After 13 years in the Cup Series, Carl Edwards is expected to announce his retirement from NASCAR racing on Wednesday, sources told Bob Pockrass of ESPN. Pockrass reports that no immediate reason was given for Edwards' retirement, but said Joe Gibbs Racing has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning. Tom Jensen of FOX Sports reported Tuesday that Edwards is leaving to pursue other interests outside of driving. The 37-year-old has spent 13 years in the Cup Series, claiming 28 victories, 22 poles, and 124 top five finishes in 445 starts. He won the Food City 500 at Bristol, Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, and AAA Texas 500 at Texas last season. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
While 2016 wasn't great professionally for Dale Earnhardt Jr., the final day of the year will still make it one to remember for the NASCAR veteran. The Hendrick Motorsports driver married longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann on New Year's Eve in a North Carolina ceremony that was attended by many of his fellow NASCAR icons. Happily married!!! What an amazing experience. Looking forward to the rest of our lives @Amy_Reimann. #honeymooners pic.twitter.com/jepHaBiOGA — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 1, 2017 The pair had been engaged since 2009, but a new marriage isn't the only bright spot about the new year for Earnhardt. After missing the second half of the season due to concussion-like symptoms, he was medically cleared to return to driving earlier in December. Among the guests at the ceremony was fellow driver Danica Patrick, who revealed on Instagram she was the lucky one who caught the bouquet: Ohhhhhh, who caught the bouquet?! 😜💐 A photo posted by Danica Patrick (..
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chase Elliott has been inching toward his first career Sprint Cup victory all year, only to come up short time and time again. He needs it to come Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where anything but a win will likely eliminate the rookie phenom from NASCAR's playoffs. There have been five times this year that Elliott has finished second or third. He's been inside the top five a total of nine times. He might have even won at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago until he wrecked. Then a tire problem at Kansas dropped him to last in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings and on the edge of elimination. ''We are obviously disappointed in the way the past two weeks have gone, having such strong cars,'' Elliott said Friday. ''But it puts us in a pretty simplistic situation for this weekend.'' The third and final race of this leg of the Chase will trim the title contenders from 12 to eight, and Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Ha..
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A mistrial has been declared in the case of three men accused of attacking NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter after a June concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. Local news outlets report that Judge Ronald Chapman declared the mistrial Wednesday after learning two potential witnesses were in the courtroom when testimony began. Judges and attorneys don't want potential witnesses to hear anything that might influence their own testimony. A spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office said prosecutors will retry the case. The witnesses involved were Robert Wood, who was with Wallace the night of the concert and took part in the fight, and Joshua Bluchar, a PNC Amphitheater employee who came upon the fight as he was leaving work. Both were expected to give key testimony in the trial. Wood and Bluchar have been charged with civil contempt of court and will go before the judge next month. The judge had warned all potential witnesses to..
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon celebrated the last win of his NASCAR career as if it was his first trip to victory lane. He jumped and screamed and sprayed champagne as if he was a fresh-faced rookie last year at Martinsville Speedway. A scripted finish to an iconic career couldn't have written it better. That win last November at Martinsville put Gordon in the championship finale and ensured him one final shot at a fifth title. Although he came up empty three weeks later in the championship race, that one final victory was something to savor. So he had mixed feelings returning to the Virginia race track this weekend, because who wants to spoil such a memory? Gordon is driving his eighth and final scheduled race at the replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is sidelined with a concussion. ''There is a part of me that wasn't sure if I wanted to come back and take away from that, but at the same time, I've always said if there was one track where I felt ..
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson gets to make a drive for five in Texas with no pressure before going for his record-tying seventh NASCAR championship. Already locked into the Sprint Cup title-deciding race at Homestead, Johnson doesn't have to worry about the Chase like seven other drivers who have only two more chances to get a title shot. He can focus Sunday on trying to win the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway for the fifth year in a row. ''We've had a great hot streak going, we certainly hope it keeps going,'' Johnson said. ''But if we show up and the best we can run is 15th, believe me, we're going to be pretty disappointed in that.'' Johnson has won six Cup races overall at Texas, twice as many as any other driver. Carl Edwards got the last of his three Texas victories eight years ago. Since Johnson won at Martinsville, in the first race of the third round in the Chase, there is plenty of time to talk about his opportunit..
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson's quest to win a record-tying seventh championship has been burning for nearly three years at Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson wants that title. Chad Knaus wants that title. Rick Hendrick wants that title. Oh, how easy it would be for No. 48 team to coast through the next two weeks, to look only at the Nov. 20 season finale and the opportunity they have to reach the top of NASCAR. They won't. This is ''can't stop, won't stop'' time and these guys are on a mission. And in this year of the ho-hum playoffs, it may be the storybook ending NASCAR needs. Johnson, the most celebrated driver of the last 15 years, won his ninth race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday to lock down a spot in NASCAR's final four. He has not been in this position under the elimination format introduced before the 2014 season, when Johnson was still celebrating his sixth title. The drive for (hash)Se7en - the moniker he's used on Twitter..
FORT WORTH, Texas - Austin Dillon is on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas two weeks after a heartbreaking finish knocked him out of the championship chase. ''We missed the Chase by just 2 feet. We want to prove that we can win a race by the end of this year,'' Dillon said. Dillon had a fast lap of 192.301 mph in the final round of qualifying Friday to earn his third career pole. Joey Logano qualified second, and will be the highest starter Sunday in the AAA Texas 500 of the eight drivers still eligible for the season championship. His best lap in the final session was 192.269 mph. The other Chase contenders to qualify in the top 10 were Kevin Harvick (third), Matt Kenseth (seventh), Carl Edwards (ninth) and Kurt Busch (10th). Denny Hamlin starts 17th. Jimmie Johnson is the only driver locked into one of the four spots for title-deciding race at Homestead in two weeks. He has also won the last four fall races at 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track, but..
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Joey Logano raced his way into NASCAR's championship finale with a victory Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Defending series champion Kyle Busch finished second to earn the other transfer spot into the final four. The race went to overtime and dramatically changed in the final laps. Matt Kenseth was headed to victory until a caution set up the first overtime attempt. Kenseth then made contact with Alex Bowman that caused Kenseth to wreck and ended his title hopes. The second overtime pitted Logano against Busch for the victory, but the drivers began the day tied in the standings and any 1-2 finish between them would get both into the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick needed to win Sunday and was the favorite because he's an eight-time Phoenix winner. He finished fourth and was eliminated. Copyright © 2016 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. might want to return to the track a little too much. The NASCAR driver hasn't been able to race for Hendrick Motorsports since the Quaker State 400 in July thanks to lingering concussion-like symptoms, but Earnhardt's need for speed may have gotten him into a little trouble Sunday, according to a tweet from fiancee Amy Reimann: My little speed racer. #WheelingIt #warning pic.twitter.com/r1ES30FqjP — Amy Reimann (@Amy_Reimann) November 6, 2016 Sorry Dale, but the "This is my job" excuse won't fly here. Copyright © 2016 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.