NEWS & NOTES

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

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.

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