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Rick Hendrick buys Greg Olsen's Camaro for $100,000

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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen last week auctioned off a 1969 Camaro to benefit his charity, and the buyer was another big name in Charlotte sports.

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who heads the Hendrick Auto Group and Hendrick Motorsports, bought the antique car for $100,000. All the sale's proceeds, including the auction fee, benefit...Read more

Jeff Gordon has learned plenty in first stint as NASCAR TV commentator

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Jeff Gordon will wrap up his first stint as a television commentator at Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 when Fox's 16-race portion of broadcasting this NASCAR season ends.

Gordon, a four-time Cup champion who retired from driving after last season, has been considered a success behind the microphone. He's done it sitting beside ...Read more

Kasey Kahne finds thrills on, off racetrack

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SONOMA, Calif. -- The thrill seeker in Kasey Kahne obviously isn't content with sitting behind a steering wheel and speeding around NASCAR tracks across the country against drivers of similar fortitude.

No, Kahne has taken the thrills a step further. The guy has come face-to-face with sharks. Real sharks.

"I wasn't nervous at all," he said of ...Read more

Midterms 2016: Grading NASCAR's Sprint Cup teams so far

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As NASCAR's Sprint Cup season nears its halfway point, here's a report card on the sport's most prominent teams:

Joe Gibbs Racing -- A

The Gibbs team really hasn't missed a beat after Kyle Busch won the 2015 Cup championship. JGR's four drivers (Busch, three; Carl Edwards, two; Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth) have won nearly half (seven) of the ...Read more

Company says supporters of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace maligning it on social media

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An Indian Trail, N.C., company says it's being unfairly maligned on social media since one of its more than 70 employees was accused of participating in an assault on NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter Lindsey.

"The efforts being made to disparage our business and negatively impact its hardworking employees is both disturbing and ...Read more

Texas Motor Speedway's IndyCar race rescheduled for Aug. 27

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Firestone 600 has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, as heavy rainfall at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend has soaked the racing surface.

Showers began to fall at 2:42 p.m. Sunday, which halted the race after 71 laps. The race must have completed 125 laps of 248 scheduled to become official.

With more rain in ...Read more

Joey Logano wins NASCAR race at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Joey Logano broke his season-long winless streak, dominating Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano finished ahead of two young drivers who are still looking for their first career victories -- rookie Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson. Logano's margin over Elliott was .889 of a ...Read more

Kyle Busch's up-and-down NASCAR season down again

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A month ago, Kyle Busch was dreaming lofty dreams, even wondering if he could complete a sweep of the tracks on NASCAR's Cup circuit.

Now, Busch is just trying to stay competitive.

The engine in Busch's No. 18 Toyota blew on the 52nd lap of Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, dooming Busch to ...Read more

Kurt Busch riding high after first NASCAR victory of season

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kurt Busch will drive in Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, hoping to win for a second consecutive week on NASCAR's Cup circuit.

Then it will be off to the Middle East next week for what Busch describes as a working vacation.

Busch will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, to watch Formula 1's Grand ...Read more

Suarez overtakes Busch, wins NASCAR Xfinity Menards 250

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Daniel Suarez overtook Kyle Busch with two laps remaining and went on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Menards 250 on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Suarez became the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR national series race and the sixth foreign driver to win in the NASCAR Xfinity series. The others are Larry ...Read more

Dave Jones, father of NASCAR driver Erik Jones, dies

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Dave Jones, father of Xfinity Series driver Erik Jones, has died after a brief bout with cancer. He was 53.

Dave Jones' death was confirmed on Twitter by his son, who drove in the Xfinity race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

The Jones family is from nearby Byron, Mich. Erik Jones, last season's Truck series ...Read more

NASCAR tweaking aero package for Michigan race

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NASCAR continues to reduce the downforce in its Cup series aerodynamic package.

With a new downforce setup already successfully in place for this season, NASCAR is going even lower this weekend for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway and will do so again in July at Kentucky Speedway.

If the changes meet the approval ...Read more

Can IndyCar keep momentum at Texas?

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- IndyCar hasn't been in this favorable of a position in recent years, and Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage is hopeful the open-wheel racing series takes full advantage of the opportunity presented to it.

The series is two weeks removed from the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, a historic moment that has ...Read more

Chase Elliott learning as he goes as Pocono showed

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Chase Elliott might be a rookie, but the son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott grew up racing just about anything with an engine and four tires.

Elliott arrived on the sport's biggest series armed with a lot of experience, and picked up some more Monday -- the hard way -- at Pocono Raceway.

Elliott led the most laps (51), had one ...Read more

Juan Pablo Montoya toys with Robosaurus, but focused on victory

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Juan Pablo Montoya admits that his job doesn't really feel like a job most days.

Thursday served as another reminder when the IndyCar driver got behind the controls of "Robosaurus," a 40-foot tall transformer that weighs more than 30 tons, and destroyed a car during a promotional stop in Dallas.

"Wow, it's pretty cool," Montoya said. "If they ...Read more

Kyle Larson crew chief suspended for NASCAR lug nut violation

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NASCAR has suspended and fined crew chief Chad Johnston for lug nut violations on driver Kyle Larson's No. 42 Chevy at Monday's race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Johnston will miss this week's race at Michigan International Speedway and was fined $20,000. He is also on probation through Dec. 31.

Johnston is the third crew chief in recent weeks to ...Read more

Unassuming Scott Dixon among IndyCar greats

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Scott Dixon may not be a household name given his quiet, unassuming nature. But, make no mistake, Dixon is one of the all-time greats in IndyCar and should gain more appreciation as his career winds down.

He's tied with Al Unser Sr. for fourth in all-time wins at 39, trailing A.J. Foyt (67), Mario Andretti (52) and Michael Andretti (42). He has...Read more

Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon spar after Pocono race

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LONG POND, Pa. -- The bad blood between Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon hasn't stopped, no matter than the former driver of the No. 24 car has moved to the broadcast booth.

Keselowski fired shots at Gordon following Monday's Axalta 400 for Gordon's comments concerning Keselowski's penalty history during the race, which Kurt Busch won at Pocono ...Read more

Christopher Bell looking for better truck showing at Texas

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Christopher Bell put his name on the map a year ago as one of the young, promising prospects to watch in the NASCAR world.

As a 20-year-old making his debut last June in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway, Bell finished fifth. He then won his third career truck race, the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, and posted ...Read more

Kurt Busch wins Sprint Cup race at Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Kurt Busch only had enough fuel to last 158 of the 160 laps. He needed to fuel up or save up. His crew members put on their gear and lined the wall along pit road. If he needed to make one final stop, they were ready.

But Busch never had to stop.

He maneuvered his car with the help of interim crew chief Johnny Klausmeier and ...Read more