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Charlotte Motor Speedway installing transition strip between track, grass

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Charlotte Motor Speedway is installing a 6-foot-wide transition border between the pavement and grass on the 1.5-mile track's front stretch. The goal is for a smoother and safer surface for drivers should their cars leave the track and head for the grass.

The border will include 140 tons of a sand/oil mixture with rye grass and be ready for the...Read more

Sizing up the 16-driver field with 2 races left before NASCAR Chase

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With two races remaining before NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, let's take a look at how the 16-driver field appears to be shaping up:

Multi-winners (7)

--Jimmie Johnson (4): He's been inconsistent since winning at Dover in June. But he always seems to find his stride in the Chase.

--Kyle Busch (4): He worked his way safely into the...Read more

After Justin Wilson's death, IndyCar drivers go back to work

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Less than a week after the death of popular driver Justin Wilson, the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series community will temporarily put their grieving on hold and get back to the business of crowning the 2015 champion in Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

To some, this might seem inappropriately soon to resume racing after ...Read more

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Southern 500 at a glance

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Southern 500

--Distance: 367 laps, or 501 miles.

--Where: Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, a 1.37-mile, egg-shaped paved track.

--When: 7 p.m. EDT, Sept. 6.

--TV: NBC

--Last year's winner: Kevin Harvick.

--Worth mentioning: Low-drag aerodynamic package will be tested at Darlington, similar to the one used at Kentucky in July.

Who's Hot/Who's ...Read more

Should IndyCar look into canopies in wake of Justin Wilson's death?

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Justin Wilson's death sent another grim reminder of the dangers of auto racing.

The 37-year-old IndyCar driver died Monday after being struck in the head by a piece of debris Sunday at Pocono Raceway, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters.

"It's just tragic," Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said Tuesday. "You sit there and...Read more

Mario Andretti said Justin Wilson was a victim of a 'fluke situation' at Pocono

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Mario Andretti said that what happened to Justin Wilson Sunday at Pocono Raceway "probably wouldn't happen again in a million years."

The racing legend was talking about the freak mishap that resulted in Wilson suffering a severe head injury that has him fighting for his life.

IndyCar said on Monday that the 37-year-old was still in a coma and...Read more

Comatose driver Wilson has had success in Detroit

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British race driver Justin Wilson has had great success racing in the Motor City.

He won the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in 2008, while driving for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, his first victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Wilson also claimed a third-place finish in Dual 1 of the doubleheader weekend on Belle Isle in 2013 and ...Read more

Justin Wilson remains in a coma as prayers continue

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- All of IndyCar continues to send its prayers to Justin Wilson as the England-born driver continues to fight for his life at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, Pa.

IndyCar issued an update early Monday afternoon saying that the 37-year-old Andretti Autosport driver remains in critical condition after ...Read more

Logano wins at Bristol, Penske excited about 25-year-old's future

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Crew chief Todd Gordon puts driver Joey Logano's success this season in basketball terms.

"There's only a handful of guys who want the ball when there's three seconds on the shot clock," Gordon said of Logano, who won Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Joey is that guy."

Walter Czarnecki, Team ...Read more

Justin Wilson's condition overshadows Ryan Hunter-Reay's win at Pocono

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Sage Karam was just 21 laps from experiencing a dream come true on Sunday in his first Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway, but that dream quickly turned into a nightmare.

The 20-year-old Nazareth, Pa., native was leading the ABC Supply 500 on the track less than an hour from his home when he spun out as he was coming out of Turn 1 ...Read more

Joey Logano holds off Kevin Harvick to win Irwin Tools Night Race

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Joey Logano held off a fast-closing Kevin Harvick to win Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It was the third victory of the season for Team Penske's Logano, who won the same event in 2014.

Harvick's runner-up finish came despite two penalties earlier in the race for pit road infractions. He continues...Read more

Bruton Smith battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive chairman Bruton Smith has been undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma this summer, SMI announced Friday.

Smith, 88, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016, is at Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend's races, including Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race.

Non-...Read more

Bowyer: Futures 'just don't align' with MWR co-owner Kauffman

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Driver Clint Bowyer and team co-owner Rob Kauffman seem to agree on two things: conditions at Michael Waltrip Racing won't allow the team to continue in its current form and it was no place for Bowyer.

On Wednesday, MWR announced it would not run as a full-time team in 2016 and that it was releasing Bowyer after this season.

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Austin Dillon moving closer to Sprint Cup goal: winning

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Austin Dillon might be getting the hang of this Sprint Cup racing thing.

Dillon, fresh off a career-best fourth-place at the Pure Michigan 400 last week, wants more this weekend at the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

"If we can go to Bristol and compete, I think we can win there," Dillon said. "I'm definitely looking ...Read more

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Irwin Tools Night Race at a glance

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Irwin Tools Night Race

--When: 7:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday.

--TV: NBC Sports Network.

--Distance: 500 laps, or 266.5 miles.

--Where: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, a .533-mile concrete oval.

--Last year's winner: Joey Logano.

--Worth mentioning: Ryan Blaney won the Truck series race Wednesday night at Bristol. ... Only two races (Darlington, ...Read more

Michael Waltrip Racing releasing Clint Bowyer, won't field full-time team in 2016

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Michael Waltrip Racing is releasing driver Clint Bowyer after this NASCAR Sprint Cup season ends and won't field a full-time team in 2016, the team announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes three weeks after co-owner Rob Kauffman said he was buying a stake in Chip Ganassi Racing, a move that cast a cloud over the future of MWR.

"MWR will ...Read more

Friends, family say farewell to former NASCAR star Buddy Baker

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A church full of Buddy Baker's family and friends gathered Tuesday afternoon to say goodbye to Baker, one of NASCAR's fastest and most fearless drivers.

Baker, who grew up in Charlotte, died Aug. 10 at the age of 74. He won 19 races over his 33-year career -- including five times at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and ...Read more

Patrick gets new sponsor, plus multiyear deal with SHR

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Danica Patrick didn't have to wait long to find another primary sponsor for her Stewart-Haas Racing team.

Four months after learning that GoDaddy would leave NASCAR after this season, Patrick and her No. 10 Chevy team have landed a new backer: Nevada-based snacks-and-food company Nature's Bakery.

"This is the first year I'...Read more

Matt Kenseth wins Pure Michigan 400 at MIS

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Matt Kenseth dominated Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 146 laps of 200 after starting on the pole.

His yellow No. 20 Toyota stayed up front all day in hot and muggy conditions.

Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) was second and Martin Truex Jr (Chevrolet) was third.

Gibb...Read more

Kyle Busch crashes in Sprint Cup practice

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kyle Busch isn't a big fan of grass at racetracks.

He'd like to see it go, at least where it grows near the apron of the track.

At Daytona in February, Busch crashed into the infield wall after careening through the grass in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. He suffered a broken right leg.

On Saturday at Michigan ...Read more