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NASCAR's Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Originally posted 11/12/2013 12:50PM

NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne said Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis and does not expect it to impact his racing career.

Bayne, who in 2011 became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history, will still compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales. Bayne's younger sister, Sarah, also has multiple sclerosis.

"There are currently no symptoms and I'm committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible," Bayne said in a statement. "As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014."

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Filed Under: NASCAR, Health
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PHOTO: Meet Jimmie Johnson's Newborn Daughter

PHOTO: Meet Jimmie Johnson's Newborn Daughter

Originally posted 09/06/2013 10:00AM

Wife Chandra gave birth to Lydia Norriss at 2:02 a.m. on Friday, his rep announces

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Filed Under: NASCAR
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NASCAR Driver Max Papis Slapped in Face by Female at Race

NASCAR Driver Max Papis Slapped in Face by Female at Race

Originally posted 09/02/2013 09:15AM

Racecar driver Max Papis claims that his jaw was dislocated when a woman he didn’t know slapped his face after Sunday's NASCAR Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race in Bowmanville, Ontario.

"This crazy lady comes shouting at me, and I had no idea, didn't even understand her, she just started shouting," Papis told ESPN.com.

"And all the sudden, she took a full hand – and she slapped me so hard. I'm not kidding. My jaw got dislocated and my left ear is still ringing, big time."

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NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Killed in Sprint Car Accident

NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Killed in Sprint Car Accident

Originally posted 06/13/2013 07:30AM

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Leffler, 37, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," NASCAR said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."

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Former NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dies of Apparent Suicide

Former NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dies of Apparent Suicide

Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:20AM

Dick Trickle, whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle, who said "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.

Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson said foul play was not suspected.

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NASCAR's Danica Patrick Finalizes Divorce | Danica Patrick

NASCAR's Danica Patrick Finalizes Divorce

Originally posted 04/26/2013 08:00AM

Danica Patrick's marriage has come to a screeching halt – her divorce has been finalized.

An Arizona judge signed a consent decree between the NASCAR star and husband Paul Hospenthal on April 15 and it was filed two days later, ending the couple's seven-year union, ESPN reports.

Patrick, 31, had announced in November via her Facebook page that she was splitting from Hospenthal, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken."

The couple originally met after Patrick saw Hospenthal, who is a physical therapist and personal trainer, for treatment of a hip injury. They wed in 2005 and had no children.

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Second Child on the Way for Jimmie Johnson

Second Child on the Way for Jimmie Johnson

Originally posted 04/09/2013 06:00PM

"We are so happy to share news that we're having another baby in September," the NASCAR champ shares

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Filed Under: NASCAR
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Meet the First Female NASCAR Pit Crew Member!

Christmas Abbott Is the First Female NASCAR Pit Crew Member

Originally posted 02/22/2013 09:15AM

Her name is Christmas and if auto racing legend Michael Waltrip is right, she will become more than merry asset in the NASCAR pits – she'll become a racing business goddess.

Christmas Abbott, a fierce CrossFit video star and Raleigh, N.C., gym owner who bears a gun tattoo on her hip and who worked for years as a civilian contractor in Bagdad – doing military laundry, no less – was signed this week as a full-time crew member for the Michael Waltrip Racing team and its Sprint Cup operation, making her the first woman to work the pits at NASCAR's highest level.

While racer Danica Patrick offers star power on the track, Abbott, 31 and a Virginia native, will add her own muscled glamour to crews for this Sunday's Daytona 500, where she will be in the pits with racer Clint Bowyer and will shadow the pit team there in anticipation of her future gig.

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Jimmie Johnson: My Daughter Is a Big Fan of Taylor Swift

Jimmie Johnson: My Daughter Is a Big Fan of Taylor Swift

Originally posted 02/05/2013 02:10PM

Genevieve, 2½, "knows the name of the songs she wants to hear," the NASCAR driver tells PEOPLE

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Filed Under: ESPN, NASCAR, Taylor Swift

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