Montoya revved after 2nd Indy 500 win

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INDIANAPOLIS -- When he struggled in the end in NASCAR, many suggested he wasted seven years of his time there and that he should never have left open-wheel racing.

On Sunday, Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya proved a single-seat race car is where he always has belonged by winning the 99th Indianapolis 500 in sensational style, coming from the ...Read more

Indy 500: Charlie Kimball finishes 3rd

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Charlie Kimball's third-place finish Sunday was his career best in five starts in the Indianapolis 500.

The Camarillo, Calif., native, who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing, led 10 laps after starting 14th.

As he tried to catch front-runners Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power in the final laps, Kimball said, "I was hoping they were...Read more

Juan Pablo Montoya improves his stock with Indianapolis 500 triumph

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INDIANAPOLIS -- After winning the Indianapolis 500 in his first try and then winning races in the Formula One series, Juan Pablo Montoya moved to NASCAR stock-car racing, where he mostly struggled for several years.

But famed team owner Roger Penske was convinced Montoya could find Victory Lane again, and brought him back to IndyCar last year ...Read more

Courtney Force erases her father from NHRA record book

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John Force knocked his daughter, Courtney, out of second-round eliminations last week at Atlanta.

Courtney Force exacted a measure of revenge Saturday during the third round of Funny Car qualifying for the NHRA Kansas Nationals.

Courtney set a national speed record, topping out at 325.06 mph in her Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.

"Once...Read more

Castroneves makes his sixth try at winning a fourth Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Upside down, staring directly at blue skies above, was not how Helio Castroneves planned to start his march toward a record-tying fourth win at the Indianapolis 500.

During practice two weeks ago, Castroneves' car spun at 200 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, crashed into the Turn 1 wall, then went airborne and flipped over.

...Read more

Austin Dillon wins Hisense 300 Xfinity Series race

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Austin Dillon's return to semi-regular competition in the Xfinity Series this season continues to pay big dividends.

Dillon had the dominant car and led 163 of 200 laps on his way to a victory in Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his second series win in nine starts this season.

Denny Hamlin broke into the ...Read more

For would-be NASCAR drivers, getting sponsor is challenging

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Thursday night, Fox Sports 1 premiered a five-minute video of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. taking his Xfinity series car for a midnight ride after spending some time outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The video has it all. It shows Wallace's personality and his passion to drive fast cars.

Most importantly, it's not light on sponsors. There's ...Read more

At Indy 500, it's a showdown between Honda, Chevrolet engines

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At Sunday's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, half the engines circling the track at nearly 200 mph will have come from a small factory in the Santa Clarita, Calif., hills.

That's where Honda engineers prepared for their showdown with Chevrolet, which supplies the other half of the engines for this weekend's contest.

The rivalry between ...Read more

Hunter-Reay to defend Indy 500 title from middle of pack

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INDIANAPOLIS -- When it comes to fast lap times, Ryan Hunter-Reay hasn't been particularly impressive leading up to the Indianapolis 500.

So perhaps the Floridian is right in his sweet spot.

Hunter-Reay is the defending champion of the Indianapolis 500, which he won last year by a narrow margin after starting 19th in the 33-car field.

After ...Read more

Will Power, Scott Dixon lead final practice for Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Will Power and Scott Dixon posted the fastest laps Friday in final practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Power turned a lap of 229.020 under clear skies at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by Dixon at 228.585 mph.

It was a reversal of the way they'll start the 99th running of the legendary race. Dixon ...Read more

Carl Edwards looks to reverse his luck in Charlotte

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Carl Edwards has been down on his luck.

Through 11 races this season, the driver of the No. 19 Toyota currently sits at the No. 18 spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings and has yet to record his first win with Joe Gibbs Racing.

But Edwards believes he and his team began taking steps toward reversing their misfortunes on Thursday, ...Read more

Castroneves shakes off crash, eyes fourth Indy 500 title

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Team Penske's Helio Castroneves won't let his frightening wreck during an Indianapolis 500 practice earlier this month upset him.

Remember it, yes; unsettle him, no.

Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the three-time 500 winner said he felt "damn good" for Sunday's 99th Indianapolis 500 -- just a week after flying upside ...Read more

Earnhardt Jr. still seeking elusive Charlotte victory

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won a lot of money at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But he's never won a race that counted toward a Sprint Cup series championship.

He's come close -- running out of gas while in the lead on the final lap of the 2011 Coca-Cola 600. This season, he said, close isn't good enough.

"It's been on my list for a very long time. ...Read more

Jeff Gordon moving to TV booth for Fox in 2016

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Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon might be in the midst of his 23rd and final season as a driver, but that doesn't mean several trips to the race track aren't in his future.

Fox Sports announced on Thursday that Gordon, who has served as a Fox analyst for three Xfinity Series races this season, will be joining Darrell ...Read more

Indy 500 favorite Scott Dixon must cope with Penske trio, aerodynamics

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With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday.

Scott Dixon, a former Indy 500 winner and three-time series champion, will lead the 33-car field from the pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alongside Dixon in the Indy 500's unique three-wide starting format will be Team Penske drivers ...Read more

Bruton Smith leads 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame class

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O. Bruton Smith, the longtime owner and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. -- which currently includes eight race tracks, which host 12 races in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series -- leads the way in the newest class of inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Smith was the highest vote-getter of the Class of 2016. Joining him are two-time Cup ...Read more

Despite strong start, NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne looking for more

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This season, Kasey Kahne is enjoying the view up front.

For the first time since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, he hasn't had to spend the majority of the first third of the season digging out of a deep hole in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

Kahne was as low as 32nd in the series standings early in the 2012 season; as low as 34th in ...Read more

James Hinchcliffe suffers leg injury in Indy 500 practice crash

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IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe suffered a leg injury after crashing during an Indianapolis 500 practice session Monday.

Hinchcliffe crashed heavily into the Turn 3 wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda appeared to suffer a mechanical failure. He reportedly was awake and alert when he was ...Read more

Just as important as $1 million, Denny Hamlin found speed at Charlotte

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Certainly, the $1 million is important to Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin's victory in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the first for him, the Joe Gibbs Racing organization and Toyota Racing.

Not as apparent in the sometimes complicated, five-segment event but just as important for Hamlin's fortunes this season...Read more

Denny Hamlin wins NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Denny Hamlin's pit crew was worth at least $1 million on Saturday night.

Hamlin entered the final pit stop in sixth place but exited in first and then skillfully held off Kevin Harvick during the final 10-lap segment to win Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The All-Star win -- and its ...Read more