NASCAR Q&A: Denny Hamlin recovers from surgery, preps for Daytona 500

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Denny Hamlin drove the final 11 races of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a torn ACL in his right knee, an injury he suffered while playing basketball. Now, three weeks before the season-opening Daytona 500, Hamlin continues to recover from the surgery he had in November to repair the injury. Hamlin, who had a similar injury to his left ...Read more

Tony Stewart undergoes surgery, will miss first part of NASCAR season

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Driver Tony Stewart underwent surgery Wednesday in a Charlotte-area hospital after suffering a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra during an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday.

Stewart, 44, will miss the first part of the NASCAR season, according to a release by Stewart-Haas Racing.

Stewart was transported Tuesday to a Charlotte-area hospital ...Read more

NASCAR driver Stewart injures back in 'non-racing accident'

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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was hospitalized after injuring his back in a non-racing accident Sunday, according to a statement released Tuesday by Stewart-Haas Racing.

According to the statement, Stewart was taken to a "local hospital," where he is being evaluated.

USA Today is reporting that Stewart was injured while driving an all-terrain ...Read more

Wood Brothers looking forward to full-time NASCAR return

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Rookie Ryan Blaney knows what he's got in the iconic Wood Brothers Racing, the team for which he's driving fulltime this NASCAR season.

"It's just cool to have such a historic team to be driving for and they're such great people," Blaney said. "They've been amazing to me and my family. We're just racers. I think that's what bonds up so well."

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Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Barney Hall dies at 83

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Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Barney Hall died Tuesday after complications from a recent medical procedure. He was 83.

"The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years," NASCAR chairman Brian France said in a statement. "Barney's impeccable ...Read more

NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed until Saturday

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The winter storm that has hit Charlotte, N.C., has also postponed the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony from Friday night to Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EST at the Charlotte Convention Center.

An autograph session scheduled for before the ceremony has been canceled and won't be rescheduled.

Executive Bruton Smith and drivers Curtis Turner, ...Read more

NASCAR's rookie class is deep, talented

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This is the second and final installment of a series of burning questions that might be asked for NASCAR's 2016 season:

Q. Who will be rookie of the year?

A. This year's class is as deep as there has been in quite some time. It includes Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney and Jeffrey Earnhardt. Elliott has lots to fall back...Read more

Solid, steady career lands 2-time champion Terry Labonte in NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Terry Labonte's NASCAR Cup career began in 1978 at the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, where he finished fourth. The next week, at Richmond, N.C., he was seventh. Two weeks later at Martinsville, N.C., Labonte finished ninth.

That's three top-10 finishes in three races for a 21-year-old fresh out of Corpus Christi, Texas. A NASCAR ...Read more

Joey Logano learned from '15, has championship hopes for '16

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Joey Logano says he has put what he calls a successful 2015 NASCAR season behind him.

"You just do that automatically," said Logano during Charlotte Motor Speedway's Media Tour on Wednesday. "As a competitor and athlete, you learn from it. It doesn't matter what you are -- a media member, an accountant, a race car driver ... you take what you ...Read more

'Fearless' Bobby Isaac rose out of poverty to become NASCAR champion

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When Bobby Isaac drove a race car, you never had to wonder how fast the car could go.

"Bobby was fearless," said Patsy Isaac, who was married to Isaac during his glory years in NASCAR's top racing series. "He didn't have any problems with speed, and he loved to go fast. And he didn't just like to win -- he loved it. He would take all kinds of ...Read more

Chase playoff format coming to NASCAR's lower divisions

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NASCAR is taking its Chase postseason format to the Xfinity and Truck series.

The Xfinity and Truck playoff formats will be similar to the one in the Sprint Cup series, which has used a similar format since 2004.

Xfinity's Chase will include 12 drivers and the final seven races of the season, concluding at Homestead-Miami Speedway with four ...Read more

Five questions for 2016 NASCAR season

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With the NASCAR season nearing its start -- Speedweeks at Daytona are just a month away -- here are five burning questions for 2016 (next week, five more):

Q. How will the new aerodynamic package be received?

Well, we won't know until after Daytona, since the low-downforce setup won't be used at superspeedways. But there will be a lot of ...Read more

Chevrolet hopes to build on another manufacturer's title

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This is the second in a three-part series of 2016 NASCAR team manufacturer previews. Here is a look at Chevrolet:

Toyota and Kyle Busch's 2015 championship was just the second since 2004 that hadn't been won by Chevrolet. Chevy did win its 13th consecutive and 39th overall manufacturer's championship.

Hendrick Motorsports

A new era at ...Read more

Breakout year in NASCAR for Toyota, which wants another title

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This is the first in a three-part series of 2016 NASCAR team manufacturer previews. Here is a look at Toyota:

What a year it was for Toyota. Thanks to Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing, the manufacturer won its first Cup championship. With JGR continuing to be at the forefront of the sport, it's likely not the final time Toyota will win a title, ...Read more

Team Penske should lead way for Ford's 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup effort

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This is the third and final in a series of 2016 NASCAR team manufacturer previews. Here is a look at Ford:

Team Penske

Both of Team Penske's drivers will be among the favorites for this season's championship. Until Joey Logano's feud with Matt Kenseth derailed Logano's hopes last season, he was in position to win his first championship. Brad ...Read more

Darian Grubb returns to Hendrick Motorsports

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Darian Grubb is returning to Hendrick Motorsports as the team's vehicle production director.

Grubb, who was with Hendrick in a variety of roles from 2003-08, was most recently at Joe Gibbs Racing, where he served as Carl Edwards' crew chief last season.

"It means a lot to come back to Hendrick Motorsports," Grubb said in a statement. "This is ...Read more

NASCAR's Sprint Cup season in review

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Here is a look at the past NASCAR Sprint Cup season:

Driver of the year

Kyle Busch: Look at it this way. Busch essentially gave the rest of the Cup field an 11-race head start -- and won the championship anyway. After being injured in an Xfinity race at Daytona, he roared into the Chase on the strength of a four-victories-in-five races stretch...Read more

Brian Scott joining Richard Petty Motorsports in '16

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Brian Scott will race Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 9 Ford in 2016, the team announced Friday.

Scott, who has two Truck series victories, replaces Sam Hornish Jr. and joins Aric Almirola on the two-car team based in Mooresville.

"I am thrilled to go Sprint Cup Series racing full time next year and to do it with such an iconic team," Scott ...Read more

NASCAR names Scott Miller as VP of competition

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NASCAR moved quickly to name a new senior vice president of competition Wednesday, hiring Scott Miller to replace Robin Pemberton.

Miller comes to his new role from Michael Waltrip Racing, where he was executive vice president of competition. He will replace Pemberton, who is resigning at the end of the year.

Miller, 58, will be responsible ...Read more

Q&A with Joe Gibbs: Teamwork led to Kyle Busch's NASCAR Cup title

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Kyle Busch won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this season, handing Joe Gibbs the fourth of his career as a NASCAR team owner.

Gibbs' first Cup championship with Bobby Labonte driving in 2000, followed by titles with Tony Stewart and 2002 and '05.

Gibbs, who also won three Super Bowl championships as coach of Washington in the NFL, ...Read more