Jamie McMurray focuses on victory lane, title chase as 2017 season dawns

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During the last two seasons, Jamie McMurray raced his way into the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup field for the first times in his career.

He's also been eliminated during the first round both seasons, so the goal for 2017 is simple -- stay in the hunt until the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

That, of course, is every driver's ...Read more

Joey Logano avoids final-lap crash to capture NASCAR's Clash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joey Logano took full advantage of a wreck involving leaders Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski and won the Advanced Auto Parts Clash exhibition race Sunday at Daytona International Raceway.

After Hamlin and Keselowski spun on the final lap, Logano edged to the front and beat Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman and Danica Patrick to ...Read more

NASCAR's Greg Biffle says he won't race this season

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Greg Biffle is swapping a spot in his NASCAR driver's cockpit for the television studio.

Biffle, 47, announced on Twitter on Friday that he won't race in the Cup series this season, which begins Feb. 26 with the Daytona 500. He said he has accepted a position as a guest analyst on NBC Sports' NASCAR America. His first segment will air March 1 ...Read more

Young, charismatic and Spanish speaking: Auto racing's newest star is NASCAR's dream driver

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The Daytona 500 is next weekend. When you tune in, watch for the No. 19 car, a bright orange 2018 Toyota Camry.

Behind the wheel will be a 25-year-old driver who's knocking down barriers for Hispanic racers, one lap at a time.

His name is Daniel Suarez, and avid NASCAR fans have known about him for some time.

Suarez was the Xfinity Series ...Read more

NASCAR Xfinity Series: New champ, new teams, big change for 2017

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series season gets underway soon, with the Powershares QQQ 300 set for Feb. 25 at Daytona International Speedway.

Here's what you need to know about this season's Xfinity series:

A new champion

Daniel Suarez, who won the 2016 title, has moved up to the Cup series, taking the seat of the No. 19 Toyota left vacant by Carl ...Read more

NASCAR announces it won't wait to punish pre-race rule breakers

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NASCAR has decided it will no longer wait to discipline pre-race rules violators.

Instead, some rules violations caught during pre-qualifying and pre-race inspections, punishment will be handed out that weekend, rather than being announced the following week. The changes are effective immediately.

The penalties will be determined by what ...Read more

NASCAR driver Mike Wallace drops charges in post-concert beating

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Charges have been dismissed against three men accused of beating NASCAR driver Michael Wallace and his daughter, Lindsey, after a Rascal Flatts concert at PNC Amphitheater in June.

The charges were dismissed at the request of Wallace and his daughter, according to dismissal forms filed by a prosecutor on Friday in Mecklenburg (N.C.) County ...Read more

After bittersweet season, William Byron ready to take next step

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William Byron dominated NASCAR's Truck Series regular season in 2016, winning a rookie-record five races. That success carried over into the playoffs, where he won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the first race of the postseason.

Things continued to go well for Byron, a rookie who had only graduated from Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day earlier ...Read more

Richard Petty disappointed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s return to racing

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Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty thinks driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. should preserve his health by not returning to racing this year .

"I was a little disappointed that he did," Petty told FS1's NASCAR Race Hub show of Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to get back behind the wheel of a race car. Earnhardt was medically cleared to race this season ...Read more

NASCAR to use traveling medical team for Cup races

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CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR announced Wednesday it is creating a traveling medical team for the Cup series with American Medical Response.

The move puts NASCAR in line with other forms of motorsports such as IndyCar and Formula One in having a consistent medical presence at each race.

"This will help us, having a familiar face for the drivers from...Read more

Danica Patrick looks to climb NASCAR points ladder in new car

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Danica Patrick will enter the 2017 NASCAR season with Stewart-Haas Racing with a new manufacturer (Ford) and uncertainty about the primary sponsorship on her car. Patrick, who still hasn't won a NASCAR Cup race in 154 career starts, has finished 24th in points the past two seasons and hasn't finished in the top five in a race yet. She spoke ...Read more

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. feeling no pressure, but 'pumped' to be back in car

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. normally doesn't like testing his race car. But taking his No. 88 Chevy out for several laps at Phoenix International Raceway on Tuesday was another matter entirely.

"I'm freaking pumped out about this," Earnhardt said at a news conference (via audio provided by NASCAR). "It's been a fun day and it really didn't take long to ...Read more

NASCAR's Chase Elliott hopes to build on strong rookie season

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There was a lot to like about his rookie season for NASCAR driver Chase Elliott.

Although he didn't win a race in 2016, Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500, finished second twice and advanced to the playoffs, where he made it to the second round.

Now, with the 2017 season fast approaching, Elliott is ready avoid that dreaded "sophomore ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. aside, way NASCAR handles concussions still open for debate among drivers

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When Dale Earnhardt Jr. started having problems with his vision and balance last summer, he went to the doctor to find out what was going on.

It didn't take long for Earnhardt to be diagnosed with a concussion, one he had likely sustained weeks earlier in a crash at Michigan International Speedway.

Earnhardt, NASCAR's most popular driver and ...Read more

NASCAR changes points system during races

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NASCAR announced Monday it is revamping how it will award points during Cup races.

Each race will be divided into three segments, with the winner and top 10 of the first two segments earning bonus points from 10 to one. The final segment will conclude the race as usual, with the winner receiving 40 points through the 40th-place finisher earning...Read more

Rick Hendrick went from down on the farm to top of NASCAR world

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Rick Hendrick, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., grew up on a tobacco farm near Palmer Springs, Va., in the southern part of the state near the N.C. border.

And he hated working on the farm.

When Rick and his brother John were teenagers, their father made each of them responsible for working a ...Read more

NASCAR's Stewart-Haas Racing braces for season of change

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CONCORD, N.C. -- A season of transition is just beginning at NASCAR's Stewart-Haas Racing.

There's change at the top, where Tony Stewart has retired as a Cup driver. He will now devote all -- or at least most -- of his energy into his duties as a co-owner of the Kannapolis-based team.

In Stewart's carbon fiber-built seat in the No. 14 car is ...Read more

Early NASCAR team owner Raymond Parks 'brought the sport class' with multi-team outfit

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Consider NASCAR pioneer Raymond Parks as a man ahead of his time.

"Mr. Parks was Rick Hendrick before NASCAR had Rick Hendrick," said David Sosebee, whose father Gober Sosebee was a longtime friend of Parks and raced against his multi-car teams during the sport's early years.

But that nod to team-owner Hendrick -- who along with Parks and ...Read more

Five burning questions NASCAR faces for 2017

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As NASCAR's 2017 season draws near -- only six weeks until the Daytona 500 -- here are five burning questions facing the sport:

What kind of impact will new-sponsor Monster Energy have on the Cup series?

NASCAR has moved on from 12 years of sponsorship by telecommunications companies to an edgy energy drink company. With the sport's attendance...Read more

Elliott Sadler to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in attempt to run Daytona 500

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Elliott Sadler will enter the Daytona 500 for Tommy Baldwin Racing, the team announced Thursday.

Sadler will attempt to qualify the No. 7 Chevy for the race. He will also run in the Xfinity race on the season-opening weekend of Feb. 25-26. He is a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series.

"This is a great opportunity for me and everyone ...Read more