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Ryan Newman looking to make a run at Charlotte; will Kasey Kahne repeat?

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Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, is gearing up for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6:00 p.m. ET on FOX). Newman is coming off a 13th-place finish at last week’s All-Star Race in Charlotte and currently 17th in the Sprint Cup standings. He’s 147 points behind Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson and has recorded one top-five, five top-10 and three DNFs in 11 races this season.

Oral-B, which is sponsoring this post, has partnered with Newman and will be at the race giving away product samples and hosting contests and giveaways. Oral-B builds approximately one million manual toothbrushes in the U.S. every day, so the company believes Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to remind you to celebrate U.S.-built products that are engineered to perform.

Newman has had some success at Charlotte during his career. He had three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes at Charlotte during his time with Penske Racing. Since switching to Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman has three top-10 finishes at Charlotte, per Racing Reference. Newman has averaged a 6.9th starting position and 20.1 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway (not including the All-Star Race).

So who else should we expect to contend for the checkered flag on Sunday?

Kasey Kahne figures to be top competition at the Coca-Cola 600. Kahne finished fourth in the All-Star Race last weekend, won the Coca-Cola 600 last year, and has recorded a top-10 finish in his last five races at Charlotte. Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson will also likely be a favorite to win. He won the All-Star Race for the second year in a row and has been particularly dominant at intermediate tracks over the past year. Denny Hamlin has been a model of consistency at Charlotte posting top-10s in his last four races there, while leading 73 laps. Greg Biffle should be considered a threat this weekend; he has had two top-five finishes at Charlotte and led 393 laps there in the four non-All-Star races there the last two years.

In addition to appearing at Charlotte for Memorial Day weekend, Oral-B will also be at Daytona for July 4th weekend, Atlanta for Labor Day weekend, and Phoenix for Veterans Day weekend, so look out for more posts from us ahead of each of those races.

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Dick Trickle dead at 71 after committing suicide in cemetery

Dick Trickle smokingFormer race car driver Dick Trickle died on Thursday after committing suicide in a cemetery.

Police say Trickle dialed 911 to inform them he would be committing suicide and where they could find the body.

Here are the details of the death via a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office:

The incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.

The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.

The first emergency units arriving on the scene located the body lying near the victim’s pickup truck.

Trickle was the 1989 Winston Cup rookie of the year. Though he never won a race in the Sprint Cup series, he recorded 36 top tens.

Trickle infamously used to smoke in his race car during periods of caution on the track. Here’s a video of him doing just that:

Tony Stewart on Joey Logano fight: He’s a little girl, I’m gonna bust his ass (Video)

Joey-Logano-Tony-Stewart-fightJoey Logano has not made many friends in the Sprint Cup Series over the past two weeks, and the 22-year-old doesn’t seem to care. Last weekend, Logano was spun out by Denny Hamlin near the finish of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Logano went after Hamlin after the race (video here) and some mild shoving took place.

Coincidentally, the two drivers found themselves fighting for position on the last lap at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana on Sunday. This time, Logano returned the favor by drifting toward the top of the track and bumping Hamlin, causing him to lose control and crash head-on into the wall. Hamlin had to spend the night in the hospital because of back pain, but Logano said “that’s what he gets” after the race when referencing what happened a week ago.

However, Hamlin isn’t the only enemy Logano has made. During a restart following a caution with a few laps to go on Sunday, he also angered Tony Stewart by ducking below the white line to block Stewart’s No. 14 car from passing. Stewart confronted Logano on pit road after the game and a few swings were thrown.

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Joey Logano confronts Denny Hamlin after race (Video)

Joey Logano Denny HamlinJoey Logano confronted ex-teammate Denny Hamlin after the Food City 500 Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway following an incident between the two on the track.

Logano was challenging Jeff Gordon for the lead on lap 348 when Hamlin nudged him. Logano’s No. 22 car went into the wall and spun out. Logano managed to get back into the top 10 despite getting spun out by Hamlin. He finished 17th while Hamlin finished 23rd.

