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Dale Jr. OK with Regan Smith subbing for Tony Stewart

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10:10 AM ET 08.10 | Dale Earnhardt Jr. wouldn't mind seeing Regan Smith be the next substitute driver for Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet while the three-time Sprint Cup champion recuperates from a broken leg. "I'd be the first to put Regan's name in the hat for that kind of opportunity," Earnhardt said on Friday at the Glen. "I understand that we are racing for a championship and I think that could actually help Regan understand. It would be a challenge, but I think it could help him in some ways and be an advantage to him maybe to have that extra track time and just be able to have some other ideas in his head about what can improve his car."

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Tony Stewart breaks leg in sprint car race

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01:13 PM ET 08.06 | NASCAR driver Tony Stewart would have earned a wildcard spot in the Chase for the Cup if it started today, but it doesn't, and an unfortunate injury could lead to him missing the chase altogether. According to reports, Stewart was racing on a small dirt track in the local circuit when he was caught up in a crash that ended with him suffered a broken leg. Stewart will be out for at least this weekend's race, but you would have to imagine that he will be out much longer and eventually miss the chase.

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What's wrong with Jeff Gordon?

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10:03 AM ET 08.04 | No one has more wins at Pocono Raceway than Jeff Gordon. No one has led more laps at Pocono than Jeff Gordon. And yet few consider Jeff Gordon a serious threat to win Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 or more importantly this season's Sprint Cup Series championship. Why is that? Perhaps it's because this season, more so than any other in recent memory, the trademark Gordon has carried throughout his NASCAR career -- consistency -- has eluded him. "This year has been a strange year for us. I feel like last year we showed a little bit more speed up to this point and I felt like all we needed were some breaks to go our way, and a few slight changes to get ourselves in (the Chase)," Gordon said. "This year we just can't seem to really get a hold of it."

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Kurt Busch seriously considering Indy 500 run

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11:06 AM ET 07.28 | As Kurt Busch stood on pit road Saturday waiting to make his qualifying attempt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he couldn't help but wonder what it might be like to be in a similar situation at the same track -- but in a different month of the year. The 2004 champion of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Busch tested an IndyCar at the Brickyard in May, and has a clear interest in potentially competing in the Indianapolis 500. That curiosity was further piqued Saturday, when he stood down in Indy's canyon of a frontstretch before qualifying sixth for the 20th edition of the NASCAR event at the 104-year-old track. On May 9, Busch took part in an IndyCar rookie test on the 2.5-mile speedway and passed it by turning a speed of 218.210 mph. Although neither the driver nor Andretti Autosport, the open-wheel team that supplied a vehicle for the test, were prepared to make a run at this year's Indy 500, Busch is clearly intrigued by the idea.

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Ryan Newman takes shot at Kyle Busch

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02:24 PM ET 07.17 | NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman had some strong words to say about competitor Kyle Busch after Busch referred to Newman as an "idiot" and an "ogre." Newman appeared on Sirius XM Radio's NASCAR Channel and shared his less-than-flattering thoughts about Busch. "I'm just afraid if I re-arranged his face I might fix it. He's frustrated finishing third or wherever he was after hitting me first and then getting a little rub down the straightaway. Just imagine how I feel. It is what it is. We know that he's not very bright. He's a heck of a talent but he's not very bright. And I'll leave it at that." The feud between the two began when Newman drove aggressively during Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301, causing Kurt Busch, Kyle's older brother, to crash. The mini-wreck also involved Matt Kenseth.

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