Can Carl Long go the distance?
No. 13 driver switched cars with Timmy Hill after crashing in Friday's practice DOVER, Del. -- During Friday's XFINITY Series practice at Dover International Speedway , Carl Long 's No.13 wrecked after a weight fell off Peyton Sellers ' No. 97 and Long ran over it. The piece of tungsten went through Long's radiator, into the steering and engine and caused the MBM Motorsports driver to slam hard into the wall. Having empathy for small team troubles, Selllers and the No. 97 team owner Victor Obaika quickly offered up any help they could. "We have spoken to Carl and we've offered him whatever we can," Obaika said in a statement on Friday. "(Our) backup car, our people, whatever he needs, you know because it's unfortunate, but we have to show some responsibility on our part and we've done that and we'll help however we can." "When you're on the bottom end, everybody kinda sticks together and tries to help each other," Long said on Saturday after the Coors Light Pole Qualifying session. "Some of the guys with a lot of money and a lot of focus and all, some help out, some don't. But all of us little guys usually stick together." While the Obaika Racing owner offered to let Long use the team's backup, the No. 13 driver feels his ride was the way to go. "(Sellers) offered me his backup car, but I had mine here," Long said. "This is the car we had at Iowa, we ran it Talladega, we ran it at Texas, we ran it everywhere. "I just felt like from changing the seats over and doing all the work, we would still be working on his car right now to get it ready for me. So, I think this is a better race car, and that's the ultimate thing is to be here to race, not to ride around." Shortly before the start of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket , it was announced that Long switched rides with the No. 40 of Timmy Hill due to the pain he was feeling after Friday's hit. "Yesterday when I got out of the car nothing hurt," Long said. "This morning my chest is hurting, my shoulder is hurting, that's a pretty hard lick, it just didn't seem like it then." " Carl took a pretty good hit yesterday and he's feeling rather sore," Hill said. "He's not sure if he can go the distance. Out of the two cars he's really trying to get the 13 better in the points. With that being said, he wants to assure that the No. 13 runs the whole race." "My chest is hurting quite a bit and I didn't realize that until I did my qualifying laps and I just got to thinking about it," Long said. "My main goal is to run good and have a good finish for our team. If I fall out of the seat, that ain't a good finish." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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JGR reveals fresh paint scheme for Carl Edwards
RELATED: See the 2016 paint schemes revealed thus far Joe Gibbs Racing , once again, released another one of its 2016 paint schemes via Snapchat -- this was previously done for Kyle Busch 's No. 18 Toyota Camry. The organization got crafty on social media and let its followers take part in the unveiling of the No. 19 Toyota of Carl Edwards . The veteran will be racing with his longtime sponsor Subway for another year in the Sprint Cup Series -- with a matching green firesuit, too.
NASCAR issues penalties to No. 23 team, Carl Long
Ballast violation found in Iowa Speedway inspection
Analysis: Who fills in for Tony Stewart?
RELATED: Stewart to miss beginning of Cup season The Stewart-Haas Racing team announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that owner-driver and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart , 44, won't race at the beginning of the season after Stewart injured his L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend. The team will need to decide who to put in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) and perhaps beyond. For any substitute driver, the seat time next weekend would be valuable in preparing for the Daytona 500 . The timing of the accident -- only two weeks before NASCAR Speedweeks begins -- makes naming a driver to temporarily take Stewart's seat a markedly more difficult process. At this point, most teams have selected their full-time drivers for 2016 -- some of whom would have certainly considered filling in for Stewart a prime opportunity. RELATED: Is Gordon an option? " Would Martin fill-in on No. 14 car? For now, the list of potential Stewart fill-ins is purely speculative, but here are a few options for early in the season: • Elliott Sadler : The former Cup driver and NASCAR veteran who is driving the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the XFINITY Series this year might be a candidate for Stewart's seat. The Chevrolet connection they share is critical and the two drivers are friendly. As of Thursday, there was no word whether SHR had contacted Sadler, who was unavailable for comment. • Justin Allgaier : He's another JRM driver and former Cup competitor who is an option. Again, the Chevrolet connection is important and Allgaier is coming off two seasons in the Cup series driving for HScott Motorsports . That team is now fielding a car for Clint Bowyer , who has been named to replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017 following the three-time champ's retirement this year. • Ty Dillon : He is competing full-time in the XFINITY Series and already has a ride for the Daytona 500, but he and Stewart not only share the Chevrolet connection but also the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship between the two series. • John Hunter Nemechek : A less likely possibility may be going with a young up-and-comer such as Nemechek. The 18-year-old son of Cup veteran Joe Nemechek scored his maiden NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in 2015 at Chicagoland in a partial season campaign. He is set to run a full Camping World Truck Series schedule this year, but might be considered a viable temporary option for the No. 14. • Bobby Labonte : On the other end of the spectrum, there is Stewart's former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, the 2000 Cup champion. He has run a partial schedule in recent seasons and has competed in only seven races since 2014. Until a substitute is named, the conjecture will be at full throttle. Stewart's team did not offer a timetable for how long the champion will be out of Sprint Cup competition, but it did state that Stewart, "is expected to make a full recovery and return to the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2016." MORE: SHR's statement updating Stewart's condition
Carl Edwards gives thanks for successful year
Carl Edwards gives thanks to all that contributed to his successful season at the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards 2015 Ceremony.
