Turn 4: Bowman the right call in the 88?
The 24-year-old driver has yet to win a race in the Cup series, however, he'll be taking over Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s ride at Hendrick in 2018. Our gang of racing experts weigh in on the move.
Clearing the air: Rules package alters racing at Indy
Count Brad Keselowski among the drivers who thought an enhanced rules package on the Xfinity cars at Indianapolis was "the way to go," and should be used in the Cup series.
Earnhardt Sr. widow nets win in trademark case
The widow of Dale Earnhardt Sr. earned a small victory with the news that the appeals board must clarify its decision to allow Kerry Earnhardt use of "Earnhardt Collection."
Teresa Earnhardt won a small victory in court today as the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board must reconsider its decision that allowed Kerry Earnhardt to license the term "Earnhardt Collection" for custom homes built by Schumacher Homes. A three-judge panel ruled "it is unclear whether the Board's analysis properly applied" a past U.S. Court of Appeals decision that is being used as precedence to determine the Earnhardt case.
JGR suspends Truex pit crew members 3 races
Joe Gibbs Racing suspended two Martin Truex Jr. pit crew members for three races for their part in a pit row confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens during the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis.
Team owner Barney Visser, whose Furniture Row Racing gets its pit crew from Joe Gibbs Racing, said he supports the decision to suspend two Martin Truex Jr. pit-crew members for a confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens at Indianapolis. Visser: "Our No. 78 pit crew is hired, trained and managed by Joe Gibbs Racing. They are one of the best pit crews on the circuit and have kept us up front all season. We admire the talent and dedication of our pit crew and support all of the decisions and actions taken by Joe Gibbs Racing."
Joe Gibbs Racing has suspended Martin Truex Jr. pit crew members Chris Taylor and Lee Cunningham for three races for their confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens following the Busch-Truex wreck at Indianapolis. JGR supplies the pit crew for Truex as part of their alliance.
Ryan Blaney crew chief Jeremy Bullins will move with him from the Wood Brothers No. 21 NASCAR Cup car to the Team Penske No. 12 Cup team next year. Greg Erwin, a former Cup crew chief who has worked in the Penske program in the Xfinity Series, will crew chief Blaney replacement Paul Menard in the No. 21 car.
All good: NASCAR technical inspection is complete and it issued no points penalties/fines/suspensions to NASCAR Cup teams following the Indianapolis race weekend.
Blaney to drive third Penske car next season
Ryan Blaney will make the move to Team Penske and drive a third entry for the team in 2018, while current Richard Childress Racing driver Paul Menard will replace Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing.
Clint Bowyer wants to do more than make the playoffs
Clint Bowyer will run a Darlington throwback car honoring Mark Martin, and while they could have a joke about that, Bowyer's wreck at Indy and his desire to win a race soon are no laughing matters.
Paul Menard will leave Richard Childress Racing after this season and replace Ryan Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing. Menard is 23rd in the NASCAR Cup point standings.
Team Penske will bring Ryan Blaney in-house for 2018 as it increases its NASCAR Cup Series stable from two to three cars. Blaney, who is signed with Penske through 2018, has driven full time the last two years for Wood Brothers Racing.
Dale Jr. defends crew chief after crash Sunday
After a crash dropped him to 22nd in the NASCAR Cup standings on Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to calm down his fan base after some fans blamed crew chief Greg Ives for having him pit.
Clint Bowyer's chances to make the playoffs on points were dealt a blow when Kasey Kahne won at Indianapolis. Bowyer, winless in his last 169 starts, said Tuesday he needs a win:
Watch out for Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne had a rough go of it the last few years, but at 37, there may be plenty left in the tank. With a win at Indy and the confidence it should bring, we may be about to witness a real resurgence, writes Ricky Craven.
Clint Bowyer said he was just a little bit sore from his wreck Sunday at Indianapolis, where he hit the inside wall, bounced back on the track and was tagged by teammate Kurt Busch. When he started to make the evasive move that led to the wreck, he had no idea the impacts would be that violent. He explains:
The Clint Bowyer throwback paint scheme for the NASCAR Cup race at Darlington in September brings back Mark Martin's sponsor for many of his victories in what is now the Xfinity Series.
Penske material: Keselowski signs extension
Brad Keselowski has agreed to a multiyear contract extension that Team Penske said will keep him with the organization "well into the future."
Brad Keselowski has agreed to a contract extension to stay at Penske.
TriStar owner Smith, 63, dies after cancer fight
Mark Smith, a revered engine builder who expanded his business into NASCAR team ownership under the TriStar Motorsports banner, has died at 63 after a long fight with cancer.
TriStar Motorsports owner Mark Smith was well known for his engine-building prowess as owner of Pro Motors Engines. Smith, 63, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. His son, Bryan Smith, will continue to operate the race team. Bryan Smith: "It was dad's dream to own and operate a NASCAR team. He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory."
TriStar Motorsports and PME Engines owner Mark Smith died Sunday. His team, currently with drivers Cole Whitt and JJ Yeley, has more than 1,000 starts combined in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series. NASCAR: "For more than 30 years, Mark was a familiar and friendly face across all levels of NASCAR competition. ... Mark's contribution to racing will not be forgotten, and he will be missed dearly."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. joked that working for NBC next year will be his first "real job" in 20 years. Earnhardt worked a few races with NBC last year when sidelined by a concussion. Earnhardt: "Other than just pure nerves, stage fright, nothing [worries me]. I remember when I went into the booth last year and the feeling that I got being in there and the feeling afterward when I left the booth, … I had no idea how enjoyable that was until I did it. I knew immediately then in those moments … that I definitely wanted to pursue this as an opportunity if there was interest."
Monday Rundown: When is overtime over? It depends
NASCAR's goal is to make sure races finish under green-flag conditions, but as Kasey Kahne's win Sunday at Indy demonstrated, that can get complicated. William Byron is rolling in the Xfinity Series and Stewart Friesen is surging in Trucks.
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