Jeff Gordon answers the call, set to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS -- On a Friday during which Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he's starting to feel better, fill-in driver Jeff Gordon got ready to race in Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gordon, of course, is no run-of-the-mill replacement. A four-time Cup series champion who has won a record five times at Indianapolis, Gordon was a ...Read more

Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least 2 more races with concussion; Gordon to step in

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more NASCAR races as he continues to deal with concussion symptoms, Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday.

Jeff Gordon, a former Hendrick teammate and four-time Cup champion who retired after last season, will replace Earnhardt in the No. 88 Chevy in Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor ...Read more

NASCAR, sports can be a welcome distraction in troubled times

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It has been a summer of violence in the United States and around the world. NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski recently talked about what role NASCAR and pro sports in general can play in providing a distraction for fans during troubling times:

--Harvick: "You are definitely in a role to try to make people happy. It's not uncommon...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss New Hampshire race with concussion

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire due to concussion-like symptoms, according to Hendrick Motorsports.

Earnhardt was evaluated in Charlotte, N.C., this week and was not cleared on Thursday to race this weekend. Alex Bowman will serve as a substitute driver for the No. 88 Chevrolet.

No timetable has ...Read more

Keselowski works fuel mileage to win at Kentucky

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SPARTA, Ky. -- They can repave the surface. They can reconfigure the track. What can't be altered when it comes to Kentucky Speedway is the fact that whenever Brad Keselowski arrives in Sparta, he acts like he owns the place.

The 1.5-mile tri oval may be a different animal than in past seasons, but the sixth edition of the Quaker State 400 ...Read more

NASCAR Quaker State 400 preview

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Everything you need to know about Saturday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway:

Three things to watch

--1. Plenty of variables to look out for in this race. Kentucky Speedway was recently repaved and reconfigured, with the banking increased in Turns 1 and 2. NASCAR is also testing a lower downforce aerodynamic package that will likely be ...Read more

NASCAR's aero change comes to Kentucky again

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Drivers were generally a happy bunch when they climbed out of their cars after the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

The race had been run using an experimental aerodynamic package. With the lower downforce that the setup produced, the cars were trickier to handle and, to the drivers' way of thinking, just more fun to drive.

"If you ...Read more

Q&A with NASCAR team owner Roger Penske

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When Brad Keselowski won last week's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, it marked the 100th NASCAR Cup win for Team Penske. After the race, team owner Roger Penske talked about the race and what the victory meant. He also defended how his two drivers -- Keselowski and Joey Logano -- comport themselves on and off the track.

--Q: ...Read more

Finally, a Daytona victory for Brad Keselowski

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Brad Keselowski won for a first time at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday -- no small deal for him -- and now he's primed for the postseason.

"I'm ready for the Chase to start right now," Keselowski said after he held off Kyle Busch by .159 seconds to win the Coke Zero 400 in overtime. "Let's go!"

Nine races ...Read more

Brad Keselowski hangs on at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Brad Keselowski won what was a tight race from the start Saturday, prevailing in overtime in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Keselowski led the final 17 laps and edged Kyle Busch by .159 of a second in winning his third race of the season. It was Keselowski's first career victory at Daytona, following...Read more

Denny Hamlin hoping for Daytona repeat

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Denny Hamlin still isn't feeling the full impact from what he accomplished in February.

It's been six months since Hamlin won stock car racing's biggest event, the Daytona 500. Six months since Hamlin edged Martin Truex Jr. in the closest finish in the race's history. Six months, it would seem, to bask in his feat.

"It's...Read more

Kyle Busch questions tire safety after violent crash during Daytona practice

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch blew a right rear tire and crashed violently during Friday morning's practice for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch, who was running in a pack with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, veered into the Turn 2 wall when the tire blew. Busch ...Read more

Handicapping NASCAR's Chase: Who's in, who's on the bubble

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NASCAR's Sprint Cup season is nearing its halfway mark and berths for the Chase appear to be filling up fast.

Through 16 races, there have been 11 different winners -- each of them virtually assured a berth in the 16-driver postseason. But after four drivers combined to win nine of the season's first 11 races, parity seems to be carrying the ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes to Daytona looking for answers and a victory

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has come to Daytona International Speedway looking for answers.

Arriving at one of his favorite tracks -- where the Coke Zero 400 is scheduled for Saturday -- Earnhardt continues to search for his first victory of the NASCAR season. That means that until he does, he will have to worry about something ...Read more

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