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Tony Stewart Granted Waiver for Chase Eligibility

Tony Stewart Granted Waiver for Chase Eligibility

If Tony Stewart wins one of the final two races before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, he will be allowed to compete in the Chase, despite the fact that he hasn’t met all the criteria. NASCAR President Mike Helton announced the waiver during a press conference on Friday afternoon following a statement from Stewart himself. Stewart has missed the last three races after being involved in a crash during a sprint car race at Canandigua Motorsports Park that ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Gives Verbal Statement on Ward Incident, Returning to the Racetrack

Tony Stewart Gives Verbal Statement on Ward Incident, Returning to the Racetrack

For the first time since a tragic sprint car accident took the live of 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr., Tony Stewart will return to the racetrack to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Prior to the beginning of Friday’s practice sessions, Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Executive VP Brett Frood spoke to the media during a press conference. An emotional Stewart wrote a brief statement by his own hand that he read during the ... Read More »

Nationwide Insurance Will Sponsor Dale Jr. at Richmond

Nationwide Insurance Will Sponsor Dale Jr. at Richmond

Nationwide Insurance is joining Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor in 2015, but that doesn’t mean they will be absent from those racecars until then. Next weekend at Richmond International Raceway–the final race of the 2014 regular Sprint Cup Series season–Nationwide Insurance will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sponsor on the No. 88 with a preview of next year’s paint scheme. Prior to the race weekend, the team will unveil the official paint scheme on their social media pages.     ... Read More »

Helio Castroneves: NASCAR Drivers “Chubby”

Helio Castroneves: NASCAR Drivers “Chubby”

In a recent interview with TMZ, IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves dissed on NASCAR drivers and their physical fitness. When the reporter mentioned Helio Castroneves’ and other drivers slim figures, Castroneves went to the tried-and-true method of talking about things like G-forces, the endurance qualities of the races, and the grueling demands inside the racecar. Basically, the kinds of things you would expect any driver or race fan to mention when the athleticism of their sport is questioned. Makes sense, ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Listened …. Now The Fans Have A Job To Do

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Listened …. Now The Fans Have A Job To Do

You know what they say … the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Fans have been crying out for Darlington Raceway to get its historical Labor Day weekend back since the last holiday race weekend back in 2003. Despite the hot temperatures in the South Carolina heat, it seems that tradition won out over NASCAR’s own stubbornness on this one, and fans can once again celebrate their three-day weekend at an egg-shaped racetrack. Now my only concern is if the attendance ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

With the new Chase format this season, everyone seems to be paying more attention to how many wins each driver has, even more so than they did in the past. Obviously it’s because wins are what truly matter in NASCAR’s new Chase grid, and as the beginning of the Chase nears ever closer, those wins count now more than ever. Jeff Gordon won his third race of the season last Sunday at Michigan, which ties him for the most this year ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

I’m going to preface this piece by saying that I know this rant is one that many others have already had, myself included, but I believe it absolutely bears repeating. People in racing—whether those who work in the industry or are simply motorsports fans—constantly complain that the mainstream media doesn’t give enough credibility to racing and NASCAR in particular. Even mainstream sports shows seem to struggle to maintain a working knowledge of NASCAR, and listening to anyone outside of the sport ... Read More »

The Tony Stewart Timeline: Follow The Latest News & Info

The Tony Stewart Timeline: Follow The Latest News & Info

After a 3 a.m. ET press conference confirmed reports that Tony Stewart had struck and killed a sprint car driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a dirt track in New York state, the racing world woke up Sunday morning to a plethora of information. Some of it was new, especially for those who weren’t still awake at the time of those original news briefs. RUTHERFORD: Stewart Strikes, Kills Driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Originally, it was determined that all would proceed ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Pocono Raceway was his third race win of 2014, which ties his win total over the past eight seasons combined. Earnhardt, who turns 40 this year, was long thought well past his prime, yet he’s currently enjoying his most successful season since 2004 where he won a total of six races. Though there is still so much racing left, there are already whisperings and discussions surrounding the potential for Earnhardt to win his first Sprint ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

So, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t like the Race Team Alliance, the new partnership between nine of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest teams. Is anyone surprised? Shocked? How about stunned? No? None of the above? The fact is that an “alliance” of any sort between the teams would not be a good thing for NASCAR because it means the people who have been under the sport’s thumb all this time are attempting to gain some sort of ... Read More »