Filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes an impossible task
Old heroes always give way to the next era, just as George Jones sang, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" Ricky Craven has a good idea of who may take the places of names like Gordon, Stewart and more. But there will not be another Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All of the NASCAR Cup cars taken Sunday from Michigan passed follow-up inspections at NASCAR's research center. The top of the bed of the winning truck of Darrell Wallace Jr. was found to have air holes being used for more than simply air vents. He'll get to keep the win, but crew chief Shane Huffman was suspended for one race. The team will appeal the penalty.
NASCAR is exploring whether to eliminate jackmen from pit stops by equipping the cars with air-jack systems. The sanctioning body, which often considers a variety of changes at this time of year but doesn't necessarily implement all of them, won't confirm how far along it is in the process nor any timetable for a decision. The change, which would reduce the number of crewmen on pit road during pit stops, could potentially save teams money, depending on how much the system costs as well as any development on how it changes the handling of the car.
John Andretti has new round of chemotherapy
John Andretti has started another round of chemotherapy.
Hendrick Motorsports promoted head engine builder Jeff Andrews to vice president of competition, overseeing the engine department and Hendrick's competition systems group as well as serving on NASCAR's competition committee. Team manager Brian Whitesell was promoted to vice president of operations to oversee the organization's vehicle engineering group and to direct all vehicle-related production. The crew chiefs will report to team president Marshall Carlson. The changes follow the departure of executive vice president/general manager Doug Duchardt in June.
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A U.S. District Court judge denied NASCAR's motion to dismiss a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Terrance Cox, who claims that NASCAR rebuffed his efforts to launch programs and a race team to help NASCAR's diversity program. The decision determined that the lawsuit filed by Cox, who claims damages of $500 million apiece for a variety of discrimination allegations, was sufficient enough for the case to continue into the discovery process and NASCAR could re-raise the arguments later in asking for summary judgment.
Danica: Can't spiral over 2018 uncertainty
Danica Patrick is letting those who work for her handle sponsorship negotiations. The five-year Cup Series veteran says she won't fret about her NASCAR future.
Robert Yates said last week one doctor told him his liver cancer had grown 36 percent and he should seek hospice care -- and then another told him hours later it hadn't grown much at all. Yates: "I need both doctors and I need a little cheerleading, too. ... I've got a lot to be thankful for."
When Danica Patrick says she is at peace with whatever happens in her driving career -- she needs sponsorship to race next year -- she said don't take that, nor her demeanor, to mean she doesn't care. She explains:
Danica Patrick will honor former team owner Robert Yates at Darlington next month with a paint scheme commemorating the 1999 NASCAR Cup championship car of driver Dale Jarrett. Ford Credit, a sponsor of Jarrett's at the time, will sponsor Patrick.
Monday Rundown: Darrell Wallace Jr. doing his part to move up
The best way to get noticed when you're trying to land a new ride is to run well. Darrell Wallace Jr. did better than that Saturday at Michigan, winning the truck race. Will it translate into an opportunity at the Cup level?
Larson wins third straight race at Michigan.
Kyle Larson picks up his third win of the season, taking the checkered flag in overtime at the Michigan International Speedway.
Kyle Larson makes owner Chip Ganassi's decision look good with Michigan win
Kyle Larson raced a sprint car in Iowa on Saturday night, something owner Chip Ganassi let him do, despite some misgivings. It paid off Sunday, as a confident Larson blew by Martin Truex Jr. on the final restart to win at Michigan.
Kyle Larson explains why the win at Michigan was "amazing" as he went from fourth to first on the final restart.
Larson snatches win at Michigan on final restart
Kyle Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart, capping his wild weekend with a victory in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. explains what happened on the final restart at Michigan, where he lost the lead to Kyle Larson. Larson restarted in fourth, behind Truex, and darted to the lead for his third victory of the season and third consecutive at Michigan.
Kyle Larson went from fourth to first on the final restart to win the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan.
Martin Truex Jr., looking for his fifth win of the season, leads the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan as the race will head into overtime following the cleaning of fluid on the track. He will have teammate Erik Jones -- who needs a win to make the playoffs -- beside him.
Martin Truex Jr. won his series-high 15th stage of the season as he captured the second stage at Michigan. Brad Keselowski, who won the first stage, was second.
A costly penalty will send Kyle Busch to the rear of the field for the start of the second stage at Michigan. His spotter thought the pits were open and told Busch to pit, but the pits were closed and Busch was penalized, being sent to the rear.
Brad Keselowski wins the opening stage Sunday at Michigan. Kevin Harvick was second.
Chase Elliott has finished second in each of the last three races at Michigan, so Elliott could be eyeing his first career NASCAR Cup win in the final laps today. His father, Bill, won seven times at Michigan.
Michigan could be known as the drought-breaker for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has not won in his last 41 NASCAR Cup races. He snapped a 143-race winless streak at Michigan in 2012 – a streak that began after he snapped a 76-race winless stretch when he won at the track in 2008.
NASCAR Cup Series Director Richard Buck is sick and will not work the race today at Michigan. His duties will be handled by Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller. Buck typically determines penalties, scoring decisions and other procedures – often with input from Miller and other executives -- during a race.
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