Martin Truex proves he's a better driver than bowler before Go Bowling 400

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Martin Truex had a simple goal Wednesday at Park Lanes Family Fun Center: He didn't want to embarrass himself.

Truex, who currently sits 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings, was in town for a promotional event at the Lenexa bowling and sand volleyball center ahead of the Go Bowling 400, which is set for May 7 at Kansas ...Read more

Panthers' Greg Olsen to drive pace car at NASCAR's All-Star race

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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will drive the pace car before the Sprint All-Star Race May 21 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

"Since arriving in Charlotte I have developed a great admiration for NASCAR and their athletes," Olsen said. "Their concept of teamwork and commitment to excellence is second to none and I have a great deal ...Read more

NASCAR updates, clarifies rule, will require 5 tight lug nuts

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NASCAR has moved quickly to update and clarify a lug nut rule that has dominated the news recently, although it appears enforcing the rule will continue to be hit-and-miss for at least the immediate future.

In a memo sent Monday by Sprint Cup managing director Richard Buck, crew chiefs were told of "rulebook updates (that) will be made to ...Read more

Carl Edwards bumps teammate Kyle Busch out of the way for NASCAR victory at Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Carl Edwards bumped Kyle Busch out of the way in the final turn Sunday and won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Busch had appeared to have the race under control after a restart with 37 laps left. But Edwards, Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, gradually closed in on him and nudged Busch out of the way ...Read more

NASCAR's Tony Stewart: 'I'm always going to speak my mind'

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart didn't back down Sunday from the statements that got him fined $35,000 last week by NASCAR.

"I'm always going to speak my mind," Stewart told Fox before Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Speedway.

NASCAR fined Stewart last week after he was critical of a recent policy that doesn't require all ...Read more

Strong finish buoys little-known Matt DiBenedetto's NASCAR career

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RICHMOND, Va. -- It was late last Sunday afternoon and Carl Edwards had just a few minutes earlier won the Food City 400 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. During his post-race news conference, Edwards fielded a question about the performance of Matt DiBenedetto, a little-known driver from California who had finished sixth.

"They finished sixth...Read more

NASCAR Drivers Council makes presence felt in Tony Stewart controversy

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RICHMOND, Va. -- News that NASCAR had fined Tony Stewart $35,000 for critical comments about a recent rule change has resonated quickly in the drivers community.

Enough so that the Drivers Council -- a recently formed nine-member group that gives the sport's drivers a unified voice -- took the unprecedented action of denouncing the fine and ...Read more

NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 preview

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Everything you need to know about Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway:

Three things to watch

--1. Tony Stewart makes his return after missing the season's first eight races due to a broken back he suffered in a dune buggy accident. Stewart, who has three career victories at Richmond, starts 18th.

--2. Will there...Read more

Canine companion helps former Army captain survive head injury

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Former Army Captain Piper Hill will soon be a guest of honor at the second-biggest NASCAR race of the year, but a few years ago she could barely move.

"I don't remember three years of my life," said the Peachtree City, Ga., resident, of the period after her 2003 head injury. "I do remember that she never left my side."

"She" -- that faithful ...Read more

NASCAR to look at different ways to enforce lug nut rules

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RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR will look at new ways to enforce a policy change involving lug nuts during pit stops.

Responding to recent driver criticism, senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said Friday at Richmond International Raceway that the sanctioning body will look at "possibly different ways to enforce pit rules."

Miller was ...Read more

NASCAR opposes N.C. House Bill 2, chairman says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is the latest organization to announce its opposition to North Carolina's House Bill 2.

Chairman Brian France told the Associated Press Sports Editors this week that the racing body opposes the law that limits legal protections for LGBT individuals. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law March 23.

"We take the position that ...Read more

Tony Stewart to return to NASCAR racing this weekend at Richmond

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Tony Stewart, who has missed the first eight races of the NASCAR season with a broken back, will return to racing this weekend at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday morning in a news release that Stewart, who was injured in a dune-buggy accident in January in California, had been cleared by doctors to ...Read more

Tony Stewart says driver safety an issue with lug-nut rule

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DENVER, N.C. -- Driver-owner Tony Stewart warned Wednesday that NASCAR's recent lug-nut policy could have dire safety consequences.

"I guarantee you that envelope is going to keep getting pushed until somebody gets hurt," Stewart said. "And you will not have heard a rant that's going to be as bad as what comes out of my mouth if a driver gets ...Read more

Simon Pagenaud crosses line, just slightly, but gets first Long Beach Grand Prix victory

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Simon Pagenaud knew a win for Roger Penske was overdue, and he finally got one at Long Beach.

Pagenaud, who entered Sunday's 42nd Toyota Grand Prix as the IndyCar points leader, used a controversial maneuver out of the pits to hold off Scott Dixon and eventually earn his first victory since joining Team Penske last season....Read more

Kyle Busch's day at Bristol comes to early end

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch never really had a chance to win his third consecutive NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch's No. 18 Toyota hit the Turn 2 wall on three separate occasions during the Food City 500. His day ended after his right front tire blew for a third time on Lap 258 -- just past halfway through the 500-lap ...Read more

Carl Edwards outruns Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win NASCAR race at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Carl Edwards broke through for the first time this season, winning Sunday's Food City 500 NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Edwards, who started the race from the pole, outran Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and rookie Chase Elliott for his initial win of the season.

Edwards led for much of the race and also led the ...Read more

NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 at a glance

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Here's a look at what you need to know for the Food City 500:

--Distance: 500 laps, or 266.5 miles.

--Where: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, a 5.33-mile, high-banked concrete oval.

--When: 1 p.m., Sunday.

--TV: Fox.

--Radio: Performance Racing Network.

--Last year's winner: Matt Kenseth.

--Worth mentioning: Kyle Busch goes for his fifth ...Read more

Carl Edwards more than ready for first victory of NASCAR season

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Carl Edwards has done just about everything except win during this NASCAR season.

Edwards is ready for that to change, beginning, he hopes, in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He'll start from the pole in attempt to do that.

The drought is something that Edwards, who has six top-10 finishes through seven ...Read more

NASCAR rookie Chase Elliott looks to build on solid Texas finish

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The No. 24 just kept climbing the leaderboard at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday night. It started in 40th, the back of the pack, where driver Chase Elliott had to begin the race after a transmission change.

Twenty laps later, it had climbed to 24th. By lap 100, it was in 11th and by lap 120, 10th. For one lap, it was at No. 1.

The 24 ...Read more

Duck dynasty: Kyle Busch sweeps the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, Texas--Forget Rowdy. Kyle Busch should be known as Mr. Sweep.

The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion swept a weekend for the second time in his career at Texas Motor Speedway, and for the second consecutive week on the circuit.

Busch pulled away in dominant fashion to win the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 early Sunday ...Read more