NASCAR mid-season superlatives, like Daytona 500, are not without controversy

Sports / Auto Racing /

The 2018 NASCAR season is officially past its halfway point, meaning it's time to hand out some mid-season superlatives. Your winners are:

Best Driver

Kevin Harvick: Duh, right? Harvick has undoubtedly been NASCAR's best driver in 2018, although Kyle Busch has certainly given him a run for his money. Harvick has won the most races (five), led ...Read more

At 43, Tony Kanaan still feels the need for speed

Sports / Auto Racing /

Tony Kanaan has reached the pinnacle of his sport. He's won an Indianapolis 500 and an IndyCar series championship.

At 43, though, Kanaan has no interest in calling it a career. He prides himself on his fitness and relishes being the veteran of the series.

"I love IndyCar, man," Kanaan said. "I still think I have a few years left to be ...Read more

2018 Detroit Grand Prix: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins Dual II on Belle Isle

Sports / Auto Racing /

DETROIT -- Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Dual II title Sunday afternoon at Bell Isle. Hunter-Reay battled teammate Alexander Rossi all day before Rossi lost control on lap 64, giving Hunter-Reay the victory.

Indy 500 winner and Team Penske's Will Power was second, 11.3549 seconds behind Hunter-Reay. Ed Jones was ...Read more

Kevin Harvick's last-place finish at 600 makes wrong kind of history for him

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick's hot streak came to a quick end Sunday.

Harvick crashed out of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after only 83 laps, ending two notable streaks that he's enjoyed.

First, it stopped his winning streak at three races, a string that included victories at Dover, Kansas and last week's NASCAR All-Star ...Read more

Will Power wins his first Indy 500

Sports / Auto Racing /

INDIANAPOLIS -- Australian Will Power won a late-race dash to capture his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday on one of the hottest days in the history of the century-old race.

"I was wondering if I would ever win it," Power, 37, said after he took the race's traditional sip of milk in Victory Lane. "I just couldn't imagine winning a race in front...Read more

Patrick's hotly debated legacy

Sports / Auto Racing /

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danica Patrick's race car is painted in a lustrous neon green one last time, a hue that ensures its "look at me" quality even when the car is a 230-mph blur.

The color is apropos of Patrick and her racing career, which she's ending Sunday with a final attempt to win the Indianapolis 500, the race that initially made her famous ...Read more

Daniel Suarez will be a part of history Sunday at Coca-Cola 600

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Daniel Suarez couldn't tell you exactly why Charlotte Motor Speedway has been so good to him. But he sure isn't complaining about it.

Suarez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, got an invitation from Joe Gibbs to take over the No. 19 Toyota when Carl Edwards retired unexpectedly in 2017.

Four months later, Suarez was hitting the ...Read more

How 5 NASCAR drivers connected with military

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Bubba Wallace was amazed at the size of Fort Bragg.

"Massive," Wallace said in describing the 251-square-mile military base outside of Fayetteville during a visit earlier this month. "It felt like an hour's drive to get to our appearance on the other side of the (air) strip."

Wallace, the driver of Richard Petty Motorsports' ...Read more

He'd give right arm for Indy win

Sports / Auto Racing /

INDIANAPOLIS -- A massive tattoo adorning most of Tony Kanaan's right arm depicts highlights of the driver's life, including his Indianapolis 500 win in 2013.

Kanaan hopes there's more ink in his future.

The Brazilian is attempting to win his second Indy 500 on Sunday at age 43, and he's driving a car prepared by the team owned by racing ...Read more

Austin Dillon's 'barn' has helped shape him

Sports / Auto Racing /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Austin Dillon is trying to put his foot down as he stands at the front door of his house.

"Hey, don't bring that thing in here," says the 28-year-old NASCAR star, his voice tinged with irritation. Then, more forcefully: "No, don't!"

His best friend, Paul Swan, ignores Dillon's warning and hits the throttle on his scooter, ...Read more

Kyle Busch wins Coca-Cola 600 pole, Kevin Harvick to start at rear

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his third pole of the season, but the bigger story?

Kevin Harvick -- despite winning five of this season's first 12 races -- will start at the rear for Sunday's race.

Yes, you read that right. The rear.

So what happened? Harvick's car ...Read more

Who could win the Coca-Cola 600? Here are 3 favorites … and 3 sleeper picks, too

Sports / Auto Racing /

Charlotte and NASCAR -- there's just something about that relationship, that connection over the years, that all comes flooding back whenever it's time for the Coca-Cola 600. The Earnhardt legacy, Humpy Wheeler's crazy promotions. Bruton Smith and Austin Dillon. They're all part of the same legacy at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... and especially ...Read more

Jeff Gordon headlines 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class as highest vote-getter ever

Sports / Auto Racing /

Time for five new Hall of Fame jackets.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced Wednesday its Class of 2019, headlined by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Gordon was not selected unanimously, though.

Seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt were also not inducted unanimously, nor was NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. Inductees ...Read more

Jeff Gordon's in, of course. But who should join him in 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class?

Sports / Auto Racing /

NASCAR will announce its 2019 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, and there's only one certainty: Jeff Gordon will be inducted.

Write it in sharpie. It's happening.

The things we don't know are: 1. Will Gordon be the Hall's first unanimous selection? and 2. Who will accompany the four-time Cup Series champion in the 2019 class?

There's a long ...Read more

NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. to honor Vietnam War hero from Kansas

Sports / Auto Racing /

This weekend's nod to America's servicemen and women at Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a Kansas twist thanks to a driver who calls Kansas Speedway his home track.

Martin Truex Jr., the reigning champion of the Monster Energy Cup Series, will drive with the name of Arlen Del Richardson, a Lawrence, Kan., native who died during the Vietnam ...Read more

'I believe!' There are a million reasons for Kevin Harvick's All-Star victory ritual

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- The ritual commenced at 10:01 p.m.

They had practiced it before -- five times, in fact, this season alone.

First the anointed rode through his processional. Stale light beer and deep-fried delicacies are not typically a champion's perfume, but Kevin Harvick is no ordinary champion.

Wafts of those speedway staples blended with...Read more

Kevin Harvick survives wrecks, rain and new rules to win second career All-Star Race

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Whichever driver emerged victorious in Saturday's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was sure as heck going to earn it.

It was the perfect cocktail of chaos for NASCAR: a new, less-stable rules package; a lack of practice time with said package, thanks to rain in the area on Friday and -- oh yeah -- a massive wreck that ...Read more

Sports league best suited to take advantage of legalized gambling? It might be NASCAR

Sports / Auto Racing /

Monday, the United States Supreme Court overturned a decades-old law -- the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA -- that essentially limited sports gambling to one state.

With the landmark decision, it will now be up to individual states and sports leagues to regulate sports betting as they see fit.

And the immediate ...Read more

NASCAR making a push for diversity

Sports / Auto Racing /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A cynical person might write off NASCAR's diversity efforts as a response to declining attendance and sagging ratings, a desperate attempt to tap into new demographics that could shore up the sport's financials.

Of course, that ignores the fact that NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program is rooted in an initiative started by ...Read more

Who is going to fill Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes for NASCAR?

Sports / Auto Racing /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a dominant figure in NASCAR during the last 15 seasons.

He wasn't the winningest driver, but every year since 2003 he was chosen as the sanctioning body's Most Popular Driver.

Best known to most auto racing fans as "Junior," his retirement after last season left a massive void in the sport and in...Read more


Social Connections


Fort Knox Doonesbury Archie Nest Heads Mallard Fillmore Hi and Lois