ATLANTA -- Joey Logano missed both NASCAR Sprint Cup practices Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway as he dealt with the effects of a particularly nasty round of stomach flu. Logano was given four bags of IV fluids at the AMS Infield Care Center on Saturday while Michael McDowell practiced his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Speaking of Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing is expected to announce on Tuesday that Matt Kenseth will replace Logano next year as the driver of the No. 20. Logano's future appears to be still up in the air. He has been courted heavily by Penske Racing, though JGR officials have said they are trying to put together a deal for a fourth car for Logano next year.
Kenseth is leaving Roush Fenway Racing, the only Sprint Cup team he's been with in his career. He will be replaced next season by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending champion in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
RCR HEARING SET
NASCAR has set Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. as the hearing date for Richard Childress Racing to appeal penalties levied against the No. 27 RCR team of driver Paul Menard and crew chief Slugger Labbe.
The team was penalized after last month's race at Michigan International Speedway. In postrace inspection, Menard's car was found to have had its frame rails intentionally modified "for the purpose of deceiving NASCAR's inspection gauges." Labbe was fined $100,000 and he and two crew members were suspended until Oct. 3.
Menard and Childress were fined 25 driver and car owner points, respectively.
PATRICK TAKING BABY STEPS
Danica Patrick, who is making 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts this season in preparation for running the full schedule next year, said her only goal right now is to get as much experience as possible.
"It's true when I say I just want to finish the laps," said Patrick, who qualified a career-best 23rd for tonight's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I think it's going to take more time for me to set an expectation level for myself. I just need more time and more races."
TRUEX STAYING WITH WALTRIP
Martin Truex Jr. and his sponsor NAPA announced on Friday that they had both signed three-year contract extensions to remain at Michael Waltrip Racing. Truex is fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings heading into tonight's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and is having the best year of his career.
"I'm part of something that has probably been one of the coolest and proudest moments of my life," Truex said. "It's been a lot of fun and I just want to keep it going."
EARNHARDT JR. AMUSED BY STEWART'S ANTICS
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he got a good laugh out of last weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Tony Stewart threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car after the two drivers crashed while racing each other for the lead.
"What's funny to the majority is going to be funny to a race car driver," Earnhardt said. "Especially if you had a history with either one of the guys involved in the deal, it definitely makes it a little more personal."