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Smith Will Drive the No. 41 Car Again in Atlanta

Smith Will Drive the No. 41 Car Again in Atlanta

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the second consecutive week Regan Smith will drive the No. 41 Sprint Cup car in place of the suspended Kurt Busch.Stewart-Haas Racing named Smith the driver of the No. 41 in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after he finished 16th in the car at last weekend's Daytona 500.Smith is a former Sprint Cup driver who now drives full-time in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports.Despite selecting Smith to replace Busch for two straight weekends, SHR hasn't named a driver for any race past Atlanta.NASCAR suspended Busch indefinitely after a Kent County (Delaware) Family Court commissioner ruled Busch committed an act of domestic violence on his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Busch has since tried to appeal twice but lost both times. 

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Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500

Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA, Fla.) -- Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 on Sunday in a green-white checkered finish as the caution flag waived to take home the huge victory for 

Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson finished in the top five.

The 24-year-old is the second youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 for the Penske team.

In perhaps his final Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon finished 33rd.

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Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Wreck at Daytona, Injures Right Leg

Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Wreck at Daytona, Injures Right Leg

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car wreck on Saturday in the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway and injured his right leg.

Busch got out of his car on his own power, but was taken away on a stretcher after crashing into the inside wall during the final laps of the race.

Busch was placed in a air cast before being taken away and was scheduled to start fourth in Sunday's Daytona 500, but Joe Gibbs Racing announced that he will not following the crash.

The crash comes on the same day that his oldest brother Kurt Busch lost his appeal of his indefinite suspension for his domestic abuse case with his ex-girlfriend.

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Kurt Busch Ordered to Stay Away from Ex

Kurt Busch Ordered to Stay Away from Ex

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(WILMINGTON, De.) -- The arduous hearing between Kurt Busch and ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll has reached its conclusion.

Delaware Family Court Commissioner David Jones ruled Monday that Busch must remain 100 yards away from Driscoll and maintain a "practicable" distance away from her at NASCAR events. He is also ordered not contact her for any reason.

Additionally, Jones ordered that Busch undergo psychiatric counseling "for mental health problems related to anger control and impulse control."

Driscoll tweeted Monday afternoon: "From my lawyer: GOT IT!!! Order for finding of Abuse entered today Opinion with supplemental findings to be available on Friday #ThankYouGod."

The tweet was later deleted. 

NASCAR released a statement after the ruling: "NASCAR has been closely following the civil proceedings in Kent County (Del.) Family Court regarding driver Kurt Busch and therefore is aware of the court order issued today. We now await the full findings of the Commissioner and any actions by the Attorney General of Delaware related to the allegations against Busch."

"As we stated earlier, NASCAR fully recognizes the serious nature of this specific situation and the broader issue of domestic violence. We will continue to gather information and monitor this situation very closely, and we expect our members to conduct themselves properly," the statement concluded.

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Earnhardt, Hamlin Fail Post-Daytona Qualifying Inspections

Earnhardt, Hamlin Fail Post-Daytona Qualifying Inspections

BananaStock(DAYTONA, Fl.) -- After qualifying time trials at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin will have to start at the back of the pack.

Both racers failed post-run inspections and will have to begin their qualifying races in the rear of the field this Thursday.

Earnhardt, Jr. tweeted after he was informed of the results: "Failed post tech after qualifying. 1/8 low left front. That's a shame. The boys will figure out why. Makes the duels a lot more interesting."

Last year’s Daytona 500 winner had qualified 10th, before height rulings negated his finish.

As for Hamlin, he is already guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500.  Six drivers are given an automatic berth into the Daytona 500 based on last season's owners point standings; Hamlin finished third.

 

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Jeff Gordon Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Jeff Gordon Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- In his last season as a full-time driver, Jeff Gordon will start up front at the Daytona 500 next Sunday.

The fourt-time Sprint Cup champion had the fastest qualifying time with a speed of 201.293 miles an hour on Sunday.

Gordon announced last month that this will be his final full-time season, and Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 will most likely be the final one of his career.

In Sunday's qualifying session, Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson locked down the front row, and it's the first time that's been done in the knockout round in 57 years. 

