRap site co-owner Tammy Barney had been informed about the possibility of this happening and allowed most post to go through, as this is probably the biggest story in NASCAR's All American Series in a long time.

Jim Dean, who owns the car was also the car owner of other famous drivers in the past. He owned former national NASCAR champion Mark McFarland's car as well as Denny Hamlin's black, #99 which, together with McFarland won almost 100 feature wins in a single year – perhaps the most wins ever, in a single year, by a late model team. Hamlin has went on to Sprint Cup fame as one of the best drivers on the circuit today.

In his statement Dean wrote: “Dear Fans as you know we are not in agreement with the handicap format a MMS and wanted to confirm with sorrow that we are not going to be participating in the event this saturday night because of the existing circumstances.   Philip has anguished over this decision and we apologize for this late notification to our fans.   In hindsight we were overly optimistic that this was going to be resolved.   We will be taking the weekend off to reorganize and give philip and myself an opportunity to create a new schedule for the remainder of the season.   We are fortunate to of had your support and hope you all will continue to support us at the local tracks and on our agonizing decision.   We hope that you will continue to support MMS, arguably the best short track in the country, we just refuse to race on a handicapped format, the competition is to good, and the risk on our equipment and philip is too great.   We will be sadden to have the green flag drop and not be battling for the win, however, all of us here at Dean Motorsports will be wishing our competitors good fortune.   I will post as early as possible next week about our future schedule.”

Within minutes the board lit up with reads. The link to his message and replies can be found here: http://www.racerap.com/racerap/viewmsg.php?c2d9f8ddf49fe6f496e037f968f53d50vm=218833

RaceRap has had no official comments from the track as of this time on their reactions, but Tammy Barney believes from some sources that they may be reconsidering the rule which adds weight to anyone who wins two events in a row. On top of this, each additional consecutive win result in an additional 25 pounds to be added, with no maximum added weight limitations. Dean told RaceRap that this rule is not only unfair, but unsafe,” because the added weight is just too much for these cars to race on. “Nascar specs these cars at 3100 pounds. 50, 75, 100, or even more is just not safe,” said Dean


Even now, Dean is hoping that the track does reconsider, but has not heard anything from them.



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