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Notes: Stewart hopes to team Martin with Danica

September 03, 2011, Mark Aumann,

HAMPTON, Ga. -- SHR needs backing to run third car full time; rain expected from tropical storm

Following the news that Danica Patrick will run between eight and 10 Cup races in a third car for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2012, speculation is running rampant as to who might get behind the wheel for the remainder of the season.

When asked if Mark Martin could be a possibility for the role, Tony Stewart said he's definitely "a leading candidate."

"I would love to have him," Stewart said. "The biggest thing is us getting the financial backing to run the remainder of those races. I would love nothing more than Mark in all the races that Danica doesn't run next year.

"I've been a Mark Martin fan for a long time and trust me I would love nothing more than to have Mark in one of our cars."

* Sound Off: Stewart addresses Danica's deal with SHR

Rain expected from tropical storm

There's a standing joke around the garage area that if you want to end a drought, schedule a NASCAR race. Unfortunately, nobody's laughing right now, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continue moving in a northeast track.

There wasn't a cloud in the sky Saturday but Sunday's forecast calls for scattered afternoon showers and an increasing chance of rain throughout the evening, while heavy rain is predicted for Monday and Tuesday.

In the Cup hauler, NASCAR president Mike Helton pointed at the Weather Channel tracking map on the television monitor on the wall.

"It is what it is," Helton said. "It's all about the predictions of how fast it's moving and how quickly it'll get here."

The last measured rainfall in nearby Jonesboro, Ga., was on Aug. 14, and the last significant rainfall was Aug. 8, as much of Georgia remains under varying stages of drought.

* HLN Weather Blast: Forecast for Atlanta

Scott brings Boise colors to Bulldog Country

Idaho native Brian Scott's No. 11 Toyota certainly stands out this weekend. It's decked out in Boise State blue and orange, with a Broncos logo prominently featured on the hood.

About the same time Scott takes the green flag in Saturday night's Great Clips 300 at AMS, Boise State and Georgia will be kicking off at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta.

Scott admits he expected to take a little bit of ribbing about it, but it's been mostly good-natured teasing.

"Even the Georgia fans are excited that we're bringing attention to the game and bringing attention to collegiate sports," Scott said. "It's just going to be a fun weekend. Overall, people kind of just have fun with it, I think.

"No other drivers have come up to me, but a lot of crew members who went to the University of Georgia. There's NASCAR officials who are graduates of the University of Georgia. We've had some fun with it. It's a fun paint scheme and it's been cool to represent the Broncos."

Scott said he's heard as many as 10,000 fans have made the trip from Idaho for the game.

* Video: Scott stirs pot with Boise paint scheme

Atlanta pace cars honors breast cancer survivors

The pace cars for Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway are painted pink to remind fans that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And on Friday morning, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray and Ron Hornaday gave pace car rides to 30 breast cancer survivors.

"What a fun morning to wake up to, those ladies celebrating life," Bowyer said. "They've all survived breast cancer and are all full of energy and full of excitement. They couldn't wait to get out on the race track."

However, traveling around AMS at a high rate of speed is obviously not for everybody.

"I had one of them get pretty scared on me," Bowyer said. "She said to slow down -- and I thought she was joking -- and I looked over and she wasn't joking. So we pulled in and took a pit stop."

Jamie McMurray and Ron Hornaday pose with breast cancer survivors as they give pace car rides at Atlanta. (Turner Sports New Media)

In addition to the pink pace cars, Chevrolet is donating $200 per caution lap to the American Cancer Society. And Carl Edwards' No. 99 Ford is carrying a special paint scheme to publicize National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.