See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Can't get enough Coca-Cola 600 coverage? George Winkler and Kenny Bruce have you covered with extensive reporting on NASCAR's longest race. ... @nascarcasm dreams up what drivers would tweet to President Obama, now that he has a personal account on Twitter. TUESDAY: Look for Power Rankings presented by John Deere to get another shakeup this week. Who would you vote for No. 1? Make sure to tell us in the comments section. Senior writer Kenny Bruce takes a deep dive into what actually goes on during a rookie meeting, and how that has changed over time. Plus, check out @nascarcasm's always-hilarious photo recap of the Coca-Cola 600 WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at Dover International Speedway this weekend for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks . Plus, learn more about the history of Dover in our track photo gallery. High 5, which drops every Wednesday at noon ET, will bring some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. THURSDAY: It's a tripleheader at Dover, so trucks are on track for 145 minutes -- NASCAR.com has you covered with a live leaderboard. Senior writer Holly Cain will feature how Catwalk for a Cause has become so near and dear to Martin Truex Jr . Speaking of Truex, Dover is his home track, and we'll look back on his first career win at the 1-mile concrete oval. FRIDAY: There are six on-track events, and we'll cover them all, starting at 10 a.m. with XFINITY Series practice and culminating later in the evening with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. We'll also have eight of the best tweets that you may have missed from the previous week. Also coming this week: We'll recap the entire Charlotte weekend in GIF form, a fun way to look back at the top moments from CMS ... Dover is known for its unique trophy -- check out it, along with some of the others from across the sport ... Kenny Bruce hits all the high notes from a technical perspective on Wednesday in Tech Talk ... Thursday's Driver Reports will forecast who should be favored at the Monster Mile.
Watch as NASCAR.com writer Holly Cain rides along with Jimmie Johnson through Las Vegas on the NASCAR Victory Lap.
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Kevin Harvick couldn't quite catch Denny Hamlin in Saturday's All-Star Race. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver says he was not frustrated by finishing second, and looks ahead to the Coca-Cola 600 . ... @nascarcasm recaps the race in photos, as only he can, and Weekend in GIFs will allow you to relive the action in a fun way. TUESDAY: Power Rankings presented by John Deere got another shakeup this week -- yes, there's a new No. 1. Who do you think it is? Plus, check out Denny Hamlin 's imaginary Facebook page created by @nascarcasm. Senior writer Holly Cain features "Catwalk for a Cause," the annual charity event Martin Truex Jr . and girlfriend Sherry Pollex held last week. WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 . Plus, learn more about the history of CMS in our track photo gallery. And stay plugged in to NASCAR.com throughout the day as the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is selected. THURSDAY: Cars are on track at Charlotte, and we'll have live leaderboards for you to follow. In honor of Throwback Thursday, we'll look back at Dale Earnhardt's first ever premier series win -- which came 40 years ago, at Charlotte. Brad Norman and George Winkler debate whether the annual 600-mile event needs to be shortened. FRIDAY: Coming out of the All-Star break, NASCAR.com presents some of its superlatives from the season so far. Also coming this week: Senior writer Kenny Bruce reports following his visit to the HScott Motorsports shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina ... the High Heel Dash (yes, you read that correctly) is Thursday, and we're previewing the event -- and who's in it -- on Tuesday ... High 5 (Wednesday) gives you some of the best NASCAR-related content from throughout the week, while Friday's Driver Reports clues you in on who has the best chance to win at Charlotte.
NASCAR.com writer Holly Cain's in-car video of her Victory Lap ride with Jimmie Johnson.
