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A NASCAR Win Could Make 2018 Toyota’s Most Successful Year In Racing

This year looks like being a momentous year for Toyota. Not only did Japan’s No 1 carmaker launch an all-new version of the world’s biggest selling car – the Corolla – but it also just announced a major collaboration with Japan’s second-biggest media and telecommunications company Softbank, a conglomerate that Americans may know as the […]

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Kasey Kahne to miss remainder of NASCAR Cup Series season

Kasey Kahne won’t return to the NASCAR Cup Series this season and indicated Tuesday that he might never be able to return to full-bodied stock cars.Kahne, who announced in August that he would not race in NASCAR regularly starting in 2019, has missed the last five races as he has worked with doctors to determine why […]

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Deegan becomes NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ first female winner

Hailie Deegan passed teammate Cole Rouse on the final lap to win Saturday night’s race at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho, becoming the first first female driver to win in the history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In her first season in the series, 17-year-old Deegan had twice been a runner-up in a NASCAR K&N Pro […]

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Israeli driver adds international flair to NASCAR’s Cup race at Richmond on Saturday

Alon Day, a driver from Tel Aviv, Israel, will add an international flair to Saturday’s race at Richmond Raceway when he makes his 2018 Cup series debut. The 26-year-old Day is the first NASCAR driver from Israel to ever compete in the Cup series, according to a news release on Monday from his sponsor, Best Bully Sticks.  Day […]

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NASCAR announces important leadership change

NASCAR today announced that Steve Phelps has been named NASCAR President, effective October 1, 2018. Brent Dewar has elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019. Phelps will assume the duties held by Dewar and […]

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FAST FACTS: TEAM PENSKE WINS 500TH MOTORSPORTS EVENT ON SUNDAY AT LAS VEGAS

Brad Keselowski has enjoyed a truly spectacular September. It began with a victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 2. He won back-to-back NASCAR majors with a triumph in the rain-delayed Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 10. On Sunday at Las Vegas, he added a page to Team Penkse’s rich history by […]

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Keselowski winning streak pumps life into NASCAR playoffs

A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400 — pushed him into the title conversation. His door-slamming race with Denny Hamlin in the […]

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NASCAR HITS THE BRAKES ON MALE DOMINANCE

Brehanna Daniels was munching on a Chick-fil-A sandwich when Norfolk State athletics department member Tiffani-Dawn Sykes suggested a career path that would change her life. It was the spring of 2016, just weeks from graduation, and Daniels — a Spartans senior point guard — was in a quandary about what to do after college: train […]

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Come On — NASCAR Is Not Dying

A skirmish has broken out between the old-time stock-car fans who think NASCAR is headed to Boot Hill — or already has one foot in the grave — and the younger stock-car fans who think the grumblers are too pessimistic when everyone should be … gosh-darn positive! Credit: Getty Images As with most debates, both sides have […]

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FIRST LOOK: 2019 FORD NASCAR MUSTANG FOR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES

One day after the 10,000,000th Mustang rolled off the Ford Assembly line, Ford took the camouflage off its newest version of the Mustang — the one it plans to use in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Tony Stewart, a three-time Cup Series champion and current team owner in the series, did the honors by driving the […]

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Brian France’s Arrest Puts Nascar at a Crossroads

Nascar was already facing headwinds when Brian Z. France, its chief executive and chairman, was pulled over in Sag Harbor, N.Y., Sunday night.France was arrested on charges of drunken driving and drug possession, adding leadership instability to the variety of challenges facing stock car racing, including attendance woes, declining television ratings and opaque finances that potential […]

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Nascar CEO France takes leave of absence following arrest

Nascar president Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the North American stock car-racing series amid reports he was arrested on Sunday for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. In a statement yesterday (Monday) evening, Nascar confirmed that Jim France, Brian’s uncle, will serve as interim chairman and […]

