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Tires are stacked in front of the inside retaining wall at Daytona International Speedway before the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race  in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Kyle Busch was injured in a crash Saturday in the same area. The track added the tires and plan to install a SAFER barrier system in the future. (AP Photo/David Graham)

NASCAR making plans for SAFER barriers at Daytona, Talladega after Busch injury

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – International Speedway Corp. is developing a plan for the installation of additional SAFER barriers at Daytona and Talladega, and will review the safety standards at its other racetracks. The renewed focus announced yesterday by ISC President John Saunders comes three days after NASCAR star Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a crash into …

Ragan, Jones announced as weekend replacements for Kyle Busch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

David Ragan will drive Kyle Busch’s car in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, while 18-year-old Erik Jones will drive Busch’s car in the Xfinity Series. Busch broke his right leg and left foot when he crashed head-on into a concrete wall Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. He left the Florida hospital yesterday and was transferred to one in Charlotte for …

NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were wrecked, and on the morning of NASCAR’s season-opening showcase, reigning series champion Kevin Harvick warned …

Logano, Hamlin, Newman all fall short in finale

Monday, November 17, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joey Logano’s championship bid ended in the pits on a miserable stop. Denny Hamlin coughed up his shot on a gamble that went bust. Ryan Newman’s ferocious rally from an early deficit was one spot …

Harvick wins Homestead to claim first championship

Monday, November 17, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was no trick to Kevin Harvick’s first Sprint Cup championship. Competing for the title against three other drivers, he seized his opportunity with a relentless dash through the field in the closing laps of …

NASCAR set to crown first-time champion at Homestead

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR’s …

Chairman believes Chase format has improved NASCAR

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – After a wild playoff round filled with brawls and go-for-the-throat racing that left NASCAR’s biggest stars out of title contention, chairman Brian France said yesterday the series would “be delighted” if winless Ryan Newman defied …

Winless Newman on cusp of Cup championship

Friday, November 14, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ryan Newman is the underdog – minus the darling – of Sprint Cup’s final four, making a mockery of the revamped playoff format that was supposed to put a premium on winning. He is the …

Homestead sold out for Sprint Cup’s Chase finale

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NASCAR’s season-ending championship race has sold out all of its grandstand seats. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer said all premium seating has also been sold out for Sunday’s finale. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman …

Format crushes Gordon’s bid for 5th title

Monday, November 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR’s new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had one of the best seasons …

A quick look at the four drivers who made the final Chase

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Joey Logano 5 wins, 16 top 5s, 22 top 10s Denny Hamlin 1 win, 7 top 5s, 17 top 10s Kevin Harvick 4 wins, 13 top 5s, 19 top 10s Ryan Newman 0 wins, 4 top 5s, 15 …

NASCAR’s Kurt Busch facing assault investigation

Saturday, November 8, 2014

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and the police in Delaware said yesterday they are investigating. The Dover Police Department said the allegations were brought to the department Wednesday. …

France felt Keselowski’s move at Texas was fine

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR chairman Brian France, who for at least two years has pushed for racing to become more of a ‘contact sport,’ believes Brad Keselowski did nothing wrong in the way he raced Jeff Gordon in …

Hendrick to pay $185,000 in fines for crew members

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne …

NASCAR penalizes 6 Hendrick crew members for fight

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from NASCAR for their post-race altercation at Texas, but two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl. …