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Stewart to miss start of Sprint Cup season with broken vertebra

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday and he had surgery Wednesday, the team said. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been determined, but SHR said he is …

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing is unsure of the extent of his injuries. A team spokesman told the Associated Press that Stewart was injured in a non-racing accident on Sunday. He is being evaluated in an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities. …

Smith delights crowd during off-the-cuff NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bruton Smith, the colorful chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., delighted the audience with an off-the-cuff speech Saturday while accepting his place in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, touching on everything from his building of Charlotte Motor Speedway to his unwavering support of Coca-Cola. Smith, who owns eight tracks that host 12 …

With his Chase hopes on the brink, Harvick needs to simmer down and heat up

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are not enemies. They have known each other since the early days of their careers, which began in California before the two crossed the country to North Carolina to take …

Hamlin rallies to earn victory in opening round of playoffs

Monday, September 21, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. – Denny Hamlin vowed to make it to the championship round of the Sprint Cup playoffs, and nothing so far is getting in his way. Not a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered playing basketball just days …

Harvick to start Chase on pole after qualifying canceled

Saturday, September 19, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. – Kevin Harvick will begin defense of his Sprint Cup championship from the pole in the opening round of the playoffs. Heavy rain washed out qualifying Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, and NASCAR set the field based …

After excellent regular season, Logano ready to find a higher gear in pursuit of first championship

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

He’s never looked better, and Joey Logano will be the first to acknowledge it. But while his regular season has included a celebration in Daytona and a string of 26 race finishes that’s the envy of his competition, …

Harvick not ready to hand crown over to Joe Gibbs Racing

Sunday, September 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Every indication the last three months is that Joe Gibbs Racing is going to be a major force in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But if anyone thinks JGR’s four-car lineup is going to …

Logano visiting New Hampshire ahead of Chase race

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano will be in New Hampshire on Tuesday as part of NASCAR’s Chase Across North America media tour to build excitement for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano’s visit is being dubbed a …

Kenseth gives JGR 1 more win before NASCAR’s playoffs begin

Sunday, September 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Joe Gibbs Racing cemented itself as the team to beat for the Sprint Cup championship with a dominating run Saturday night that ended in Matt Kenseth’s fourth win of the season. The victory put Kenseth …

NASCAR has hit with low-downforce package, but opts to save it for 2016

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Moments after Carl Edwards climbed from his winning Southern 500 car, he began lobbying for NASCAR to apply the rules package used at Darlington Raceway in the upcoming playoffs. Edwards and his Joe Gibbs Racing …

Edwards wins Southern 500

Monday, September 7, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Carl Edwards took the lead on the last pit stop and held off Denny Hamlin on a restart eight laps from the end for his first Southern 500 victory Sunday night. Edwards was two laps …

Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of the grid for Sprint Cup’s next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback paint schemes on their cars, recalling the days when greats …

Bowyer holds head high to cling to final Chase berth

Monday, August 24, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – All of the crew members who work on Clint Bowyer’s team know they’ll be out of a job in 12 more races. Like everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing, they face an uncertain future in …

Michael Waltrip Racing releases Bowyer from contract, will race part-time in 2016

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Michael Waltrip’s rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse Wednesday as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season and released Clint Bowyer from his contract …