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Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of the grid for Sprint Cup’s next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback paint schemes on their cars, recalling the days when greats like David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt dominated the track “Too Tough To Tame.” At the last Southern 500 in April …

Bowyer holds head high to cling to final Chase berth

Monday, August 24, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – All of the crew members who work on Clint Bowyer’s team know they’ll be out of a job in 12 more races. Like everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing, they face an uncertain future in NASCAR following this week’s announcement that the organization will close at the end of the …

Michael Waltrip Racing releases Bowyer from contract, will race part-time in 2016

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Michael Waltrip’s rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse Wednesday as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season and released Clint Bowyer from his contract to pursue a new job for 2016. The decisions are the fallout from co-owner Rob …

NASCAR makes sensible move by seeking drivers’ opinions on race improvement

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It started last fall as a text message chain that included roughly 20 of NASCAR’s top drivers. The purpose of that group chat was for the drivers to hash out where the current rules package …

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 …