Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffers concussion, not competing in Sprint Cup series

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala.

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Following NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Day, special fan event

Following media day for the NASCAR kickoff of Chase for the cup is a special fan event- Contenders Live sponsored by Toyota and Sprint will allow local fans to interact directly with the final 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Contenders at the House of Blues in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th.  It’ll air on SPEEDTV on Thursday, September 13th at 7 p.m. You’ll hear answers to questions for NASCAR’s playoffs that you’ve never heard before from star drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and more. It’s being hosted by Fox sports personality Chris Myers.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets NASCAR video game cover

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NASCAR fans have spoken, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. narrowly defeated Kasey Kahne in the final round of voting in the “Drive for the Cover” campaign. Earnhardt, the nine-time most popular driver, will adorn the cover of the upcoming NASCAR The Game™: Inside Line video game, scheduled to be released on Nov. 6.

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Fox Deportes to broadcast Daytona 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup in Spanish

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Two of the biggest brands in all of sports, NASCAR and FOX Deportes, announced today they are teaming up to provide the sport’s most expansive Spanish-language broadcast offering ever with coverage of 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as well as original programming, daily news segments and weekly updates starting in 2013.

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Win Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Camaro

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The Dale Jr. Foundation has rejuvenated its Camaro giveaway program by incentivizing the raffle and offering ticket buyers the chance to win more prizes.

Now with the purchase of a $25 ticket you not only become eligible to win Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s personal 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible but also VIP race weekend experiences and monthly prizes such as autographed sheet metal and merchandise. The Dale Jr. Foundation will draw among each month’s ticket buyers and award prizes from now until the promotion’s end on Oct. 1.

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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming to Chicago

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR’s NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for nine consecutive years, will join fans to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Earnhardt Jr., who currently sits in second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, will appear in Chicagoland Speedway’s Walter Football.comfor a question-and-answer session with fans on Sunday, September 16 prior to the GEICO 400.

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NASCAR “Eats Fresh” with the Subway 600 Saturday Night

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Jared had better equip each driver with two footlongs for the 600km race at Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday—because we’re NIGHT RACIN’ boys.  It’s also the signal to 14 straight weeks of racing, no weekends off!

The picturesque mile-long, extra fat oval (more circle, less oval) is plopped right down into the mountains.  Phoenix hosts two races this season—the first this weekend and the second in mid-November when drivers in the Chase will race in anticipation of the final shootout at Homestead the following week.

There aren’t too many Saturday night races—those are usually designated for Nationwide Series races (which is on Friday this week).  And this year’s race here is different – there are 63 more laps (375 total) and it starts a bit earlier. So expect pit stops to be important and the track to get faster as night settles in and the temperatures drop. [Read more…]

Martinsville Tests NASCAR Changes & Jimmie Johnson Fatigue

By: Melissa S. Wollering

NASCAR drivers will use the spoiler in competition for the first time at Martinsville Speedway this Sunday since the new car’s debut in 2007. Martinsville doesn’t present any major handling issues, so the first real test probably won’t come until Texas later next month. But Martinsville is a paper-clip shaped short track and is one of Jimmie Johnson’s best—likely to keep his reign of terror alive.

This past week: Dale Earnhardt Jr’s tirade about his speeding penalty at Bristol gets overhyped, Carl and Brad simmer down since their crash, and as always we preview the top contenders for the week.  So put down your brackets for a wee bit, while we preview Martinsville! [Read more…]

Bet On This: NASCAR in Vegas, Baby

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Sin City hosts Sprint Cup Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week. Developments in the last seven days: McMurray is “lovin it” with a new sponsorship, engine smoke will be the only kind fans in Michigan can enjoy, “Suitcase Jake” passes away at the age of 73 and axle problems on the track are more widespread than those on the ice for skaters in Vancouver.

It’s your weekly Sprint to The Chase Preview, breaking down the top contenders. Each week I analyze their strength for the race at hand as well as their chances for The Chase! Foot, pedal, gas, throttle, green flag… [Read more…]

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