Hamlin, Wheeler come full circle with pairing
RELATED: See who's on the move for 2016 Denny Hamlin enters the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with his third crew chief in three years, the result of a second straight go-round of offseason shuffling at Joe Gibbs Racing . Before last season, Dave Rogers replaced Darian Grubb, who left the No. 11 Toyota team to become Carl Edwards ' crew chief. This offseason, Mike Wheeler was promoted to replace Rogers, who followed form, leaving the No. 11 to become Edwards' crew chief. This time, Hamlin's certain he has his go-to guy. " Carl can't have this one," Hamlin said with a laugh during last week's Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. "That's how I'm confident." Joking aside, Hamlin said he always knew he'd one day be paired with his longtime lead engineer, making what the driver called a "handshake deal" long ago. With Wheeler now headed toward his first full season as a Sprint Cup crew chief after making strides in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the two have come full circle. "He's been with me in some capacity throughout my career, so he's my guy," Hamlin said. "He's going to be my guy until I retire, there's no doubt about that. This is what we've built towards, this has been in the workings for a very, very long time. From our standpoint, I thought that he'd be in XFINITY a little bit longer, but when he chose to move up, obviously I didn't want to loan him to anybody else for another year so we made the switch. I think that it's good for me. Everyone's kind of got who they want now and everything should be good." Wheeler has just six Sprint Cup races atop the pit box, serving as interim crew chief for Hamlin during Grubb's suspension for a technical infraction in 2014. The No. 11 team finished in the top 10 in half those races before Grubb returned to lead Hamlin to the championship round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Wheeler dipped down to the XFINITY Series last season, adeptly calling the shots for a rotation of eight different drivers -- including Hamlin. The result was a stellar campaign for the No. 20 team, which netted four victories and eight pole positions. Hamlin accounted for three of those wins and four of those poles. When the time came for team owner Joe Gibbs to make changes to keep up with the competition, the venerable coach followed a similar pattern of promoting from within. It paid huge dividends last year with former XFINITY crew chief Adam Stevens lifting Kyle Busch to his first Sprint Cup crown. RELATED: Busch, Hamlin could be at 'odds' over Super Bowl bet "The wild thing now is all four of our Cup guys came from XFINITY for us," Gibbs said of his organization's crew chief lineup. "I think what happens there is our Cup guys get to work with them, racing XFINITY , and they develop that relationship. That's like Adam and Kyle. I think Wheels has always gotten along great with Denny. They've always kind of wanted to be together, and so Wheels was willing to go back down to XFINITY last year and did a great job for us down there. We kind of felt like it was a natural deal." Contending for championships has also come naturally for Hamlin, but despite numerous close calls, his title cupboard remains bare. Last year may have been the flukiest near-miss of all, when a faulty roof hatch -- and later, a crash in a green-white-checkered restart -- stemmed his progress at an elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway . Hamlin has won at least one race in each of his 10 full seasons in NASCAR's premier series. The goose egg in the championship column? Hamlin said he thought that void would have been filled long ago. "Oh, no doubt. I thought I'd have one within the first three years of my Cup career and just things didn't work out for whatever reason," Hamlin said. "And I look back at all the Chases that I've been part of and it comes down to I'm still in it with one race, two races to go and it's just something bananas happens and it takes me out. Eventually, that wave has got to turn in your favor." Hamlin hopes Wheeler is a part of that wave, one that includes a welcome return to crew chief stability. Hamlin also hopes for continuity in JGR's recent upswing, which produced 14 Sprint Cup wins, a championship from Busch, and Chase eligibility for all four of its drivers last season. "It's as good as it can get," Hamlin said. "I mean, we all work really, really well together. All the drivers have great chemistry, the crew chiefs have great chemistry. There's just no reason why we can't duplicate the same amount of wins and a championship for JGR, so really there's nothing standing in our way with that."
