While Kevin Harvick ended 2014 with his first career Sprint Cup championship, success was in limited to little supply for his three Stewart-Haas Racing teammates.
Kurt Busch won a race at Martinsville that got him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he made a quick exit after the first round — due mostly to the sub-par season he had other than that one win.
Danica Patrick finished 28th, which was one spot lower in the championship standings than she finished in her rookie season in 2013. However, that 28th place finish is deceiving, as Patrick did show improvement in a number of areas through the course of the 2014 campaign.
And then there was team co-owner Tony Stewart. He began the season still far from fully recovered from the sprint car race in Iowa in August 2013 that resulted in multiple fractures of his right leg and forced him to miss the final 15 races of that 2013 season
Stewart had one of the worst, if not the worst, seasons in his Sprint Cup career. Not only did he finish 25th in the standings, he failed to make the Chase, including failing to even win a race for the first time in a season in that storied career.
And then there was the Kevin Ward tragedy and the aftermath that Stewart had to go through.
All three drivers on Tuesday predicted they will all have better seasons in 2015.
So we thought we’d ask you, NASCAR fans, who do you think will be the most improved SHR driver in 2015.
Cast your vote below:
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm
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.
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.
Damage to the plate fitted to his repaired right humerus has seen @MarcMarquez93 return to the operating room in Barcelona.
It was another successful operation for the World Champion who is now recovering in hospital.https://t.co/A3ExSDcumg
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.”