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Carl Edwards,right, and Cole Whitt, left, lead Kevin Harvick into the first turn during the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

After Brickyard dud, NASCAR has to head back to the drawing board

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one …

Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole, with Tony Stewart fourth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top starting spot. But he then had to see if two-time race winner and Indiana native …

NASCAR Notebook: Racing hopes for another home run as new packages get second test at Brickyard

Friday, July 24, 2015

The first experiment worked. Now we’ll see if the second one is just as big a hit. At one of auto racing’s sacred grounds, no less. The Sprint Cup heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, one of the biggest events on the schedule, and the racing will be under a …

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 …

Talladega win reveals a grateful, happy Dale Jr.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was a nearly five-year period for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when being a famous race car driver wasn’t all glitz and glamour. He was a non-factor on the race track, barely even contended at Daytona …

Earnhardt Jr. cruises to first Talladega win since 2004

Monday, May 4, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. – There’s something about Talladega Superspeedway – its ardent Earnhardt fans, the success his family has had at the track – that makes Dale Earnhardt Jr. feel a responsibility to put on a show. He failed …