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NASCAR rolls out its charter system

By AMANDA VINCENT NASCAR rolled out its charter system during a press conference on Tuesday, providing details of a new team ownership model that is aimed at adding value to race teams in the Sprint Cup Series. “Today represents a landmark change to the business model of team ownership in NASCAR,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO [...]

Screw qualifying drama, NASCAR's charter system is a necessary step

When NASCAR abolished the top 35 rule for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season, the rule's removal was hailed as a win for the sport's fans. Instead of the 35 best teams having guaranteed starting positions for each race, qualifying was once again close to a free-for-all. Show More Summary

NASCAR unveils charter system for Sprint Cup Series team owners

The system gives team owners some degree of financial security and protection. In a revolutionary revamping of its longstanding policies where participants were viewed as independent contractors, NASCAR unveiled a charter system Tuesday...Show More Summary

New NASCAR ownership structure guarantees 36 starting spots

NASCAR and team owners unveiled a new ownership structure within the Sprint Cup Series Tuesday afternoon that guarantees 36 teams entry into every race on the schedule. The charters are transferable, which means a team that decides to no longer participate in NASCAR can sell its guaranteed entry into Cup Series races. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart’s return has potential to raise another waiver debate

There’s no set date for Tony Stewart’s return to the driver’s seat in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but according to multiple previously published reports, driver and team have a goal date of May 21, the date of the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The first [...]

NASCAR Sprint Unlimited Rumors 2016: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Replaces Injured Tony Stewart

Because of Tony Stewart's injury, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be filling in for his spot for the upcoming Sprint Unlimited exhibition race.

Michael Waltrip gets ride from BK Racing for Daytona 500

By AMANDA VINCENT Michael Waltrip may no longer be a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but the semi-retired driver and NASCAR on FOX broadcaster does have a ride for the Feb. 21 running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He’ll be behind the wheel of the No. 83 Toyota [...]

NASCAR releases start times, TV info. for 2016 races

By AMANDA VINCENT Below, are detailed schedules for NASCAR’s three national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — for their 2016 race seasons, complete with race start times (all times eastern) and TV networks providing coverage. “NASCAR concluded 2015 with its most-watched championship finale in a decade, a benchmark that serves as [...]

Matt Kenseth gets fill-in spotter for Daytona

By AMANDA VINCENT When Matt Kenseth gets on track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited exhibition race and the Feb. 21 Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “official” season opener, he’ll be without regular spotter, Chris Osborne, according to a recent report from NBC Sports. The report also named Lorin [...]

NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona schedule

As in years past, the 2016 NASCAR season will kick off with Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. All three NASCAR national series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — will be in action at Daytona, as will the ARCA Racing Series. The first NASCAR-related on-track activity will be Feb. 12, with practice [...]

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season: By the Numbers

Have the analytics people infiltrated the NASCAR ranks? Maybe someone performs some serious homework for the major garages, toying in inefficiencies like the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Browns (parting ways with Johnny Football doesn’t...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart to miss beginning of final Sprint Cup season

By AMANDA VINCENT Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart sustained a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the West Coast on Sunday, according to an announcement from Stewart-Haas Racing on Thursday. As a result of his injury, Stewart is expected to miss the start of the 2016 Sprint [...]

Furniture Row Racing on Different Track for Super Bowl

The Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team is in a precarious position among the teams it competes against in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Cole Whitt joins Premium Motorsports

By AMANDA VINCENT Cole Whitt will drive the No. 98 Ford for Premium Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2016, according to an announcement from the race team on Tuesday. “Jay and the crew at Premium Motorsports impressed me with their vision for the future and commitment to making the No. 98 [...]

NASCAR drivers wish Tony Stewart a speedy recovery from back injury

With just 11 days until the Sprint Unlimited race kicks off the new NASCAR season in Daytona, three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart (...)

NASCAR Tracks Where We'll Most Likely See a 1st-Time Winner in 2016

There’s an old saying in NASCAR that the first win is always the hardest. Once a driver visits Sprint Cup Victory Lane for the first time, typically the second time is not as difficult — in many cases, it doesn ’t take as long to attain...Show More Summary

Ryan Ellis to Compete at Daytona for FDNY Racing, Working on Sprint Cup Series Plans

FDNY Racing will be back for its 17th season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Ryan Ellis, who has driven for the Jim Rosenblum-owned team since 2014, will return to the seat of the No. 28 Chevrolet for the season-opener at Daytona in February. Show More Summary

Michael McDowell’s crew chief named

By AMANDA VINCENT Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing, the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team formed by the merger of Circle Sport Racing and Leavine Family Racing, announced on Thursday that it has hired Dave Winston to serve as crew chief for the No. 95 Chevrolet in 2016 races in which Michael McDowell will be in [...]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers in Need of the Biggest Turnarounds in 2016

Say what you want about guys like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and the like, but it’s a fairly safe assumption they’re going to be in the Sprint Cup championship mix every season. But as the 2016 Sprint Cup season quickly approaches, there are several drivers who are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Show More Summary

David Ragan joins BK Racing

By AMANDA VINCENT David Ragan has joined BK Racing to drive the No. 23 Toyota full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2016. He’ll be a teammate to Matt DiBenedetto, who remains with BK Racing to drive the No. 83 Toyota. “It’s a big relief to have the opportunity to go race full-time in [...]

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