NEWS & NOTES
ALL-STAR RULES TWEAK NASCAR made significant changes to the aerodynamic section of its rulebook for this season and has continued to make minor tweaks along the way in the interest of boosting the amount of close racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Saturday night’s All-Star Race at Charlotte will be a continuation of that after NASCAR announced Monday that it would ban brake cooling fans from all cars in the race and prohibit teams from setting the rear end toe alignment beyond zero degrees, meaning the back of the car won’t be skewed out from the front. The fans became an area that teams were investing heavily in create undercar downforce. The rules will be in place only for Saturday night’s race, with NASCAR eyeing full-time implementation in 2017. HARVICK DENIES REPORT A report on the racing news website Frontstretch.com claimed that Kevin Harvick, currently the driver of Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4, has received an offer to drive for Hendrick Motorsports starting next season — a move that coincides with SHR’s pending move from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017. Harvick, however, strongly denied the report on Twitter Monday night when he answered a fan’s question about the report. “Bunch of people who make (expletive) up…,” wrote Harvick on the social media platform. BUSCH DRIVES 75 For one race only, Kyle Busch will change from his now-familiar No. 18 to honor his primary sponsor’s 75th anniversary. Busch’s Toyota will bear a No. 75 in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to salute the landmark anniversary for M&M’s.