Betty Jane France, NASCAR matriarch, died Monday, family says

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Betty Jane France, founder and chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation and wife of former NASCAR Chairman and CEO Bill France Jr., died Monday, according to a statement from the family.

Lesa France Kennedy, her daughter, said in a statement on her mother's passing that appeared on the International Speedway Corporation Web site.

"Betty ...Read more

NASCAR's Chase field gets 2 more drivers

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Tony Stewart's spot in NASCAR's Chase is now set. Rookie Chris Buescher's still isn't -- but he's in better shape than he might have been.

Stewart finished 21st in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. More importantly, he clinched a spot inside the top 30 in the points standings with two races ...Read more

Kyle Larson wins first career NASCAR Cup race

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kyle Larson drove away from the field on a final restart and won the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, the first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of Larson's career.

Larson trailed rookie Chase Elliott when the caution flag flew with 13 laps left. But Larson, despite spinning his tires on the restart, got a push from Brad Keselowski and ...Read more

NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 preview

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Everything you need to know about Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway:

Three things to watch

--1. NASCAR will test -- again -- its 2017 aero dynamic package. It's an even lower downforce package than the 2016 version and it's the third time this season it's been experimented with. Officials hope it helps cars manage ...Read more

Alex Bowman again filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., will start 6th Sunday

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Alex Bowman was ready this time.

When Bowman got the word this week that Hendrick Motorsports would again need him to drive in relief of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Bowman knew where to go, what to do and when to do it.

That's in contrast to the first time he was ...Read more

Ben Kennedy working to make his own way in NASCAR

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Ben Kennedy was never guaranteed a career as a NASCAR driver.

Yes, Kennedy has connections. He is the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, the nephew of NASCAR chairman Brian France and the son of Lesa France Kennedy, the CEO of International Speedway Corp.

But before Ben Kennedy ever strapped himself into a NASCAR ...Read more

Martin Truex blasts to fastest speed in Pure Michigan 400 practice

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Martin Truex Jr. showed again that the underdog can get it done in NASCAR.

Truex, who drives for the single-car Furniture Row Racing outfit based in Denver, was the fastest in the first practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Drivers are preparing for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race, the 24th of 36 ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least 2 more races with concussion symptoms

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more NASCAR Sprint Cup races, with Alex Bowman filling in this week at Michigan International Speedway and Jeff Gordon at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway next week, Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday.

Earnhardt, 41, has missed five races with concussion symptoms and hasn't been cleared by doctors to ...Read more

What you need to know about the Firestone 600 resuming at TMS

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Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the IndyCar race weekend in June, but the race is set to resume eight weeks later, Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Drivers will complete the final 177 laps of the 248-lap Firestone 600, after the race was red-flagged because of rain. The race should be completed within 90 minutes, if that, and IndyCar and TMS ...Read more

Kevin Harvick wins rain-delayed Bristol race

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- This was supposed to be Bristol Motor Speedway's annual night race. And thanks to all the raindrops it ended that way one day late.

Long rain delays Saturday night and Sunday afternoon finally came to an end with Kevin Harvick's early evening finish in the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race.

Harvick won a race very much of ...Read more

Girlfriend's cancer fight inspires Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. has so much to race for this season.

But it's not the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship fight that is foremost on his mind as he heads to Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills next weekend.

Truex is running for his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, from Brighton, who tweeted out last Monday she is a two-year ovarian cancer ...Read more

Carl Edwards takes the pole at Bristol, edging out Hamlin

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Carl Edwards has now swept this season's poles at Bristol Motor Speedway. He's hoping to also sweep the Sprint Cup racing here.

Edwards, winner in April of the Food City 500, once again won the pole Friday with a final-round speed of 131.407 mph.

He did that without ever rehearsing a qualifying lap during Friday's two ...Read more

Bryan Clauson killed in Kansas racing crash

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Carmichael, Calif., native Bryan Clauson, considered the top dirt-track driver in the country, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a crash in Kansas. He was 27.

His death was announced Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A statement from his family said Clauson "fought to the end."

"This is truly one of the darkest days in the (60...Read more

Denny Hamlin grabs NASCAR road-course victory at Watkins Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Denny Hamlin won the first road-course race of his career Sunday, taking the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

Hamlin finished ahead of Joey Logano, who took advantage of a Brad Keselowski-induced spinout by Martin Truex Jr. on the final corner of the race. Truex had been on Hamlin's ...Read more

Furniture Row Racing announces 2nd NASCAR team for 2017

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Furniture Row Racing wrapped up a significant weekend of news Sunday, announcing that it will add a second Sprint Cup team for the 2017 season with Erik Jones driving.

Jones, 20, is considered one of NASCAR's rising young stars. He won the 2015 Truck Series championship and has three victories this season in the Xfinity ...Read more

Martin Truex Jr. happy at Furniture Row Racing, signs two-year extension

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Martin Truex Jr. says he's right where he wants to be with Furniture Row Racing.

"When I first went there I was like, 'Hey, this is a pretty good option. It's my only option, but it's a pretty good one,'n" Truex said Friday, a day after he signed a two-year extension with Furniture Row.

"We kind of got brought together by...Read more

Ailing Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains uncertain of return to Cup racing

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't know when he will return to racing -- only that he feels confident he will.

Earnhardt, making a day trip to Watkins Glen International on Friday, continues to undergo treatment for concussion symptoms that have kept him out of the past two races and will again for Sunday's Cheez-It 355 At The ...Read more

Rain, fog, lightning created a miserable Monday at Pocono Raceway

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LONG POND, Pa. -- With all the Sprint Cup cars parked and the drivers told to stay in their seats, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell got an emphatic text message from ailing driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. back in North Carolina.

The text read, "Let the drivers out! What are you guys doing? I hate being in the car!"

In his role as ...Read more

Chris Buescher surprise winner at Pocono after weather forces race to end 22 laps early

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LONG POND, Pa. -- The weather was relentless at the Pennsylvania 400 and it finally prevailed around 4 p.m. local time Monday.

A mix of fog and rain finally ended this race with 22 laps to go. That made for a surprise winner in Chris Buescher of Front Row Racing. He stayed out when others pitted and was first when the cars were parked under Red...Read more

Rain postpones Sprint Cup race at Pocono until Monday

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Constant rain forced NASCAR to postpone Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup race to Monday at Pocono Raceway.

The rain fell until about noon for what was a scheduled 1:30 p.m. start. Efforts to dry the track were interrupted about 2:30 by more showers. The forecast called for continuous rain starting around 4:30 p.m.

Weather...Read more