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NASCAR: Buck replaces Darby as director

on January 10, 2014 10:50 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Four years after launching a search for a new Sprint Cup Series director, NASCAR finally found a replacement for garage boss John Darby.

Richard Buck, winner of five Indianapolis 500s as a crew chief and most recently the vice president of racing operations for the International Motor Sports Association, will take over for Darby after the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of the month.

Darby, who has been Cup director for the last 12 years, will remain managing director of competition for NASCAR.

Stewart says he’ll be ready

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tony Stewart is confident he will be ready to race at full speed when the NASCAR season opens next month.

The three-time NASCAR champion has only been in a race car once, for a seat fitting, since breaking his right leg Aug. 5 in a sprint car accident.

The broken tibia and fibula caused Stewart to miss the final 15 races of last season, and doctors won’t clear him to race until Feb. 14, the day before the exhibition Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 23.

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