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NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, right, speaks as team owner Richard Petty, left, listens during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. NASCAR announced a new charter system for team owners. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

NASCAR changes structure to charter-based system; race field cut to 40

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors. The change gets away from the independent contractor model that had been used since NASCAR’s 1948 inception. A car owner was responsible …

Stewart to miss start of Sprint Cup season with broken vertebra

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday and he had surgery Wednesday, the team said. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not …

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing is unsure of the extent of his injuries. A team spokesman told the Associated Press that Stewart was injured in a non-racing accident on Sunday. He is being evaluated in an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities. …

Smith delights crowd during off-the-cuff NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bruton Smith, the colorful chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., delighted the audience with an off-the-cuff speech Saturday while accepting his place in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, touching on everything from his building of Charlotte Motor …

NASCAR expands Chase format to other two national series; NHMS opens Truck Series’s Chase

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR is expanding its Chase format to include its feeder series, meaning the champions from the Xfinity and Truck Series will now be crowned in a four-driver shootout at the season finale. The format announced …

Kyle Busch completes comeback to win first Cup title

Sunday, November 22, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in Victory Lane with the championship trophy. Busch completed the ultimate comeback Sunday night by winning his first career Sprint Cup title just …

Jeff Gordon by the numbers

Saturday, November 21, 2015

297,997 miles driven 24,920 laps led 1992 year of first race 796 consecutive career starts 474 top-10 finishes 325 top-5 finishes 151 career winnings (in millions) 93 wins 81 poles 44 years old 24 years competing (also his …

Gordon chases fifth championship before retirement

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – It’s a Hall of Fame career that includes four championships, 93 victories and more than $150 million in winnings. He’s got a beautiful family, a reputation as one of the good guys and a popularity …

Michael Waltrip Racing set for final NASCAR race

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Clint Bowyer wanted the epilogue on Michael Waltrip Racing to focus more on the good times and good people than the missteps that affected the organization since its start. Jet fuel scandal. Race manipulation. Chase …

Harvick primed to defend NASCAR championship at Homestead

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Go ahead, just try and wrestle the Sprint Cup championship away from Kevin Harvick. No driver can put up a fight quite like the champ. A former high school wrestler, Harvick has had a season’s …

Erik Jones clinches Truck Series championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Erik Jones is the youngest champion in NASCAR Truck Series history. The 19-year-old Jones won the title by finishing sixth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, giving Sprint Cup driver Kyle …

Anticlimactic lead in to Homestead finale suits recent trends for NASCAR

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In this topsy-turvy second season of NASCAR’s new championship format, it was only fitting that the race to set the final four ended in an empty, unsatisfying way. A rain delay of nearly seven hours …

Shortened race in Phoenix determines final 3 Chase spots

Monday, November 16, 2015

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. advanced to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship finale after surviving a long Sunday that ended with a rain-shortened race at Phoenix International Raceway. The race …

Kurt Busch hopeful Phoenix finish earns him title chance

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch’s season comes down to one race at the same track where his year officially began. Busch was suspended by NASCAR for the first three races of the season, so his debut didn’t come until March at Phoenix International Raceway. Now, with his championship …

With one race before cutdown, Penske’s Logano and Keselowski in dire need of a win

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last 834 laps raced. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have been on their game at …