What To Expect For 2016 Sprint Unlimited

Full House... All of RCR's full time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are scheduled to compete in this year's exhibition event, which is limited to 25 drivers and recognizes 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole winners, past winners of the Sprint Unlimited, drivers who earned a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2015 and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time last year.

"We are doing much better", Stewart said during the Periscope chat with fans.

Stewart suffered a serious back injury two weeks ago in an ATV accident in California and will miss the start of the season. Jeff Gordon, Ray Evernham and Greg Biffle were among those with him on the trip.

"I didn't hit the wrong dune", Stewart said, answering one question. While no official word has been given, several sources confirm the rumors and the team will reportedly announce it later on. He will likely miss two to three months, according to doctors who said that's how long it takes for a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra to heal.

"I've gotten a chance to get to know Dave Rogers over the off-season", said Edwards. "That is the way I look at it". He also said he made a decision to show himself up and walking because he didn't want people to think he's being lazy.

Stewart told fans the surgery involved the insertion of two rods and six screws in his back.

Vickers is a three-time victor in the Sprint Cup Series and was the 2003 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion.

Regarding his health after being sidelined on four occasions, Vickers noted he has been working with medical specialists for the past year seeking a plan to allow him to race while protecting him from blood clots. This is his final year in NASCAR and he is expected to race later this season once he's healed.

Nonetheless, NASCAR said that the total will not include bonus points awarded to the race victor or drivers awarded for leading the most laps or a single lap. Vickers replaces Tony Stewart, who was injured at the end of March in a non-racing crash.

The setback will prevent Stewart from pursuing a first Daytona 500 victory (he's 0-for-17), one of the few races he hasn't won in a distinguished career spanning multiple disciplines. 

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