Veteran NASCAR star Tony Stewart will return to competition for his first race since he was involved in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.
NASCAR on NBC had an official statement statement from Stewart-Haas Racing:
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old NASCAR superstar will move forward with his career and attempt to salvage his season.
Stewart, who has 48 career Cup wins in 542 starts, is one of the biggest stars in the garage. His peers have been protective of him as questions emerged in the aftermath of the crash, and it pained them that Stewart was grieving in private and had cut off communication with so many of them. He will talk to the media for the first time since the fatal crash on Friday.
Stewart will be behind the wheel for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Konstantin Tereshchenko is a 20-year old Russian race car driver. During a Spa-Francorchamps practice run at the Beglian Grand Prix his car went airborne. Somehow, amazingly, Tereshchenko walked away from the crash after the car landed upside down, flipped and caught fire.
The Brickyard 400 takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. To help get fans to show up and pay to see cars drive around the track for multiple hours, the Indy Motor Speedway Department released this ad. In a word, it is “awesome.”
A race marshal in Surrey, England had his life flash before his eyes during a banger race earlier this year. The marshal was standing on top of a small hill just off the track when a teen driver lost control of her car and went right for the marshal. Luckily, he bounced off the side of the car and escaped with minor bruising.
In one of the wildest NASCAR races of the year thus far, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 car took the checkered flag and won the 2014 Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup Series race at the always unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway.
Hamlin, who opened the season with a pair of wins in Daytona exhibition races only to finish second in the Daytona 500, was again sitting second in the closing laps Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. But he won a drag race with leader Kevin Harvick on a restart with two laps remaining, and was out front when NASCAR froze the field because of debris from an accident.
Hamlin let out a deep sigh when the yellow flag waved.
“Superspeedway win,” he said on his radio. “With points! With points!”
Hamlin became the eighth winner in 10 races this season as drivers jockey to grab the 16 spots available in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Tempers were flaring, caution flags were flying and keeping a clean car was nearly impossible for every Sprint Cup driver during the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
Kurt Busch experienced all of that. But when the brake dust finally settled at the short track, the Outlaw emerged as the sixth different driver to take the checkered flag through as many races.
The victory was his first for Stewart-Haas Racing, in just their sixth race together, suggesting that it could prove a very productive partnership, and one that a reflective Busch said he has learned to approach with a more mature attitude.