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Bowyer's wife, Lorra, expecting couple's first child Clint Bowyer's "baby watch" continues. As a result of that, his team has made appropriate accommodations for this week's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sept. 28, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Jeff Burton will be on standby for the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team. Burton has 40 career starts at Dover, 15 of which ended with top-10s. He also won once at the 1-mile concrete oval, in 2006. If called upon, it would be the third time since August Burton has served as a fill-in. He made two starts for Tony Stewart , in consecutive weeks at Michigan and Bristol, before Stewart returned to his seat in Atlanta. Burton has also made two starts in the No. 66 Toyota this year, at Las Vegas and New Hampshire. Bowyer is 19th in the standings after not qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His wife Lorra is due to deliver their first child, a boy -- which Bowyer had previously announced in a very Bowyer-esque manner. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Jamie McMurray describes his plan for the ice-bucket challenge, and Jeff Burton fills in for the Cup race in Michigan. All that, and more, on this episode of GarageCam.
Full coverage of tragedy, ensuing events Sept. 29: Stewart answers questions publicly Tony Stewart takes questions from media for first time since tragedy, reiterating it was an accident and talking about future. " Read the full story " Full transcript of press conference Sept. 26: Drivers at Dover react to Stewart news Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick share thoughts on grand jury decision " Read the full story Sept. 26: Stewart on his sprint car future Tony Stewart tells The Associated Press that he may not race sprint cars again. " Read the full story Sept. 26: Stewart speaks on ruling In his first interview since the grand jury's ruling, Tony Stewart gives his reaction and tells The Associated Press 'this was 100 percent an accident.' " Read the full story Sept. 25: Hurdles remain for Stewart on and off the track Kenny Bruce column: Three-time champion has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing but life remains far from the same. " Read the full story Sept. 24: No charges against Stewart A grand jury deliberated for less than an hour and determined there would be no indictment for Tony Stewart . " Read the full story Sept. 24: Stewart releases statement In a statement released after the grand jury findings, Tony Stewart reiterated his thoughts are with the family of Kevin Ward Jr. " Read the full story Sept. 24: NASCAR statement on Stewart decision Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Chief Communications Officer, on Ontario (N.Y.) County District Attorney announcement. " Read the full story Sept. 16: Ontario County D.A. to send evidence to grand jury The Ontario County (New York) District Attorney will send evidence from the Kevin Ward Jr.- Tony Stewart investigation to a grand jury. The evidence will be presented in "the near future." " Read the full story Sept. 11: Investigation into Ward's death complete The Ontario County (New York) Office of the Sheriff announced that the investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr. has been complete. " Read the full story Aug. 31: Stewart exits after blown tire Tony Stewart's return to the track came to an early end after a blown tire finished his night at Atlanta Motor Speedway . " Read the full story Aug. 30: Sponsor issues statement of support for Stewart Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, released a statement of support for Tony Stewart on Saturday. Bass Pro Shops serves as a primary sponsor for Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet. " Read the full story Aug. 29: Stewart addresses media at Atlanta Tony Stewart addressed the media for the first time since the tragic sprint car incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park . " Read the full story Aug. 29: Helton: Stewart eligible for Chase NASCAR President Mike Helton said that if Tony Stewart wins one of the final two regular-season races, then he would be eligible to make the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff. " Read the full story Aug. 29: Harvick, Danica react to Stewart's return Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick , two of Tony Stewart 's teammates at Stewart-Haas Racing, are glad to have him back at the track and will be there for their friend and team co-owner. " Read the full story Aug. 29: Investigation still ongoing Ontario County (New York) Sheriff Philip Povero released a statement Friday, saying the investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr. is at least two weeks away from concluding. " Read the full statement Aug. 28: Stewart will return at Atlanta After missing three races following the