After the race, Logano, who was teammates with Hamlin at Joe Gibbs Racing from 2009-2012, confronted Hamlin by the 11 car.

“I meant to run into him,” Hamlin told FOX’s Matt Yocum. “I didn’t mean to spin him out, but his day was fine. He still had a bad day, anyway, for whatever reason. We finished bad and he finished bad. It’s even.”

Hamlin also says Logano told him he was “coming for” him.

Logano kept the details of his conversation with Hamlin private, though he did tweet at Hamlin and receive a response:

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50 Cent on Twitter: I ‘don’t see no black people’ at Daytona 500

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50 Cent was among the celebrities on hand for the Daytona 500 Sunday, and he may have felt somewhat out of place. The rapper observed that there were very few black people at the track and tweeted about it:

50 appears to have deleted the tweet, but several people retweeted it, and Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel wrote about it.

NASCAR appears to be trying to invite diversity to the track by inviting 50, rapper T.I., and retired linebacker Ray Lewis to participate in race festivities. African-American athletes like Randy Moss and Michael Jordan have had racing teams (though Jordan’s was motorcycles), so it’s not as if racing is just a (southern) white thing. But it looks like the core of NASCAR fans remains Caucasian, as 50 noted.

50 still seemed to have a great time regardless. He mixed it up with plenty of drivers:

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YouTube overrules NASCAR’s decision to block fan video of crash

A video of the brutal crash at Daytona International Speedway Saturday that was shot from a fan’s perspective is visible on YouTube after the website overruled NASCAR’s attempt to block the video on grounds of copyright infringement.

NASCAR’s official YouTube channel uploaded video of the 12-car wreck that took place at the end of the Drive4COPD 300. However, NASCAR blocked a fan’s video that was uploaded to YouTube because of a copyright violation.

The fan’s video provides a look at what it was like for people in the stands to witness the crash unfold in front of them. As Yahoo! Sports’ Jay Busbee reports, NASCAR retains rights to all video shot at the track.

NASCAR later said in a statement: “The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today’s accident. Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident.”

The fan’s video had been ripped and re-uploaded on various other sites, but it turns out that was unnecessary; YouTube overruled NASCAR and made the blocked videos available again.

“Our partners and users do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they contain content which is copyright infringing, which is why we have reinstated the videos,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Washington Post.

The video shows fans calling for medical attention after car parts and debris go up into the stands. A tire from Kyle Larson’s No. 32 car ends up in the stands just a few feet away from the spectator who shot the video:

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Kyle Larson’s car torn apart during wreck at Daytona (Video)

Kyle Larson’s car was torn apart and several fans were injured because of a wreck that occurred at the end of the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona Saturday.

The wreck was caused when Brad Keselowski bumped leader Regan Smith, whose car turned into the wall as they were going down the final stretch. Several cars got caught behind Smith, including Larson’s No. 32 car, which got spun around and had its front and back end ripped off. Parts and debris from Larson’s car went over the catch fence and into the stands where they injured several spectators. 12 different drivers were involved in the wreck.

Keselowski explained after the race what he was doing.

“We made a move to try and win the race,” Keselowski said, via FOXSports.com’s Lee Spencer. “We were in the catbird seat. Regan was in a good spot. He was first and I was second and we were pushing. I kind of had the run and the move to win the race and Regan obviously tried to block it and that’s understandable. He wants to win too and at the end it just caused chaos. There was obviously a big wreck with a lot of debris and cars torn up. I really hope everyone in the grandstands is OK. I think that’s the most important thing right now.

“From my view, it was a shot to win the race and I had it, and I wanted to get the Discount Tire Ford in Victory. It’s the first run for 2013 at Daytona and I made the move to do it, but it just didn’t turn out right.”

Tony Stewart ended up winning the race. At least 15 fans are reported to have been injured.

Here’s what Larson’s car ended up looking like:

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