After Daytona crash, experts offer 3 solutions to keep race fans safe

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Once again, NASCAR's fans and leaders had reason to gasp.

At 2:41 a.m. Monday, in the final lap of a race at Daytona, Austin Dillon's car hit a competitor's and then went airborne, slamming into the fence that's designed to protect fans.

The safety fence kept the car out of the stands, and Dillon walked away with only bruises. But debris from ...Read more

Brian France: NASCAR's 'hard at work' reviewing Daytona crash

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For the third time since 2012, NASCAR finds itself dealing with the aftermath of fans injured as a result of a wreck at its premier racing venue -- Daytona International Speedway.

Moments after Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag shortly before 3 a.m. Monday in the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400, a multi-car accident erupted behind him that ...Read more

Austin Dillon on speeds, frightening crash at Daytona: 'It's really not acceptable'

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Austin Dillon walked away from a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning with a bruised tailbone and forearm and a strong opinion about racing at NASCAR's fastest tracks.

Dillon's Chevrolet careened at about 200 mph into a 22-foot high catch fence along the frontstretch of Daytona ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. outruns last-lap crash to win Coke Zero 400

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 that stretched into the early hours of Monday and featured a fence-mangling accident involving Austin Dillon at the end of the race.

Earnhardt, who started the race on the pole, won for the second time this season.

Dillon was part of a pack of cars immediately behind ...Read more

Kyle Busch accepts role of safety advocate

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch might now be a reluctant ambassador for safety in NASCAR, but he understands that's probably what he's become and the importance of that role.

"I've never wanted to be an advocate of spearheading safety initially," Busch said. "But it seems like I've take on that role with the injuries I had."

Busch was ...Read more

Rico Abreu on fast track to big success

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Rico Abreu did an exceptional job explaining how life ought to work.

"There are people that have first seen me over the years; obviously I look different with my short stature," he said Thursday. "They see me for what I look like.

"But over the last year or two, I think people know me as a race-car driver now. And it's getting better and ...Read more

Pittsburgh-area track won't restrict Confederate flags

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After NASCAR said Friday that it was up to small-track owners to decide whether or not they want to restrict Confederate flags, the owner of the Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa., said he won't take any action because there just aren't a lot of the flags present at the Pittsburgh-area raceway.

"Whether it's geography or something else, our ...Read more

Crash in Daytona Cup practice collects 10 cars, including Kyle Busch's

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Race weekend at Daytona International Speedway got off to a bang-up start Friday.

Minutes into the first Sprint Cup practice of the day, a multicar wreck sent several drivers to backup cars for Sunday's Coke Zero 400.

The wreck was precipitated by Ford-driving Brad Keselowski, who touched the back bumper of Kyle Busch, ...Read more

Some race fans still fly Confederate flag at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR fan Alex Lee says that if the Confederate flag he's displaying this weekend at Daytona International Speedway was to be banned by the track, he'd come anyway.

But it's not prohibited, so the flag remained draped at his infield campsite Friday as Lee and roommate Zeca Gama awaited Saturday's Subway 200 Xfinity ...Read more

NBC returns to NASCAR at Daytona

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This weekend, NASCAR fans will see a changing of the guard when it comes to TV coverage of Sprint Cup and Xfinity series races.

In some respects, there should be a familiar feel with NBC Sports -- the network broadcast NASCAR events as recently as 2006.

But in many, many other aspects, NBC's latest venture into NASCAR likely will seem like a ...Read more

NASCAR tracks tell fans to leave Confederate flag at home

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Texas Motor Speedway is among the tracks encouraging racing fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag during race weekends.

In a statement from NASCAR Industry Members, which includes TMS' parent company Speedway Motorsports Inc., reads:

"As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the ...Read more

Kyle Busch wins Toyota/Save Mart 350 after late pass

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Kyle Busch passed Jimmie Johnson with five laps to go and pulled away to capture the Toyota/Save Mart 350 for the second time on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.

Busch held off brother Kurt Busch, who took second, and third place Clint Bowyer over the final three laps for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season and his ...Read more

Allmendinger wins NASCAR pole at Sonoma

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Once again, AJ Allmendinger could be on the road to a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' championship chase.

Allmendinger, who qualified for last year's Chase for the Cup by winning on the road course at Watkins Glen, won the pole Saturday for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Starting from the pole on a 10-turn,...Read more

Ford focuses on racing performance

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Some might say Dave Pericak has a lot of work ahead of him.

But for the new director of Global Ford Performance, challenges are a necessary and rewarding part of the job.

Pericak joined Ford in 1994, working at a parts plant, and has worked his way up through the manufacturer and was named chief engineer of the Ford Mustang in 2008, a position...Read more

Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Two of NASCAR's biggest stars expressed support Friday for NASCAR's stance this week on removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.

Four-time Cup series champion Jeff Gordon and NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., said they agreed with NASCAR's support this week of the efforts of S....Read more

Jeff Gordon on Confederate flag controversy: 'I support NASCAR'

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Jeff Gordon, who grew up in Northern California, will make his final start at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. On Friday, Gordon was asked about his reaction to NASCAR's statement this week that it supported the efforts of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and others to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South ...Read more

NASCAR backs effort to remove Confederate flag from S.C. Statehouse

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NASCAR, a sport with a rich Southern heritage, announced on Tuesday that it supported the effort by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

NASCAR sanctions several races in South Carolina, including one annually in its premier Sprint Cup Series at Darlington (S.C.) ...Read more

Microsoft named official tech partner of NASCAR

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As part of a multi-year agreement, Microsoft has been named the official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports.

NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports will adopt the new Windows 10 platform and Microsoft Azure, a cloud-computing platform. Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as a spokesman to ...Read more

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at a glance

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Toyota/Save Mart 350

--What: 110 laps (218.9 miles)

--Where: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, a 1.99-mile, 10-turn paved road course.

--When: 3 p.m. EDT, June 28.

--TV: Fox Sports 1

--Radio: Performance Racing Network

--Last year's winner: Carl Edwards

--This week: Atticat 300, Xfinity Series, Chicagoland Speedway, 9:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, Fox ...Read more

Xfinity Series leader Chris Buescher on top of his game

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The view from the top is one Chris Buescher enjoys.

That may be in large part because of how far he has come from the bottom.

Buescher enters Saturday night's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway as the series points leader behind two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 13 races this season.

That's a far cry from a ...Read more