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Kurt Busch’s Ex Accused of Perjury in Closing Arguments

Kurt Busch’s Ex Accused of Perjury in Closing Arguments

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(WILDMINGTON, De.) -- To say that the breakup between Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is ugly would be an insult to ugly breakups.

In their closing arguments, Busch's attorney Rusty Hardin accused Driscoll of fabricating stories to ruin the reputation of the NASCAR driver. 

"We respectfully request that the Court not reward her perjury and scorched-earth approach of destruction by granting her a protective order," his attorney Rusty Hardin wrote in his closing arguments. "There is only one person in this duo that needs protection, and it is not Patricia Driscoll -- it is Kurt Busch."

Driscoll, who owns her own defense company and runs the Armed Forces Foundation, accused Busch of slamming her head into the wall of their trailer after a qualifying run in Dover last September.

Busch recently claimed in court that Driscoll was a trained assassin who worked as a mercenary, killing people in foreign countries. 

In an emailed statement to the media, Driscoll responded calling the allegations ludicrous and an attempt to ruin her credibility.

"If I was this assassin Kurt has claimed me to be, and he feared me the way he claims, then why did he per his testimony physically come across me multiple times and put his hands on me while naked," Driscoll said in an e-mailed statement. "If I was the 'badass' he claims me to be why didn't I beat him up after he strangled me and slammed my head into the wall multiple times?"

Kent County (Del.) Family Court Commissioner David Jones is expected to make a ruling on the matter in a few days. 

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Jeff Gordon Set to Retire from Full-Time Racing After 2015

Jeff Gordon Set to Retire from Full-Time Racing After 2015

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jeff Gordon will retire as a full-time driver following the 2015 season, he announced on Thursday.

Gordon has raced in the Sprint Cup series for 22 years and made the announcement at the No. 24 team at Hendrick Motorsports' headquarters.

"As a race car driver, much of what I've done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions," Gordon said in a release. "I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the offseason, and I've decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship.

"I won't use the 'R-word' because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there's always the possibility I'll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that," he added

"I don't foresee a day when I'll ever step away from racing. I'm a fan of all forms of motor sports, but particularly NASCAR. We have a tremendous product, and I'm passionate about the business and its future success," Gordon continued. "As an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports, I'm a partner with Rick [Hendrick] and will remain heavily involved with the company for many years to come."

Gordon has four Sprint Cup titles and 92 wins during his career. He sits in third in all-time victories behind Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

Hendrick, the team's owner, reacted to the news in a statement: "There's simply no way to quantify Jeff's impact. He's one of the biggest sports stars of a generation, and his contributions to the success and growth of NASCAR are unsurpassed."

NASCAR's Sprint Cup season kicks off on Sunday Feb. 22 at the Daytona 500.

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Kurt Busch Characterizes Ex-Girlfriend as ‘Trained Assassin’

Kurt Busch Characterizes Ex-Girlfriend as ‘Trained Assassin’

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The dispute between NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is going full throttle.

In a court hearing Tuesday in which Busch took the stand regarding a no-contact order Driscoll filed against him, he testified that his former girlfriend was a trained assassin.

Driscoll filed the order against Busch after she alleges that he slammed her head into the wall of a motor home after a qualifying run in Dover, Delaware on September 26 of last year.

Busch claims in his testimony that Driscoll told him many times that she was a "trained assassin" and that her work took her on missions in Central and South America as well as Africa.

His testimony continued detailing a rather graphic description in which Driscoll, "left in camouflage gear only to return later wearing a trench coat over an evening gown covered with blood."

He stated that a day earlier she told him that she earned a living as a mercenary killing people even showing him pictures of dead bodies. 

Driscoll called the allegations "ludicrous" and said Busch got this idea from a screenplay she had been working on for about eight years.

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Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Kevin Harvick won NASCAR's last race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to win his first Sprint Cup Title.Harvick grabbed the lead with seven laps to go and then out-raced Ryan Newman after one final caution to win the championship.Harvick takes the first title of his career, beating out Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to win in the first year of NASCAR's new championship format. Newman finished second, Hamlin finished seventh, and Logano came in 16th.Harvick gets the win for Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he left Richard Childress Racing for this season.

