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Danica Patrick pit crew undergoes changes
Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS team will have a new look on its pit crew for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Nate House will take over for Tony Cardamone at jackman with Cardamone moving from jackman to gasman. House filled in for Cardamone for several races in 2015 while Cardamone recovered from a back injury. Continuing on the team from last year are front changer Eric Maycroft, front carrier Jeff Shoaf, rear carrier Matt Holzbaur and rear changer Ryan Mulder, who was on the team for nearly half of last season. The expectations are high for the No. 10 team, and this group can definitely help Patrick get to where she wants to be. For more pit crew news, go to PitTalks.com .
#TBT: Dale Jr. snaps pair of winless streaks
Two of Junior's most memorable wins came in the Irish Hills of Michigan Dale Earnhardt Jr . has a knack for ending winless streaks at Michigan International Speedway . While his current drought is only four races thanks to his win in May at Talladega Superspeedway , there was once a time when NASCAR's most popular driver ended a pair of glaring winless streaks at the 2-mile track located in the Irish Hills of Michigan. With the Sprint Cup Series heading to MIS for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), it's a good time to look back at 2008 and 2012, when the Hendrick Motorsports driver quieted the critics and brought roars from the stands. When Junior entered Victory Lane on June 15, 2008 after he took the LifeLock 400 checkered flag, it brought plenty of relief to Junior Nation, knowing that Earnhardt's decision to leave Dale Earnhardt Incorporated for Hendrick Motorsports could pay off. By picking up his first win since 2006 -- in just his 15th race with his new organization – it allowed his fan base to exhale a bit and focus on all the wins to come in the years ahead (more on that later). In the video above, you may have noticed the final lap lacked much drama, as Junior won the race after Patrick Carpentier spun on the white flag to bring out the yellow -- meaning all Earnhardt had to do was maintain speed as he came to the finish. It worked out because the No. 88 was running low on gas -- Junior didn't even have enough to do a victory burnout and needed to be pushed to Victory Lane -- so if the final lap had been run at full speed, it's possible he'd have run out. Besides, the slow lap just gave fans a chance to cheer louder and longer. Now, as for all of those "wins to come in the years ahead" -- they didn't. Following his landmark win in 2008, Junior then found himself mired in a 143-race winless streak, equating to just under four full seasons. Gas or no gas, after a streak like that, Earnhardt made sure he celebrated with one of the best burnouts we've seen in recent years after he took the Quicken Loans 400 checkered flag in 2012. Worth the wait. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Breaking down the championship crew chiefs
In-depth look at men calling the shots for title contenders RELATED: Crew chiefs aim to keep it the same " Learn more about Newman's pit crew MORE: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Where did these four guys come from? What have they done in the past? A glance at the crew chiefs who will try to guide their respective teams to their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway : RODNEY CHILDERS Age: 38 " Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina Team: Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet Driver: Kevin Harvick Career crew chief wins: 7 Chase appearances: 1 Championships: 0 First premier series win as crew chief: 2009 Coca-Cola 600 , Charlotte Motor Speedway , with driver David Reutimann ( Michael Waltrip Racing No. 00 Toyota) Previous NASCAR racing experience • 2003: Mechanic, Penske-Jasper Racing No. 77 Dodge in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with driver Dave Blaney • 2004: Car chief, Penske-Jasper Racing No. 77 Dodge with driver Brendan Gaughan • 2005: Replaced Doug Randolph after 14 races as crew chief of the MB2 Motorsports No. 10 Chevrolet with driver Scott Riggs • 2006: Crew chief for Riggs, MB2 Motorsports; finished 20th in points • 2007: Crew chief for Riggs, Patrick Carpentier and Elliott Sadler (MB2 Motorsports No. 10 Dodge) • 2008: Crew chief for Elliott Sadler (35 of 36 races) and Gillett Evernham Motorsports No. 19 Dodge; 24th-place points finish • 2009: Began three-year tenure as crew chief for driver David Reutimann , Michael Waltrip Racing No. 00 Toyota; 16th-place points finish, which was best of relationship. • 2012: Crew chief for No. 55 MWR Toyota with drivers Mark Martin , Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip • 2013: Crew chief for No. 55 MWR Toyota with drivers Mark Martin , Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip TODD GORDON Age: 45 " Hometown: Camden, New York Team: Team Penske No. 22 Ford Driver: Joey Logano Career crew chief wins: 6 Chase appearances: 2 Championships: 0 First premier series win as crew chief: 2013 Pure Michigan 400 , Michigan International Speedway with driver Joey Logano (Team Penske No. 22 Ford) Previous NASCAR racing experience • 2000-02: Fabricator, mechanic and race