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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and family survive plane crash in Tennessee

Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and baby daughter have survived a small plane crash in east Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Earnhardt Jr., 44, was hospitalized and eventually discharged following the crash at Elizabethton Municipal Airport, according to CBS affiliate WJHL-TV. The Cessna Citation business jet rolled off the end of […]

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NASCAR: It’s time to start racing

 It was 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte to win a Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt was chasing the trophy — the playoffs didn’t exist, no stages, no bonus points — and The Intimidator simply wanted the victory. Labonte had squeezed past Earnhardt to momentarily take the lead […]

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How NASCAR’s banked turns help cars go faster

In 1959, something happened that revolutionized NASCAR’s stock-car racing: the introduction of Daytona International Speedway. Daytona was unlike any race track before it because of these: banked turns. The turns had towering walls that sloped downwards to the center. Walls that NASCAR’s stock cars would drive onto. Daytona’s banks were a whopping 31 degrees, significantly […]

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TEMPERS RAGING IN NASCAR AS DRIVERS REACH BOILING POINT HEADING TOWARD BRICKYARD

Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the spot on the schedule. Maybe it’s just the dog days of summer. But for whatever reason, tempers are starting to flare between drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series. That angst could set up some feisty duels between drivers with long memories or scores […]

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Kurt Busch still wheelman in NASCAR

 Kurt Busch has been called many things during his tumultuous 20 seasons at NASCAR’s top level. He is ornery, easily unhinged and has lost control of his temper enough times that it nearly derailed his career. But the most important descriptor for Busch is one often overlooked. He is a wheelman, one of the very […]

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18-year-old Tyler Ankrum races to first NASCAR Truck win

Tyler Ankrum took the lead when Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel with less than two laps to go and cruised to his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. The 18-year-old Ankrum finished 7.373 seconds ahead of Stewart Friesen on the 1.5-mile tri-oval to earn a spot in the […]

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Was Justin Haley’s Cup win most unlikely in last 20 years? Maybe not

In a long history littered with upsets and unlikely winners, Justin Haley’s victory might be remembered as the biggest fluke yet in NASCAR.But it also might be remembered as the start of something big, as it was for a few other bolts from the blue in the Cup Series. In only his third Cup start […]

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Jimmie Johnson is NASCAR’s only driver with at least a $10 million salary

NASCAR’s financial situation is constantly changing, from the governing body searching for a new title sponsor to teams struggling to hold onto big-name partners. That also includes drivers’ fluctuating salaries, which are seldom talked about when drivers sign a new deal or extension. Additionally, NASCAR stopped releasing race winnings after the 2015 season, so it’s […]

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TOYOTA’S TOP PAVEMENT PROSPECT TO MAKE NASCAR TRUCK DEBUT THIS WEEKEND

Chandler Smith has won numerous ARCA and Super Late Model races on his ascent toward NASCAR Arguably Toyota’s best pavement stock car prospect, Chandler Smith will make his Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series debut on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway in the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The 16-year-old rose to prominence driving Super Late […]

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Kyle Busch’s wins, historic pace land him with NASCAR’s all-time greats

Matt Sullivan | Getty Images Kyle Busch’s victory Sunday at Pocono Raceway not only earned the former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion a series-best fourth win of 2019, but was also another milestone toward a certain NASCAR Hall of Fame distinction. The 34-year-old Busch hoisted his 55th career Monster Energy Cup Series trophy, tying […]

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NASCAR notebook: Pocono known to produce first-timers

Although Pocono Raceway has long been regarded as one of the most challenging stops on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, young drivers have shown a propensity in mastering the challenge.Particularly in the last few seasons, the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped Pocono Raceway has provided a high-speed introduction of first-time winners. From Denny Hamlin, who won […]

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Respect building between Truex and Logano

Two of Martin Truex Jr.’s three wins this season have come after a hard-fought battle with the driver who had him fuming at the end of the 2018 season. Truex has now bested Joey Logano at Richmond and Charlotte Motor Speedway. At Richmond, Truex broke through for the first time this season, and spoke afterward […]

