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NASCAR | Tony Stewart strikes and kills driver

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:32:25 -0700

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Tony Stewart struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. Saturday, Aug. 9, during a dirt-track race in upstate New York. Ward left his vehicle and was hit by a sliding Stewart. Ward was pronounced dead on arrival at Thompson Health hospital. Ontario County police are investigating the incident, saying Stewart has been cooperative and that no charges are pending.

Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned for more information. It may be best to avoid using Stewart this week at Watkins Glen.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jeff Gluck

NASCAR | Chase drivers can't take part in test

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:38:56 -0700

NASCAR won't allow championship-eligible drivers to take part in a Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway this year. However, they will allow all organizations represented in the Chase to take part in the Aug. 26 test because Homestead is the site of the season finale. Teams will have to send a driver not qualified for the Chase to the test.

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NASCAR | Not close to limiting Cup drivers in lower series

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:15:23 -0700

NASCAR chairman Brian France indicated over the weekend that NASCAR isn't close to limiting Sprint Cup Series drivers to a certain number of starts in lower series. "That's always a question," France said. "When a Cup driver gets in and has a lot of success - Mark Martin did that for a long time in the Nationwide - and there's always that balance. But where we usually come out on that is that the younger drivers gain valuable experience even if somebody gets on a run and tends to win more events than is normal."

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NASCAR | Sponsorship agreement extended with Homestead-Miami Speedway

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:54:21 -0700

Ford Motor Co. has extended their sponsorship agreement with Homestead-Miami Speedway through 2019, with the option to extend the agreement again through 2024. The track serves as the host of NASCAR's final weekend, when the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck champions are crowned.

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NASCAR | Top nine qualifiers for Indy 500 announced

Sun, 18 May 2014 12:35:49 -0700

The nine fastest qualifiers for the Indianapolis 500 have been announced. Drivers Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe and Will Power will begin the race on the front row, with Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti on the second row and Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and J.R. Hildebrand on the third row. The race will be held Sunday, May 25.

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NASCAR | Robert Griffin III to drive pace car

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:45:14 -0700

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car for the race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 26. Griffin will go through pace car training and spend some time with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. before the race.

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NASCAR | Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch crash in practice

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:01:25 -0700

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch both crashed in Sprint Cup practice at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday, March 14, and four drivers will have to go to backup cars for the race Sunday, March 16.

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NASCAR | Seven-car wreck in practice Wednesday

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:09:30 -0800

A seven-car accident in Sprint Cup practice Wednesday, Feb. 19, led to a hole being pierced in the Daytona International Speedway fencing. Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth started the crash. The fence "performed the way it was designed to," but a steel cable and some mesh fencing needs to be replaced.

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NASCAR | Three blow engines in practice

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:11:40 -0800

Stewart-Haas Racing drivers Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart and Phoenix Racing driver Bobby Labonte all blew their engines during practice for the Daytona 500 Saturday, Feb. 15. "It's just a motor. If it was getting ready for the race you would be a little more concerned," Stewart said. "It's just for qualifying. They pay the big check a week from tomorrow, not tomorrow." All three engines were from Hendrick Motorsports, and all three teams will now be forced to start from the back of the field for the race.

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NASCAR | Playoff format changed

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:17:35 -0800

NASCAR announced Thursday, Jan. 30, that extensive changes are coming to their playoff format for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, expanding the field from 12 to 16 drivers and emphasizing winning races. A driver who wins a race during the 26-event regular season will be granted entry into the Chase regardless of where they rank in the points standings. The playoffs will now be known as the NASCAR Chase Grid. A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Chase race clinches that winning driver a spot in the next round. Four drivers will enter the championship with a chance at the title, and the Cup will go to the highest finisher among those four in the final race.

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NASCAR | Dave Blaney to enter HOF

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:30:41 -0800

NASCAR driver Dave Blaney is set to be inducted into the Sprint Cup Hall of Fame May 31.

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NASCAR | Dave Blaney entered at Daytona

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:31:07 -0800

Driver Dave Blaney will revive the No. 77 Ford for Sprint Cup team owner Randy Humphrey at Daytona International Speedway this year, and he's expected to have the full-time ride with the team this year.

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Stewart-Haas Racing | Ryan Newman in Chase after NASCAR penalties

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:07:43 -0700

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman has made the Chase, after NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing $300,000 and docked each driver on the team 50 points. Martin Truex Jr. had previously been determined to have made the Chase, beating out Newman on a tiebreaker, but it was determined that MWR driver Clint Bowyer intentionally spun his tires on a restart to help his teammate, violating Section 12-4 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing).

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NASCAR | ESPN, Turner Sports want to nix deals early

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:52:27 -0700

ESPN and Turner Sports would like to opt out of their contracts with NASCAR a year early and turn them over to Fox and NBC in 2014. NASCAR recently agreed to a deal with Fox and NBC to run from 2015 to 2024. Fox and NBC are interested in picking up the rights but feel they should be compensated for letting ESPN and Turner out of their deals early.

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NASCAR | Nationwide field shrinking

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:52:55 -0700

NASCAR announced Wednesday, Oct. 17, that the Nationwide Series field of 43 cars will shrink to 40 cars next season. The Sprint Cup Series will remain at 43 cars, though, and the Truck Series will remain at 36. The 36 fastest cars in the Nationwide Series will make the race on speed, followed by the next six highest-ranking cars in owner's points and one spot for the most recent eligible past champion.

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