engineer with Joe Gibbs Racing • 2002: Joined ppc Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series • 2005: Named crew chief of ppc Racing No. 10 Ford with drivers Michel Jourdain and Brent Sherman • 2006: Crew chief for Jourdain, Todd Kluever, Kenny Wallace at ppc • 2007: Crew chief and general manager for CJM Racing and No. 10 Chevrolet with driver Jason Keller, Kyle Krisiloff, Marc Mitchell • 2008: Eleventh in points with Keller through 28 races before departing to join Baker Curb Racing; three races with Scott Lagasse as driver • 2009: Crew chief for Keller at Baker Curb Racing in No. 27 Ford; eighth-place points finish • 2010: Race engineer Diamond-Waltrip Racing • 2011: Scored six wins (five with Brad Keselowski , one with Kurt Busch ) as crew chief of Team Penske’s No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford • 2012: Named crew chief of the Team Penske No. 22 Ford with driver AJ Allmendinger (subsequently replaced by Sam Hornish Jr . after 17 races) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series • 2013: Guided Joey Logano to one win, eighth-place points finish in Chase for the Sprint Cup DARIAN GRUBB Age: 39 " Hometown: Floyd, Virginia Team: Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Driver: Denny Hamlin Career crew chief wins: 21 Chase appearances: 5 Championships: 1 First premier series win as crew chief: 2006 Daytona 500 , Daytona International Speedway with driver Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet) Previous NASCAR racing experience • 2006: Won twice in interim crew chief role for Hendrick Motorsports with driver Jimmie Johnson , including Daytona 500 • 2007: Won Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Hendrick Motorsports and driver Casey Mears ; 15th-place points finish • 2009: Moved to Stewart-Haas Racing to become crew chief for Tony Stewart and No. 14 SHR team. Won four points races, as well as Sprint-All Star race; sixth-place points finish • 2010: Two wins with Stewart at SHR; seventh-place points finish • 2011: Won five times, all in the Chase, with Stewart at SHR en route to series title after learning he would not be retained for 2012 • 2011: Named crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 team and driver Denny Hamlin on Dec. 9 • 2012: Guided Hamlin to five wins and sixth-place points finish • 2013: One win with Hamlin, who missed four races due to injury; 23rd-place points finish Note: Grubb was fined $125,000, suspended by NASCAR for six races and placed on six months probation earlier this season for a rules violation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . LUKE LAMBERT Age: 32 " Hometown: Mount Airy, North Carolina Team: Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet Driver: Ryan Newman Career crew chief wins: 0 Chase appearances: 1 Championships: 0 First premier series win as crew chief: None Previous NASCAR racing experience • 2005-08: Junior engineer at Richard Childress Racing • 2008-11: Lead engineer, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet • 2011: Replaced Todd Berrier as crew chief of Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet with driver Jeff Burton for final 17 races of season; 20th-place points finish • 2012: Crew chief of Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet in NASCAR Nationwide Series and driver Elliott Sadler ; led Sadler to four wins and second-place points finish. • 2013: Returned to Sprint Cup Series as crew chief of Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet with driver Jeff Burton ; 20th-place points finish Note: Lambert and Newman are one of two first-year driver/crew chief pairings contending for the championship, along with Childers/Harvick. 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Truex Jr. Foundation's 'Catwalk for a Cause' tickets on sale
Gearing up for its seventh year, the Martin Truex Jr . Foundation announced that tickets are now on sale for the annual Catwalk for a Cause event, a childhood cancer fundraiser. The fundraiser takes place May 18 in downtown Mooresville, North Carolina, and this year the event is beach-themed. Fans should make sure to snag their tickets quick because they've been known to sell out. "People start asking about tickets in October," Truex Jr. said. "We sold out last year at 600 and we hope to have the same success this year. We don't focus on the dark side of cancer. We focus on living in the moment and letting these kids shine." Catwalk celebrates its seventh year, with money raised going to support childhood cancer initiatives at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. It also helps to drive awareness and funding through efforts within the NASCAR community and with their involvement in the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer nationally, and the Rare Cancer Coalition, newly formed with partner foundations across the Carolinas. This year, the foundation is proud to announce that the event will be sponsored by Nature's Bakery -- a sponsor of Danica Patrick in the Sprint Cup Series. "We could not be more excited to have Nature's Bakery as a partner for Catwalk," Sherry Pollex, foundation vice president and co-founder of Catwalk, said . "Danica was a crowd favorite last year and to have Nature's Bakery support her and support us in this way is extraordinary."
