With just three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races in the books, it's already been a crazy season. Following are the 10 most bizarre stories of the year so far.
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BUSCH BROTHERS OUT
Kyle and Kurt Busch both made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last year and were expected to contend for the title this year. Neither has appeared in a Cup race in 2015. Kyle is out with leg and foot fractures suffered in the first NASCAR XFINITY Series race, while Kurt has been suspended by NASCAR for alleged domestic violence.
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In the first three races of 2015, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart finished 42nd, 34th and 33rd. Stewart definitely will be looking for some good mojo and soon.
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THREE HARD CRASHES INTO BARE WALLS
Each of the three tracks where NASCAR races have been run so far this season has had at least one hard, head-on impact into a wall not covered by SAFER barriers. NASCAR and track operators are scrambling to come up with fixes.
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DANICA VS. DENNY
Twice during Daytona Speedweeks, Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick had issues that resulted in Patrick crashing. After the second incident, which occurred in their Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying race, Patrick confronted Hamlin on pit road, grabbing him and venting at him.
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TRAVIS KVAPIL'S CAR STOLEN
Could it get any stranger than this? A pickup truck and trailer with Travis Kvapil’s Xpress Motorsports Sprint Cup car inside was stolen from the parking lot of an Atlanta motel. The race car was eventually recovered.
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13 CARS FLUNK TECH AT ATLANTA
In the most bizarre qualifying session anyone can remember, 13 cars flunked tech inspection at Atlanta and didn't even get to make a qualifying attempt. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart were among those who never got out on the track to qualify.
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SUPER SUBS STEP UP
What do Regan Smith, David Ragan, Brett Moffitt, Joe Nemechek, Michael Waltrip and Matt Crafton have in common? They've all been called upon to be substitute drivers early in the season. Ragan will remain in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota until Kyle Busch is ready to return to action later this year.
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ELDORA WEBSITE HACKED
Eldora Speedway, the historic track owned by Tony Stewart, had its website hacked by someone or ones claiming to be Isis. It wasn't Isis, as it turned out, and the track quickly fixed the problem, but it was still creepy.
Brian Vickers was forced to sit out the first two races of the year while he recovered from off-season heart surgery. He returned to the cockpit of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota at Las Vegas, where he finished 15th.
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GORDON CRASHED THREE RACES IN A ROW
Jeff Gordon's final full-time season hasn't exactly gotten off to the start he hoped for, as he's been caught in other people's crashes at races in Daytona and Atlanta, and got collected in Danica Patrick's Happy Hour spin at Las Vegas. On top of that, Gordon ran into the back of Jeb Burton in the Vegas race.