Examining returns from significant injuries across other sports Editor's Note: Kraft's Korner will offer a take on a current hot topic in sports. RELATED: Busch to return for Sprint All-Star Race " Busch gets Chase waiver SHOP: Busch gear The heavily anticipated news of Kyle Busch 's return from injury came down earlier this week. Busch's return to the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing had been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks with young sensation Erik Jones filling in for him at Kansas. But now that we know when the 29-time Sprint Cup Series winner is returning, what can we expect? Busch will have been out for roughly three months when he gets back in the saddle for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) and he has missed 11 points-paying races. He does, however, have a waiver for the Chase, meaning he needs to a win and finish the regular season in the top 30 in points to make the playoffs. With a new rules package in place, not to mention getting his body used to driving a car for races ranging from 220.5 miles (Watkins Glen) to 600 miles (Charlotte), there will be some sort of adjustment period for Busch. Busch is arguably in the prime of his career as he just turned 30. And that leads one to wonder how he will bounce back after suffering a compound fracture in his right leg and a broken left foot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener in February at Daytona. How have stars in other sports bounced back from a lengthy time away from their sport? We look at five case studies: NFL: Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots: In the opening game of the 2008 season, Brady tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament and missed the season. At 32, Brady returned to win the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2009, throwing for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2010. NBA: Derrick Rose, Point Guard, Chicago Bulls: A season after winning the NBA's MVP Award, Rose, 23, tore the ACL in his left knee in the 2012 playoff opener. He sat out all of the following season. In the past two seasons, he has suffered a torn right knee meniscus and a right medial meniscus tear. Now 26, the former No. 1 pick has shown flashes of the player he was before the initial injury but has played in just 61 of a possible 164 regular-season games the past two seasons. MLB: Buster Posey, Catcher, San Francisco Giants: Posey missed most of the 2011 season after suffering a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle in a collision at home plate. The following season Posey responded with his best year to date with 24 home runs, 103 RBIs and a .336 batting average en route to winning the 2012 National League MVP at age 25. Golf: Tiger Woods. Woods was on pace to break Jack Nicklaus' mark of 18 major championships before numerous knee ailments (and off-course drama) derailed his shot at being the gold standard on the links. His last major win (and 14th of his career) came in the 2008 U.S. Open, but he has gone winless in the past 27 majors. And while he still is formidable, he isn't the threat to win every week like he was before the physical ailments. NASCAR: Tony Stewart , Stewart-Haas Racing . A sprint car accident at Southern Iowa Speedway left the three-time champion sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season with broken tibia and fibula bones in his right leg (in total he has had four surgeries). The three-time champion was 42 when the injury happened. In 44 races since, he has just three top fives, eight top 10s and 139 laps led. The examples above are a bit of a mixed bag. While Busch and Stewart are in the same sport, they were both at different points in their careers when they suffered their injuries. Stewart and Woods have struggled to find their footing in recent years. Busch and Brady are the closest in age at the time of injury and the Patriots quarterback has performed at a high level in recent years (no matter what your position is on "Deflategate"). Posey bounced right back from his injury and is the prime of his career, while Rose is still working to get back to the elite level. It will likely take some time to get back up to speed, but it's hard not to see him finding Victory Lane in one of the 25 points races remaining on the schedule. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has had a knack for getting a win in every full-time season he has run. Perhaps it will also benefit him in the short term to just be focused on Cup duty before adding in other series to his slate. Comeback stories are fun to watch play out as fans and followers. And Kyle Busch 's is only just getting started with his return to the track this weekend. MORE: Holly Cain on whether Busch will make the Chase FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Continued coverage of Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s Talladega win, plus reaction from Jeff Gordon after another speeding penalty ruined his day. And on "Star Wars Day" @nascarcasm combines the iconic film franchise with NASCAR. TUESDAY: Expect Power Rankings presented by John Deere to get another shakeup this week -- how high will Junior rise? Plus, check out Dale Jr.'s imaginary Facebook page created by @nascarcasm, as well as fake texts between Junior and Tony Stewart following their Richmond run-in. Senior writer Kenny Bruce will report from Charlotte at an event with Jimmie Johnson , Chad Knaus, Rusty Wallace and Michael Waltrip . WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at Kansas Speedway . Senior writer Kenny Bruce will be at the NASCAR R&D Center for Richard Childress Racing 's final appeal. THURSDAY: In advance of the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, we take a look at what would happen if SpongeBob and NASCAR collided. Senior writer Holly Cain , who has covered both Dale Earnhardt Jr . and his father, has a column on Sunday's remarkable win. And to get you ready for Kansas, Driver Reports has a full breakdown on how the 16 drivers currently in the Chase Grid do at that track. FRIDAY: Get all the on-track action slated for Kansas throughout the day and evening, including a Truck Series race under the lights. We'll also catch you up on eight tweets you might have missed. Also coming this week: On Tuesday, Zack Albert will be on hand when the new NASCAR Next class is announced. Holly Cain writes about Carl Edwards ' frustrating Talladega finish. ... Check out a photo gallery Wednesday of NASCAR drivers and their mothers, in advance of Mother's Day. ... We'll preview Erik Jones first career Sprint Cup start, and look back on Joey Gase 's career-best XFINITY Series finish.
