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Wreck involving Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman causes lengthy red flag

A vicious crash that obliterated the cars of Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman resulted in an 80-plus minute red flag during Sunday's race at Watkins Glen. On lap 56, Newman came up on the back of Greg Biffle, who had gone wide off of turn five and clipped the curb of the track. Show More Summary

A.J. Allmendinger holds off Marcos Ambrose for Watkins Glen win

Quite simply, Sunday at Watkins Glen was a scenario the 2014 Chase format was designed to produce. A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose, two drivers fighting not only for a win but their first-ever Chase berths, battled throughout multiple...Show More Summary

If Tony Stewart won't sit out Watkins Glen, NASCAR needs to park him [UPDATED]

[UPDATE, 10:15 ET: Tony Stewart will not be racing on Sunday at Watkins Glen. Stewart-Haas competition director Greg Zipadelli announced that Regan Smith will step in and race the No. 14.] It is inconceivable that this is even a matter of discussion. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart struck and killed driver at New York dirt track

Tony Stewart struck and killed another driver Saturday night at a dirt track in Upstate New York, according to the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department. In a press conference early Sunday morning, Sheriff Phillip Povero relayed the grim news. Povero identifies Tony Stewart as hitting driver on the track. Show More Summary

Kevin Ward Sr.: 'Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn't see him'

Kevin Ward Sr. wants to know Tony Stewart's side of the story. Ward Sr. spoke with Syracuse.com on Tuesday and said he believed Stewart put his son into the wall before Kevin Ward Jr. climbed from his car to confront Stewart and wasShow More Summary

M&Ms re-ups with Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch

A potential sponsor for Carl Edwards in 2015 is now no longer an option. On Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that M&Ms had re-signed with the team and specifically driver Kyle Busch. It was termed a multi-year deal. “Mars has been...Show More Summary

Power Rankings: Hi Junior, it's a lofty perch, isn't it?

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

3M leaves Greg Biffle and will sponsor Jeff Gordon for 11 races in 2015

Jeff Gordon has a new sponsor and it comes at the expense of a competitor. Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that 3M would become a primary sponsor for Gordon's car in 11 races starting in 2015. It's a three-year deal. For the races in which 3M doesn't sponsor Gordon it will serve as an associate sponsor. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart withdraws from dirt track race planned for this weekend

In the wake of the events of Saturday night, in which driver Kevin Ward Jr. died as a result of contact with Tony Stewart's sprint car at an upstate New York dirt track, Stewart has bowed out of another dirt track race. In advance of this weekend's Sprint Cup race in Michigan, Stewart had planned to race at the Plymouth Speedway in Indiana. Show More Summary

Wreck involving Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman causes lengthy red flag

A vicious crash that obliterated the cars of Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman resulted in an over 80-minute red flag during Sunday's race at Watkins Glen. On lap 56, Newman came up on the back of Greg Biffle, who had gone wide off of turn five and clipped the curb of the track. Show More Summary

Regan Smith's substitute appearance for Tony Stewart ends in a crash

Through the first 81 laps of Sunday's race at Watkins Glen, Regan Smith's day in Tony Stewart's No. 14 was fairly uneventful. Sure, he had to dodge a big crash that led to a 90-minute red flag, but there was little drama. It's probably...Show More Summary

A.J. Allmendinger holds off Marcos Ambrose for Watkins Glen win

Quite simply, Sunday at Watkins Glen was a scenario the 2014 Chase format was designed to produce A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose, two drivers fighting not only for a win but their first-ever Chase berths, battled throughout multiple...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart will not race at Watkins Glen; Regan Smith to drive the No. 14

Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Watkins Glen after he struck and killed a driver in a dirt track race in upstate New York Saturday night. Regan Smith will replace him. Stewart-Haas Competition Director Greg Zipadelli announced the decision Sunday morning. Show More Summary

If Tony Stewart won't sit out Watkins Glen, NASCAR needs to park him

It is inconceivable that this is even a matter of discussion. But as of 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, less than nine hours after Kevin Ward Jr. was declared dead following an on-track collision with Tony Stewart's sprint car, Stewart's team indicated he would be racing Sunday at Watkins Glen. This is flat-out wrong. Show More Summary

With one Saturday night, the way we view on-track confrontations changed

If you're a racing fan, there's a bunch of them etched into your memory. Maybe you remember the first time you saw one live. Maybe it's because you've seen one over and over again on highlights throughout the years. Maybe because itShow More Summary

Kevin Ward Jr. deserves to be known as more than victim in Tony Stewart wreck

Kevin Ward Jr. died on Saturday night when he came in contact with Tony Stewart's vehicle during a sprint car race at the Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Until the late hours of Saturday night, I had no idea who Kevin Ward Jr. was,...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart reportedly involved in incident under investigation at New York dirt track

Tony Stewart was reportedly involved in an incident being investigated by the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department that happened at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night. The Charlotte Observer reported the sheriff’s department...Show More Summary

Danica Patrick had a tough Friday at Watkins Glen

Each of Friday's two practice sessions at Watkins Glen presented problems for Danica Patrick. In the first practice, Patrick missed a shift on the road course and sensed a vibration in the engine. After practice the team decided to replace...Show More Summary

Watkins Glen: The place where Allmendinger and Ambrose's Chase chances teeter

It's go time for A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose. If either driver wants to make the Chase, they need to get to victory lane at Watkins Glen on Sunday. With four other races to go before the Chase, it may seem like a rash statement. Show More Summary

Happy Hour: Could a non-Chase format be closer than the Chase this year?

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. Was that really the most thrilling Pocono we've seen in a while, or is it buoyed by the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Show More Summary

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