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Kyle Fowler set to make Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville
22-year-old has made 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts MORE: Full entry list for Martinsville RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Kyle Fowler will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway . Fowler will drive the No. 32 Ford for owner Frank Stoddard Jr. and GO FAS Racing. Eight other drivers have taken turns behind the wheel of the No. 32 car: Travis Kvapil (16 races), Terry Labonte (four races), Blake Koch (three races), J.J. Yeley (three races), Boris Said (two races), Joey Gase (two races), Timmy Hill (one race) and Eddie MacDonald (one race). Labonte's 11th-place finish in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July has been the team's best finish so far this season. The 22-year-old Georgia native has 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in his career, including one this year in the spring at Charlotte Motor Speedway . He finished 32nd in the History 300 . The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Kyle Fowler makes hard contact the wall during the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway
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Matt Tifft to make 13 starts in XFINITY Series for JGR
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (February 5, 2016) – "Names are Made Here" in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and young Ohio-native Matt Tifft will be doing just that in 2016 with a 13-race schedule behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota Camry. The 19-year old driver has 16-career starts in NASCAR’s top-three racing series over the last two seasons, while running a limited schedule in both the XFINITY Series and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In these early stages of his career Tifft has successfully earned six top-10 finishes in the Camping World Tuck Series and a top-10 result from 2015 in the XFINITY Series. Additionally Tifft has raced competitively in NASCAR's K&N Pro West, K&N Pro East and ARCA Series, as well as the X-1R Pro Cup Series. In 2015 Tifft made his first career XFNITY Series start and first entry with Joe Gibbs Racing at Kentucky Speedway in September. In what he described as a big learning experience, Tifft started from a 16th-place qualifying effort and made steady gains through the race, to bring home his first series finish in 10th place. Tifft's 2016 XFINITY Series schedule will kick off at Richmond International Raceway on April 23 and continues for a total of 13 scheduled races including: Dover International Speedway (May 14), Iowa Speedway (June 19), Daytona International Speedway (July 1), New Hampshire International Speedway (July 16), Iowa Speedway (July 30), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (August 13), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 19), Road America (August 27), Kentucky Speedway (September 24), Charlotte Motor Speedway (October 7), Texas Motor Speedway (November 5) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 19). "I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2016 season. I feel after our run last year at Kentucky that this is a great fit for me with an outstanding and well-respected organization, and I look forward to a very exciting and successful year driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry," remarked an eager Tifft. Over the years Joe Gibbs Racing has encouraged young drivers to gain experience with the now 25-year organization, by developing in the learning series of the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR XFINITY Series. In recent years names such as Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones have proven the JGR program successful. In 2015, Suarez earned NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year honor while finishing fifth in the XFINITY Series' driver ranking. Jones captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship in 2015 and earned two victories while driving a part-time XFINITY Series schedule. Both Suarez and Jones will compete full-time in the XFINITY Series in 2016, affording Tifft the opportunity to continue to learn alongside them. Executive Vice President of XFINITY Series Operations at Joe Gibbs Racing , Steve DeSouza confirmed further, "We take a lot of pride in using our XFINITY Series program to develop talent. That not only includes our drivers, but crew chiefs and our team personnel as well. It’s great to have Matt expand his program with us in 2016 and have the opportunity to run alongside Erik and Daniel for a good portion of the season. When you add Cody Coughlin to our roster, who will drive part-time in the Truck Series with KBM, we feel fortunate to have so much young talent in our system." Tifft further exclaimed, "I am very excited to work again with Daniel Suarez , Erik Jones and Kyle Busch . Last year they helped me a ton with development, and I will continue to try and advance my career by drawing on the experience and talent of those around me. Hopefully I can also help them in some ways as well. I look forward to a very exciting and successful year driving the No. 18 Camry, and can't wait to get this year started!" Tifft is also a second-year student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as a business management major. Primary sponsorship across the 13 designated races with Tifft in the No. 18 continue to be developed and will be announced at a later date.
