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Austin Dillon (3) goes airborne as he was involved in a multi-car crash on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla.  (Stephen M. DoweLl/The Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT NO SALES

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

Monday, July 6, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life. A wreck that began three rows ahead of him sent cars spinning all over the track. When one turned into him, the …

Sprint Cup race delayed more than 3 hours by rain

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a rain delay of more than three hours, Sunday night’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway started after 11 p.m. As rain delayed his final race at Daytona, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions. Speedway officials handed out thousands of …

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wants grass removed from tracks

Saturday, July 4, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch has become the unwitting poster boy for NASCAR safety improvements. It’s not a role he wanted. But now that it’s been thrust upon him, he’s not shying away from taking the lead on suggesting changes. The Joe Gibbs Racing star said Saturday he would like to see …

Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

Sunday, May 31, 2015

DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson took the congratulatory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie. The six-time series champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sandwiched the 60-pound trophy and smiled for a familiar photo. …

Johnson joins elite 10-at-a-track club

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Drivers with 10 wins at a single racetrack: Richard Petty Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13), Rockingham (11), Daytona (10) Darrell Waltrip Bristol (12), Martinsville (11), North Wilkesboro (10) Dale Earnhardt Talladega (10) David Pearson Darlington (10) Jimmie Johnson Dover (10) …

Edwards races to first victory for new JGR team

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Even a master strategist like Joe Gibbs wasn’t sure his team made the right call. The Super Bowl-winning coach, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, had followed driver Denny Hamlin who was on top down the …

Single duty: Kurt Busch brings double lessons to Charlotte

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – There’s no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch’s hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …