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  • Annett moves to HScott Motorsports; Yeley to drive No. 83 for BK Racing

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    Michael Annett has a new team in 2015.

    HScott Motorsports announced today that Annett would be a teammate to Justin Allgaier in 2015. Allgaier drove the No. 51 for the team in 2014, its first season of Sprint Cup Series competition. Annett will be bringing sponsorship from Pilot/Flying J with him to his new team, which expands to two full-time cars.

    “The addition of a second team increases HScott’s overall ability to better utilize its resources at track and at the shop to be even more competitive,” owner Harry Scott Jr. said in a statement.  “I’m proud to have seen Justin truly mature as a NSCS driver last year, and I can’t wait to see what he does this year. Like Justin, Michael is coming off his rookie year following six years of competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Michael is a quality driver with a great future at HScott Motorsports. These drivers compliment one another and will make great teammates.”

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  • Tony Stewart says last two years are fueling desire in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    Tony Stewart reiterated that he's not done being successful in the Sprint Cup Series.

    At the end of the season, a porous season by his standards independent of missing three races in August, Stewart said he wasn't done winning. During Stewart-Haas Racing's portion of the Sprint Cup Series media tour on Tuesday, Stewart said the past two years of his career have made his desire to be successful stronger.

    “It’s probably made my desire more stronger than it’s ever been,” Stewart said. “I’m not happy about the last two years of my life by any means. It’s given me more drive and desire to go back and get back to the old form that our fans and our sponsors are used to seeing us in. I’m looking forward to it. This is probably the most prepared I’ve been in a while for a season to start.”

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  • Media Tour Day 1: All-Star Race a preview of 2016?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 9 hrs ago

    As the media tour for the Sprint Cup Series kicked off Monday, NASCAR delivered its "State of the Sport" address. The sanctioning body said there would be no changes to the Chase, flared sideskirts would be outlawed and that the 2016 rules package would hopefully be delivered to teams by the time of the All-Star Race in May.

    According to NBC Sports, not only could the race serve as a deadline for the rules guidelines, but it could also serve as a showcase. There have been discussions about building the cars to the 2016 specifications for the race.

    From NBC:

    An official with direct knowledge of the All-Star Race proposal said Charlotte Motor Speedway and Sprint were supportive of using the 2016 rules because it also would prevent teams from getting a jump on preparing for the Coca-Cola 600 and increasing the likelihood of a lackluster race. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan wasn’t finalized.

     

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  • NASCAR says teams can't flare sideskirts in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Sprint Cup Series cars won't have flared sideskirts in 2015.

    During NASCAR's "State of the Sport" presentation on Monday, the sanctioning body said that teams that manipulate the sideskirts on cars during pit stops would be asked to undo the changes. Last season, teams had figured out that flaring out the sideskirts on the cars towards the rear tires created more downforce, almost like a parachute effect.

    "As many of you know we deliberately decided against any changes near the end of last season, so in 2015, teams manipulating the fenders or flares during a race will be asked to come back down pit road, and we will use any means possible to police that; particularly, though, our new pit road officiating system," NASCAR Vice President of Racing Development Steve O'Donnell said. "Again, we'll look at that through video and any means possible during the race season."

    Pit stops will be officiated with a new video officiating system instead of by officials watching each pit stop just feet from the cars. Eight officials will get video from 45 cameras.

    NASCAR hopes for better pit road officiating accuracy with the new system.

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  • Ganassi's No. 02 with Dixon, Kanaan, Larson and McMurray wins Rolex 24

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Chip Ganassi's IndyCar and Sprint Cup Series drivers are pretty good at sports car racing.

    The No. 02 team of IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan and Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray won the Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona Sunday afternoon, beating the No. 5 Action Express team which was driven by IndyCar driver Sebastian Bourdais at the finish.

    The main competition for the No. 02, which was piloted by Dixon for the final three-plus hours, was the No. 10 of Wayne Taylor Racing. But WTR made a critical miscalculation late in the race and essentially handed the win over to the No. 02.

