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NASCAR stars are taking the stage at this year's Chili Bowl Nationals

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Kyle Larson won his first Chili Bowl Nationals title last year to achieve a feat that he said felt bigger than winning the Daytona 500.

“I’m sorry NASCAR. I’m sorry Daytona. But this is the biggest (expletive) race I’ve ever won,” Larson said. “I hope to win Daytona in a few weeks, but this is bad ass.”

Larson’s victory had ...Read more

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Everything we know about NASCAR's fan attendance policies for races in 2021 season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Almost all of NASCAR's earliest races in 2021 will run with limited fans. As the pandemic rages on, individual tracks have reduced seating capacity, beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500. NASCAR has also already reconfigured its schedule once.

Here's what we know about which tracks are hosting fans:

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Chase Briscoe is moving up, and on, in NASCAR after 2020 battles

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chase Briscoe is back from Myrtle Beach, S.C., where it's become tradition for him and his wife, Marissa, to celebrate the new year before returning to North Carolina ahead of the NASCAR season. This year, though, Briscoe is back to NASCAR with a different title — as a full-time Cup driver for the first time.

The 26-year-...Read more

Jill Gregory helped shape NASCAR’s future. Now she’s set to do the same for famous racetrack.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR executive Jill Gregory will be leaving her role as the sport’s chief marketing officer in February to join Sonoma Raceway as the track’s next general manager. Gregory is replacing Steve Page, who retired at the end of the year after nearly 30 years overseeing the raceway.

Speedway Motorsports president Marcus ...Read more

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Let's face it, 2020 sucked. But NASCAR gave us reasons to smile we'll never forget.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There's little reason to harp on the universal awfulness of 2020 with all the year-end lists. We know it was a tumultuous time. But the pandemic year hit NASCAR a little different, with perhaps as much good as strife. There was a Confederate flag ban and Ryan Newman's return, an appearance by Michael Jordan and an on-time ...Read more

Christopher Bell tells new JGR team he's 'going to be a change of pace from Kyle'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christopher Bell told his new crew chief to get ready for a change. He's not Kyle Busch.

"Our first meeting that we had together, I said, 'Well, I can promise you that I'm going to be a change of pace from Kyle because my demeanor inside the car is a lot different than what Kyle's is,' " Bell said.

NASCAR fans probably won'...Read more

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NASCAR to run 2021 Daytona 500 with limited fans. Here's what we know.

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The Daytona 500 will run with limited fan in attendance, Daytona International Speedway announced Wednesday. The race to open the 2021 NASCAR season is scheduled for Feb. 14.

All other Daytona Speedweeks events — including the Busch Clash, Daytona 500 qualifying races and the lower-level series races that precede the Daytona 500 (Feb. 9-14) �...Read more

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Austin Cindric is fresh off Xfinity championship, ready for his next steps in NASCAR

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Austin Cindric is still basking in the glow of winning a NASCAR championship a few weeks after securing his first Xfinity series title. He capped a regular-season championship and career-best year with a win at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 7.

Cindric, a Mooresville native, has since returned home with a trophy for Team Penske and...Read more

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What do NASCAR drivers think of Next Gen car? 'It feels like the first day of school.'

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CONCORD, N.C. — The NASCAR season might be over, but Charlotte Motor Speedway was still loud with the sound of revving engines Monday as two Cup drivers tested the highly anticipated Next Gen car for the first time at the Concord track.

Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. participated in the first day of a two-day test at the speedway on Monday. ...Read more

Crew chief change for Kyle Busch headlines Joe Gibbs Racing lineup swaps for 2021

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Two-time NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch will have a new crew chief next season, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday. Busch's crew chief Adam Stevens will move to the No. 20 Toyota team to work with Cup driver Christopher Bell in 2021.

Busch's new crew chief will be Ben Beshore, who most recently worked as the crew chief for JGR's Xfinity program...Read more

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Alex Andrejev: What covering NASCAR's season like no other taught me: This sport isn't its stereotype

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chase Elliott entered Phoenix Raceway's media center with a well-deserved beer in his hand. He took a swig after sitting down on stage, then placed the can at his feet before spending an hour on the evening of his first NASCAR Cup championship answering questions about his racing career and the feeling of winning and ...Read more

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Five things you can expect from NASCAR in 2021, including more fans at races

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three months stand between NASCAR and its next season, but the sport started planning its 2021 moves long before Chase Elliott won a championship Sunday.

The 2021 Cup schedule was released in September, and NASCAR has since released the Xfinity schedule for next season. The Truck Series schedule has not yet been announced. ...Read more

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Passing the torch: Chase Elliott ascends NASCAR ranks as Jimmie Johnson makes his exit

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — The high-five between Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott was more than the split-second touch of driving gloves.

Not because there were particularly memorable words spoken in that moment — Elliott said the two drivers were "just screaming" through the windows of their Chevrolet cars — as he headed for his victory donuts ...Read more

NASCAR's Zane Smith knows he's 'the baby in the field.' He doesn't care.

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The ink on Zane Smith's driver's license was barely dry when the Huntington Beach, Calif., native got his first speeding ticket as a 16-year-old in his adopted hometown of Mooresville, N.C., five summers ago.

"I think it was the second day after he passed his driver's test," Mike Smith, Zane's father, recalled this week. "He was going 95 mph in...Read more

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NASCAR at Martinsville race results: Championship 4 drivers finalized; Harvick out

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kevin Harvick will not be racing for the NASCAR championship this year after dominating the regular season. Instead, the four drivers competing for a title in 2020 are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

Elliott won Sunday evening at Martinsville Speedway in a tense elimination race at the ...Read more

Steve Hummer: Chase Elliott once more seeks key to a championship

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ATLANTA — October has been another difficult month for the Georgia-themed sports experience.

Needing one more win for the National League pennant, the Braves instead had to watch the Dodgers' Justin Turner breathe all over the world championship trophy. Just so it can be said, now literally, that winning is contagious.

In a battle of top-3 ...Read more

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Kyle Busch wins at Texas with 3 championship race spots up for grabs

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NASCAR waited out the rain and Kyle Busch waited for his moment at Texas Motor Speedway.

"When he gets to two seconds we'll turn you loose," Busch's crew chief Adam Stevens radioed to his driver in the final stage of Wednesday's race, which was postponed three times over the course of 72 hours because of inclement weather.

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Kyle Larson to make NASCAR return in 2021 with Hendrick Motorsports

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Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has signed NASCAR driver Kyle Larson to a multi-year deal to race its No. 5 Chevrolet car starting in 2021. Larson was reinstated by NASCAR last week following a six-month suspension for using a racial slur.

"Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world," team ...Read more

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Alex Andrejev: NASCAR's season is ending how it started: With rain

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A retrospective piece on 2020 might seem premature. Because, well, it would be. The NASCAR season is still underway.

My editor asked me to write a column about all of the rain delays NASCAR has suffered this year and that inevitably made me think of the Daytona 500 in February. Remember that time? With the frolicking fans?...Read more

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NASCAR Truck playoff results: Texas race ends with late-lap drama, Sheldon Creed win

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Even though Sheldon Creed controlled most of Sunday's Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to lock in his spot to the Championship 4, the final laps of the Speedycash.com 400 centered on the drama between other drivers running in the top-five late in the race.

With three laps remaining, the caution flag came out for ...Read more