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Team Penske stakes claim as Daytona 500 favorites

Team Penske again dominates at Daytona as Ryan Blaney wins qualifying race for the Daytona 500. Penske has 2 wins at Speedweeks. Chase Elliott won the 2nd qualifying race in …


NASCAR team owner Roger Penske confirms new Ford body coming in 2019

In 2017, it was Toyota’s turn for a remodel. This season, it’s the new Chevrolet Camaro. It appears 2019 will be Ford’s turn to update its product.


‘Grandpa’ Jimmie Johnson determined to win 8th NASCAR championship

Jimmie Johnson has never hitched a ride for an afternoon on a champion’s float that snakes down closed city streets. The professional sports teams bask in the celebration of hundreds …


Kurt Busch sets aim on becoming 4th repeat Daytona 500 champ

Kurt Busch is ready for his close-up outside the car. Busch signed with an entertainment agency in the offseason and may soon make the leap from stock cars to the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to race at least one more time, and at his lucky track

After retiring in November from NASCAR’s Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled a stunner over the weekend and announced plans to drive in an Xfinity series race at Richmond (Va.) …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Robert Yates posthumously inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Robert Yates has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and was able to write his own speech for the ceremony. The championship-winning car owner and engine builder was …


Racing pioneer Dan Gurney dead from pneumonia complications

Dan Gurney, the first driver with victories in each of the Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 86.


2017 Daytona 500 champ Kurt Busch returns to SHR

Kurt Busch will return to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 season. Busch will start his fifth season with SHR with a new crew chief. Busch will be paired on the …


From D-Day landing in WWII to NASCAR champion, Walter ‘Bud’ Moore Jr. accomplished plenty

Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., a decorated World War II veteran and Hall of Fame NASCAR owner, died Monday night at the age of 92.


Danica Patrick crashes in final NASCAR race as full-time driver

Danica Patrick climbed out of her burning, smoke-filled, wrecked race car and trudged toward pit road. She pulled off her gloves and helmet in frustration before being taken to the …


Party time! Dale Earnhardt Jr. throws epic retirement party after finale

Dale Earnhardt Jr. threw his own retirement party on pit road. Earnhardt popped out of his car, flashed a thumbs-up sign and chugged a Budweiser. Drenched in sweat and suds, …


Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st NASCAR title

Martin Truex Jr. capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion. Truex wrapped up his first Cup title Sunday night by winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where …


William Byron gives Dale Jr.’s race team Xfinity title

Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the best retirement gift he could have asked for when William Byron won the Xfinity Series championship for JR Motorsports on Saturday, one day before Earnhardt’s …


Coach quits over racist tweets aimed at black NASCAR driver

A Wisconsin high school golf coach has resigned and apologized for a series of racist tweets aimed at NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr.


Chase Elliott falls just short of earning championship spot

Chase Elliott needed a victory to reach NASCAR’s championship finale and had it in his sights, taking a late lead Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.


Jimmie Johnson’s title chase ends with wreck in Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson’s bid for a record eighth NASCAR championship is over.


Matt Kenseth wins and Brad Keselowski earns championship berth

Matt Kenseth doesn’t get to end his career the way he hoped. He thinks he’s got a handful of good years left in him, and can win races and compete …


Kevin Harvick passes Martin Truex Jr. for Texas win, both clinch title shots

The timing was perfect for Kevin Harvick’s first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Texas. So was his winning pass.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson still 2 options for chance at 8th NASCAR Cup title

Jimmie Johnson still has two very conceivable options for a chance to race for his record-breaking eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship.


Matt Kenseth plans time off in 2018, not calling it retirement

Matt Kenseth isn’t using the word retirement even though the former Cup Series champion is no longer looking for a ride in NASCAR’s top series for next season.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

Kyle Busch earns spot in championship race at Martinsville

Kyle Busch is the first driver into NASCAR’s championship race, using an overtime pass of teammate Denny Hamlin to win Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.


Jimmie Johnson spins in qualifying before Martinsville playoff race

Jimmie Johnson will start last in Sunday’s playoff race at Martinsville Speedway because the seven-time champion spun in qualifying.


Martin Truex Jr. wins with heavy heart in Kansas

Martin Truex Jr. learned overnight that one of the Furniture Row Racing team’s crew members, Jim Watson, died of a heart attack while in Kansas City for the race. So …


Martin Truex Jr. lands 36-race sponsorship deal for 2018

Having the best team in NASCAR has paid off, finally, for Furniture Row Racing.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. eyes repeat performance

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was all over the scoreboard at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His Roush-Fenway Racing team worked all day to salvage a strong finish in the opening race of the …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. wins yet another playoff race for Toyota

Martin Truex Jr. gave Toyota yet another victory in NASCAR’s playoffs – the manufacturer is 4 for 4 so far – on a humid Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


NASCAR moves Sunday’s start because of Hurricane Nate

Rain has wreaked havoc with NASCAR’s opening race for the second round of the playoffs.


Denny Hamlin takes pole for NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte

Denny Hamlin’s streak is alive. Hamlin topped qualifying Friday night for the NASCAR Cup playoff race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the 13th straight year he has captured a …


Kyle Busch spoils Chase Elliott’s run at Dover for 2nd straight win

Chase Elliott rubbed his head and leaned against his car, crestfallen as he replayed the final laps in his mind. Jimmie Johnson, his champion teammate, walked over to offer some …


Martin Truex Jr. wins pole at Dover for 3rd NASCAR playoff race

Martin Truex Jr. has tried to enjoy his career year as much as he can. The veteran driver says he never knows when the run might end.