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By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor According to a report from the AP’s Jenna Fryer, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart Was hospitalized on Tuesday with a back injury. According to the report, Stewart is able to move all extremities and the incident occurred Sunday while riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in a non-racing accident. What impact this will have on Stewart’s status for the Daytona 500 remains to be seen. According to the report, Stewart’s representative Mike Arning said more about Stewart’s health will be revealed on Thursday.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The 2016 NASCAR season is upon us and that means a fresh start for the drivers and teams, hope for their fans, and a set of bold predictions on how it will all play out. With our new NASCAR guy, Toby Christie, putting out his bold picks for the new season, it only seemed right that I try to restore balance on what has been predicted. Daytona 500 champion: Jimmie Johnson Johnson has two wins (2006, ’13) in “The Great American Race” and has formed aRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor We are less than 20 days away from the official start of the 2016 NASCAR season. For the next ten months battles will be waged on short tracks, big tracks and tracks that have right handed turns mixed in. Around every turn a storyline will develop, and a new headline will be etched into everyone’s mind. But we’re still days away from the spawning of the 2016 season. Right now my job is to predict exactly what will happen in the 2016 season. Chances are I willRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor Was there any better feel-good story in 2015 than Martin Truex Jr.? The man — who many feel is one of the nicest in the garage area — had been thrown through the ringer for a couple of seasons. His ride at Michael Waltrip Racing was lost following the 2013 season. Truex then landed at a single-car Furniture Row Racing team and proceeded to struggle in 2014. His long-time girlfriend and companion, Sherry Pollex, was in a battle for her life against ovarian cancer. Truex’s personal life and careerRead More
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Barney Hall, who communicated the thrill of NASCAR stock car racing to millions of radio listeners during a more than 50-year broadcast career has died at the age of 83. A native of Elkin, North Carolina, Hall was one of the original members of the Motor Racing Network staff and was known as the “Voice of MRN.” He was inducted into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2012 joined former MRN colleague Ken Squier as the initial recipients and namesakes of theRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Four legendary drivers and one titan of a track owner are the latest additions to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On Saturday afternoon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., O. Bruton Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., entered the Hall with “Iceman” Terry Labonte, six-time NASCAR Modified champion Jerry Cook, 1970 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Isaac and flamboyant Curtis Turner, who was instrumental in raising the profile of stock car racing during NASCAR’s early days. Introduced by currentRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Can Hendrick Motorsports really be better without Jeff Gordon? From a global perspective, to suggest such a thing would be pure heresy. But from a year-over-year performance perspective, it’s well within the realm of possibility that the 2016 version of Hendrick Motorsports could outshine the 2015 edition, even with rookie Chase Elliott taking Gordon’s place behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet. In fact, team owner Rick Hendrick said as much. Even though Gordon advanced to the Championship Round of the Chase andRead More
By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Tony Stewart might be in the best shape of his life, and just in time. At 44, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has declared this to be his final Sprint Cup season as a driver, and he’s doing everything in his power to make it memorable. “I’m eating better, drinking better, working out, doing stuff I swore I would never do – and I’m doing it in my last year,” said Stewart, facing Thursday’s a media during the Charlotte MotorRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing drivers Ryan Newman and Paul Menard qualified for last year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Austin Dillon didn’t make NASCAR’s playoff in his sophomore season at the sport’s highest level, but this year, he’s determined to change that scenario and put his No. 3 Chevrolet “where it deserves to be.” Dillon’s Chevy got a jump-start after the 15th race of the 2015 season, when veteran crew chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe took over the pit box. Four ofRead More