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NASCAR driver Brian Vickers answers questions at a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Vickers will replace injured Tony Stewart in the Daytona 500 auto race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500. His ubiquitous commercial – which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer – was about the only way Vickers stayed in the spotlight for most of the last year. …

NASCAR’s new charter system shuts out storied Wood Brothers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been 10 years since the Wood Brothers completed a full Sprint Cup season, and they stopped trying to make it to the track each week in 2009. NASCAR’s oldest race team didn’t have the funds to keep up with the competition, and a scaled-back approach was what the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Danica Patrick stays with SHR; new sponsor Nature’s Bakery

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Danica Patrick’s fit and healthy lifestyle has landed her a new sponsor that allows her to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing. SHR announced a deal Tuesday that makes Nature’s Bakery the primary sponsor of Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet beginning …

Kenseth in control at Michigan, wins 3rd Cup race of season

Sunday, August 16, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Matt Kenseth had little to say about how NASCAR’s rules package affected his race at Michigan International Speedway. “I didn’t see much of the race, which was totally fine with me,” he said. “We were …

Sprint Cup notebook: Despite fast cars, Keselowski consistently falling short of Victory Lane

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Around this time last year, Brad Keselowski seemed to be winning without trying. Funny how things change. These days, it’s as if the former champion can’t buy those wins that once came so easily. “This point last year …

Kenseth takes pole at Michigan, Gibbs drivers sweep top 3

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Matt Kenseth won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three spots in qualifying Friday. Kenseth won with a lap of 197.488 mph in his No. 20 Toyota, with teammates Denny Hamlin and Carl …

NASCAR takes step to address heat concerns at Michigan

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR has addressed the heat issues that plagued last month’s racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a rules mandate for this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Drivers complained it was too hot in the cockpit …

NASCAR speed pioneer, Daytona 500 winner Baker dies at 74

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Buddy Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and at 6-foot-6 was NASCAR’s “Gentle Giant,” died Monday. He was 74. Baker died after a brief battle with lung cancer, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said. Baker left …

Logano wins at Watkins Glen, saves fuel this time

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano kept his foot on the gas pedal a little bit longer than usual after taking the checkered flag at Watkins Glen International, a huge cloud of smoke wafting toward Victory Lane. This …

Allmendinger, Kyle Busch ready to ride at Watkins Glen

Saturday, August 8, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – AJ Allmendinger knows all too well what’s at stake on the road course at Watkins Glen International. So, too, does Kyle Busch. Both drivers enter Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at the storied road course …

Stewart still struggling a year after Ward Jr.’s fatal wreck

Friday, August 7, 2015

As he ran out of gas on the final lap Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Tony Stewart wearily asked his team where he finished. Ninth, he was told. “Hell, I’ll take that,” he replied. It was a curiously calm …