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Police identify driver who struck pedestrians at Martinsville Speedway

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Virginia State Police identified the driver who struck several pedestrians in the parking lot at Martinsville Speedway as 65-year-old Gary T. Edem of Fairfax, Virginia.

He was taken into custody after the incident, which sent nearly 20 people to local hospitals, and charged with one count of reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. A magistrate set an unsecured bond at $7,500. The maximum punishment for the charge is 12 months jail and a $2,500 fine.

Virginia State Police has stated that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

The incident occurred in the handicapped parking area outside of Turn 2 of the speedway about an hour after Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s race. The parking lot was congested with vehicles and pedestrians when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Liberty. The Chevrolet struck the Jeep and then struck several nearby pedestrians. 

Neither the driver nor the passenger in the Jeep was injured in the crash. The driver was a 73-year-old male from Joplin, Missouri, and the passenger was a 36-year-old male from Bentonville, Arkansas.

Twelve people were transported to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia. Ten were released, one was admitted overnight in stable condition and one was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. All were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The youngest person taken to a hospital was 12 years old.

Those transported there were:

48-year-old female from Troutman, N.C.

65-year-old male from Plainville, Ga.

49-year-old female from Danville, Va.

34-year-old female from Henry, Va.

43-year-old male from Greensboro, N.C.

34-year-old female from Greensboro, N.C.

60-year-old male from Xenia, Ohio

61-year-old female from Xenia, Ohio

45-year-old male from Dalton, Ga.

12-year-old male from Danville, Va.

51-year-old male from Greensboro, N.C.

53-year-old female from Reidsville, N.C.

Five people were transported to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. State police has only been able to confirm through the hospital two of the identities those individuals: a 40-year-old female and her 15-year-old daughter. Both are from Ararat, Virginia.

The remaining five individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The investigation by the Virginia State Police continues and additional charges are pending in consultation with Henry County Commonwealth Attorney Andrew Nester.

NASCAR America: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talks Phoenix finish, racing roots

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. joins NASCAR America to go over his fourth-place finish at Phoenix Raceway.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver also shares his racing origins in Mississippi and the hobbies he and girlfriend Danica Patrick share with each other.

Stenhouse is in his fifth full-time year competing in the NASCAR Cup Series with Roush Fenway Racing.

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Alaska

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NASCAR America continues its journey through the United States with the second chapter in “50 States in 50 Shows.”

Following South Alabama Speedway, the show features Capitol Speedway and Alaska Raceway Park in Alaska.

Owned by Nancy and Wes Wallace, Capitol Speedway is a 3/8th-mile oval and features sprint car racing and demolition derbies.

 

Kevin Harvick crew chief fined, suspended one race for encumbered finish

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Kevin Harvick‘s crew chief, Rodney Childers, has been suspended for one NASCAR Cup Series race and fined $25,000 for an unapproved track bar slider assembly last weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

The penalty, a L1 infraction, results in an encumbered finish. Harvick placed sixth in the Camping World 500.

The No. 4 team has also been docked 10 driver and owner points. Harvick was seventh in the standings after four races. He trailed leader Kyle Larson by 61 points. The loss of points drops Harvick one spot to eighth behind Jamie McMurray.

Harvick has not won a race yet, which would qualify him for the playoffs.

MORE: Brad Keselowski closes crew chief for three races, team docked 35 driver points

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NASCAR docks Brad Keselowski, Team Penske 35 points; suspends crew chief Paul Wolfe

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NASCAR docked Brad Keselowski 35 points, suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races and fined Wolfe $65,000 because Keselowski’s car failed inspection after finishing fifth in last weekend’s race at Phoenix Raceway.

NASCAR also docked the team 35 owner points for the L1 infraction. NASCAR stated that Keselowski’s result is an encumbered finish.

NASCAR cited Keselowski’s car for failing weights and measurements on the laser platform. NASCAR stated in Wednesday’s penalty report that the team failed the rear wheel steer on the Laser Inspection Station. 

MORE: NASCAR suspends crew chief Rodney Childers one race

Team Penske issued a statement Wednesday:

“We have acknowledged the penalties levied against the No. 2 team following last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.  The race cars returned to the race shop today and we are in the process of evaluating the area in question. In the meantime, we have decided Brian Wilson will serve as Brad Keselowski’s crew chief at Auto Club Speedway while we evaluate our approach relative to today’s penalties.”

The penalty drops Keselowski from second in the standings to fourth heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway.

The more significant issue is how this could impact Keselowski, who already has a win, in the playoffs.

The top 10 in points before the playoffs begin earn additional points. The points leader earns 15 playoff points. The driver second in the standings earns 10 playoff points, the driver third in the standings earns eight playoff points, the driver fourth in the standings earns seven playoff points. It goes down to the driver 10th in the standings earning one playoff point.

Those playoff points carry through the first three rounds, which is different from last year. Falling behind in the regular season – or losing points because of a penalty – could have ramifications in the playoffs. 

“I think it’s real important to explain why points matter this year,” Keselowski said on Fox Sports 1’s “Race Hub” on Wednesday night. “Last year, you got a win and you locked in and you got to the next round. This year with points, you still lock in with wins. The difference is there’s a huge points bonus for having the most points at the end of the season that carries all the way through the playoffs, and you only get that bonus if you’re one of the best cars and leading up front at the end of the regular season, which requires having a lot of points. Thirty-five points is a pretty big deal, and so is 10 points for Kevin (Harvick) and his team.”

 

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