Everything you need to know about Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway:
Three things to watch
--1. NASCAR will test -- again -- its 2017 aero dynamic package. It's an even lower downforce package than the 2016 version and it's the third time this season it's been experimented with. Officials hope it helps cars manage ...Read more
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Alex Bowman was ready this time.
When Bowman got the word this week that Hendrick Motorsports would again need him to drive in relief of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Bowman knew where to go, what to do and when to do it.
That's in contrast to the first time he was ...Read more
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Ben Kennedy was never guaranteed a career as a NASCAR driver.
Yes, Kennedy has connections. He is the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, the nephew of NASCAR chairman Brian France and the son of Lesa France Kennedy, the CEO of International Speedway Corp.
But before Ben Kennedy ever strapped himself into a NASCAR ...Read more
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Martin Truex Jr. showed again that the underdog can get it done in NASCAR.
Truex, who drives for the single-car Furniture Row Racing outfit based in Denver, was the fastest in the first practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway.
Drivers are preparing for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race, the 24th of 36 ...Read more
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more NASCAR Sprint Cup races, with Alex Bowman filling in this week at Michigan International Speedway and Jeff Gordon at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway next week, Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday.
Earnhardt, 41, has missed five races with concussion symptoms and hasn't been cleared by doctors to ...Read more
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the IndyCar race weekend in June, but the race is set to resume eight weeks later, Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Drivers will complete the final 177 laps of the 248-lap Firestone 600, after the race was red-flagged because of rain. The race should be completed within 90 minutes, if that, and IndyCar and TMS ...Read more
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- This was supposed to be Bristol Motor Speedway's annual night race. And thanks to all the raindrops it ended that way one day late.
Long rain delays Saturday night and Sunday afternoon finally came to an end with Kevin Harvick's early evening finish in the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race.
Harvick won a race very much of ...Read more
Martin Truex Jr. has so much to race for this season.
But it's not the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship fight that is foremost on his mind as he heads to Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills next weekend.
Truex is running for his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, from Brighton, who tweeted out last Monday she is a two-year ovarian cancer ...Read more
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Carl Edwards has now swept this season's poles at Bristol Motor Speedway. He's hoping to also sweep the Sprint Cup racing here.
Edwards, winner in April of the Food City 500, once again won the pole Friday with a final-round speed of 131.407 mph.
He did that without ever rehearsing a qualifying lap during Friday's two ...Read more
Carmichael, Calif., native Bryan Clauson, considered the top dirt-track driver in the country, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a crash in Kansas. He was 27.
His death was announced Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A statement from his family said Clauson "fought to the end."
"This is truly one of the darkest days in the (60...Read more
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Denny Hamlin won the first road-course race of his career Sunday, taking the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
Hamlin finished ahead of Joey Logano, who took advantage of a Brad Keselowski-induced spinout by Martin Truex Jr. on the final corner of the race. Truex had been on Hamlin's ...Read more
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Furniture Row Racing wrapped up a significant weekend of news Sunday, announcing that it will add a second Sprint Cup team for the 2017 season with Erik Jones driving.
Jones, 20, is considered one of NASCAR's rising young stars. He won the 2015 Truck Series championship and has three victories this season in the Xfinity ...Read more
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Martin Truex Jr. says he's right where he wants to be with Furniture Row Racing.
"When I first went there I was like, 'Hey, this is a pretty good option. It's my only option, but it's a pretty good one,'n" Truex said Friday, a day after he signed a two-year extension with Furniture Row.
"We kind of got brought together by...Read more
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't know when he will return to racing -- only that he feels confident he will.
Earnhardt, making a day trip to Watkins Glen International on Friday, continues to undergo treatment for concussion symptoms that have kept him out of the past two races and will again for Sunday's Cheez-It 355 At The ...Read more
LONG POND, Pa. -- With all the Sprint Cup cars parked and the drivers told to stay in their seats, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell got an emphatic text message from ailing driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. back in North Carolina.
The text read, "Let the drivers out! What are you guys doing? I hate being in the car!"
In his role as ...Read more
LONG POND, Pa. -- The weather was relentless at the Pennsylvania 400 and it finally prevailed around 4 p.m. local time Monday.
A mix of fog and rain finally ended this race with 22 laps to go. That made for a surprise winner in Chris Buescher of Front Row Racing. He stayed out when others pitted and was first when the cars were parked under Red...Read more
LONG POND, Pa. -- Constant rain forced NASCAR to postpone Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup race to Monday at Pocono Raceway.
The rain fell until about noon for what was a scheduled 1:30 p.m. start. Efforts to dry the track were interrupted about 2:30 by more showers. The forecast called for continuous rain starting around 4:30 p.m.
Everything you need to know about Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway:
Three things to watch
--1. It's harder than ever to pass a top Sprint Cup driver in true green-flag racing. Hence, the restarts have become potential game-changers.
--2. Martin Truex Jr. is already safe in the Chase after dominating Charlotte. But he'd love to win ...Read more
LONG POND, Pa. -- Typically, Sprint Cup drivers talk about the great danger in the "Big One," a multi-car wreck during restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega super speedways.
But Brad Keselowski got an ugly reminder Tuesday that the other extreme of the NASCAR schedule -- road courses -- can be just as perilous.
Keselowski was testing...Read more
It's getting close to the Chase.
Five races remain until Richmond -- the final race in the regular season. Through 26 races, five drivers -- Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth -- have clinched spots in the 16-driver postseason. They have multiple wins and are guaranteed to finish in the top 30 in the ...Read more