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Podcast: Why FedEx says a NASCAR sponsorship is worth a billion

As a sponsor that has invested eight figures annually for 14 seasons in NASCAR’s premier series. FedEx has spent well more than nine figures promoting its brand. But for all those millions spent, the amount of exposure has stretched above 10 figures annually. In the most recent NASCAR on NBC Podcast, which highlights the sponsor’s […]

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NASCAR CUP KANSAS RACE RESULTS: BRAD KESELOWSKI WINS OVERTIME SHOOTOUT

At the end of a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, race winner Brad Keselowski’s thoughts sped to the truck owner who helped further his career. “I just want to dedicate this win to Mike Mittler,” Keselowski said of the man for whom he drove for two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series […]

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Chevy mission accomplished with Elliott win

Mission accomplished for Chevrolet. The manufacturer put added emphasis on its teams working together with the goal of getting one of its cars in victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway. So much so that Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, had a meeting with Chevy drivers on Saturday. Chase Elliott won […]

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How Those Big Wrecks Could Keep Delivering Fans To NASCAR

Forget all that stuff you might have heard about about the demise of wild restrictor-plate racing. Fox has unveiled a bodacious 30-second promo for this weekend’s 500-mile race at Talladega that is accompanied by footage of a half-dozen “Big One” wrecks from the past. The voiceover goes like this: ANNOUNCER: Talladega might just be the […]

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McLaren attains full IMSA manufacturer status

McLaren has signed an agreement to become a fully recognized manufacturer in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The multi-year contract will see the first McLaren 720S GT3, entered by customer team Compass Racing, debut next month in IMSA’s GT Daytona class at Mid-Ohio, where it will become the ninth brand to compete in the category. “The […]

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Martin Truex Jr. Holds Off Joey Logano to Win NASCAR at Richmond 2019

Martin Truex Jr. captured the checkered flag in the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, marking his first short-track victory in 81 tries. The title is also Truex Jr.’s first win as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing, and it wasn’t an easy one. Truex Jr. led for 186 laps in total, more than any […]

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NASCAR results at Bristol: Kyle Busch holds off brother at Food City 500, continues dominant start to season

Racing — It’s a family thing. Kyle Busch held off his brother Kurt in the final 10 laps to continue his hot start to the season with victory in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.The win is Busch’s third of the year as he becomes the first driver in 27 years to finish […]

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NASCAR may change its qualifying rules…again

NASCAR is considering a return to single-car qualifying at intermediate-length tracks as issues caused by its latest cars continue to dog the sessions. The high-downforce, lower-horsepower vehicles were meant to improve racing, but also place more importance on drafting, which has led to traffic jams near the end of the qualifying sessions as drivers try to avoid hitting […]

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Kyle Busch keeps rolling with Truck Series win at Martinsville

A week after locking up his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Kyle Busch took the first step toward the next century mark. Holding off challenges from Ross Chastain and runner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch survived a late restart in winning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series […]

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NASCAR CUP AUTO CLUB RACE RESULTS: KYLE BUSCH SCORES 200TH NASCAR VICTORY

Recovering from a pit road speeding penalty with the help of a timely caution, Kyle Busch collected his 200th NASCAR national series victory with a dominating win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. At the same venue that gave Busch his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in 2005, the driver of the […]

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Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix NASCAR in dominant style

Kyle Busch completed the weekend sweep at ISM Raceway with a dominating win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota took the lead for the final time with 15 laps to go, tucking inside polewinner Ryan Blaney in Turns 3 and 4 and battling for a full lap […]

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Kurt Busch continues habit of fast starts with new teams

 Kurt Busch’s third-place finish Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a high speed “How Do You Do?” for his new Chip Ganassi Racing team. Two races into the new gig with Ganassi and a new manufacturer in Chevrolet, Busch’s performance Sunday certainly was the right start for his new start. “I could say it wasn’t […]

