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Babies! Crew chiefs! Promises! A roundup of news from Media Week

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NASCAR Media Week concluded Thursday, and while there wasn't a whole lot of earthshattering news, there's plenty that will have an effect on NASCAR in the 2012 season and beyond. If you missed any of it, clip and save this handy post.

• NASCAR ended its policy of secret fines. We'd tell you what we think about that policy in general, but we don't want to get publicly fined.

• Ford rolled out the 2013 Fusion, which got everyone excited for 2013 before 2012 even begins.

• Kevin Harvick and wife Delana will be adding a new member to their race team. Bad news: their first child is going to have to qualify on speed.

Danica Patrick will be passing up the Indy 500 to run the Coke 600, more evidence of the total career makeover she's undergoing.

• Bill Elliott will return to the Sprint Cup series, driving a Wal-Mart car at the July Daytona race.

• And another Elliott, Elliott Sadler, will be driving in the Sprint Cup series once again, running for Richard Childress Racing in the Daytona 500.

• Chip Ganassi declared his team's 2011 performance "pathetic." Ouch.

• Richard Petty Motorsports will be forming a Nationwide team for Michael Annett.

• And in sad news, Pocono owner Doc Mattioli passed away. Condolences to his family and friends.

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