tragic sprint car accident involving Kevin Ward Jr., Tony Stewart announced he will return to the track this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . " Read the full story Aug. 25: Zipadelli, SHR go on without Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli doesn't know when Tony Stewart will return, but he is grateful for the impact Jeff Burton has had on the No. 14 team. " Read the full story Aug. 20: Stewart out for Bristol Tony Stewart will not race at Bristol and will once again be replaced by Jeff Burton in the No. 14 Chevrolet. " Read the full story Aug. 15: Team: Decision on when to return is Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing Executive Vice President Brett Frood told reporters that when Stewart returns to the No. 14 is up to the driver, who is currently grieving along with support of family and friends. " Read the full story Aug. 19: Joe Gibbs speaks on Stewart Joe Gibbs won two titles and 33 races with Tony Stewart from 1999-2008. The team owner was asked about 'Smoke' on Tuesday, and Gibbs explained why the driver is so important to the sport. " Read the full story Aug. 17: Harvick: '(Stewart) will stay strong and fight' Following his second-place effort at Michigan, Kevin Harvick talked about the difficult week that Stewart-Haas Racing has had. " Read the full story Aug. 15: Burton to fill in for Stewart at Michigan Sprint Cup veteran Jeff Burton has been called up by SHR to drive the No. 14 at Michigan as Stewart continues to grieve the loss of Ward. " Read the full story Aug. 14: Stewart out for Michigan Tony Stewart will not race at Michigan in the Pure Michigan 400 . Instead, 21-time Cup winner Jeff Burton will fill-in in the No. 14 Chevrolet. " Read the full story Aug. 12: Racing or not, Stewart will not forget Ward Kenny Bruce column: Fatal incident at dirt track will stay with three-time champion. " Read the full story Aug. 11: Stewart cancels plans to race on dirt Tony Stewart will not race at Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night, August 16, the Indiana dirt track announced in a statement. " Read the full story Aug. 10: SHR: Stewart will not race at Watkins Glen Tony Stewart will not race in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen after an incident Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. " Read the full story Aug. 10: NASCAR statement on Kevin Ward Jr., Tony Stewart Sanctioning body offers thoughts and prayers to family of deceased. " Read the full story Aug. 10: Sheriff news conference details Stewart incident Ontario County (New York) Sheriff Philip C. Povero comments on events at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. " Read the full story Aug. 10: Smith to drive for Stewart at Watkins Glen Regan Smith will pilot the No. 14 as Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Watkins Glen after an incident Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. " Watch the video Aug. 10: Statement from Stewart on fatal accident Three-time Sprint Cup champ: 'There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel...' " Read the statement Aug. 10: Further Stewart investigation details revealed Sheriff Philip Povero offered more info regarding the investigation. " Read the full story Aug. 10: Smith shares struggles of filling in for Stewart Stewart's fill-in Regan Smith speaks out on his day at the Glen and the challenges of racing the No. 14. " Read the full story Aug. 10: Allmendinger offers tribute to fallen racer Drivers react to Stewart incident, Allmendinger sends thoughts and prayers to family, Stewart. " Read the full story Aug. 9: Stewart involved in fatal sprint car accident The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion was racing at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when an incident he was involved in left another driver with fatal injuries. " Read the full story
Chase drivers take 13 of the top 17 spots in opening Cup practice RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Sprint Cup Series opening practice " Results Kevin Harvick topped the opening 80-minute Sprint Cup Series practice at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 163.852 mph. Right behind Harvick was Brad Keselowski with a speed of 163.726 mph. Harvick has a solid hold on advancing to the Contender Round, while Keselowski's win at Chicagoland Speedway automatically moved the current points leader to the next round. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers took 13 of the top 17 spots in practice. Jeff Gordon placed third in the session (163.562 mph) as he looks to improve this weekend on his seventh-place position in the standings. Jimmie Johnson, a nine-time winner at Dover International Speedway , was fifth in the session (163.369 mph) and is currently fourth in the standings. Denny Hamlin (163.354 mph) and Kurt Busch (163.162 mph), two drivers currently on the outside looking in of moving on to the Contender Round, placed sixth and seventh in the session, respectively. Hamlin enters the Dover race six points out of the final spot, while Busch is eight points out. A win by either driver would advance them to the next round of the Chase. Joey Logano (162.815 mph) was ninth in the session. He is automatically in the Contender Round due to his win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Matt Kenseth (162.690 mph) placed 10th in the session. He is eighth in the standings but his hold on a spot to advance is tenuous as just 12 points separate the drivers that eighth and 16th in the standings Marcos Ambrose (fourth at 163.436 mph) was one of two non-Chase drivers to place in the top 10 of the session. Clint Bowyer (eighth at 163.014 mph), who has Jeff Burton on standby should his wife give birth to their first child this weekend, was the other. Kyle Busch was 11th in the session (162.616 mph) and he is in good shape to advance to the Contender Round as he is in fifth place in the standings. Carl Edwards (13th at 162.536 mph), Aric Almirola (14th at 162.470 mph), Ryan Newman (16th at 162.360 mph), Greg Biffle (17th at 162.162 mph) and Kasey Kahne (22nd at 161.761 mph) are in the log jam between eighth and 16 in the standings. They need strong showings at Dover to advance. Dale Earnhardt Jr. , who is in sixth place in the standings, placed 24th in practice (161.565). Chase underdog AJ Allmendinger finished the lowest among the Chase drivers, in 25th, with a speed of 161.493 mph. He is currently in 10th place in the standings. There was one caution in the practice for some fluid on track from the No. 40 car of Landon Cassill after an apparent blown engine. There will be two 50-minute Sprint Cup Series practice sessions on Saturday. The first is at 11 a.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1. The second is at 2 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 2. Nationwide Series final practice " Results Chris Buescher topped the final practice for the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway . After placing 11th in the opening session, Buescher topped the charts with a speed of 154.825 mph in the final 80-minute session. Richard Childress Racing flexed its Nationwide program muscle once again with all four of its cars placing in the top eight of practice. Brendan Gaughan was second (153.991 mph) and Cale Conley was fourth (152.568 mph). Ty Dillon came in sixth (152.104 mph) while Brian Scott , who topped the first session, placed eighth (151.726 mph) Aric Almirola , who is making his second Nationwide Series start of the season, placed third in the session (152.996 mph), while Trevor Bayne (152.517 mph) rounded out the top five. Points leader Chase Elliott was 10th in the session with a speed of 151.330 mph. Kyle Busch , who won at Dover in the spring, placed 11th in the session. James Buescher , the driver of the No. 99 Toyota, will be forced to drive a backup car after the hood popped open and damaged his car during his initial run of final practice. Coors Light Pole Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 with the Dover 200 taking place at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Nationwide Series opening practice " Results Brian Scott , fresh off his runner-up finish last weekend at Kentucky Speedway , topped the opening Nationwide Series practice at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 153.191 mph. Richard Childress Racing took the top three spots at Kentucky and four of the top six spots in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 and the team showed its power in the opening practice with all four of the team's drivers placing in the top 10. In addition to Scott, Cale Conley was second on the charts (152.478 mph), while last week's winner at Kentucky, Brendan Gaughan was sixth in the session (151.815 mph) and Ty Dillon finished ninth (151.560 mph). Points leader Chase Elliott was third for the 50-minute session with a speed of 152.458 mph. Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Larson (152.400 mph) and Kyle Busch (152.162 mph) rounded out the top five, respectively. Busch won the spring race at the Monster Mile. He has four wins in the Nationwide Series at Dover. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Jeff Burton looks back on his NASCAR career and talks about his decision to retire from racing.
Brett Moffitt to drive No. 66 car at Michigan; Burton will run at New Hampshire in July
Four-time premier series champion last won at 1.5-mile track in May Jeff Gordon has the most career wins at Kansas Speedway with three. In 17 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Gordon also has 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. The four-time premier series champion won the latest race at the track in May, leading the final eight laps to take the 5-hour Energy 400 for his first win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season.
