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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 […]

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“A bit like Jimi Hendrix”: virtuoso performance from Alessandro Zanardi

The BMW M Motorsport engineers compare him to a drummer, while Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) himself says: “I feel a bit like Jimi Hendrix.” The manner in which the BMW works driver controls the BMW M8 GTE that he will drive during the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) in January is comparable to a virtuoso performance. […]

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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 […]