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Jenna Fryer: Wild weekend at home pumps new life into NASCAR

Chase Elliott crashed head-on into a wall and still recovered to win a pivotal race. That wasn’t even the most exciting thing to happen in NASCAR last week. The series …



UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Roush replacing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with Chris Buescher in 2020

Roush Fenway Racing made a surprise driver change Wednesday, saying Chris Buescher will replace veteran Ricky Stenhouse Jr. next season.


Christopher Bell promoted to Cup Series in Leavine Family Racing seat

Christopher Bell has been promoted to NASCAR’s top series and will drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2020.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Jenna Fryer: IndyCar closes season feeling relevant again

It feels like the 1990s again in IndyCar, which closed its season with a throwback tour to a pair of treasured old haunts, a compelling championship race and a rookie …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Josef Newgarden wins championship and Colton Herta wins IndyCar finale

Josef Newgarden won his second championship in three years with a smooth drive in the IndyCar season finale, where he played it safe and watched rookie Colton Herta dominate the …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Sebastian Vettel ends 13-month winless run; Ferrari 1-2 at Singapore

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took advantage of an early pit stop to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and end a 13-month winless streak in Formula One.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

Martin Truex Jr. wins again at Richmond; Gibbs’s Erik Jones disqualified

Martin Truex Jr. passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go and won his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series playoff race Saturday night.


Kyle Busch criticism highlights NASCAR’s financial disparity

The massive divide between NASCAR’s heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch’s damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over …


Clint Bowyer speeds to surprise pole in Las Vegas

Clint Bowyer has won just the third pole of his Cup career in time to open NASCAR’s playoffs.


Jimmie Johnson’s playoff run ends as Kevin Harvick captures 2nd Brickyard

Kevin Harvick’s nearly flawless Brickyard 400 run Sunday ruined any chance of Jimmie Johnson executing his in-and-in playoff strategy. A crash with 55 laps to go made it official: Johnson’s …


Kyle Busch holds off Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Kyle Busch needed a little help to return to victory lane Saturday. First, he inherited the lead when the leaders crashed with eight laps to go. Then, on …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Erik Jones holds off teammate Kyle Busch to win rain-delayed Southern 500

Erik Jones took the lead less than 90 laps from the end and held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch over the final 50 laps to win the rain-delayed …


Dale Earnhardt puts aside plane crash to run at Darlington

A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Motorsport in mourning after F2 driver Anthoine Hubert dies

An idyllic day for motor racing, under clear blue skies and late-summer sunshine on a picturesque track in Belgium, ended with the death of a 22-year-old French driver on Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

Denny Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil Matt DiBenedetto’s upset bid

Denny Hamlin spoiled Matt DiBenedetto’s shot at his first career victory – just days after DiBenedetto learned he’d been fired – with a late pass at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

Josef Newgarden gets Pocono pole after rain wipes out qualifying

IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden will start on the pole at Pocono Raceway after rain washed out qualifying. The field has been set on points: Alexander Rossi starts second, followed …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Tyler Reddick drives from last to 1st to win Bristol

Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late. Reddick, the Xfinity Series points …


Denny Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs

Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner …


Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol

There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR’s playoffs. And as free agency hits full steam, drivers need to secure their futures as fast as possible. …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

IndyCar at Pocono Raceway faces uncertain future

IndyCar and Pocono Raceway could be headed toward another split. The track has no deal for the open-wheel series to return for an eighth straight year in 2020, and another …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Top-seeded Brett Moffitt wins NASCAR Truck playoff opener

Brett Moffitt pulled away won a restart with three laps to go and won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ playoff opener at Bristol Motor Speedway to earn a spot …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes weekend off after plane crash near Bristol

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were involved in a plane crash as the family landed …


Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

Kevin Harvick won a NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight year, giving him two victories this year and 47 in his career. Harvick is hopeful …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson-Ryan Blaney feud shows no signs of slowing down

Jimmie Johnson’s feud with Ryan Blaney is showing no signs of slowing down, heading into the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson still wants Blaney to apologize for …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Brad Keselowski wins pole for NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

Brad Keselowski has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The Team Penske driver has three Cup victories this year. He was the fastest in …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019

Auto racing roundup: Chase Elliott repeats at Watkins Glen; John Force wins 150th Funny Car title in NHRA

A year after racing to his first career NASCAR Cup victory at Watkins Glen, Chase Elliott won a second time in the No. 9 for Hendrick Motorsports, besting Martin Truex …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Brad Keselowski takes NASCAR Cup pole at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski topped qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his first NASCAR Cup pole since 2017. Keselowski turned a fast lap of 136.384 mph in his Ford to edge …


Bigger tires in store for Formula One

Formula One tires are getting a makeover to make them look more like the ones auto racing fans can buy for their own cars. The circuit will switch to 18-inch …


Kurt Busch, crew chief enjoy victory after Daytona criticism

When fans slammed crew chief Matt McCall for costing Kurt Busch a win at Daytona, he was a good sport and made a video for social media of him reading …