    The No. 02 was leading with the caution came out for a crash with approximately 15 minutes to go. Presumably, the ensuing restart was going to give the No. 10, driven by Jordan Taylor, a chance to go after Dixon for one more shot at the win. However, Taylor was called to the pits during the caution and told he had to get out of the car.

    The No. 10 ended up third as Ricky Taylor drove it to the finish. The team has finished second, second and third in the past three Rolex 24s.

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  • Former UNLV coach Bobby Hauck joins San Diego State staff

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    San Diego State hired a familiar name as its special teams coordinator.

    The school announced Friday that former UNLV coach Bobby Hauck would join the coaching staff. The Rebels are in the Mountain West Conference along with the Aztecs.

    “I’m excited about being here and working for Coach [Rocky] Long first of all,” Hauck told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.“They are really good guys on this staff, and this is a tremendous place to live, so I’m enthused about that.”

    Hauck, 50, coached at UNLV for five seasons and had an overall record of 15-49 before he resigned at the end of the 2014 season. His Rebels went to a bowl game after the 2013 season, losing to North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. In that season, UNLV was 7-6, meaning Hauck was 8-43 in his other four seasons.

    “You kind of know what we’re going to get and know the league,” he also told the Review-Journal. “Certainly, that makes the transition easier.”

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  • Report: Jameis Winston's accuser tells her side in documentary

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    In a documentary movie about reporting sexual assaults on college campuses, the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault reportedly explains her side of the events that transpired on the night of Dec. 6, 2012.

    Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and likely first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, was never charged. In December 2013, a Florida state prosecutor said there was a lack of evidence in the case to charge the quarterback.

    He was also not chargedwith a violation of Florida State's code of conduct. The university hearing was in December, and according to retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding, the man assigned to oversee the case, the evidence provided was insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.

    The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on CNN in 2015. Below is a trailer from the film.

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  • Marcus Mariota says he has sprained AC joint in right shoulder

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Marcus Mariota is still deciding if he'll throw at the NFL combine.

    The decision is clouded because Mariota said Saturday that he has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

    He landed on his shoulder hard when he was tackled by Ohio State's Joey Bosa after throwing a pass in the second half of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. He sat out a play after the hit – Mariota was slow to get up – but came back in and finished the game.

    From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

    "Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the Combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said, speaking at a press conference Saturday in Laie, where he was being honored as the first Polynesian College Football Player of the Year. "I sprained the AC joint (in his right, throwing, shoulder). But now, I'm able to throw. Feels good."

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  • The Rolex 24 isn't immune to roadkill (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Opossums are active at night. A significant portion of the Rolex 24 sports car race is run when the sun is down. After reading the headline and the previous two sentences, you know where we're going with this post.

    Andy Lally tweeted Sunday morning that he reported hitting debris around 5 a.m. The team never found what Lally hit until the team made the following discovery a few hours later. Yes, the picture is of a dead animal, so if you don't want to look, you're warned to stop scrolling now.

    In an interview with Fox Sports 1, Lally noted that his team's Porsche has a rear engine and that the opossum went through the front of the car and made it through to the trunk. He hit it after the car in front him swerved and clipped it.

    This broke through the splitter & tub and then into the front of the car.. By the way we are out of the race pic.twitter.com/2b6UpcUdyC

    Crew is fixing the car. They've posthumously named the opossum "Ballast". Sad but I think we should put him back in to take the checker.

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  • Baylor's got a new helmet for 2015 (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Baylor will have a bronze helmet in 2015 to go with its rotation of other helmets.

    The team's director of equipment services posted a picture of the helmet to Twitter on Friday evening.

    New addition to the family! pic.twitter.com/t7llgdOEwT

    Will this go with a new set of uniforms too or, at the very least, uniform numbers? We're going to refrain from complete judgment until we see them paired with uniforms. However, we will say that they don't top Baylor's chrome domes.

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    Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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