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Midseason NASCAR superlatives: Best race? Worst wreck? Biggest surprise?

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We are now more than halfway through the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, and the leaderboard is beginning to crystallize. We know which drivers are good week in and week out, and we know which drivers might already have seen their best shot at winning evaporate.

So with that said, let's hand out some midseason superlatives. Not every ...Read more

Simon Pagenaud wins his first Indy 500 in a thrilling finish

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Simon Pagenaud outdueled Alexander Rossi in the closing laps to win a thrilling Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

After his cool-down lap, Pagenaud took the unusual step of stopping his car on the Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line of Indianapolis Motor Speedway to acknowledge the crowd that topped 250,000 on an overcast day.

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'A different lady.' Talking the Indy 500 with three-time champ Johnny Rutherford

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It didn't take long for Johnny Rutherford to describe the Indianapolis 500.

"Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a different lady," Rutherford said at Texas Motor Speedway last month.

"She can throw so many curves at you, you can't believe it. I witnessed it. In the 24 races I ran there, you learn something new and different every day. I can ...Read more

William Byron becomes youngest pole winner for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Not bad for 21 years old, huh?

On Thursday, Charlotte native William Byron won the pole for the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Byron makes history as the youngest driver to ever win the pole for the crown jewel race.

"This is a dream come true," Byron said after qualifying. "Obviously I grew up ...Read more

What the NASCAR-ISC merger means for Speedway Motorsports, future of NASCAR

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NASCAR's $2 billion deal to purchase International Speedway Corporation, one of the sport's two main track operators, could end up putting pressure on the other major track owner: Concord, N.C.-based Speedway Motorsports.

ISC currently owns and operates 12 tracks used in the NASCAR Cup Series. With NASCAR assuming control of those tracks, the ...Read more

NASCAR to gain control of 13 tracks in merger with ISC

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NASCAR agreed to a sweetened, $2 billion deal to buy a company that runs 13 major racetracks and take it private as part of NASCAR's effort to reverse years of decline in stock-car racing's popularity.

The tracks are owned by International Speedway Corp., which is controlled by the France family that also founded and controls NASCAR, the sport'...Read more

Three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart headlines 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame class

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Another year, another surefire lock spearheading NASCAR's newest Hall of Fame class.

The Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class on Wednesday, headlined by three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. He will be inducted alongside team owner Joe Gibbs, engine builder and crew chief Waddell Wilson, and drivers Buddy Baker and ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson prepares for marathon NASCAR season by running

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Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is accustomed to racking up thousands of miles per season in his No. 48 car. But doing 26.2 miles in a pair of sneakers is a different story.

Johnson completed last month's Boston Marathon in three hours, nine minutes, and seven seconds, averaging seven minutes and 12 seconds per mile -- two days after ...Read more

A step toward NASCAR's future? 2019 All-Star race in Charlotte will be testing ground

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Radical changes? Not quite. But a step toward NASCAR's future?

Absolutely.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced on Wednesday the format and rules package for the 2019 All-Star Race, scheduled for May 18. Format-wise, this year's race will include four stages of 30, 20, 20 and 15 laps, respectively, slightly longer than last year's ...Read more

Alexander Rossi repeats as Long Beach Grand Prix winner

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Alexander Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second consecutive year Sunday and in the same dominating fashion as a year ago.

Rossi won from the pole position, as he did in 2018, and the 27-year-old Californian led 80 of the 85 laps around the 11-turn, 1.97-mile street course.

Josef Newgarden finished ...Read more

Q&A with NASCAR's Kyle Busch: On longevity, copying Tom Brady, and building a legacy

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Kyle Busch is many things.

One of the more dominant NASCAR drivers of this era, certainly.

But Busch is more than just a talented racer. At times nicknamed "Rowdy" when he was younger, he's grown personally alongside his professional strides. He's a businessman with his own company and charitable foundation, and increasingly he's also becoming...Read more

TMS president disputes article suggesting track was 'a third full' for NASCAR Cup race

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The doomsday talk of NASCAR has become a storyline on a seemingly weekly basis, and it continues to draw the ire of Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage.

A recent Forbes article detailing the fall of NASCAR suggested that TMS' race a couple weeks ago "appeared as if only one-third of the 100,000 seats" were occupied...Read more

NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip retiring from broadcasting after 2019 season

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NASCAR fans should enjoy Darrell Waltrip's trademark "Boogity boogity boogity!" while they still can.

Waltrip, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and broadcaster since 2001, will officially be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019 season, Fox Sports said Thursday. Because Fox splits NASCAR television rights with NBC, Waltrip's final race will be at Sonoma...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to join NBC Sports' Indy 500 broadcast with Danica Patrick

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NASCAR fans will see plenty of familiar faces should they tune into NBC Sports' inaugural broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 this year.

The network announced Wednesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 15-time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver award, will be joining its Indy 500 broadcast team. He becomes the second former driver to join the ...Read more

NASCAR makes major changes to 2020 Cup Series schedule, including a new championship track

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After repeated cries from fans and drivers alike for a renovated NASCAR schedule, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday that it finally has made some substantial changes.

NASCAR released its 2020 Cup Series schedule Tuesday, confirming reports that it had shifted its schedule for the first time in several years. Among the more significant ...Read more

Keselowski, Busch, Johnson among the many storylines this week at Texas Motor Speedway

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Texas Motor Speedway kicks off its 2019 racing season with a NASCAR triple-header in the spring for the first time in the track's history.

TMS agreed to move its fall truck race to the spring at the request of NASCAR, making its spring race even bigger. The spring race typically draws more fans, despite the fall weekend being part of NASCAR's ...Read more

Brad Keselowski dominates quiet Martinsville race for 2nd win this season

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RIDGEWAY, Va. -- This one was about as clear-cut as it gets.

A handful of laps into Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Brad Keselowski bumped his Penske teammate Joey Logano and took the lead. Normal stuff.

So he led and kept leading and just kept leading. More than 400 laps -- Chase Elliott briefly stole it away after about 300, only ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt championship car being sold at auction denounced as fake

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Dale Earnhardt Sr. race car billed at auction as "one of the most famous cars in the history of NASCAR" is not the original, his longtime friend and team owner Richard Childress said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

"It's sitting in my showroom at the museum," Childress said of a 1994 No. 3 Goodwrench Chevy Lumina that Earnhardt ...Read more