Carl Edwards breaks down Indianapolis
JGR driver: 'It's always been a tough place to pass' SPEEDWAY, Ind. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers don’t run wide-open around Indianapolis Motor Speedway , but there’s very little "off-throttle" time, according to Carl Edwards . That makes passing difficult. The 2015 rules package (lower horsepower, less downforce) thus far hasn't helped. Edwards was one of 12 drivers taking part in an open test at the legendary 2.5-mile speedway Wednesday. The series returns to Indianapolis July 24-26 for the annual Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at the Brickyard. "We haven't figured out exactly where we’re going to set up the car so that we can pass," the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said during a break at IMS. "There is a lot of on-throttle time. We're very fast through the middle of the corner; we're coming off the corner at 190 mph earlier today … now it’s 183-184. "When you're literally coming on to the straightaway at 185 or 190 mph, there's just not a lot of change between your high speed and your low speed, there's not a lot of off-throttle time. So it becomes very important to find the places on the track where you can gain an advantage and it gets really tough." NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series teams have been racing at Indy since 1994, and drivers have always had a tough time finding passing opportunities on the fast, flat track. The annual Brickyard 400 has seen as many as 26 lead changes (due to tire problems in 2008) and as few as nine (on three occasions). There's yet to be a last-lap pass in the 400, although five times the race winner has taken the lead with 10 or fewer laps remaining. "Because of the speeds here and the way the track's laid out, it's always been a tough place to pass," Edwards said. "I think that's one of the challenges … you have to come here and you have to deal with it. "But really, the short chutes (between Turns 1-2 and 3-4) are really interesting. The way you drive into those corners, the way you set your car up into (Turn) 1 and into 3 so that you can run to that short chute and set up your exit onto the long straightaways, if you can beat a guy there and get to him and force the issue, that's where I've done the little bit of passing that I've done; that's where the guys that have passed me have passed me." Edwards has 10 career starts at Indy, with a best finish of second in 2008. "Once you get on these long straightaways (and) you're wide open, it becomes a dyno race, whose got the most power," he said. "If you can handle well through that sharp, quick corner, and you can carry and extra mile an hour or two onto the straightaway, that's golden. … "The mid-corner speed, middle of the race when it’s hot, having that car handle well I think is the most important thing. And it's the only thing that can change during the event so that's what we focus on." Four teams, those for drivers Jeff Gordon ( Hendrick Motorsports ), Sam Hornish Jr . ( Richard Petty Motorsports ), J.J. Yeley ( BK Racing ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) took part in a Goodyear tire test at IMS Monday and Tuesday. The Furniture Row team departed after Tuesday's session. In addition to Edwards, joining Gordon, Hornish and Yeley for Wednesday's test were the teams of Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske ), Casey Mears ( Germain Racing ), Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing ), Ricky Stenhouse Jr . ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Paul Menard ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing ). NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series travels to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for Sunday's GEICO 500 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NSCS Recap: Edwards earns long -awaited win
Carl Edwards comes back from two laps down to earn his first Darlington victory in a caution-filled race.
