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It's official: Xfinity Series to replace Nationwide Series in 2015

Wednesday, NASCAR announced that Comcast's Xfinity would replace Nationwide as the title sponsor of its No. 2 series in 2015. As was reported earlier by Sports Business Daily, it's a 10-year agreement, which NASCAR says matches the longest...Show More Summary

Power Rankings: Welcome to this hallowed group, Kasey Kahne

Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com. 1. Show More Summary

Kasey Kahne at last nabs Chase spot as Kyle Busch's woes continue

HAMPTON, Ga. - Rest easy, mature ladies of NASCAR. Your boy made the Chase. If this race were a romance novel, which fits the boyish good looks of race winner Kasey Kahne, it'd be titled "Kahne's Konundrum," or "Racin' Kasey," and it'd...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart's return to racing ends in quiet, disappointing night

HAMPTON, Ga. - After three weeks of pain, sorrow, and horribly misinformed speculation, the Tony Stewart story returned to where it belonged: the race track. But for Stewart, the night ended early, and perhaps that's for the best. This...Show More Summary

Cat, or maybe squirrel, runs out on Atlanta track in front of Kevin Harvick

HAMPTON, Ga. - Strange things happen when NASCAR goes under the lights. Sunday night at Atlanta, something, either a cat or a squirrel or a mixture of both, darted across the track right in front of race leader Kevin Harvick. Here you...Show More Summary

NASCAR grants Tony Stewart waiver into Chase if Stewart wins in next two races

If Tony Stewart wins Sunday at Atlanta or Sept. 6 at Richmond, he's going to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That was confirmed by NASCAR President Mike Helton, who said Friday that Stewart would be granted a waiver to remain Chase-eligible...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart delivers emotional three-minute statement about Aug. 9 accident

Tony Stewart didn't answer any questions from media members Friday in his first public appearance since striking and killing Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at a dirt track in upstate New York. Instead, Stewart read a nearly three-minute statement...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart offers first public thoughts after Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy

HAMPTON, Ga. – Tony Stewart has suffered through thousands of press conferences in his career. Sometimes he’s forthcoming, sometimes he’s confrontational. But until Friday, he was always in control of the room and all in it. Three weeks ago, Kevin Ward Jr. Show More Summary

Watch Tony Stewart's press conference at 1 p.m. ET here

Tony Stewart will meet with the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. It's his first media availability since he struck and killed Kevin Ward in a sprint car race in upstate New York on August 9. Stewart is making his return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, where he'll race Sunday night. Show More Summary

Denny Hamlin lip syncs to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' (Video)

Well, we now know that Denny Hamlin knows the words to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Need proof? Here's the video. There's not much that we can add to this, except that it may be a very appropriate video for Hamlin's career. He almost...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart returns to the Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta

Tony Stewart is going to be back in a race car at Atlanta. Stewart will return to the Sprint Cup Series for Sunday's race after missing three races after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a dirt track race in upstate New York on August 9. Show More Summary

Turner Scott Motorsports will compete in Truck Series race Sunday (Updated)

Turner Scott Motorsports released a statement saying that two of its trucks would be competing at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sunday. Earlier Wednesday, Motorsport.com reported that TSM had suspended operations. Turner Scott fields the Nos. Show More Summary

Happy Hour: It's a smorgasboard of topics this week

Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy. The hot topic of the week is the schedule. Show More Summary

Report: Nationwide Series will become the Xfinity Series

NASCAR's No. 2 series has found a sponsor for 2015. According to the Sports Business Daily, NASCAR is expected to announce a deal with Comcast next week for the title sponsorship of what's now the Nationwide Series. It'll be a 10-year...Show More Summary

Turner Scott Motorsports reportedly suspends operations of Truck Series teams

One of the mainstays of the Camping World Truck Series is reportedly stopping operations. Motorsport.com reports that Turner Scott Motorsports has suspended operations and the team's employees were notified of the decision on Wednesday. Turner...Show More Summary

Darlington to Labor Day official for NASCAR's 2015 schedule

Darlington Raceway's move back to the Labor Day Weekend is official. NASCAR released the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule on Tuesday and Darlington's 2015 race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 6. In a schedule reveal that was built up considerably the trade of dates between Darlington, Atlanta and Bristol was the only significant change delivered. Show More Summary

Power Rankings: Joey Logano's win gives him the top spot

Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com. 1. Show More Summary

Chase Watch: The drama of the next two weeks got ratcheted down

Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle are suddenly feeling pretty safe. 12 drivers have won a race this season and Matt Kenseth, who is winless and in fifth in the points standings, is a virtual lock to make the Chase barring two disastrous finishes. Show More Summary

Denny Hamlin tossed his HANS device at Kevin Harvick after crashing

Denny Hamlin wasn't happy with Kevin Harvick again at Bristol. Hamlin was leading on lap 162 Saturday night when Harvick was following him on the straightaway. As Harvick's car drifted towards the wall, he wasn't completely behind Hamlin...Show More Summary

Kyle Busch's evening got ruined in a chain-reaction crash

Kyle Busch is the only driver to win a Camping World Truck Series race, Nationwide race and Sprint Cup Series race in the same weekend. And he did it at Bristol back in 2010. Busch didn't win Thursday's rain-delayed Truck Series race or Friday night's Nationwide Series race. Show More Summary

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