Crash that broke his leg and foot, journey back to racing RELATED: Busch to return for All-Star event " GALLERY: What the Busches have been up to May 12: Kyle Busch announces return After missing 11 events to open the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season following his injury at Daytona, Kyle Busch has set his return for the Sprint All-Star Race on May 16. " Read the full story " Drivers react to news of Busch's return May 9: Jones' promising run crashes at Kansas Making his first Sprint Cup start filling in for the injured Kyle Busch , Erik Jones was working on a great run at Kansas until he found the wall late in the race. " Read the full story April 16: Accident leads Busch to become unexpected safety advocate NASCAR.com's Holly Cain tells the story of how Kyle Busch 's wreck at Daytona has changed the Joe Gibbs Racing driver into a saftey advocate for the sport. Busch talks about how impressed he was of the breadth and depth of detailed information that has been gathered from his accident. " Read the full story April 16: Busch family bonds, finds strength in recovery With a baby on the way, the Busch family discuss how they've worked as a team to recover from Kyle's injury while prepping to expand their family. The parents-to-be explain that it hasn't been easy, but they're counting their blessings. " Read the full story April 15: Kyle Busch analyzes tape of his wreck Kyle Busch holds his first press conference after his crash at Daytona and uses video to break down his thought process as the wreck unfolded. His doctors are pleased with his progress, but he has no timeline for returning to driving. " Read the full story " Herman Unplugged: Busch should sit out 2015 April 15: Kyle Busch responds to Keselowski blog During his first press conference after his Daytona crash, Kyle Busch also addressed his long-running feud with fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski . " Watch the video " More on Keselowski's blog April 15: Kyle Busch , wife discuss crash, impending parenthood In an interview with Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha discussed the driver's accident at Daytona in February " Read the full story March 20: Kyle Busch takes next step in recovery Kyle Busch posts a video on Facebook of himself moving around a bit with the aid of a walker, along with encouragement from his wife, Samantha, and their dog. " Read the full story March 17: KBM drivers keep in touch Daniel Suarez says his team owner's advice is invaluable. And Justin Boston reports Busch is 'recovering quickly.' " Read the full story March 14: Kurt Busch hopes brother doesn't rush return Kurt Busch says, 'You can't rush the healing of bones and surgeries.' And teammate Denny Hamlin says Kyle Busch is staying engaged with the No. 18 team despite being sidelined. " Read the full story March 11: Kyle Busch , Samantha, visit KBM Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha, take a field trip to Kyle Busch Motorsports and tell the team, 'Progress is going well.' " Read the full story March 10: Busch gets walking boots Kyle Busch gets soft casts removed from both legs and moves up to walking boots, which Samantha Busch dubs 'Terminator boots' in a Twitter photo. " Read the full story March 2: Subs announced for No. 54 XFINITY Toyota Denny Hamlin , Erik Jones and Boris Said are tapped as substitute drivers for Kyle Busch in the No. 54 NASCAR XFINITY Series Toyota. "Get Well Kyle" stickers adorn the No. 54. " Read the full story Feb. 27: Kyle Busch heads home after second surgery After a second surgery to treat his injuries, Kyle Busch was in a Charlotte hospital for observation for two days before being cleared to go home. The No. 18 racing team put a "Get well Kyle" on the rear bumper of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the Atlanta race. " Read the full story Feb. 25: Kyle Busch has successful surgery on left foot Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Kyle Busch underwent a successful surgery on his left foot at a Charlotte hospital. " Read the full story Feb. 24: Kyle Busch leaves Florida hospital Kyle Busch was released from Halifax Health Medical Center. He boarded a plane on a stretcher and was transferred to a North Carolina hospital for further treatment of multiple leg injuries. " Read the full story Feb. 24: David Ragan to sub for Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing announces that David Ragan will sub for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for several weeks, starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway . " Read the full story Feb. 24: ISC working on 'significant plan' for safer barriers In the wake of Kyle Busch 's severe crash and resulting injuries during the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway , International Speedway Corporation announces a plan to expand its use of impact-diffusing barriers at its 12 tracks. " Read the full story Feb. 22: Joe Gibbs says Busch's surgery went well Team owner Joe Gibbs gives an update on Kyle Busch 's status after surgery and says he is 'resting comfortably.' Doctors reported that things went well with surgery on Busch's lower right leg. " Read the full story Feb. 22: Samantha Busch gives update from hospital Samantha Busch posts a selfie with Kyle Busch from his hospital bed on Twitter with a tweet saying, "Getting ready to watch the Daytona 500 ! Cheering on our 18 boys!" " Read the full story Feb. 21: Drivers wish Kyle Busch well after hard hit Kyle Busch is taken to the hospital by ambulance after a big wreck during the XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway . Fellow drivers sent well-wishes via Twitter. " Read the full story Feb. 21: Hard hit sidelines Kyle Busch for Daytona 500 A crash in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race caused NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to miss the Daytona 500 after suffering injuries to his right leg and left foot a day before the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway . " Read the full story
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