Teen super sub comes to the rescue of Denny Hamlin

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Eighteen-year-old Erik Jones of Byron, Mich., was about to take a nap during a rain delay in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

One text later, Jones was instead flying from Cornelius, N.C. to the world's fastest half-mile oval at Bristol to replace an ailing Denny Hamlin, who had started the Food City ...Read more

Patience powers NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth's victory at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The 51-race gap wasn't the longest winless streak of Matt Kenseth's NASCAR career.

Kenseth's victory in Sunday night's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway wasn't likely his biggest, either.

Yet the win, which came over a nine-hour rain-delayed marathon that stretched a scheduled 500-lap race to 511, may have seem a bit ...Read more

Scott Dixon adds to resume by winning Grand Prix of Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Add another chapter to Scott Dixon's illustrious career.

Dixon is a three-time champion in the Verizon IndyCar Series and a former winner of the Indianapolis 500.

But a victory at the Grand Prix of Long Beach had eluded him -- until Sunday.

A powerful car and a bit of luck enabled Dixon to win the race on the street ...Read more

Scott Dixon seeks his first victory at Long Beach Grand Prix

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- "I've really got to sort my act out at that place," Scott Dixon says.

That place would be the seaside streets of Long Beach, where the three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion remains winless.

Dixon, driver of the No. 9 car for Chip Ganassi Racing, will try to change that with a trip to Victory Lane in Sunday's Toyota ...Read more

Another Kenseth ready to join NASCAR's ranks

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- As Matt Kenseth sits in the prime of his NASCAR racing career, his son, Ross, is now set to embark on one.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday the younger Kenseth will drive its No. 20 Toyota in the June 20 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, which will be his first start in one of NASCAR's three national series.

Ross ...Read more

IndyCar drivers rev up for Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- IndyCar returns this weekend to one of its most legendary circuits, the streets of Long Beach.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the 1.97-mile, 11-turn seaside course is the third race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for Team Penske, won the season opener on the streets of St....Read more

Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Joe Gibbs Racing appears to be picking up right where it left off at NASCAR's most recent short-track event.

Three JGR drivers, led by winner Denny Hamlin, finished in the top five two weeks ago at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

In Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, JGR driver Matt Kenseth will start from the ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says first 2015 Sprint Cup win will be a relief

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What a difference a year has made for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Just not in a way that may first seem apparent.

Through the season's first seven races last season, Earnhardt was sixth in the Sprint Cup Series standings and had four top-five finishes.

After seven races this season, Earnhardt is seventh in the series standings and again has four top-...Read more

NASCAR tire-tampering penalty tempered by appeals panel

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Richard Childress Racing received some relief but for the most part NASCAR's unprecedented penalty on the No. 31 Sprint Cup Series team for tampering with tires remained largely in place by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.

In its decision Thursday, the three-member panel confirmed the team committed the violations, which included ...Read more

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch: Daytona wreck that broke his leg 'all my fault'

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- For a guy who has for most of his NASCAR career let his racing do the talking, Kyle Busch was pleasantly long-winded on Wednesday.

Armed with video clips and a laptop, Busch spent nearly an hour at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters recounting the Feb. 21 accident in the Xfinity Series opener at Daytona that continues to keep ...Read more