NASCAR community reacts to Tony Stewart's accident
RELATED: Stewart hospitalized with back injury #SmokeWILLrise @TonyStewart — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) February 2, 2016 Wishing @TonyStewart a speedy recovery. — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 2, 2016 Get well soon @TonyStewart — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 2, 2016 Thoughts and prayers to @TonyStewart . No details are out but we need you at Daytona next week! Get well soon https://t.co/k9EXQli8Dh — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) February 2, 2016 Man @TonyStewart has some bad luck. Remember what happened to @KyleBusch ? I see Tony coming back to win a championship! — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) February 2, 2016 Keep Uncle Moke in your thoughts and prayers... https://t.co/C3XuAP8VYQ — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) February 2, 2016 Wishing @TonyStewart a speedy recovery. Get well soon...want to see that smile again! @StewartHaasRcng pic.twitter.com/JSctyZBCqX — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) February 2, 2016 Wishing fellow competitor @TonyStewart a speedy recovery. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) February 2, 2016 Thinking of our friend @TonyStewart . Guy cannot catch a break. — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 2, 2016 Sending thoughts and prayers out to my friend Smoke for a speedy recovery #family — Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) February 2, 2016 Man @TonyStewart can't catch a break hoping for a speedy recovery #getwell — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) February 2, 2016 I have the best boss man in racing.... #SmokeWillRise #badass @TonyStewart https://t.co/RzlBXtcl25 — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) February 2, 2016 Get well soon @TonyStewart ! — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 2, 2016 Wishing all the best for @TonyStewart . We want you out on that track! — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) February 3, 2016 Man I feel absolutely horrible for @TonyStewart .....Guy works his tail off and deserves to have a great final season... Get well soon buddy! — Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) February 3, 2016 #SmokeWillRise — Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) February 3, 2016 You have to feel for @TonyStewart . I hope he can get healed, recovered and ready in time for his final season in @NASCAR — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) February 3, 2016 pic.twitter.com/J2dm6nHYCN — Mike Bugarewicz (@BugaMike14) February 2, 2016
No. 41 team conquers SHR's Pit Crew Throwdown
It was good to see some fist pumping, "No. 1" signs and air guns at work at Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday after the heartbreaking news about co-owner and competitor Tony Stewart this week. Friday was SHR's season kickoff, and no race team does anything without a little competition -- in this case a pit crew throwdown. . @KurtBusch behind his guys all the way! #SHRPitCrewThrowdown #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/bWivzsTxWL — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 5, 2016 . @RodneyChilders4 looking on and liking what he sees. #SHRPitCrewThrowdown #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/umWrrSjHXd — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 5, 2016 No. 4 team is ready for their turn. #SHRPitCrewThrowdown #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/pj1TWDcQek — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 5, 2016 100% a team sport. #SHRPitCrewThrowdown #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/2QQ88UAdlc — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 5, 2016 Congratulations to Kurt Busch 's No. 41 team! (NASCAR fantasy league players, take note!) The winners of the 2016 #SHRpitcrewthrowdown : the No. 41 @Haas_Automation / @MonsterEnergy team. pic.twitter.com/hAPUomr350 — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 5, 2016
Rolex 24 crown remains high prize for NASCAR stars