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Driver chemistry set up ‘perfect weekend’ for Long, Nielsen

Road America’s winning GT Daytona combination of Porsche factory driver Patrick Long and two-time IMSA GT Daytona champion Christina Nielsen pointed to chemistry as the underlying key to victory. Coming off a frustrating race at Lime Rock where Long’s pole position went south in the latter stages of the race when mechanical issues intervened, the […]

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Logano wins Watkins Glen Xfinity race as Keselowski spins

Joey Logano reaffirmed his mastery of the road course at Watkins Glen International, but it took a three-wide restart late in Saturday’s Zippo 200 for the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to get the job done. After winning his fourth straight NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at the 2.45-mile track, Logano took teammate […]

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VERSATILE RACER KATHERINE LEGGE TO MAKE NASCAR XFINITY DEBUT

Is there anything that Katherine Legge can’t drive? In the latest addition to an incredibly diverse career, Legge will make her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, driving the No. 15 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro.  Primary support for Legge’s NASCAR effort, which will also include the Xfinity race […]

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NASCAR America: Who will challenge the Big 3 at Watkins Glen?

The Big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have dominated the season. And every week, one major topic of conversation is who can beat them. Parker Kligerman believes Brad Keselowski has the greatest opportunity to add his name to the winner’s list at Watkins Glen International this weekend. “For everything he does wrong at Sonoma and can’t seem […]

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NASCAR needs to change its tone

The sky is not falling on NASCAR, its top executives insist, and a cheerier disposition could go a long way in lifting the black clouds surrounding the series. That is a paraphrase of the message NASCAR chief operating officer Steve Phelps delivered at Pocono Raceway during a weekend sponsorship celebration. Phelps was presenting good news […]

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Kyle Busch holds off teammate Suarez to sweep Pocono weekend

A post-qualifying inspection failure? No problem. A starting position deep in the field for Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway? Just another challenge for Kyle Busch to overcome. Holding off a determined charge from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez in two late restarts — the first after a brutal wreck that sidelined Bubba Wallace — […]

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Time For NASCAR To Embrace The Race Among Its Big Three

Because NASCAR’s “Big Three” of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have combined to win 75% of Cup races this year — 15 of 20 — their dominance could be regarded as another unfortunate trend for the series, especially among non-winning drivers, sponsors and fans. Well, the parity police need to lighten up a little […]

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KEVIN HARVICK USES BUMP-AND-RUN ON KYLE BUSCH TO WIN NASCAR CUP RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

On two straight laps late in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick nudged the No. 18 Toyota of race leader Kyle Busch with his front bumper. Busch retained the lead. But Harvick took more aggressive action on lap 295 of 301, tagging Busch’s car in the center of turns […]

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Martin Truex Jr. Claims Fourth NASCAR Win of 2018 at Kentucky Speedway

The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion dominated the Quaker State 400 to win the race for the second-consecutive year. Martin Truex Jr. started up front in the 2018 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Saturday night. After a dominant performance that included 174 laps-led, he was also up front at the checkered […]

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NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson is the Comeback Kid

America loves a Comeback Kid. When Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on lap 109 of the Coke Zero 400, the fans in the grandstand responded. Jimmy Johnson “I was really surprised,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “I was standing in the booth and Jimmie is battling here to take the lead. And when he did, visually […]

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Venturini Motorsports makes history; starts three female drivers

Stock car racing team Venturini Motorsports has had a tradition of employing women that stretches back for decades.On June 29, the ARCA outfit made history — starting three female drivers in the same race for the first time in the modern era of the sport. Natalie Decker, Leilani Münter and Toni Breidinger finishing 12th, 18th […]

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Toyota has a new NASCAR body and it’s sorta Supra-shaped

Toyota pulled the wraps off of its new NASCAR Thursday at Daytona International Speedway and it looks like Goodwood won’t be the only place we’re seeing new Supra. The Supra will serve as the replacement for the Camry-inspired stock car starting in next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series. Of course, in proud NASCAR tradition, this will just be a […]

