Bruton Smith was a character, and I mean that in the best sense of the word. He died Wednesday at age 95, but he leaves a remarkable legacy, full of tall tales that often turned out to be true.
Racing promoter, Charlotte Motor Speedway builder, billionaire auto dealer, NASCAR Hall of Famer, guy who sometimes liked to pick a fight just to see if...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer was involved in a June 5 car crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian near Osage Beach, Mo.
The crash took place near U.S. 54 and Missouri Highway 242, hours after Bowyer called a NASCAR race outside of St. Louis for Fox Sports, CupScene.com reported.
Bowyer, a native of...Read more
Daniel Suárez became the first Mexican-born driver to win a race on NASCAR's top series Sunday when he ran away with the Cup series event at Sonoma Raceway.
Suárez, who came to the U.S. from Monterrey, Mexico, 11 years ago with little money and even less familiarity with English, took the lead from Chris Buescher at the start of the third ...Read more
After all the jostling and bumping and aggravation with certain drivers, the field in the inaugural NASCAR Cup series race at World Wide Technology Raceway was virtually intact when the final restart came with two laps remaining Sunday.
With cars paired on a packed track, there was time for one winning move. No one suspected a surface that made...Read more
DETROIT — Will Power was putting on a dominating performance in the final IndyCar race on Belle Isle’s 13-turn, 2.3-mile street course Sunday afternoon, leading the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix by 16 seconds after returning from his final pit stop with 20 laps remaining.
The only question was could Power hold on to the lead in his No. 12 ...Read more
DETROIT — Will Power has more podium finishes in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix than any other driver since the 2014 season, when he won the IndyCar series championship for Team Penske.
It was then in ’14 when Power won Race No. 1 on Belle Isle’s 13-turn, 2.3-mile street course, then finished second in Race No. 2.
Power, 41, has six ...Read more
The relationship started with a sponsorship, the type of big financial commitment every NASCAR driver needs to keep running in the Cup series, the top level of the country’s biggest form of racing.
Yet, underlying the standard business deal involving St. Louis businessman David Steward and Bubba Wallace in 2018 was a dynamic that would create...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s Next Gen car technology has leveled up and cooled down.
The stock car racing sanctioning body has teamed up with digital manufacturing company Stratasys to 3D print production parts for all of its Next Gen racecars. The parts include a windshield air duct piece and underside NACA duct that are used for cooling ...Read more
A little more than a month before this year's Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves stood on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Turn 2 with his hands atop his head, staring in distress at the now destroyed car he'd raced to a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory in 2021. Hundreds of hours went into perfecting this car. But a sealant issue on the pit ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, the annual crown-jewel Charlotte race on the Cup Series schedule, isn’t going anywhere. As Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith put it, “Moving the Coke 600 would be like taking the Masters out of Augusta.”
“You just don’t do it,” said Smith, whose father Bruton Smith ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trackhouse Racing on Tuesday announced its plans to field a part-time NASCAR Cup Series entry this year for international drivers, unveiling the initiative as PROJECT91.
In addition to the No. 99 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Suárez and the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Ross Chastain, Trackhouse will add the No. 91 Chevrolet to ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sheletta Brundidge was trying to enjoy a family vacation. The mother of four had packed up their Camping World RV for spring break in early March for the 18-hour trip from their Minnesota home to her native Houston for the city’s Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The event included a “Sensory Friendly Day” that Sheletta said ...Read more
NASCAR officials should be worried.
If they’re not, they are asleep at the wheel and will someday be lapped by Formula 1 in this country.
If you don’t believe me, consider that Miami Dolphins billionaire owner Stephen Ross — whose subsidiary company, South Florida Motorsports, funded Sunday’s much-ballyhooed Miami Grand ...Read more
MIAMI — Max Verstappen took an aggressive approach right out of the starting gate at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday and it paid off.
The Red Bull Racing driver is the first ever champion at the Miami International Autodrome, edging out Charles Leclerc by more than three seconds after a late crash let the Scuderia Ferrari driver try ...Read more
Twenty years after winning a Cup Series championship, driver Matt Kenseth will be inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Along with Kenseth, Kirk Shelmerdine and Hershel McGriff will comprise NASCAR’s 2023 class.
Shelmerdine, a four-time Cup championship crew chief with Dale Earnhardt, and Kenseth were selected by a voting committee Wednesday...Read more
Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was forced to make a medical pitstop after realizing she was unable to shift into top gear.
The speed demon said Friday that following two years of serious health problems, it was time to remove the breast implants she’d had for more seven years.
By 2018, Patrick said on Instagram, she started putting on ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR is requiring Cup driver and 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin to complete sensitivity training after Hamlin tweeted a racist joke targeted at competitor Kyle Larson.
Hamlin on Monday tweeted a 10-second clip from the cartoon television series Family Guy that stereotypes Asian drivers.
The name “Kyle Larson” ...Read more
Ross Chastain found his way to the front and was in the lead at the right time, coming to the checkered flag at Talladega. He won NASCAR’s GEICO 500 race, finishing 0.105 seconds ahead of second place finisher Austin Dillon.
Chastain was racing in third behind Erik Jones and Kyle Larson on the final lap, but Larson moved to the outside to try...Read more
MIAMI — A Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge said Wednesday that he won’t stand in the way of an upcoming Formula One racing event at Hard Rock Stadium after nearby residents expressed concern about noise.
Judge Alan Fine said he won’t hold an injunction hearing before the Miami Grand Prix begins May 6, denying a request by Miami Gardens ...Read more
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Drivers were peppered with the question all weekend as NASCAR attempted its grand Bristol dirt experiment for the second straight year, this time at night on Easter, long considered a not-to-be-raced-on holiday.
Do they want to run this thing again?
The responses were mixed, but before Sunday, if the sentiment of top drivers...Read more