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Kyle Busch shows nuts, bolts that led to first title -- literally
Inside Groove: Racing with an attitude RELATED: Busch undergoes successful surgery "Are those parts to a race car?" That might be the question you ask yourself when you see the photo Kyle Busch tweeted on Wednesday evening, displaying what appear to be metal screws and rods. Nope, they're parts to a race car driver -- Busch's leg to be exact. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver shared the photo of the "hardware" that kept him together following his injury at Daytona, next to the "big hardware" he received when he won the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion title. The literal nuts and bolts of Kyle Busch , folks. The hardware that held me together so I could get the big hardware. pic.twitter.com/7WRCktLRfK — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) January 20, 2016
Kyle Busch: No more XFINITY, Truck restrictor-plate races
RELATED: Busch undergoes successful surgery " 'Rowdy' set for tuneup race CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch said he is still working through his NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule for 2016, but he knows restrictor-plate tracks are off the table. Busch, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, is the XFINITY Series win leader with 76 career victories. He also has 44 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But in 2015, Busch suffered a broken right leg and shattered left foot in the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway . The injuries kept him sidelined for months, and forced him to miss the first 11 races of the Sprint Cup Series season. MORE: Timeline of Busch injury, recovery Tuesday, on the opening day of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, Busch said he hopes to run between "15 to 18 races" in the XFINITY Series. "No restrictor-plate races, I'm out of that stuff," he said. "No more plate races because my wife won't let me. And (team owner) Joe (Gibbs). "Joe and Samantha have made that decision. I was thinking about it but they were like 'no.' " Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway are the only two tracks on the NASCAR schedule where teams compete with restrictor plates, devices that limit the airflow into an engine and curb horsepower. Although he missed a large portion of the season, Busch, 30, won five Sprint Cup races en route to the 2015 title. He also won six times in the XFINITY Series and twice in the Truck Series. He competes for JGR in Sprint Cup and the XFINITY Series, but operates as an owner/driver in the Truck Series, where his Kyle Busch Motorsports organization won the '15 title with driver Erik Jones . The restrictor-plate decision was made "when I hit the wall at 90 g's," he said. "That was sort of an (indication) that 'all right, we don't need to be doing this anymore,'" Busch said. "That was more of a Joe and Samantha request rather than something for me. I'll race anything; I don't care. But we're not ... invincible of course, things do happen. That was just a part of the plan. "They are probably the scariest, most dangerous races that we have on the calendar. There still could be some crazy things that happen at other race tracks but it's more in the drivers' hands. … "We were in the hospital and Samantha was like 'you're not doing these restrictor plate races anymore.' Then she had a conversation with Joe." Busch underwent surgery last month to remove the metal rod and screws in his right leg as well as two plates in his left foot. He should require no further surgeries related to those injuries he said, noting that “everything went as expected. "I feel like I'm probably about 85, maybe even better than 85 percent right now so I'm pretty close," he said. "I definitely feel like a few more therapy sessions that I have lined up before getting to Daytona, I'm going to be fine. I feel like I'll actually be 100 percent by Daytona. "There's still some swelling and some inflammation in there right now and scar tissue stuff that we've got to break down. As soon as we do that, that’s sort of when I feel like you're 100 percent. But I've got full range of motion out of everything right now, full weight bearing and everything. About the only thing I'm not quite doing yet is going for a run." The NASCAR season officially gets underway next month at Daytona International Speedway with season-opening events in the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.
Kyle Busch set for tune-up race after surgery
Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is set to get back behind the wheel of a race car at the end of this month, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Wednesday. Busch, who underwent offseason surgery in mid-December to remove two metal plates in his left foot and a metal rod and screws in his right leg, will race in the 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Model event scheduled as part of SpeedFest 2016 on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia. Busch, a three-time SpeedFest winner, will pilot KBM's No. 51 Camry with primary sponsorship from Rheem Heating and Cooling and major associate sponsorship from JEGS.com. "I've always enjoyed racing at SpeedFest and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to go back this year thanks to the support from Rheem Heating and Cooling and JEGS.com," Busch said in a team release. "Everything went well with my latest surgery and I feel really good. Without an opportunity to get in a Sprint Cup Series car before we get to Daytona, running this race will be a good tune-up prior to Speedweeks." The plates, rod and screws had helped to stabilize his foot and leg following injuries suffered in an accident last February at Daytona International Speedway . He is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of the 2016 NASCAR season.