RELATED: History of NASCAR drivers in the Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The list of NASCAR greats to hoist a trophy at Daytona's famed Rolex 24 ranges from Hall of Famers such as Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte to stock car greats such as Mark Martin and includes Jamie McMurray , who after seven tries, won a champion's Rolex last year to showcase along with his 2010 Daytona 500 trophy. The late Dale Earnhardt competed just once finishing on the GT podium in his only try driving with his son Dale Earnhardt Jr . in 2001, along with sports car veterans Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins. AJ Allmendinger claimed a much-celebrated Rolex overall win in 2012, the 50th anniversary of the legendary race. The very first full-time NASCAR driver to win overall? Casey Mears in 2006. Through the history of this event full-time NASCAR drivers have been eager to give the Rolex 24 a try. And typically, found it as challenging and confounding as any week in a Sprint Cup Series' competition. McMurray, Allmendinger and third-year Cup driver Kyle Larson -- who co-drove with McMurray to the 2015 Rolex overall win -- will give the great endurance race another shot this weekend at the newly-unveiled, highly-celebrated, ultra-modernized Daytona International Speedway , which is fresh off a $400 million "re-imagining" renovation. RELATED: Learn more about Daytona Rising project The Russia-based prototype team and driver Mikhail Aleshin won the pole in the No. 37 BR01 Nissan and it will lead the 56-car field to green at 2:40 pm ET in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona -- the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. "Looking forward to defending our win," Larson said, smiling. "I think we're a great team and great combo with (Scott) Dixon leading it and me on the tail. I'm hoping we can put together another full 24 hours here and get another watch." Larson is part of Chip Ganassi's defending championship team this weekend co-driving again with McMurray, reigning IndyCar champion and another former Indianapolis 500 champion, Tony Kanaan. The high-wattage, high-achieving lineup is matched by the anticipation of the series' new cars and revised classes fighting it out among the best sports car racers in the world for an entire day. And for much of the great history of this event, the sports car veterans ruled the road. NASCAR champions such as Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart gave it their best but are collectively 0-for-12 in claiming a shiny new watch. Johnson came closest to adding a Rolex to his resume and his wrist after finishing second overall in both 2005 and 2008 -- co-driving, in '08, with sports car royalty Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser. Stewart's best finish was third in 2005 co-driving with sports car veterans Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers. Danica Patrick and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace have given this race a try too. Patrick finished eighth overall in 2009 with Mears on her team. Wallace's only entry ended before the half-way mark. He was teamed with Patrick in 2006 and their car turned only 273 laps of 734 ultimately run. The race remains a crown sought by NASCAR's best, who compete alongside those sports car talents in one of the most diverse, highly anticipated events on the calendar. "I enjoy it, last year was fun and I think having all the drivers together, it's really the only time of the year we're all together," Larson said, smiling. "Everyone's telling stories. We all have dinner together. And to see everyone's driving talent and share the vehicle is pretty cool."
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Harvick to return to FOX booth for XFINITY opener
FOX Sports announced Monday that former Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick would return as a guest analyst for its NASCAR XFINITY Series coverage in 2016, starting with the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway . Harvick broadcasted three events as a guest in the FOX booth last season, including the 2015 opener. He'll be alongside Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip for this season's PowerShares QQQ 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN/SiriusXM). Harvick earned largely positive reviews for his broadcast work last season. "I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, actually," Harvick said after his Daytona debut last February. "It was kind of a new challenge and for me, I felt like you kind of bring that perspective to the booth of right off the race track and being able to really relate to what's going on on the race track, with being elementary enough to relate to the race fans so that you can keep it simple and understand. It's something that I definitely enjoyed and had a lot of fun doing." FOX Sports used a handful of Sprint Cup drivers for its XFINITY broadcasts last season. Among those was Jeff Gordon , who joins the FOX booth full-time this year. Brad Keselowski , Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick also took turns providing commentary for FOX Sports in 2015. Announcements on additional Sprint Cup drivers in the FOX NASCAR booth for 2016 XFINITY Series races are forthcoming, according to a network release.
