Kyle Busch wins Toyota/Save Mart 350 after late pass

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Kyle Busch passed Jimmie Johnson with five laps to go and pulled away to capture the Toyota/Save Mart 350 for the second time on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.

Busch held off brother Kurt Busch, who took second, and third place Clint Bowyer over the final three laps for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season and his ...Read more

Allmendinger wins NASCAR pole at Sonoma

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Once again, AJ Allmendinger could be on the road to a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' championship chase.

Allmendinger, who qualified for last year's Chase for the Cup by winning on the road course at Watkins Glen, won the pole Saturday for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Starting from the pole on a 10-turn,...Read more

Ford focuses on racing performance

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Some might say Dave Pericak has a lot of work ahead of him.

But for the new director of Global Ford Performance, challenges are a necessary and rewarding part of the job.

Pericak joined Ford in 1994, working at a parts plant, and has worked his way up through the manufacturer and was named chief engineer of the Ford Mustang in 2008, a position...Read more

Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Two of NASCAR's biggest stars expressed support Friday for NASCAR's stance this week on removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.

Four-time Cup series champion Jeff Gordon and NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., said they agreed with NASCAR's support this week of the efforts of S....Read more

Jeff Gordon on Confederate flag controversy: 'I support NASCAR'

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Jeff Gordon, who grew up in Northern California, will make his final start at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. On Friday, Gordon was asked about his reaction to NASCAR's statement this week that it supported the efforts of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and others to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South ...Read more

NASCAR backs effort to remove Confederate flag from S.C. Statehouse

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NASCAR, a sport with a rich Southern heritage, announced on Tuesday that it supported the effort by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

NASCAR sanctions several races in South Carolina, including one annually in its premier Sprint Cup Series at Darlington (S.C.) ...Read more

Microsoft named official tech partner of NASCAR

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As part of a multi-year agreement, Microsoft has been named the official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports.

NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports will adopt the new Windows 10 platform and Microsoft Azure, a cloud-computing platform. Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as a spokesman to ...Read more

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at a glance

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Toyota/Save Mart 350

--What: 110 laps (218.9 miles)

--Where: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, a 1.99-mile, 10-turn paved road course.

--When: 3 p.m. EDT, June 28.

--TV: Fox Sports 1

--Radio: Performance Racing Network

--Last year's winner: Carl Edwards

--This week: Atticat 300, Xfinity Series, Chicagoland Speedway, 9:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, Fox ...Read more

Xfinity Series leader Chris Buescher on top of his game

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The view from the top is one Chris Buescher enjoys.

That may be in large part because of how far he has come from the bottom.

Buescher enters Saturday night's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway as the series points leader behind two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 13 races this season.

That's a far cry from a ...Read more

NASCAR teams will bear most costs for new rules change

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Sprint Cup Series teams will bear a vast majority of the cost to implement a new aerodynamic rules package for next month's race at Kentucky Speedway, the Charlotte Observer has learned.

According to a NASCAR memo distributed to teams this week, a copy of which was provided to the Observer, Cup series teams will be responsible for the cost of ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Amy Reimann announce engagement

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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Wednesday that he is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Amy Reimann.

Tweeted Earnhardt: "Looking forward to spending the rest of my life with this amazing girl."

Tweeted Reimann: "I'm completely overwhelmed with love & joy. Happiest girl in the world! I love you so much (at)DaleJr."

NBC Sports ...Read more

Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened Sprint Cup race at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kurt Busch didn't steal a win. He simply grabbed an opportunity when it presented itself.

Busch was leading Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway when the race was called just after 6 p.m. with 62 of 200 laps completed and severe storms covered the area around the track.

It wasn't a fluke as Busch had...Read more

Kyle Busch wins Xfinity Series race at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Rowdy is back.

Wild Thing has returned to Victory Lane once again.

Making his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start since serious injuries at Daytona International Speedway in February, Kyle Busch won Saturday's Great Clips 250 race at Michigan International Speedway.

It was his 71st Xfinity Series career win.

Busch kissed his...Read more

Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr. are defying the odds

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Its headquarters are located 1,500 miles from the hub of NASCAR country.

It's a single-car team -- supposedly a relic of bygone days past.

Many of the parts and pieces it uses it purchases from others.

Furniture Row Racing could be the classic NASCAR example of "The Little Engine That Could."

It could, but actually it's more like "The Little...Read more

NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 at a glance

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Quicken Loans 400

--What: 200 laps (400 miles)

--Where: Michigan International Speedway, a 2-mile slightly banked, paved oval in Brooklyn, Mich.

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

--TV: Fox Sports 1

--Radio: Motor Racing Network

--Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson

--Also this week: Great Clips 250, Xfinity Series, Michigan International Speedway...Read more

Kasey Kahne fastest when it matters most in Michigan qualifying

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- This pole has been a long time coming.

Kevin Harvick was fastest in the first two rounds of group qualifying on Friday but Kasey Kahne was fastest when it meant the most, topping the final round of 12 drivers to win the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The pole is Kahne's first since ...Read more

NASCAR might fast-track a new aerodynamic package

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At first, it appeared NASCAR was ready to put the brakes on planned aerodynamic changes to cars in its Sprint Cup Series for next season.

Now, the timeline is ready to be moved up significantly -- as quickly as next month.

According to several drivers and team members, NASCAR is considering utilizing a new aero package that features an even ...Read more

NASCAR names new head of marketing

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NASCAR has named Jill Gregory as head of marketing, the stock-car racing organization announced Thursday.

Gregory, who is based in Charlotte, N.C., has worked at NASCAR since 2007. She is currently senior vice president of industry services. In that post, she is credited with helping to roll out several key initiatives, including the new Sprint...Read more

Upcoming races put Ross Kenseth's mettle to the test

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The next two weekends could go a long way in determining whether Ross Kenseth will make a career out of racing in NASCAR.

That's a lot of pressure for the 22-year-old son of former Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth.

The opportunity, however, is one he has been working toward for a long time.

Over the next two weeks, Ross will have the ...Read more

Michael Waltrip Racing swaps crew chiefs on its two Sprint Cup teams

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Michael Waltrip Racing Tuesday announced personnel changes to its two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup operation, which include the reassignment of its crew chiefs.

Effective immediately, Brian Pattie will become the crew chief for the No. 55 Toyota Camry driven by David Ragan. Billy Scott will become the crew chief for the No. 15 Toyota Camry driven by ...Read more

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