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Jenna Fryer: Brian France was right to bring playoffs to NASCAR

Spoilers, tension, a sense of urgency. Heroes, villains. The NASCAR playoffs are playing out with all the drama Brian France envisioned for the elimination-style playoff system he helped launch in …


Jenna Fryer: Wild weekend at home pumps new life into NASCAR

Chase Elliott crashed head-on into a wall and still recovered to win a pivotal race. That wasn’t even the most exciting thing to happen in NASCAR last week. The series …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Roush replacing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with Chris Buescher in 2020

Roush Fenway Racing made a surprise driver change Wednesday, saying Chris Buescher will replace veteran Ricky Stenhouse Jr. next season.


Christopher Bell promoted to Cup Series in Leavine Family Racing seat

Christopher Bell has been promoted to NASCAR’s top series and will drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2020.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. wins again at Richmond; Gibbs’s Erik Jones disqualified

Martin Truex Jr. passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go and won his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series playoff race Saturday night.


Kyle Busch criticism highlights NASCAR’s financial disparity

The massive divide between NASCAR’s heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch’s damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Denny Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil Matt DiBenedetto’s upset bid

Denny Hamlin spoiled Matt DiBenedetto’s shot at his first career victory – just days after DiBenedetto learned he’d been fired – with a late pass at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin …


Denny Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs

Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner …


Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol

There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR’s playoffs. And as free agency hits full steam, drivers need to secure their futures as fast as possible. …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson-Ryan Blaney feud shows no signs of slowing down

Jimmie Johnson’s feud with Ryan Blaney is showing no signs of slowing down, heading into the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson still wants Blaney to apologize for …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

Brad Keselowski wins pole for NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

Brad Keselowski has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The Team Penske driver has three Cup victories this year. He was the fastest in …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Brad Keselowski takes NASCAR Cup pole at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski topped qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his first NASCAR Cup pole since 2017. Keselowski turned a fast lap of 136.384 mph in his Ford to edge …


Kurt Busch, crew chief enjoy victory after Daytona criticism

When fans slammed crew chief Matt McCall for costing Kurt Busch a win at Daytona, he was a good sport and made a video for social media of him reading …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

Xfinity Series race at Daytona begins after rain delay

The Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway has started after a rain delay of 2 hours, 35 minutes. NASCAR had already moved the start of Friday night’s race up …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

NASCAR ready for one final round of Daytona summer fireworks

The midpoint of the NASCAR season is here trying as always to deliver a white-knuckled thrill fest on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. The series is riding a …


Joey Logano lands Daytona pole after qualifying gets canceled

Joey Logano will start Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the pole after qualifying was canceled at Daytona International Speedway. The session was called after lightning was detected near …


Brad Keselowski sends message to Daytona field: ‘I’m not lifting’

Brad Keselowski says he was sending a message to the field by intentionally running into William Byron during practice for the upcoming Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Keselowski …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Fireworks finale: Daytona prepares for last race in July

The July race at Daytona International Speedway is a one-of-a-kind celebration at NASCAR’s most famous track. It also could be history following Saturday night’s 400-mile race. A significant scheduling shakeup …


NASCAR’s top series a two-team show for now

NASCAR’s top series has been a two-team show so far in 2019. Joey Logano’s victory at Michigan gave Team Penske its fifth Cup win of the season. That’s two fewer …


Ford drivers hopeful for more success at Michigan

Ford’s drivers should be motivated this weekend on the manufacturer’s home turf at Michigan, and history suggests they’ll be tough to beat. Ford won both NASCAR Cup Series races at …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

Joey Logano wins 2nd Cup Series pole of season

Joey Logano won his second NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season, just ahead of Aric Almirola. It’s Logano’s 22nd career pole and fourth at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

William Byron tops 173 mph and hits fast lap to win pole at Pocono

William Byron turned a lap of more than 173 mph to win the pole at Pocono Raceway. Byron won his second straight pole in the No. 24 Chevrolet, following up …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

William Byron becomes youngest ever to capture Coca-Cola 600 pole

Charlotte native William Byron became the youngest driver ever to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. The 21-year-old Byron grew up a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway. He …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Tony Stewart, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte elected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Tony Stewart headlines a Joe Gibbs racing trio that has been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside car owner Joe …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

NASCAR strikes $2B deal with ISC, will gain a dozen tracks

NASCAR has announced a $2 billion merger agreement with International Speedway Corporation. The move would give NASCAR control of a dozen racetracks across the country. It could also clear the …


Kyle Larson looking for turnaround after All-Star success

Kyle Larson hopes his big All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the springboard to a big turnaround. Larson had not taken a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event since …


Punch Out: Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman end All-Star Race with fight

Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman fought after the NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday night, Bowyer throwing punches through Newman’s window after the cool-down lap. The two cars had tangled on …


Kyle Larson takes first NASCAR All-Star victory with Kevin Harvick push

Kyle Larson got a big push and a big win. Larson went from sixth to the lead on a final-stage restart after a shove from Kevin Harvick and went on …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Clint Bowyer captures pole for NASCAR All-Star race

Clint Bowyer captured the pole for the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, putting him in terrific position to take home the $1 million first-place prize. Bowyer completed three …


NASCAR to use All-Star race for research, development again

The All-Star race weekend has arrived, so let the car tinkering commence. For the second straight year NASCAR is using the $1 million non-points exhibition race at Charlotte Motor Speedway …