Four-time champion just 13 wins away from second on all-time list RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize DOVER, Del. -- With all the jockeying for Chase positions in the middle of the field, it was difficult at times to focus on what was happening at the front of the field in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. At the end of the day, Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag for the 92nd time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and took another stride toward a milestone everyone -- including Gordon -- once thought was untouchable. Make no mistake. Gordon already is in rarified air when it comes to his accomplishments in stock car racing. With 92 victories, he's third on the all-time list. He's a four-time series champion with an abiding hunger for a fifth title. He's a shoo-in for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And he's now within sight, at least, of David Pearson's 105 career Cup wins, second all-time. A few scant years ago, catching Pearson was the furthest thing from Gordon's mind. He was having some serious issues with his back. Gordon and wife Ingrid added to their family with the births of daughter Ella and son Leo. Gordon wasn't particularly fond of NASCAR's Gen-5 platform, introduced into the Sprint Cup Series in 2007 as the Car of Tomorrow. And, when asked, he would dismiss Pearson's milestone as an impossibility. Now, it seems that only Richard Petty's unassailable series-record 200 victories is out of reach. Through treatment and exercise, Gordon's back is better. NASCAR's new Gen-6 race car better suits his driving style, especially since the implementation of the no-ride-height rules this year. Gordon has bonded with crew chief Alan Gustafson, and together they have found top-of-the-line speed in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Despite his superstar status within NASCAR racing and the crossover appeal that makes him a comfortable fill-in co-host with Kelly Ripa, for example, Gordon isn't above team-building within his organization. Two days before the AAA 400 , after a hair-raising qualifying lap at the Monster Mile, Gordon spent the evening at a local Dover fish house with Gustafson and his crew. Wearing a T-shirt and baseball cap and sitting inconspicuously at a family-style table, Gordon was just one of the guys. On the track on Sunday, he was an opportunist. Kevin Harvick was the class of the field, but mechanical issues bit Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet as they often have since his last victory at Darlington in April. Gordon seized the moment, passed Brad Keselowski for the lead on Lap 305 of 400 and controlled the balance of the race. As he invariably does, Gordon deflected talk of reaching the century mark in victories. "I'm going to tell you the same thing I say every time I'm sitting here after a win: It's awesome to have 92, and I look forward to challenging for 93," Gordon said in the Dover media center. "I can't even think about 100 until we get to 99. "I mean, I never dreamed in a million years that I would be here talking to you after 92 wins, and especially at this point in my career, this many years in the sport, to be having the year that we're having, it's just something I never thought could happen. It feels amazing, and right now if I felt like we could stay this competitive for the next several years, I would say, yeah, we could get there." But Gordon, of course, has a more immediate goal. "We're just laser-focused on this championship and going to the next race," he said. "I don't think we're going to get to 100 this year, but I hope we get past 93. That would be pretty awesome to get a couple more, and it almost takes a win to get to Homestead. That's our goal, getting to Homestead, whatever it takes." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Will the rise of driverless cars affect NASCAR? RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated NASCAR played an April Fools' Day joke in 2012, announcing it was partnering with Google to develop a driverless race car. But someday the joke might be on NASCAR. After all, this isn't some high-tech pipe dream. Driverless or autonomous cars already exist -- Google has had them on the road for a few years and has already logged hundreds of thousands of miles. And they aren't alone in pursuing the concept. Major manufacturers are deep into development of the technology and driverless cars could be in their showrooms by 2020. The Wall Street Journal reported driverless cars might be a common sight on streets as early as 2025. What would that mean someday for a sport that is defined by drivers and their race cars? "Well, that's a pretty interesting question,’" Gene Stefanyshyn said with a laugh. Stefanyshyn is NASCAR's senior vice president of innovation and racing development. It will be his job to figure out how driverless cars might change NASCAR. "I think that would be a bad thing for our sport," veteran driver Jeff Burton said. "On the other hand, it could be interesting. Because nobody would be driving, would there be something special about watching people drive? I don't know." Interestingly, Stefanyshyn's deepest concern when it comes to the future of the sport is not driverless cars. It's the inevitable drop in driving as people work from home and commute less often. "I almost see a bigger threat of people getting disconnected from driving in the way we have, our ability to communicate and do work remotely and all that kind of stuff," he said. "You can view that as maybe a bigger threat than this. If you think of the implications of that from a business perspective, if people could sit in their home and do work, all the office buildings you wouldn't have to build, all the highways we wouldn't need, all the cars, all the implications of that kind of thing, right, are profound." Still, Stefanyshyn isn't about to dismiss the impact of driverless cars on the sport. He said he will bring up the topic during an annual meeting of NASCAR's leaders later this year, even if he doesn't consider it an immediate threat. "I don't see this as something to worry about in my lifetime or the next 50 years," he said. That should come as a relief to drivers in the NASCAR garage today, many of whom probably haven't given the possibility of driverless cars much thought. Including Jimmie Johnson , who likely will be long retired by the time driverless cars pose a potential challenge for the sport. Johnson is more concerned with the prospect of having to sit in one of those driverless cars someday. "I get motion sickness riding in cars," he said. "This is going to be terrible for me in 20 years." SUBSCRIBE NOW!