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NASCAR Cup Series: 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350 results – Martin Truex Jr. wins

Martin Truex Jr. earned his third victory of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season in the season’s 16th race, the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. earned one victory in the first 13 races of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. The defending Cup Series champion has now won two of the last three […]

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NASCAR results at Pocono: Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Larson for victory

  Martin Truex Jr. won for the second time in three tries at his home track. This is his 17th career win. Kyle Busch thought all the drama was taken out of the race in Stage 3. He couldn’t have been anymore wrong. When Kyle Larson clipped Derrick Cope resulting in a caution late in the […]

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REPORT: TOYOTA SUPRA MAY BE COMING TO NASCAR IN 2019

Would replace the Camry in the Xfinity Series Toyota may campaign the Supra in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series next season. That’s according to a report in Sports Business Journal. The Supra would replace the Camry, which has been Toyota’s model of choice since the manufacturer debuted in NASCAR in 2008. However, representatives from Toyota later denied that such a move is […]

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IS NASCAR MOVING CLOSER TO ELECTRIC RACE CARS?

  The online video network Rated Red lit up the Internet last month with a puzzling report that NASCAR — synonymous with deafening engine roars and pungent gasoline vapors — would go all electric by 2021, inspired by the promise of a new 250-mph electric roadster from that uniquely American automaker, Tesla. The date on that […]

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Confident Hailie Deegan making return to NASCAR Next program

  A year ago, when Hailie Deegan found herself a NASCAR Next rookie, she handled the media with ease, but as a 15-year-old on the threshold of a stock car racing career, the off-road “Dirt Princess” was admittedly shy. Today, the shyness is extinct, and at 16, Deegan ventures into her second year in the […]

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Kevin Harvick survives crazy final laps to win KC Masterpiece 400

 Hot Kevin Harvick got a little bit hotter Saturday night in the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway, surviving a crazy final 30 laps and getting past defending race and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champ Martin Truex Jr. with a lap and a half left to record his fifth victory of the season and his […]

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France family considering NASCAR sale – reports

The idea that the France family could sell NASCAR is once again picking up traction. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters posted a report late Monday that the France family is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. “to identify a potential deal for the company.” Any deal would include a majority stake in the company. NASCAR was […]

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Saving American muscle is NASCAR’s future

The glorious thunder of the Talladega Superspeedway will one day be a living museum of sound.There is nothing like it, that mechanized conflagration of stock cars breathing an audible firestorm down the frontstretch, and there will not be anything like it ever again. “Do you hear that?” a future father or grandfather will one day […]

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NASCAR Acquires ARCA Racing Series

Nascar has acquired the ARCA Racing Series, another U.S. stock car racing series. The deal was signed Wednesday and announced by NASCAR and ARCA during a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama Friday. ARCA and NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series are parts of a Talladega tripleheader of racing that began […]

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Kyle Busch pulls away at Richmond for third straight Cup victory

 Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory, celebrated, and then got yelled at by his boss.Joe Gibbs, it seems, hadn’t seen Busch climb into the crowd to acknowledge what appeared to be a friendly fan.”You did?” Gibbs said. “Oh my gosh! You should not do that. You run a risk.” For Busch, though, it […]

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Harvick scores one for the old guard at Atlanta

While he was kicking everyone’s hind end at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Kevin Harvick also delivered a larger message.The old dogs still know the most tricks.A day after leading 141 laps of a 163-lap Xfinity Series race, Harvick dominated Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race to the tune of 181 laps led and […]

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Charlize Theron talks about her SA car racing roots

 Charlize Theron stole the show at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 over the weekend.The South African beauty waved a green flag to start the 500-mile race wearing sexy black leather skinnies and a black Patti Smith tee. In an interview with NASCAR.com, Charlize – who is the race’s honourary starter […]