Brian Scott will make his Sprint Cup Series debut Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, up-and-coming drivers Kyle Larson and Brian Scott will be making their Sprint Cup Series debut in the Bank of America 500. Currently running the NASCAR Nationwide Series, both drivers join a long list of drivers to make their first start at the 1.5-mile track.
Larson will pilot the No. 51 Pheonix Racing Chevrolet as he prepares to run the full Sprint Cup season in 2014 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, while Scott will drive the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet in his first stab at the Sprint Cup Series.
Both young drivers took part in a Sprint Cup Series test at Charlotte, so despite this being their first start, each has some laps under their belt in a Sprint Cup car.
Track officials attend to a damaged section of a crossover gate after Kyle Larson's car got into the fence during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytonat International Speedway.
This weekend's dramatic crash in the Grand Prix of Houston was a fresh reminder that no matter how safe racing becomes, there is always room for innovation.
In a split second, Dario Franchitti's car launched into the air and caught the catch fence. For the most part, the fencing did its job. Franchitti's mangled machine was sent spinning wildly back onto the track, while fans were kept out of extreme danger.
Debris and a section of the fence were sent flying into the grandstands, with 13 people treated for minor injuries. A fan captured the moment of impact on a dramatic cell phone video.
While Franchitti continues to recover, the incident is a tough reminder that in motorsports, increased safety is a constantly moving target.
Sanctioning bodies across the motorsports world have come a long way in improving nearly every aspect of safety. The cars are safer and drivers are more protected than ever before.
However, the threat of danger still looms over racing. For some, that potential danger is a draw, the reason they race or watch, the thrill that keeps them coming back week after week.
Yet it is the job of each sanctioning body to do all in their power to eliminate that threat of danger. Learning from incidents in the past, advances have been made on many fronts.
One of those fronts continues to be the catch fence separating the action on the track and the fans sitting in the grandstands.
Joey Logano celebrates after winning NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover.
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Joey Logano continued to make his mark on Dover International Speedway Saturday, leading 106 of 200 laps en route to a fourth consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at the demanding one-mile track.
Logano managed to lead the first 18 laps before surrendering the top spot to Kyle Busch, but would use strategy to retake the lead on Lap 142 and ultimately cruise to victory by a margin of 14.590 Seconds over second-place Kyle Larson.
The win puts Logano in a league of his own at Dover, as he is the first driver in any of NASCAR's top three series to win four straight races at the track.
"It's just really cool to get four in a row here at Dover," Logano said. "That's pretty awesome. It's been my favorite race track ever since I started here.
"Yes, even when I barrel-rolled down the back straightaway," he said in reference to his 2009 wreck. "It's still my favorite place, and I think we showed it today."
JOLIET, IL - SEPT. 14: Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14, 2013 in Joliet, Ill. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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On a day in which drivers were told to give 100% on the track, Kyle Busch did just that as he put on a clinic during Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Leading 195 of the 200 laps, Busch cruised to his 10th Nationwide Series victory of the season.
Just how good has Rowdy been in the Nationwide Series this year? Kansas Speedway dropped this little stat to drive home the point.
Now that the Chase for the Sprint Cup has arrived - complete with plenty of controversy - the subject of NASCAR's Silly Season has moved to the back burner somewhat. But it's still critically important as next year draws closer.
When the Chase is over in 10 weeks, doubtless there will be another frantic flurry of personnel movements, mostly around the crew chief position. For now, though, here are the five best moves already announced for 2014.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.