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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 …

So far, not so good for Sprint Cup rules changes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two races is just too early to form a definitive opinion about NASCAR’s new rules package, which was tweaked as part of a concerted effort to improve the racing. Has the 2015 rules package made …

Defending champ Harvick grabs 1st win of season at Las Vegas

Monday, March 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS – After winning the Sprint Cup championship in their first season together, Kevin Harvick and his team came up with a new set of goals this year. Near the top of the list was winning at …

Edwards looks to grab 1st win at Las Vegas for Gibbs

Sunday, March 8, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Only two races into his new job, Carl Edwards is quickly finding his footing at Joe Gibbs Racing. He left Roush Fenway Racing, where he spent the first 11 years of his career, to drive …

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Friday, March 6, 2015

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said yesterday. The decision by the state …

Suspended Busch agrees to NASCAR’s guidelines for eventual reinstatement

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of …

Follow-up weekend to Daytona 500 an all-around mess in Atlanta

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. …

Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself …

Dude, where’s my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – When Travis Kvapil got the call yesterday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. “They said there was trouble with the car,” Kvapil said. “I thought we could figure it out …

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 …

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 …

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 …