Kyle Busch wins NMPA Driver of the Year Award
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch , who rallied from injuries sustained in a season-opening crash to capture the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, has been named the 2015 recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award. Busch, 30, suffered a broken right leg and left foot in a crash during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway last February. After missing the season’s first 11 points races, the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota returned with a vengeance. He won four of five races, including three straight, during the summer to qualify for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup . In the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway , Busch beat 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick to win the race and earn his first Sprint Cup championship. In addition to Homestead, Busch also scored wins at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Kentucky Speedway , New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway . It was his first Brickyard 400 title and the fourth for Joe Gibbs Racing . He finished the season with 12 top-five and 16 top-10 results. "I just want to thank the National Motorsports Press Association for voting me as the Richard Petty Driver of the Year," said Busch. "Last year was the most challenging, yet rewarding year of my career. While this honor has my name on it, I don't think it would have possible without the hard work and dedication from everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota and TRD. "On the personal side, I can't thank the doctors and everyone at OrthoCarolina enough for helping me get back into racing shape, but also my wife Samantha and my entire family for all they did to get me back on my feet. Just looking at the list of past winners, it’s a tremendous honor to have my name mentioned along with many other great champions of our sport." In addition to his Sprint Cup success, Busch, a team owner in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, also scored six wins in the XFINITY Series and two in the Truck Series. Others receiving votes were Jeff Gordon ( Hendrick Motorsports ), Joey Logano ( Team Penske ), Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). Busch was presented the award Jan. 17 during the NMPA's annual convention in Concord, N.C. The Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award has been presented each year since 1969 and is determined by a vote of the NMPA membership. It is named in honor of Petty, a seven-time champion and the all-time win leader in NASCAR with 200 career premier series victories. Richard Petty Driver of the Year Recipients 2015, Kyle Busch ; 2014, Kevin Harvick ; 2013, Jimmie Johnson ; 2012, Brad Keselowski ; 2011, Tony Stewart ; 2010, Jimmie Johnson ; 2009, Jimmie Johnson ; 2008, Carl Edwards ; 2007, Jimmie Johnson ; 2006, Jimmie Johnson ; 2005, Tony Stewart ; 2004, Jimmie Johnson ; 2003, Ryan Newman ; 2002, Tony Stewart ; 2001, Kevin Harvick ; 2000, Bobby Labonte ; 1999, Dale Jarrett; 1998, Jeff Gordon ; 1997, Dale Jarrett; 1996, Terry Labonte ; 1995, Jeff Gordon ; 1994, Dale Earnhardt; 1993, Rusty Wallace; 1992, Davey Allison; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990, Dale Earnhardt; 1989, Mark Martin ; 1988, Rusty Wallace; 1987, Dale Earnhardt; 1986, Tim Richmond and Dale Earnhardt; 1985, Bill Elliott ; 1984, Terry Labonte ; 1983, Bobby Allison; 1982, Darrell Waltrip; 1981, Darrell Waltrip; 1980, Dale Earnhardt; 1979, Cale Yarborough; 1978, Cale Yarborough; 1977, Cale Yarborough; 1976, Darrell Waltrip; 1975, Richard Petty; 1974, Richard Petty; 1973, David Pearson; 1972, Bobby Allison; 1971, Bobby Allison; 1970, Bobby Isaac; 1969, LeeRoy Yarbrough.
