NASCAR: Mike Hillman Jr. named crew chief for Brian Scott’s XFINITY program

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Brian Scott will have a new crew chief at Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR XFINITY Series team next year, with Mike Hillman Jr. on top of the box for Scott’s No. 2 Chevrolet.

Hillman, 36, replaces Phil Gould in the role. He’s won 20 races and two championships in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“This is a great opportunity for a guy like me to become part of RCR and the No. 2 Chevrolet team,” Hillman said in a release. “When we first talked about this position, I knew this was something I wanted to do and RCR is known for their storied success at every level in NASCAR.”

Scott has just ended his best season in the XFINITY (previously Nationwide) Series with fourth place in the championship. He’s yet to win with RCR but has accrued four pole awards, nine top-five and 36 top-10 finishes as he looks ahead to his third season in 2015.

This news follows on yesterday’s RCR announcement that Austin Dillon will run a majority of the races next year for the team in XFINITY.

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”