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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

The William Byron test: Will being an iRacing ace help produce NASCAR Cup Series wins?

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In NASCAR, there is no question who "won" the pandemic hiatus: It was William Byron.

When the Cup Series ceased running in March as part of the effort to contain the coronavirus, the racers moved their competition from the real world to the virtual one.

In NASCAR's iRacing Series, Byron, 22, was the breakout star, winning virtual races "at" ...Read more

NASCAR releases remaining 2020 schedule

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NASCAR announced Wednesday the final slate of regular-season races in its 2020 schedule, which was upended earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The updated schedule carries the sport through August and its remaining 10 points races before the playoffs in September.

The latest schedule includes doubleheader race weekends for the ...Read more

Kansas Speedway makes the call: No fans for July NASCAR races due to COVID concerns

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- NASCAR is coming to Kansas City in two weeks, and you can catch the action live ... on TV.

After holding out hope of accommodating spectators at Kansas Speedway's July 23-25 NASCAR races, track officials made the call Wednesday: bringing fans through the gates just won't be possible because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ...Read more

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson cleared to return to racing after positive COVID-19 test

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Less than a week after seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive for COVID-19, the No. 48 driver has been medically cleared to return to racing, NASCAR and Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports team announced Wednesday morning.

Johnson, 44, is entered for Sunday's race at Kentucky Speedway after missing last weekend's race ...Read more

Social distancing partly to blame for NASCAR's pit road pileup

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A pileup on pit road during NASCAR's Sunday Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway sent at least six cars to the garage and out of the race, and one team member to the hospital.

The rear tire changer for Ryan Blaney's No. 12 team, Zach Price, suffered a lower left leg injury during a multi-car accident on pit road, Team Penske said. Although ...Read more

Trump just attacked NASCAR and Bubba Wallace. These TV ratings prove he's wrong

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR and politics tend to overlap.

President Donald Trump attended this year's Daytona 500 in February and served as the grand marshal for the event that opened the 2020 season. And Monday, the president offered an opinion on a recent incident involving NASCAR and driver Bubba Wallace, who is Black.

Two weeks after NASCAR ...Read more

NASCAR at Indianapolis race results: 3 takeaways from Kevin Harvick's overtime victory

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Drivers took hits as hard as bricks on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard 400 race won in overtime by Kevin Harvick.

Harvick sailed to his second consecutive win at the track after a tire blew out on the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin, who was running in first place in the final laps of the race. The blown tire forced Hamlin...Read more

It's not required, but TMS hopes fans use common sense and wear a mask at NASCAR race

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Texas Motor Speedway is not going to make it mandatory for fans to wear masks if they attend NASCAR's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on July 19. At least not unless the state or Denton County makes it mandatory like Tarrant County has done to slow the spread of coronavirus.

But track president Eddie Gossage said they are strongly encouraging fans to ...Read more

NC speedway owner says 'Bubba Rope' ad was a joke that backfired

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina racetrack owner that made national news when he advertised the sale of "Bubba Rope" after a noose was found in the garage of NASCAR's only top series Black driver said he has lost sponsors. He also said his family, friends, business associates and others connected with him have been harassed and threatened.

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Pocono's historic, long day of racing capped by a Denny Hamlin win

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LONG POND, Pa. -- The asphalt at Pocono Raceway saw more race cars this weekend than probably any previous race weekend in the half-century history of the Long Pond track.

And the traffic on the so-called Tricky Triangle also included an army of drying machines and cleanup trucks.

The dryers got a workout Saturday when rain forced a ...Read more

Bubba Wallace is the new face of NASCAR, and the sport is totally behind him

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Even if you don't know NASCAR, you probably now know the name Bubba Wallace. He's the only Black driver in the sport's top series who the FBI determined was not the target of a hate crime after a noose was discovered in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday.

And if you've been following this storyline at all, then maybe you ...Read more

NASCAR Saturday race at Pocono results: 3 takeaways from Kevin Harvick's victory

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Before Saturday, Kevin Harvick was one of a handful of NASCAR drivers with 51 Cup Series race victories. Now, he's a 52-time race winner who finally conquered Pocono Raceway after 39 career starts at the track.

"That's great to finally check Pocono off the list," Harvick said on Fox after winning the Pocono Organics 325. He had previously ...Read more

LeBron James, Bubba Wallace discuss America's racial divide

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NBA superstar LeBron James and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace spoke to Bloomberg News this week about how they're using their platforms to fight systemic racism. Here are a few highlights:

-- LeBron James

On how to measure the success of his activism: "I think success looks like -- educating the people on the ground in these cities that we're ...Read more

'The noose was real.' NASCAR details its investigation of Bubba Wallace's garage stall.

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NASCAR president Steve Phelps spoke with the media Thursday after the sanctioning body completed its investigation into the door pull shaped like a noose found Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in the garage stall assigned to Bubba Wallace.

NASCAR released a photo of the noose shortly before Phelps spoke.

"As you can see from the photo, the ...Read more