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NASCAR champ Tony Stewart names Steve Addington as crew chief

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hired Steve Addington as crew chief for his No. 14 Chevrolet for next year
The musical chairs among NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs continued Monday as newly crowned champion Tony Stewart hired Steve Addington as crew chief for his No. 14 Chevrolet for next year.

Addington, 47, had been Kurt Busch's crew chief but left after a tumultuous season-ending race a week ago in which the Penkse Racing driver launched into a profanity-laced outburst in the garage at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

NASCAR later levied a $50,000 fine on Busch for his actions.

"I know Steve well and I know how he goes about setting up a racecar," Stewart said in a statement. "He balances the technical part of our sport with the real-world experiences we get at the track, and that will allow for a smooth transition as we prepare to defend our title in 2012."

Addington has 16 career Cup wins, including two with Busch this year. Addington was also a onetime crew chief for Kyle Busch, Kurt's younger brother, at Joe Gibbs Racing and helped him win eight races in 2008 and 12 victories overall.

At Stewart-Haas Racing, Addington replaces Darian Grubb, a former Hendrick Motorsports engineer who became Stewart's crew chief in 2009 when Stewart became co-owner of his race team.

Grubb said he was told in October that he would not return to Stewart-Haas. Stewart struggled badly at times during the season but then won five of the 10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff and captured his third Cup championship.

"He's a great person and I know he'll continue to be successful in this sport," Stewart said of Grubb.

Kevin Harvick, who finished third in the standings behind Stewart and Carl Edwards, also recently announced that he would have a new crew chief in 2012, with Shane Wilson taking over the No. 29 Chevrolet for Gil Martin at Richard Childress Racing.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: NASCAR crew chief Steve Addington at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 31. Credit: Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images

NASCAR's Rick Hendrick breaks four ribs in plane incident

NASCAR's Rick Hendrick broke four ribs and his clavicle when his team's business jet made a hard landing in Key West, Fla.
NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick broke four ribs and his clavicle when his team's business jet made a hard landing in Key West, Fla., Hendrick Motorsports said in an update Wednesday.

Hendrick, 62, was admitted to a medical facility near his home in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday "due to discomfort from the injuries" but was expected to be released by the end of the week, the team said.

Hendrick Motorsports, based in Concord, N.C., initially said Hendrick broke one rib and his clavicle when the Gulfstream G150 ran off the runway at Key West International Airport on Monday night due to unspecified "braking issues."

Hendrick's wife, Linda, sustained "minor cuts and bruises" in the incident, and the plane's two pilots were not injured, the team said. All four were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and later released.

"Linda and I have been overwhelmed by all the words of encouragement and genuine concern we've received," Hendrick said in a statement.

"I'm so proud of how our pilots handled the situation, and we're extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us," he said.

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Photo: Federal investigators Tuesday inspect the airplane that skidded off the runway at Key West (Fla.) International Airport on Monday night, injuring NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and his wife. Credit: Ron O'Neal / Key West Citizen / Associated Press

NASCAR's Rick Hendrick breaks collarbone, rib in hard landing

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick suffered a broken clavicle and rib, and his wife Linda had cuts and bruises, in the hard landing of their team's business jet Monday night in Key West, Fla., Hendrick Motorsports said in an updated statement Tuesday.

RickThe team initially said only there were no serious injuries when the Gulfstream G150 ran off the runway at Key West International Airport because of braking problems when it was landing.

A photograph released by the Monroe County sheriff's office showed the jet intact after it came to a stop, but with one wing partially submerged in a body of water.

The Hendricks and the two pilots aboard the plane were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and released, the team said. "All four have safely returned to North Carolina," the team said.

Hendrick, 62, is one of the most successful owners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His drivers are reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, four-time champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.

"It was a real big scare. Very frightening to hear," Earnhardt told reporters in Las Vegas, where he was attending the annual SEMA show, which showcases specialty automotive equipment, according to Associated Press. "I'm very glad that he and everybody appears to be OK."

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Photo: Rick Hendrick before a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 23. Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, wife OK after plane crash

A Gulfstream jet carrying Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR's most successful team owners, and his wife ran off a runway in Key West, Fla., but there were no serious injuries

A Gulfstream jet carrying Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR's most successful team owners, his wife Linda and two pilots ran off a runway in Key West, Fla., on Monday night but "there were no serious injuries," Hendrick Motorsports said.

The G150 jet was "experiencing brake issues upon landing at Key West International Airport," the team said, adding that all four people aboard "were taken to a local hospital for evaluation."

"Hendrick Motorsports is gathering additional information on the incident," the team said.

Four of the leading drivers in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series drive for Hendrick: Reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.

The incident occurred seven years after Hendrick's 24-year-old son, Ricky, Hendrick's brother John and two of Hendrick's nieces, along with six others, were killed when their small plane crashed on the way a race in Martinsville, Va.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: The Gulfstream aircraft carrying Rick Hendrick and his wife after it ran off the runway Monday night in Key West, Fla. Credit: Evan Calhoun / Monroe County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office / Associated Press

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