On March 2, 2015 NASCAR Productions and Spike TV will premier a revealing documentary on the life of legendary sports hero, Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Jeffrey Earnhardt comments on making his first start for JR Motorsports this weekend and what an honor it is to carry on the Earnhardt legacy.
Grandson of 'The Intimidator' makes move to Viva Motorsports
Driver out for 'undetermined amount of time' with fractured right leg RELATED: Crafton to sub for Kyle Busch at Daytona " Drivers wish Kyle Busch well DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will miss Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 after suffering a leg injury during a hard crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Busch was being treated for a compound fracture of the right lower leg and a left mid-foot fracture, and would not compete in the season's biggest event. Busch had successful surgery on his right leg on Saturday night, according to Joe Gibbs Racing, and was resting comfortably. Busch's injuries will "sideline him for an undetermined period of time," according to the team. Matt Crafton will serve as the interim driver for Busch's No. 18 Toyota for the Daytona 500. An interim driver has not been determined for any races beyond the Daytona 500 at this time. On Sunday morning, Ed Laukes, vice president marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales, said the following in a statement: "Kyle Busch is a key member of our Toyota NASCAR family and it goes without saying that everyone at Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development), U.S.A. has Kyle in their thoughts and prayers. Kyle is as tough a competitor as you'll find in motorsports and I'm confident he'll recover quickly and return to the track with an even greater passion to win. We know fellow Toyota driver Matt Crafton will represent not only Toyota, but Joe Gibbs Racing well in today's Daytona 500." Later Sunday, Busch tweeted from the hospital. Would rather b driving than watching the #Daytona500 but pulling 4 @Matt_Crafton and the No. 18 @mmschocolate team. — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 22, 2015 Busch's No. 54 Toyota slid across the track and struck the interior wall on Lap 112 of the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series event, the Alert Today Florida 300. Busch appeared to begin to climb from his car without assistance, but was placed on a stretcher by emergency personnel shortly after being helped from the car. Busch was transported to nearby Halifax Medical Center moments later. Samantha Busch and team owner Joe Gibbs, along with other team personnel arrived at the track's infield care center on foot, and then boarded golf carts to depart for the hospital. Busch, 29, was expected to scale back his racing activities in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series this season. He is the XFINITY series' all-time win leader with 70 career victories; he has 42 wins in the NCWTS. Busch was scheduled to start fourth in Sunday's Daytona 500, the season-opening race for the Sprint Cup Series. The accident took place when there appeared to be contact between Busch and fellow JGR driver Erik Jones. Busch's entry slid across the grass apron just beyond the exit of pit road and slammed the inside wall nose first. There is no SAFER barrier in that location on the 2.5-mile track. In addition to Busch and Jones, J.J. Yeley, Brendan Gaughan, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, Elliott Sadler, Darrell Wallace Jr., Cale Conley and Jeffrey Earnhardt were caught up in the accident. "Kyle Busch got hurt? I didn't know that," said third-place finisher Ty Dillon. "I don't want to say anything wrong. But I think we're to the point now in NASCAR we should have SAFER barriers at a place like this, we're going so fast. I think we could probably afford it. "I hate to hear anybody in our sport getting hurt. We've advanced so far in safety we shouldn't be having any crazy bad injuries. So I hope he's all right. But, yeah, I know if it was me, I would want a SAFER barrier there if I got hurt in a spot." "We keep running into situations where people find spots that aren't thought of before," said runner-up Chris Buescher. "I think the sport has progressed so far in the safety aspect. We started to take it for granted. But just there's really no room to do that. My opinion, I mean, it needs to be as safe as possible. If that means lining the inside walls as well, it's probably a good idea." Roush Fenway Racing's Ryan Reed won the race to score his first win in the series. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Danica Patrick rallies late to make Daytona 500 field Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Daytona Duel #1 results " Daytona Duel #2 results " Daytona 500 starting lineup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Hendrick Motorsports swept the front-row starting positions for Sunday's Daytona 500. Apparently enjoying the feeling, HMS then swept Thursday's Budweiser Duel at Daytona twin 150-mile qualifying races. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came from his last-place starting position to win Thursday night's first Budweiser Duel at Daytona 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway, as unsung heroes behind him diced their way into the 57th running of the Great American Race (1 p.m. ET on FOX). Jimmie Johnson, on the pole for the second Duel and already locked into the outside of the front row for the Daytona 500, completed the Hendrick sweep with a .125-second victory over Kyle Busch, leading 40 laps in the process. MORE: Driver Reports previews the Daytona 500 In a drama-filled second Duel, both Danica Patrick and David Ragan recovered from wrecks to race their way into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' most prestigious race, Patrick with a strong push from Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch. For the second time during Speedweeks, Patrick was involved in a crash with Denny Hamlin, and the two drivers had an extended animated conversation as soon as the cars parked on pit road. Earnhardt started 25th in the first Duel because his qualifying time was disallowed after inspectors discovered a ride-height violation on his No. 88 Chevrolet after Sunday's time trials. Undeterred, Earnhardt worked his way methodically to the front, grabbing the lead for the first time on Lap 35. All told, Earnhardt led 21 laps and crossed the finish line .165 seconds ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate and Daytona 500 polesitter Jeff Gordon. As the winner of the first Duel, Earnhardt will line up behind Gordon in the third spot on the grid for Sunday's race. MORE: Danica rallies to make Daytona 500 " Mears makes Daytona 500 field In the non-points qualifier, Earnhardt won for the first time with new crew chief Greg Ives, who took over this season for Steve Letarte, hired by NBC Sports as a television analyst. "We have had a great car all week," Earnhardt said. "I'm so glad to be able to get through the Duel in one piece, because I know how good this race car is. We have a couple more practices to go through and try to stay out of trouble during those and put this thing on the grid. We're going to have a fun day on Sunday. "We had to do a lot of blocking there at the end, but those guys were mounting some pretty hard charges. We made a lot of good moves tonight because the car is so good. TJ Majors (spotter) deserves a ton of credit for helping us win that race tonight. He called a great spotting job up on top of the hill there. He gave me all the information I needed to make the moves I needed to kind of keep them guys behind me." Joey Logano came home third, followed by Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer, whose fifth-place finish in a backup car represented a stroke of good fortune during an otherwise star-crossed week at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The real drama in the first Duel, however, took place behind the frontrunners, as Landon Cassill (ninth), Cole Whitt (10th), Michael McDowell (12th), JJ Yeley (13th), Michael Annett (14th) and Ty Dillon (16th) all earned starting spots in the 500. McDowell made the most dramatic move, forcing his way up the middle and racing from the tail end of the field to 12th place on the final lap. "When I crossed that white flag (to start the last lap) I was thinking, 'I have to do this. I don't know what we're gonna do, I don't know how we're gonna do it, but we've just got to do it,'" McDowell said. "You can't make these cars go faster. I had a run that was building and there wasn't a gap and I made a gap. "I tore up both sides of the race car in the process of doing it and had to block some people, and probably upset a few people along the way, but this race is so important for us to make…" WATCH: Bayne involved in late wreck For Johnson, the win in the second Duel was a continuation of a week that couldn’t have gone better. "It's a special night," Johnson said. "What a race car. I'm stoked for my teammate (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) to win the first Duel. We won the second, and Jeff (Gordon) and I have the front row locked down. It's been an awesome week for all our Hendrick Motorsports cars. "I'm just happy to start out the week like we have." On Lap 57 of the second Duel, Patrick spun in Turn 3 after Hamlin made a move to her inside in very close quarters. "I mean, we're superspeedway racing," Hamlin said, after he and Patrick went their separate ways. "I treat her as equal as anyone on the race track. She deserves her spot here, but you have to be able to run close to somebody on a superspeedway. You have to have your car stable enough to handle those situations and, to me, it's not much different than what it was with the 22 (Joey Logano) and the 4 (Kevin Harvick) last week (in the Sprint Unlimited) - only I wasn't pushing her. "I was just close to her and her car got loose and she spun. Thank goodness she got her way in the 500. I didn't want to be responsible for that. I treat her as an equal on the race track. I'm not going to say, 'It's Danica, so I've got to make sure I just leave some extra room.' If you're out here in the Cup Series, you have to be able to handle those situations." MORE: See all the Paint Schemes for the Daytona 500 Patrick wasn't buying it. "I'm confident other cars get very close, and things like that don't happen," said Patrick, who finished 10th after Busch propelled her through the field. "Done thousands of miles of this speedway racing now, and I haven't found that to be a problem. So I just think that he's wrong. "I think that he's too close. I think that he's taking the air and getting it off the spoiler, and he's not squared up either. That's also part of the problem. I don't know. Maybe he likes my left rear." Notes: Ty Dillon qualified for his first Daytona 500, as did Ryan Blaney, who will pilot the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. … Six drivers failed to qualify: Ron Hornaday Jr., Josh Wise, Jeb Burton, Justin Marks, Alex Bowman and Brian Scott. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " Camping World Truck Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 1 Elliott Sadler Ford Roush Fenway Racing 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 4 Ross Chastain Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford Roush Fenway Racing 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet JR Motorsports 8 Blake Koch Toyota TriStar Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet JR Motorsports 14 Cale Conley Toyota TriStar Motorsports 16 Ryan Reed Ford Roush Fenway Racing 17 Tanner Berryhill Toyota Vision Racing 18 Daniel Suarez Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Scott Lagasse Jr./Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 20 Erik Jones/Matt Kenseth Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 22 Ryan Blaney/Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano Ford Team Penske 24 Eric McClure Toyota JGL Racing 25 John Wes Townley/Dylan Lupton Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota JGL Racing 33 Brandon Jones/Austin Dillon/Paul Menard Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 42 Kyle Larson/Brennan Poole/Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 44 David Starr Toyota TriStar Motorsports 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Jeremy Clements Racing 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet Jimmy Means Racing 54 Kyle Busch/Joey Coulter Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 60 Chris Buescher Ford Roush Fenway Racing 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr./Kevin Harvick/Kasey Kahne/Ben Rhodes Chevrolet JR Motorsports 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet King Autosport
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and others talk about trying to win the DAYTONA 500.
New, original documentary premieres Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Nephew of Dale Jr. looks to add to family lineage on the track
Multiple over-the-wall changes for No. 88 team Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live It's a year of change for Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition to the primary sponsor change -- Nationwide Insurance -- and new crew chief with Greg Ives, fans will see different pit crew members going over the wall for Dale Jr. in 2015. Nevertheless, the No. 88 crew is keeping the changes within the Hendrick Motorsports family. Former No. 88 fueler Dustin Lineback returns to his old ride in 2015, filling the vacant front tire carrier position. He'll be carrying tires for front tire changer David Mayo, who has pitted with both the No. 48 and 88 teams in the past. Longtime rear tire changer Joe Slingerland returns to his familiar post for 2015. He'll be aided by rear tire carrier William "Rowdy" Harrell, who served as a No. 48/88 backup in 2014. Current fueler Matt Tyrrell will remain with the No. 88 team this season, as well as jackman Nick Covey. These pit crew members will receive their first test of the season when they travel down to Daytona International Speedway for the annual Speedweeks, which culminates with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule