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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. …

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should …

Rain at Dover washes out qualifying; Kenseth on pole

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DOVER, Del. – For a driver on the brink of championship elimination, Kevin Harvick might have the biggest target at Dover. The mission is clear: Knock out Harvick, knock out a champion. “Everyone in this Chase knows they …

Column: Retirement will give Tony Stewart freedom he seeks

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart picked his way through the crowd surrounding a red carpet at Chicagoland Speedway to make his way to the pre-race driver meeting. Dance music blared from two large speakers at the front of …

Kenseth, Gibbs back on top after win at NHMS

Monday, September 28, 2015

LOUDON – Matt Kenseth wasn’t trying to make a pass for the lead during the waning stages of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. All the driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota really wanted …

NHMS notes: Fans give Gordon a fond farewell

Monday, September 28, 2015

LOUDON – The boos he often heard were long gone. There wasn’t even a trace of the vitriol he used to experience from one Sprint Cup crowd to another. Nothing but cheers came down from the stands at …

Newman cautious despite strong start to Chase

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – He was the Cinderella story of last year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, and he’s off to a better start this year. Time to start booking Ryan Newman’s spot in Homestead for the Chase finale? No …

Drew Bonifant column: How to approach the Chase? Depends on who you ask

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – There are 16 drivers eligible in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship – and by the sound of it, 16 different ways to approach the thing. “Consistency first,” Penske driver Joey Logano said. “We’ve seen …

Dillon dominates for Truck Series victory

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – In just his fourth Camping World Truck Series start in Loudon, Austin Dillon won the UNOH 175 on Saturday, taking the checkered flag from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We won everything this weekend,” …

NASCAR driver Erik Jones proving himself at every level on path to Sprint Cup

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – Erik Jones has heard the chatter. Teen sensation. Phenom. Rising star. And so on. “You hear it, and you see it,” the Camping World Truck Series driver said. “I try to ignore it more and more, …

Carl Edwards wins pole at New Hampshire for second Chase race

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – Carl Edwards will start from the pole in his bid to give Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth straight victory. Edwards continued JGR’s dominance with a lap of 137.980 mph to win the Sprint Cup pole Friday …

Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers prepare for another pressure-packed weekend

Friday, September 25, 2015

Joey Logano stood in Victory Lane last September with a lobster in his hands and his name etched into the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, both results of his win in the Sylvania 300 …

Jeff Gordon to become NASCAR’s newest Iron Man

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Jeff Gordon takes the green flag for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he will set the mark as NASCAR’s new Iron Man. Gordon will be making his 789th consecutive start, passing Ricky …