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Bell dominant in Atlanta Xfinity as Toyota’s Supra gets its first

To hear Christopher Bell in Victory Lane describing his race, you’d never know that he had just won it.“I felt pretty sloppy there as a driver,” Bell said after leading 143 of 163 laps in winning Saturday’s Rinnai 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “Running the yellow line [at the bottom of […]

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Daytona 500 race perfect for NASCAR

 Jim France told ’em to race and NASCAR’s next generation didn’t disappoint. The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday’s sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed “World Center of Racing.”There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the final 20 laps of regulation, which Kyle Busch described as the portion of […]

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Hamlin wins Daytona 500 as JGR finishes 1-2-3

In a closing stage marred by big wrecks, Denny Hamlin outlasted his competitors and teammates to win his second Daytona 500, making a huge statement to open the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season after going winless in 2018. “It’s gonna be a great year!” Hamlin exclaimed after crossing the finish line. Hamlin led […]

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Gander RV Duel at Daytona 500

Former Champions Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano Win Gander RV Duel Races, Earn Row 2 Starting Spots for 61st Annual DAYTONA 500 •       Parker Kligerman and Brendan Gaughan Grab Two “Non-Charter” Starting Spots Available •       20th Annual NextEra Energy 250 Opens NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Season on Friday •       Clay Greenfield, Austin Hill Lead […]

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NASCAR driver says ‘all hell broke loose’ in monster crash

The NASCAR championship hasn’t officially started yet but several cars have already been wrecked in a mass pile up. Most of the 20-car field was wiped out in a mammoth crash in an exhibition race at the iconic Daytona circuit in Florida on Sunday (Monday NZT). Jimmie Johnson won the non-championship Clash at Daytona exhibition […]

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NASCAR will disqualify winners caught cheating in 2019

NASCAR announced Monday that it will disqualify race-winning cars that break the rules this season, confronting its longtime culture of cheating with a stringent new penalty system. “If you are illegal, you don’t win the race,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer. “We cannot allow inspection and penalties to continue to be a […]

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NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomes 2019 class

Three legendary drivers and two of stock car racing’s most influential owners were honored with well-deserved induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night. In one distinct way, the 10th Hall of Fame class is unique. Either as owners or drivers, all five members of the class competed against each other at some […]

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‘We’re racing for something bigger than wins’ – Legge

Katherine Legge is feeling a different kind of pressure this week. As an elite female driver in a male-centric sport, the Briton has grown accustomed to challenging stereotypes in the workplace. She’s also familiar with carrying the hopes, often in solitude, for the female fans and athletes who want to see themselves represented with skill […]

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Race debut for the new Porche 911 GT3 R at the Daytona 24-hour classic

Porsche will tackle the 24 Hours of Daytona on 26/27 January fielding a pair of 911 RSR. As the most successful brand in the history of this venerable race, the sports car manufacturer from Weissach now aims to write another chapter in the success story at the season opener of this year’s IMSA SportsCar Championship. […]

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Insight: Zanardi redefines endurance en route to Daytona

Alex Zanardi grew accustomed to pain while racing with prosthetic legs. Applying heavy pressure on the brake pedal hundreds, maybe thousands of times during an endurance event meant the Italian’s leg and its contact points in the prosthesis were being battered.Like a boxer whose hands are numb and raw after a prize fight, Zanardi’s sacrifice […]

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Driver switch for De Silvestro’s Daytona 24 Hour entry

Christina Nielsen has replaced Jackie Heinricher in the Acura which Simona De Silvestro will drive in next month’s 24 Hours of Daytona. Heinricher, whose Heinricher Racing outfit has formed an alliance with Meyer Shank Racing for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has pulled out of the race due to a back injury suffered in […]

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NASCAR Cup Series: Will Joey Logano repeat as champion in 2019?

Joey Logano won his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship in the 2018 season. Will he repeat as champion in the 2019 season? Throughout the majority of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series, the “Big Three”, which consisted of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch and Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr., dominated.   These […]