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What to watch as NASCAR comes to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend

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NASCAR is returning to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.

It's the middle race in the Round of 8 Cup playoffs, which get underway today at Kansas Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are the favorites to win the championship.

As always, TMS' fall race weekend has plenty of built-in drama for fans to watch.

The track is open to the public ...Read more

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Jimmie Johnson's retirement from NASCAR is only the start of major changes at Hendrick

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Despite the calls from Rick Hendrick and questions from reporters that started before the beginning of his final full-time season, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has offered the same line throughout 2020 to the skeptics wondering, "Are you sure?"

Johnson is sticking by his retirement plans through the pandemic year that included a positive ...Read more

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Kyle Larson requests NASCAR lift suspension, 6 months after making racial slur

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR is in the process of reviewing a request by Cup driver Kyle Larson to return to competition after he was suspended indefinitely from the sport in April for using a racial slur during an iRacing event. A NASCAR spokesperson told the Observer Friday that Larson requested reinstatement earlier this week and that the ...Read more

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Kevin Harvick's NASCAR dominance in doubt? Next 3 playoff races are in his wheelhouse.

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Kevin Harvick's latest NASCAR finishes have been un-Kevin-Harvick-like compared to his performance throughout most of the season. The regular season Cup champion placed below the top-10 in the last three playoff races, including a 20th place finish - his second-lowest of the season - at Talladega two weeks ago.

Harvick finished 11th at Las ...Read more

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NASCAR at Charlotte Roval results: Chase Elliott defends his title as Busch's year ends

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CONCORD, N.C. - In an unexpected 17-turn of events, rain held off for Sunday's Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In more predictable fashion, Chase Elliott won his second Roval 400 in a row and his fourth consecutive road course race.

"They are the best at road course racing right now," second place finisher Joey Logano said of Elliott's ...Read more

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'God, he's stubborn.' NASCAR legend Red Farmer barely slowing down after COVID-19 battle

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EASTABOGA, Ala. - Red Farmer has won more than 700 short track events in his 74 years of race car driving, but the NASCAR legend didn't get behind the wheel at his regular Talladega Short Track stomping grounds for the most recent event Saturday night.

That's because Farmer, who still competes at almost 88 years old, hasn't fully regained his ...Read more

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman replacing Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 car in 2021

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hendrick Motorsports dropped a highly anticipated announcement Tuesday afternoon, naming Alex Bowman as the driver for the No. 48 Chevrolet next season in place of seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

Bowman, who drives the No. 88 for Hendrick in the Cup Series, will be the second driver in the car made famous by Johnson...Read more

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Grand Prix of St. Petersburg could host 20,000 fans this month

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The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg could host up to 20,000 spectators later this month, event organizers said Thursday.

The proposed attendance figure was submitted to the City Council before its meeting Thursday morning and discussed as members approved the resolution to hold the IndyCar Series' championship race on Oct. 25.

"We feel ...Read more

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Alex Andrejev: Positive and negative takeaways from NASCAR's Cup Series 2021 schedule release

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - I might be relatively new to NASCAR writing, but I've watched enough racing by now to have some thoughts on 2021.

The Cup Series schedule - which was released in a sort of strange, slow trickle via individual track announcements on Wednesday after advanced copies were leaked to various media outlets - is characterized by, "The...Read more

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NASCAR champion crew chief Chad Knaus leaving pit box for new role at Hendrick in 2021

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NASCAR championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus will be calling the shots from a new leadership role at Hendrick Motorsports after this season.

The team announced Tuesday that Knaus will take over as its vice president of competition, assuming the role of Jeff Andrews, who has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager at ...Read more

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Charlotte Motor Speedway could host over 6,000 fans for Roval 400 NASCAR playoff race

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced during a press conference Tuesday that large outdoor event venues can begin operating at 7% capacity starting next Friday, allowing NASCAR to host up to 6,650 fans for a Cup Series playoff race, the Roval 400, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course on Oct. 11.

"We're quickly processing the ...Read more

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Meet Ross Chastain, 'just a watermelon farmer' driving NASCAR's No. 42 car next year

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Chip Ganassi Racing made a long-awaited announcement Monday morning in which the team named Ross Chastain as the driver of its No. 42 Chevrolet for the 2021 season.

The move wasn't totally out of left field since Chastain's had a relationship with the Ganassi organization since 2018, in which he earned the pole position, won a race and finished...Read more

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Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin starting NASCAR team. Their first driver: Bubba Wallace.

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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin are starting a single-car racing team that will feature Bubba Wallace as the driver for the 2021 Cup season.

Jordan's publicist, Estee Portnoy, announced the partnership in a tweet Monday night. Jordan Brand has been a sponsor of Hamlin's race team and Hamlin is a longtime ...Read more

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NASCAR Truck Series will have a new (old) title sponsor next season

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NASCAR's Truck Series is changing its official title next year, switching from the "Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series" to the "Camping World Truck Series" in 2021. Camping World will transition back as the series partner next year, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis announced Tuesday.

"The transition back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ...Read more

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87-year-old NASCAR legend Red Farmer nearly died of COVID-19, but still plans to race

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NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Red Farmer is recovering at home after being hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to WBRC and WVTM of Alabama. Farmer, 87, was selected as a member of the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame class earlier this year alongside former drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Stefanik.

Farmer, who was part of the original "Alabama ...Read more

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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace won't return to Richard Petty Motorsports next season

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NASCAR Cup driver Bubba Wallace announced Thursday that he will part with his Richard Petty Motorsports team in 2021.

"This was not an easy decision, as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family," Wallace wrote on Twitter. "But I believe it's time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43. Thank you to ...Read more

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NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson announces he'll switch to IndyCar next year

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Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Wednesday that he'll join IndyCar after completing his final year of full-time racing in Cup Series events this season.

Johnson completed an IndyCar test run with Chip Ganassi Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and spoke about his interest in racing in the open-wheel series following his...Read more

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NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte is reopening its doors to racing fans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte announced Tuesday it's reopening its doors to the public at reduced capacity starting Sept. 16. The museum and interactive entertainment venue for NASCAR history closed in March at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state governor's office announced last week that North ...Read more

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'It's par for the course here.' Elliott's chance at Darlington win slips away again.

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For the second time this year, it was heartbreak for Chase Elliott at Darlington Raceway.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver led with less than 20 laps to go in Sunday's Cook Out Southern 500 but wasn't able to come away with the victory.

Elliott got together with Martin Truex when Truex attempted to make a pass on him coming into Turn 1 with 15 ...Read more

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NASCAR's future: Everything we know about 2021 schedule, Next Gen, Hamlin ownership

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR president Steve Phelps said Tuesday he was proud of the sport for defying stereotypes this season when it comes to internal conflict.

"(It) has traditionally been somewhat of a knock on NASCAR, that hey, NASCAR seems to want to bicker about different things," Phelps said. "Well, NASCAR's not bickering and NASCAR has ...Read more