Carl Edwards gambles, wins Coca-Cola 600
Victory is first for Edwards with Joe Gibbs Racing SHOP: Edwards gear " RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings CONCORD, N.C. – Will the mystery winner of Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 enter and sign in please? Hint: It's the guy who does back flips every time he takes the checkered flag. But for the first 370 of 400 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway , no one would have picked Carl Edwards or his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as the likely winner of the season's 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Martin Truex Jr ., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin had spent the lion's share of time at the head of the field, but none of that mattered when Edwards got 62 laps out of his last tank of fuel and took the checkered flag 4.785 seconds ahead of Greg Biffle , who also was on a fuel-saving strategy. In fact, the top four finishers all stretched their gas mileage after pit stops under caution on Lap 337. Dale Earnhardt Jr . ran third, followed by polesitter Matt Kenseth and Truex, who led a race-high 131 laps. Ryan Newman , Brad Keselowski , Hamlin (53 laps led), Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch (118 laps led) completed the top 10. Kyle Busch came home 11th in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race of the season, after missing the first 11 races of the season because of injuries sustained Feb. 21 at Daytona. The victory was Edwards first of the season, his first for Joe Gibbs Racing , his first at Charlotte and the 24th of his career. "It's so cool to get this win—we've had such bad luck," said Edwards, who joined Joe Gibbs Racing as the organization's fourth Sprint Cup driver after the 2014 season. "And we were the slowest of the (JGR cars) tonight, but we had (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) on the box. He made the right call, he put us in a position to win, and it worked. ... "This is truly a gift. I took advantage of it to win, and we'll get better." In all likelihood, the victory will propel Edwards into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . It was also Toyota’s 300th national series victory in the manufacturer's 300th Sprint Cup start. But after the very early stages of the race, Edwards wasn't a factor until fuel strategy came into play in the closing laps. Soon after Jimmie Johnson spun off Turn 4 on Lap 90 to cause the second caution of the afternoon, the race evolved into a two-car contest between the Chevrolets of Kurt Busch and Truex. Within two laps of a restart on Lap 95, Busch drove from ninth to the lead, passing Joey Logano for the top spot on Lap 97. From that point, Busch and Truex swapped stints at the head of the field, and by the time Johnson spun off Turn 4 and smacked the inside wall on Lap 273 to bring out the caution flag for the fifth time, Busch had racked up 118 laps led and Truex 59. But another quick yellow flag on Lap 282 for Ryan Blaney 's blown engine created the opportunity for divergent strategies and scrambled the running order. Truex was one of nine drivers who stayed out under the caution, but both Harvick and Kurt Busch came to pit road for fresh rubber and restarted 10th and 11th, respectively, on Lap 292. Gradually, methodically, Harvick and Kurt Busch drove back toward the front, but the contrarian strategies introduced another major player into the mix. Denny Hamlin surged to the front of the field and led 53 laps before pitting with a loose wheel on Lap 363 and giving up the lead. That put Truex back in front, with Harvick chasing, and both drivers needing one more pit stop to get to the end of the race. Edwards, Biffle, Earnhardt and Kenseth, on the other hand, stopped with 62 laps left, and the decision to come to pit road and gamble on fuel proved decisive—and stole a victory from Truex's dominant car. Biffle put pressure on Edwards in the closing laps, until he momentarily lost fuel pressure with two circuits left. "Running where we were running, it gave us the opportunity to try and stretch the fuel window and make it," Biffle said. "I was putting a lot of pressure on Carl there. I started going with about 10 laps to go. The crew chief (Matt Puccia) told me 'Save all you can, just stay in front of the 88 (Earnhardt),' and I made a decision that I was going to try and beat Carl . I got pretty close to him there, and then with two to go, the fuel light came on that the fuel pressure was low, and so I came around and had to start pushing the clutch in and shutting it off and coasting and try and preserve what fuel I had to make it back. "So excited to see the checkered flag. I wasn't sure I was going to stretch two laps of gas out of it. But it was probably on the straightaway it sucked some air and started flashing the fuel pressure. I was able to run it around the corners and didn't have any more issues, but stayed in front of the 88, finished second, big boost for the team, but probably a bigger boost for the team was how we ran tonight on the race track.” If Biffle had mixed feelings about finishing second, Truex was disconsolate. "Hell, I didn't even know guys could make it on gas," Truex said. I didn't know what was going on. Just can't catch a break there. I'm proud of the guys for an awesome race car. All my guys in Denver (where Furniture Row Racing is based) are putting a great car together. I don't know what to do about that. "We had a great car. Had a chance at it and it stinks to come up short like that on fuel mileage. I've never once in my whole career gained positions on a fuel mileage deal. I don't know what I have to do to catch a break on them deals. It is what it is. Just proud of my guys for what they brought--we will get one." Note: Late in the race, Hamlin reported feeling ill in his car and complained of a severe headache. He was taken to the infield care center after the race, and team owner Joe Gibbs said his driver was dehydrated, was given an IV and was feeling better after the treatment. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule