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The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier is shown in the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 21, 2015. When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Tony George’s push for softer walls likely saved Hinchcliffe

Friday, May 22, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing’s most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George. George watched replays of Hinchcliffe’s accident and came to only one conclusion. “That would have been just like …

Smith, Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified series champion Jerry Cook completed the hall’s seventh class yesterday. Smith’s company owns eight tracks …

Hamlin benefits from clean air to win $1 million race

Sunday, May 17, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – Denny Hamlin intently watched the qualifying event for Sprint Cup’s annual All-Star race and noticed, as has been the case in recent years, the driver out front in the waning laps was almost certainly guaranteed the win. As Greg Biffle led all 20 laps of the Sprint Showdown to earn …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BASEBALL Yankees pitcher Whitley goes on DL with sprained right elbow KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The New York Yankees could be without Chase Whitley for the rest of the season after the right-hander went on the disabled list …

Kyle Busch eligible for NASCAR’s Chase despite missing races

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kyle Busch is eligible to compete for the Sprint Cup championship despite missing the first 11 races this season because he was injured. NASCAR announced yesterday it has granted Busch a waiver that would allow …

Sprint Cup’s All-Star race turning from superb show to super bore

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – The lore of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race has been building since 1987, when Dale Earnhardt’s “pass in the grass” gave him the victory. That exciting third installment of the All-Star race was followed by plenty …

NASCAR gearing up for next generation of racing fans

Sunday, May 10, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – On a muggy Saturday afternoon, two children dragged their parents through the garage area at Kansas Speedway, intent on catching up to a hero they had seen only on television. They weren’t after Jeff …

NASCAR appeals officer upholds penalties against RCR

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR’s final appeals officer upheld penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing for intentionally manipulating Ryan Newman’s tires in March. The decision of Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss is final. He ruled yesterday there was “a …

Talladega win reveals a grateful, happy Dale Jr.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was a nearly five-year period for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when being a famous race car driver wasn’t all glitz and glamour. He was a non-factor on the race track, barely even contended at Daytona …

Earnhardt Jr. cruises to first Talladega win since 2004

Monday, May 4, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. – There’s something about Talladega Superspeedway – its ardent Earnhardt fans, the success his family has had at the track – that makes Dale Earnhardt Jr. feel a responsibility to put on a show. He failed …

NASCAR notebook: Harvick’s advice a wise idea for Sprint Cup

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kevin Harvick’s been so good this year, even his ideas have stood out among his competitors. The defending Sprint Cup champion and current points leader had some sage advice when asked how he could improve NASCAR, with a …

Jeff Gordon to drive pace car in Indianapolis 500

Thursday, April 30, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Gordon will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 next month. The four-time NASCAR champion is retiring at the end of this season. He has a background in open-wheel racing, but Gordon has never …

Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

Sunday, April 26, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR’s sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend. Now he has made a …

New Chase format means Cup drivers don’t have to put health on the line

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard …

Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there yesterday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing …