Martin Truex Jr. had ‘by far the best Speedweeks of my career,’ which he capped with an eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500. Now it’s on to Atlanta Motor Speedway with momentum and the hope his Speedweeks is a harbinger for a bounce-back season.
Since 2010, Atlanta’s lone NASCAR Sprint Cup Series date has been during Labor Day weekend. Its move to the second week of the season will be a big test of its viability going forward. Kasey Kahne, who finished ninth in the Daytona 500, won last year’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The surprise pick to replace injured NASCAR driver Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing was David Ragan, who had a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup series with Front Row Motorsports. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise.
Jim Utter: It's been an eventful morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway so far with one Sprint Cup Series driver's race car allegedly stolen and another driver's motorhome sustaining damage from a SUV that somehow rolled down an embankment and through a through a fence.
Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch remains hospitalized but has been transferred to a Charlotte-area hospital for continued treatment for his injuries suffered last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
Kevin Harvick was coming. Harvick lined up sixth on the final two-lap overtime that was to decide Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and as the white flag was waved signifying the start of the final lap, he had moved into second.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano wins the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Fl. The race also featured the final Daytona 500 of driver Jeff Gordon.
Jeff Gordon’s approaching his final Sprint Cup season much like he arrived in NASCAR, with the same competitive zeal, talent and plans to win races and a championship - only this one would be his fifth. And where does his journey begin? On the pole for NASCAR’s most prestigious race, Sunday’s Daytona 500, of course.
It is inexcusable that NASCAR’s biggest tracks have the power to make their sport safer for the drivers by installing soft walls everywhere, and yet they do not. Kyle Busch paid the price for that Saturday and got knocked out of the Daytona 500 after hitting an unprotected wall.
Legendary crew chiefs Ray Evernham and Harry Hyde are among the 20 newest nominees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame announced Friday. There are three other first-time nominees: 1992 Cup champion Alan Kulwicki; Mark Martin, who won 96 races across NASCAR’s three national series; and Hershel McGriff, the 1986 NASCAR West series champion.