"Been trying for 13 years," Harvick said. "This week ate me up. If it wasn't for Jimmie Johnson (friend) and Tony Stewart (co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing), I would have been in bad trouble this week. Those guys really helped me get through the week. After every practice, Jimmie was in there, and in our team debriefs Tony was constantly telling me just to go race and that it's just another race."

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Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

BananaStock(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Matt Crafton finished in ninth place at Friday's final Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead, but that was enough to take home his second title in a row.

Crafton had to finish 21st or better to pull it off and Darrell Wallace Jr. won the race.

"To say I made history is definitely very, very cool, but it's all about the guys that are behind me," Crafton said. "Without them, I'm just an average race car driver at best."

The 38-year-old veteran played it safe on his way to the second title.

"I wanted to race so much harder tonight," Crafton said. "I kept asking, I was just waiting for them to say that there were like 20 trucks running at that point and then I could go. When it was five [laps] to go and I had asked again how many trucks were still in, and there were 22 on the lead lap, I said I couldn't take any chances. I know I could have went further forward, but I said it is what it is."

No other driver has won back-to-back titles in the history of the Truck Series.

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Congresswoman Wants Kurt Busch Suspended

Congresswoman Wants Kurt Busch Suspended

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- After reports of domestic abuse have surfaced with NASCAR's Kurt Busch, California Representative (D) Jackie Speier is demanding he be suspended from all racing activities.

Speier has written a letter to NASCAR asking for his removal as well as the racing organization overhauling its domestic violence policies.

SI.com first reported the letter:

“But despite the severity of the criminal allegations against Mr. Busch,” Speier writes, “I am disappointed to see that NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing have not taken any action. Your response to these serious allegations has been totally inadequate.”

 Friday, NASCAR CEO Brian France was asked about the inaction it has approached Busch with.

"What's not lost on us by any stretch is the rightful heightened awareness on domestic abuse and violence and so you can expect our policies to reflect the understandable awareness that that's not going to be tolerated," France said.

France continued by stating that it would not take action against Busch until the investigation was completed.  

Busch's car co-owner Gene Haas stated before last weekend’s race at Phoenix that, "He'll be in the car until someone else pulls him out."

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NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

BananaStock(MIAMI) -- Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick will battle it out for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship this Sunday afternoon in the running of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None of the four drivers have previously capture the Cup.

On the season, Logano has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-ten finishes. Meanwhile, Harvick has four wins, 13 top-five finishes and 19 top-ten finishes.

“We need to stay on course and try to treat this just like we have every other race this year and try not to really put any extra pressure on go down there and do the same things we've been doing.

Hamlin has won one race this year, at Talladega back in May, while Newman is still in search of his first checkered flag.

Sunday’s green flag is set to drop at 3:15 p.m. Eastern.

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Harvick Wins at Phoenix, Qualifies for Miami

Harvick Wins at Phoenix, Qualifies for Miami

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(AVONDALE, Ariz.) -- Kevin Harvick dominated the field on Sunday afternoon, winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix Motor Speedway and clinching a spot in NASCAR's final round of the new Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

"Coming over here and racing this year has given me new life," Harvick said. "It's like a dream. You lay it all out on paper and you say, 'This is what we want to do, and we want to race for wins and championships,' and all of a sudden you're a week away from everything that you talk about and dream about."

Harvick was one of eight drivers still "alive" in the new playoff format entering the race. None of those eight had won a race in the Eliminator Round and earned the automatic berth into the Championship finale. The 38-year-old led 264 of 312 laps and will now have a chance to win his first title after 13 years in NASCAR's premier circuit.

Joining Harvick in the final race of the year at Homestead-Miami International Speedway next week are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman. All four drivers will be seeking their first points championship. The winner of the Sprint Cup Championship will be decided by finishing order next week.

Eliminated from title contention was Jeff Gordon, who finished second, Matt Kenseth, who took third, Brad Keselowski, the fourth-place finisher, and Carl Edwards.

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Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) -- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is under investigation by the Dover Police Department for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Patricia Driscoll claims that Busch smashed her head into the wall of a motorhome at a race. The last time a NASCAR race was held in Dover was during the weekend of September 26-28. 

