With the implementation of the new, elimination-style Chase for the Sprint Cup format, we knew that it could lead to some surprises.
But NASCAR Nation may have gotten more than it bargained for.
Hendrick Motorsports put all four of their drivers – Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and then-reigning Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson – into the Chase. But none of them made it to the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
And neither did Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski, even though he captured a series-high six victories in 2014.
On the other side of the coin, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman – who tallied a combined one win between them – managed to use consistent front-running finishes through the first nine races of the Chase to put themselves into the Championship 4. And Newman ended up just one spot shy of winning it all at Homestead.
As part of today’s NASCAR AMERICA Chase Spectacular, Rick Allen, Nate Ryan, and Parker Kligerman touched on how these surprises impacted the battle for the title. Check out their thoughts in the clip above.
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.”