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

All-Star Race reflects NASCAR change, growth

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The past three decades have featured unprecedented growth and change in NASCAR.

Nothing epitomizes that transformation more than the sport's annual All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Since its inception in 1985 the All-Star Race has changed its name, location (run in 1986 in Atlanta) and format and rules (virtually every year). Its ...Read more

Who's in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race?

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A quick look at the 20 drivers entered in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and how they have fared in the race historically.

A.J. Allmendinger

Starts: Three

Best finish: 11th

Comment: He's made the All-Star Race three times with three different teams.

Aric Almirola

Starts: One

Best finish: N/A

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Kyle Busch returns, posts top practice speed at Charlotte

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As Kyle Busch took the podium Friday in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media room, the first words from reporters weren't in the form a question.

Instead, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota was greeted with two words: Welcome back.

In his first NASCAR action since breaking his right leg and left foot in the Xfinity Series opener Feb. 21 at Daytona ...Read more

With 30 drivers for 3 spots, Showdown looms at Charlotte

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Thirty drivers for three spots.

Seventeen drivers are locked into Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a chance to win the $1 million top prize.

Friday's activities at the track will determine which three drivers will join them.

All-Star Race rules require a minimum field of 20 cars, so in addition to...Read more

Jimmie Johnson heads into Charlotte NASCAR races on a roll

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Jimmie Johnson rolls into two weeks of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- one of his best tracks -- fresh off his Sprint Cup Series-best third victory of the season.

Fans know what that means.

Time to dust off the many tire tracks left from Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet making repeated trips to the Victory Lane at the Charlotte track.

Johnson...Read more

Injured NASCAR driver Kyle Busch to return for Saturday's All-Star Race

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Kyle Busch won't have to go far to make his first official start in Sprint Cup Series this season.

Joe Gibbs Racing officials confirmed Tuesday morning that Busch -- sidelined since February with a broken leg and foot -- has medical clearance to return to on-track activity. He will return to his No. 18 Toyota beginning with Saturday night's ...Read more

Erik Jones' Cup series debut was fast and he hopes not final

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Erik Jones ran out of fuel while leading in the final laps of the Truck series race and wrecked near the finish of Saturday night's Sprint Cup race.

In between, however, the 18-year-old from Michigan earned a lot of respect.

When Jones wrecked late in the Cup race, he even got a rare compliment from Chad Knaus, crew chief for six-time champion...Read more

NASCAR great Rusty Wallace plans return to racing at X Games

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Aside from participating in an occasional test session, when Rusty Wallace stepped away from his NASCAR career at the end of the 2005 season, he left competitive racing behind.

Nearly a decade later, however, he has decided to get back behind the wheel.

Last month, Wallace announced he will compete in the off-road truck racing event that is ...Read more

Ryan Newman deals with penalties after NASCAR denies appeal

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Less than 48 hours after learning he will drive without three of his team members for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Ryan Newman emerged from his No. 31 hauler Friday morning calm and composed.

There was no blowup reaction to final appeals officer Bryan Moss' ruling late Wednesday, which cited a "preponderance of evidence" that ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s NASCAR Mount Rushmore starts with his dad and Richard Petty

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked on Friday about a NASCAR Mount Rushmore. Who would he select as the four drivers?

Instead of side-stepping a question that risks offending somebody by forgetting a name, Earnhardt took a shot and started with two names, his father's and Richard Petty.

"I'll probably walk out of here and think of four more, but the ...Read more

Relaxed Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks to keep momentum going at Kansas Speedway

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Coming off last weekend's victory at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks to maintain momentum at Kansas Speedway, site of Saturday's SpongeBob SquarePants 400.

What he's already found is peace of mind.

Winning relieves the pressure in NASCAR. The trip to Victory Lane all but assured Earnhardt a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship...Read more