MIAMI – Kyle Busch received a text Saturday. NASCAR will alter its competition format. A news conference was called for series stakeholders at 6 p.m. ET on Monday at Charlotte Convention Center, site of the sanctioning body's annual media tour. Busch has opinions on the changes as detailed to him. But he has no interest in breaking the news, he told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “I’m smarter than that,” he said. According to a Saturday night report on ESPN.com, NASCAR will begin awarding points for running position at various segments of races, instead of just based on finishing order. The procedure for qualification into the 16-driver Chase for the Cup would not change, according to the report.
CHARLOTTE — In an eloquent NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech, Mark Martin recalled the adversity he faced through his racing career and the people who helped him overcome it. “For every person that ever worked on any of our teams, I salute you,” the Batesville, Arkansas, native said. “This is your moment, our moment. The road was long, and sometimes the mountains seemed insurmountable. But in the end, here we stand in the grandest victory lane of all. We made it to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.” Martin, who was introduced by former teammate Matt Kenseth and inducted by car owner Jack Roush, also referred to his wife, Arlene, as the MVP of his life. Finishing runner-up six times in NASCAR’s premier
1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve feels that he cannot relate to the series in its current form, saying that it is supposed to be “too expensive” and “too crazy”. Villeneuve raced in F1 between 1996 and 2006, and remains a keen observer as part of his role as a pundit on Italian television. F1 has striven to enforce greater cost control and road relevance in recent years, but Villeneuve believes that this is the wrong direction, saying officials should instead focus on making the series spectacular. “That’s when I start to feel old because I don’t relate to the technology of modern Formula 1,” Villeneuve said. “Because to my mind, Formula 1 has always been about extremes. Pushing