Driscoll is the president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit for United States Veterans. She is also an executive for a defense consulting firm based in Washington D.C. 

Busch is the 2004 Sprint Cup Champion. He is known among the racing community as the "The Outlaw," for his run-ins with other drivers; both on the track and off. Busch has also had altercations with non-drivers. In 2011 a fan recorded Busch verbally abusing an ESPN reporter. NASCAR fined him $50,000 and suspended him for one race. 

Driscoll has also filed for a restraining order to keep Busch away from her and her son Houston. Driscoll claims that Busch was upset after a poor qualifying run on the night of September 26, leading to the incident in question. Driscoll has requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to the documents, Driscoll states that Busch "was verbally abusive to her and said he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself."

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Johnson Wins at Texas, Keselowski and Gordon Brawl

Johnson Wins at Texas, Keselowski and Gordon Brawl

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Jimmie Johnson won the Texas AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, but the biggest story came from the fight that broke out on pit row between Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon.

The brawl stemmed from late contact between the two drivers. Gordon, who entered the race third in the championship standings, was leading at the start of a green-white-checkered. Keselowski, who is no longer eligible for the Sprint Cup Championship, attempted to squeeze between Gordon and Johnson but made contact with Gordon's car and cut his left rear tire, causing the number 24 car to spin out.

"The way he races, I don't know how he ever won a championship. This is why everyone is fighting with him," Gordon said. "There wasn't any conversation. You can't have a conversation with him. There's big consequences. To me, it's just a bunch of crap. The kid is just doing stuff way over his head."

Gordon confronted Keselowski in pit row after the game and after some yelling and shoving, a melee between the drivers and their crews ensued with multiple punches being thrown. Keselowski's lip was bleeding once order was restored while Gordon had a cut on his chin.

"We were just racing for the win. I didn't wreck him and just raced him hard. He left a hole. Everything you watch in racing, you leave a hole, you're supposed to go for it," Keselowski said. "I don't want to ruin anyone's day. I wanted to win the race and that was the opportunity."

Gordon finished 29th and fell to fourth in the points standings. Kevin Harvick finished second and was the highest finisher among championship contenders. He also played a roll in the fracas, giving Keselowski a shove before the fight began.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup turns to Phoenix where four of the eight remaining contenders will be eliminated. None of the current drivers have cemented their spot into the final round as Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin sit atop the standings. All eight drivers are separated by just 18 points with only six points between fourth and eighth place.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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Kyle Busch Wins Truck Race at Texas

Kyle Busch Wins Truck Race at Texas

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Kyle Busch won his third Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. 

Busch passed German Quiroga off a restart and claimed his seventh win of the season on the green-white checkered finish.

"It was a really good night for us," Busch said. "Driving up through the middle there, the seas sort of parted ways a little bit, and they were already three wide, and I'm like, 'There's a gap there. I'm taking it.' And that put us four wide. But in those situations, with that many laps to go, you've just got to do it."

Jeb Burton finished second after Quiroga was involved in a last-lap wreck and Timothy Peters finished in third.

"I thought the 17 [Timothy Peters] was in the catbird seat there," Busch said. "I figured he had the perfect strategy -- two tires and he was going to be on the outside, get through those guys and get out front."

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the chase, but he didn't mind taking home the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. was eliminated from title contention last weekend and held off Jeff Gordon, who is one of the eight remaining drivers left in the Chase, for his first career win at the track in 30 starts.

The win comes 10 years after Hendrick Motor Sports lost ten members of their team, including team owner Rick Hendricks son at Martinsville during a plane crash.

"I could feel how important it was to him and his embrace when he hugged me," Earnhardt said. "There's a genuine hug and there's a hug. His was the real deal. This is the 10th anniversary. It's more difficult. The 10th anniversary sort of has you reflecting and remembering."

Ryan Newman, who is also one of the eight remaining drivers, finished in third.  Tony Stewart followed Newman and Joey Logano was fifth.

Gordon said finishing in second was tough, but he's happy to see Team Hendrick get the win at this track.

"I will say that it makes me feel a little bit better about finishing second that it was second to somebody that's not in the Chase," Gordon said. "Had that been somebody in the Chase, it would have been hard to swallow."

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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