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NASCAR rookie Christopher Bell will replace Erik Jones at Joe Gibbs Racing

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NASCAR Cup rookie Christopher Bell will drive the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing next year, the team announced Monday. Bell is replacing Erik Jones, who is parting ways with his longtime JGR team next season.

Bell, 25, is a Toyota developmental driver racing the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing. LFR will have new ownership in 2021 and...Read more

Kevin Harvick finishes NASCAR sweep with second weekend victory at Michigan

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The finish of Sunday's NASCAR race at Michigan mirrored the season so far: A battle in the final laps of the Consumers Energy 400 between Cup Series leaders Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

Harvick took the checkered flag, holding off Hamlin by less than a tenth of a second, to sweep the doubleheader weekend. He won Saturday's race at the track ...Read more

COVID-19 rates spiked in county NASCAR race had 20,000 fans. But officials don't blame the gathering.

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Three weeks have passed since roughly 20,000 fans sat sprinkled throughout the grandstands at Bristol Motor Speedway to watch NASCAR's All-Star Race. The race marked the largest sporting event with spectators since the pandemic shuttered the sports world in March.

In Tennessee's Sullivan County, where the speedway is located, there has been a ...Read more

NASCAR driver Erik Jones will not return to Joe Gibbs Racing team next year

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NASCAR driver Erik Jones and the Joe Gibbs Racing team announced Thursday that the current No. 20 driver would be parting ways with the organization after the season.

"We appreciate all Erik has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over the past several years," team owner Joe Gibbs said in a statement. "He joined us as a teenager and has accomplished so ...Read more

See two races for the price of one during NASCAR doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway

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Doubleheaders aren't only for baseball these days.

Texas Motor Speedway announced that its fall races will include a NASCAR doubleheader event open to fans on Sunday, Oct. 25. Fans will have the opportunity to attend two playoff races with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series running the SpeedyCash.com 400 at 11 a.m. followed by the Cup...Read more

Driver Christopher Bell's NASCAR team, Leavine Family Racing, forced to sell due to pandemic

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Leavine Family Racing will have new ownership after the season, team owner Bob Leavine announced Tuesday morning. The NASCAR team, its assets and the charter for the No. 95 Toyota Camry driven by rookie Christopher Bell have been sold due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

"This year has been challenging for not only ...Read more

Kyle Busch crashed out of New Hampshire. There could be cause for playoff concern.

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If there's one thing a NASCAR novice should know, it's don't count out Kyle Busch.

The two-time Cup Series champion has been known to make improbable comebacks. After all, his first Cup title in 2015 came nine months after he broke his right leg and left foot in a massive crash at Daytona International Speedway. After multiple surgeries and a ...Read more

NASCAR at New Hampshire full results: 3 things we learned from Brad Keselowski's win

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LONDON, N.H. -- Brad Keselowski danced with Denny Hamlin for most of the 301 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday evening. With 81 laps left, Keselowski made the final pass for first place and held onto the lead with clean air and a faster car through the checkered flag.

Hamlin finished in second followed by Martin Truex Jr. in third at ...Read more

President of Joe Gibbs Racing says NASCAR cancellation 'would have devastated the industry'

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President of Joe Gibbs Racing Dave Alpern said that if NASCAR didn't race this season, there were going to be "some issues" at one of the sport's largest and winningest organizations. Alpern said he doesn't like to even think about that scenario.

"It would have devastated the industry for sure," Alpern said.

Instead, the year has gone "even ...Read more

From coronavirus protocols for fans to the race itself, TMS president is a happy camper

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Texas Motor Speedway held the first signature sporting event in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic when IndyCar started its season last month with the Genesys 300. The track then became the state's first sporting venue to open its doors to fans for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.

As far as TMS president Eddie ...Read more

NASCAR at Texas full results: Austin Dillon wins, races his way into playoffs

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Austin Dillon beat the heat and the rest of the field at Texas Motor Speedway to win his first NASCAR race of the season. It was just his third career Cup win.

"Not bad for a silver spoon kid, right?" Dillon said on NBCSN after exiting his No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in front of screaming fans.

He finished less than half a second ahead of his ...Read more

As flames neared, jet's door stuck: Inside the escape of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s family

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After their plane crashed and smoke billowed toward the passengers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his pilot couldn't force an emergency door open, Earnhardt told federal investigators, according to newly released federal documents.

Soon they saw flames shooting from the bathroom.

The documents, released by the National Transportation Safety Board on ...Read more

NASCAR race at Texas: How to watch, starting lineup and predictions

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Bristol was all about Chase Elliott. The NASCAR Cup driver ran away with Wednesday night's All-Star Race and the million dollar jackpot. Now, something less exciting but equally important is on the line for teams returning to the track for Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway: points.

The 3 p.m. event puts the series closer to the 2020 ...Read more

All-Star Race brings over 25,000 fans back to NASCAR. Some aren't happy with the last few months.

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Joel Fraker said his experience at the All-Star Race would determine if he continued to follow NASCAR.

"It just depends on what they do," Fraker, 49, said. "The flag, the anthem, the prayer. That's something where NASCAR sets themselves apart by doing that. By honoring the flag, by honoring the troops. The whole deal."

Two hours before the All...Read more

NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol: Takeaways from Chase Elliott's win

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The NASCAR All-Star Race was sort of like an insane fever dream. There were fans in brightly colored T-shirts, cargo shorts and face masks sprinkled around the stadium, loosely attempting to social distance. There were colored LED lights peeking out from underneath the rear of the cars, and there was -- in more normal fashion -...Read more

Drivers, start your … glow lights? NASCAR to try new things in All-Star race.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR, like every other sport, is still up against the coronavirus pandemic, but racing was one of the first sports back in May and one of the first to hold events with fans. Now, two months after its return race at Darlington, NASCAR is aiming to become the first sport with the most fans in attendance. Up to 30,000 fans are ...Read more

Why Cole Custer's 'unimaginable' NASCAR win at Kentucky is bad for Jimmie Johnson

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Cole Custer reacted like everyone else to his win at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday evening.

"I'm surprised," Custer said with a laugh after his first post-race celebration in NASCAR's top series.

The 22-year-old Cup rookie raced his way into Wednesday's All-Star Race, as well as the 2020 postseason, by driving the outer lane of the 1.5-mile tri-...Read more

Five storylines to follow in NASCAR's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The storylines to watch in Sunday's 10th running of the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway:

ANOTHER KH VS. DH DUEL?

In 2020, the NASCAR Cup Series has been a two-man show starring Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

Since NASCAR returned from its coronavirus hiatus on May 17, Harvick (...Read more

The most exciting NASCAR Cup Series race run at Kentucky Speedway? We rank them all.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When the green flag drops Sunday on the 10th Quaker State 400, there will not be one fan in the Kentucky Speedway grandstands due to the coronavirus.

In 2011, before the first NASCAR Cup Series race in Sparta, there were so many fans that the track's parking plan was overwhelmed. The result was an epic traffic jam that left ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson's COVID-19 scare left him frustrated with 'more questions than answers'

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Oddly enough, it was hearing he tested negative for COVID-19 that upset Jimmie Johnson.

"I started cussing, and used every cuss word that I knew of," the typically mellow Johnson said Friday. "And then I think I invented a few new ones."

The negative tests came a few days after Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, and his wife, Chandra, ...Read more