The Rundown: Martinsville
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Martinsville Speedway : 1. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . In his final Martinsville run, Gordon kept alive his Drive for Five and earned his ninth grandfather clock. WATCH: Gordon jumps for joy 2. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray managed to avoid the late-race fracas and unsuccessfully tried different lines to catch Gordon in the closing laps. 3. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Two pit road speeding penalties and a spin on-track only momentarily stalled Hamlin, who opted not to pit with 39 laps to go and briefly moved into the lead. 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . "We might as well get an attempt at it (the final restart), but it's pretty dark," Earnhardt told his team as he lined up third for the final restart. RELATED: Hear drivers on RaceView . 5. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kyle Busch rallied after spinning on Lap 171 when he said his left-side tires made contact with water near the curb. 6. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex kept his Chase hopes alive with his 21st top-10 of the year. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . "Excuse me, coming through," Newman radioed as he nudged Kurt Busch up the track to take sixth on Lap 196. RELATED: Hear drivers on RaceView . 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick restarted ninth late in the race and picked up a spot en route to his 25th top-10 of the year (second to Joey Logano 's series-leading 26). 9. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne's team made adjustments throughout Sunday's race trying to find rear grip. 10. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . After starting from the rear of the field in a backup car, Stewart quietly climbed to his 300th career top-10. 11. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger skipped pit road late in the race to move into second and briefly took the lead before fading on old tires. 12. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson made a late-race pit stop and climbed through the field after restarting 18th with 31 laps left. 13. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier held on despite radioing on Lap 216 while running 21st that he had lost all forward drive. 14. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Chase contender was among the walking wounded early and fought to be the beneficiary with 65 laps to go. " WATCH: Edwards gets damage in contact with No. 18 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard slipped by a spinning No. 55 on Lap 466 to hold on and earn his 19th top-15 of the year. 16. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was dumped onto the apron when the field stacked up on the Lap 113 restart. 17. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears started 19th and used pit strategy to run as high as 13th on Sunday. 18. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon led six laps before being involved in a spin on Lap 171. 19. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson picked up his best Martinsville finish after notching his best start (ninth) at the paperclip oval. 20. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt took advantage of many early caution periods to work on the grille opening and stay on the lead lap. 21. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Forward bite was an initial issue for Cassill, but appeared to improve when a long green-flag stretch followed a spate of cautions. 22. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Brake heat was a key topic on the No. 7 radio as Bowman scored his best Martinsville finish. RELATED: Hear drivers on RaceView . 23. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett worked his way back onto the lead lap after spinning early. 24. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland incurred the wrath of Danica Patrick when he ran her up the track and into the wall on Lap 157. RELATED: Danica retaliates on Gilliland . 25. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan spun with 35 laps to go when he crossed Austin Dillon 's path. 26. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle spun twice on Sunday -- bringing out the caution each time. 27. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton was running 32nd when he came down the track and into the path of Sam Hornish Jr . to bring out the 14th caution flag. 28. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish sustained heavy damage to the nose of his No. 9 Ford and had to pit for repairs during the sixth caution period. 29. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley started 39th and frequently employed the high line to avoid any issues as he picked up a few spots during Sunday's race. 30. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . In his second Martinsville outing, DiBenedetto posted his best start and his best finish at the short track . 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne made an unscheduled stop for right-side tires on Lap 79 for a vibration. 32. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski quickly reported to the garage for repairs after getting caught up in the carnage during the Lap 435 restart. " MORE: Keselowski's Chase hopes take a hit 33. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Survival was Kennedy’s mindset during his second Martinsville outing, which included nine caution flags in the first 186 laps. 34. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . A steering box issue was a distant memory for Kurt Busch when he was stalled on the Lap 435 restart and then T-boned by a spinning Matt Kenseth . " MORE: Kurt on the bubble after Martinsville 35. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt's team changed the battery and checked his alternator early in Sunday's race. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Hill made his second Martinsville appearance on Sunday. 37. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano enjoyed the first pit stall and appeared to be running away with the win when Kenseth got into him in Turn 1. Logano later told the media, "It's a chicken you-know-what move to take out the leader when your race is over. " " RELATED: Kenseth wrecks Logano . 38. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Martinsville thundered as Kenseth wrecked leader Joey Logano in Turn 4. NASCAR waved the red flag and then invited key personnel on the No. 20 team to a post-race chat. " POLL: Was Kenseth rigth or wrong? 39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse slowed in Turn 3 and then reported to the garage after getting into the wall and locking up his right-front tire on Lap 127. 40. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick took her car to the garage before the ninth caution flag for repairs. She later spun to bring out the 13th yellow. " WATCH: Danica retaliates against Gilliland 41. Kyle Fowler , No. 32 Ford, GO FAS Racing. A best Martinsville start was stalled when Fowler hit the wall to bring out the 12th caution. 42. Ryan Preece , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Brake issues impacted the Martinsville newcomer. 43. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer was running 16th when he was tagged by two cars fighting for position beneath him. Bowyer’s spin brought out the ninth caution flag.