Story lines heading into Rolex 24 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- When the green flag falls on the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona Saturday, history will be made on multiple fronts. The twice-around-the-clock sports car endurance race is the first major event to take place in the newly reimagined Daytona International Speedway , where a $400 million DAYTONA Rising makeover debuts this weekend. Multiple escalator-fed "injectors" plus a bevy of elevators mean that even if your seats are on the very top row of the stadium, you won't have to take more than 20 stair-steps to get to your seat. "We can't wait to show off what we've done," said Joie Chitwood III, track president. "I think our fans will be amazed." FORD GT MAKES HISTORIC RETURN: As the legend goes, Henry Ford II was so angry at Enzo Ferrari, who had rudely rebuffed Ford's attempt to buy his company, that Ford swore on the spot that he’d build a car that would trounce Ferrari at its favorite playground, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And, with the help of the legendary Carroll Shelby, that's what happened. That was 50 years ago, and Ford is returning to Le Mans this year with a brand-new Ford GT, based on the street car that debuted at the Detroit auto show in 2015. That road to Le Mans starts this weekend at Daytona, as two Ford GTs, fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing , will make their first-ever laps in competition. And that competition is tough, with Ferrari, BMW, Porsche and the Chevrolet Corvette hoping to spoil the party. The Ford GT drivers are top-tier, with Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais in one car, Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Stefan Mucke in other. Hand and Bourdais are both previous overall winners of the Rolex 24. STAR CAR: While Chip Ganassi Racing has its hands full with the new GT Le Mans Ford GT effort, the overall winning team from the 2015 race returns in the Prototype class with a two-car team to defend its crown. Typically one Ganassi car has sports car veterans, while the other, often referred to as the "star car," has stars from other series who drive for Ganassi teams in IndyCar and NASCAR. And that’s no different this year. Indianapolis 500 winners and IndyCar Series champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan share the Ford EcoBoost-Riley they drove to victory a year ago along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson . The six-time Rolex 24 winning team also will field a Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype for Alex Wurz, Brendon Hartley, Andy Priaulx and Lance Stroll, sports car pros in their own right. WHERE'S SCOTT PRUETT? It has been years since veteran Scott Pruett has driven anything but Ganassi cars, and most recently Fords, but for 2016's Rolex 24, he’s part of a Chevrolet-powered Prototype team. Pruett teams up with Action Express Racing in a bid for an unprecedented sixth overall win, and he definitely chose a contending team, with defending and two-time WeatherTech Championship Prototype champions Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, as well as 2013 Rolex 24 GT winner Felix Albuquerque. For the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the next round of the WeatherTech Championship on March 19, Pruett will move to Action Express' No. 31 Corvette DP, co-driving with Dane Cameron and Eric Curran. ALL-NEW GT DAYTONA FIELD: The Rolex 24 sanctioning body, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), changed the rules during the off-season in the largest of the four classes of cars, GT Daytona, making the production car-based class subject to global GT3 technical specifications. The cars will race in the entire IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, which kicks off at Daytona. GT3-specification cars are raced all over the world, which makes manufacturers more eager to build the cars, given the massive market. That means an all-new look for most of the 22 cars in the GT Daytona class this year, plus some new competitors. The field goes, for instance, from zero Lamborghinis in 2015 to five this year. Four teams will field a total of five Lamborghini Huracán GT3s, led by defending GTD class champions Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler, who move over from Ferrari. Porsche also has a five-car entry among four teams. Andy Pilgrim, a three-time Rolex 24 class winner, makes his return to the WeatherTech Championship with Patrick Long, Timothy Pappas and Nicky Catsburg in the No. 540 Black Swan Racing Porsche entry. Three teams have chosen Audi for the debut of the R8 LMS GT3. Stevenson Motorsports will field a pair of Audis, and Magnus Racing moves to Audi with Andy Lally , John Potter and Rene Rast from its 2012 Rolex 24 class-winning lineup in the No. 44 car. Flying Lizard Motorsports also will field an Audi R8. Turner Motorsport debuts a pair of brand-new BMW M6 GT3s. Scuderia Corsa, the 2015 GTD team champion, sticks with Ferrari but has a new lineup with Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Segal and Robert Renauer driving the No. 63 Ferrari 458 GT3. They are joined by Spirit of Race, with the No. 51 Hublot/Global Jet entry. Riley Motorsports returns with the Dodge Viper that captured GTD honors in the 2015 Rolex 24 with two entries. And Aston Martin returns with two cars, one from TRG-AMR, one from Aston Martin Racing. The 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona is the start of the 2016 IMSA season. U.S. television coverage begins on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 30. International coverage is available throughout the race on IMSA.tv and the IMSA mobile app.