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NASCAR at Texas results: Kyle Larson wins playoff Cup race amid a flurry of cautions

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NASCAR’s regular season champion will contend for a postseason championship. Kyle Larson will be one of four drivers racing for a trophy at Phoenix.

Larson won Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, the first race in the Round of 8, by overcoming multiple late-lap cautions as playoff drama unfolded around him.

William Byron finished ...Read more

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He's out of the playoffs, but eyes will still be on NASCAR's Kevin Harvick at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Harvick isn’t in the news as a championship contender this time around. He missed the cut into the Round of 8 last weekend, and he enters this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on the dreaded outside.

But Harvick has created headlines with his ongoing feud with fellow driver Chase Elliott and ...Read more

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Here's what NASCAR's Next Gen test at the Charlotte Roval revealed

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR teams staked out at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course for two days following a dramatic Cup playoff race at the same venue, but lightning-quick adjustments were far in the rearview mirror.

Perhaps more accurately, they were in the rearview camera, which is one of the many new features of the Next Gen car teams ...Read more

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How every NASCAR playoff driver did at the Charlotte Roval race. Who missed the cut?

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The drama between Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott that started at Bristol continued Sunday at the Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

On Lap 54 — early in Stage 3 — Harvick wrecked Elliott in Turn 7, bumping him in the rear and sending him into the wall. The implications were huge. With the crash, Elliott fell from above the playoff cut ...Read more

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What makes the Charlotte Roval race so hard? NASCAR teams explain the trickiest turns.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR Cup drivers will barrel into a sharp left-handed turn, navigate a winding infield en masse and maneuver through two treacherous chicanes for more than 100 laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Bank of America Roval 400 (2 p.m. Sunday, NBC) is the final hurdle for playoff drivers looking to secure a spot ...Read more

NASCAR's Trackhouse Racing expected to absorb many former Ganassi employees

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s Trackhouse Racing team expects a majority of its operation next season to be made up of former Chip Ganassi Racing employees.

Team owner Justin Marks told The Charlotte Observer on Thursday that Trackhouse will employ more than 100 people as it expands from fielding one to two Cup Series cars in 2022.

CGR employs...Read more

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Bubba Wallace won his first NASCAR Cup race at Talladega. What it means for history, 23XI.

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Bubba Wallace won NASCAR’s playoff Cup race at Talladega to become the first Black driver in nearly 60 years to win a stock car racing’s top level.

Wendell Scott last won a Cup race in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1963.

Monday’s superspeedway event was red-flagged for rain with around 70 laps remaining and Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota,...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Wendell Scott's family was cheering hard for Bubba Wallace. Then came the phone call.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the afterglow of Bubba Wallace’s historic win at Talladega on Monday, the second African American NASCAR driver to ever win a Cup race paid tribute to the first.

Wallace got on the phone with Frank Scott, the 74-year-old son of Wendell Scott, who was the first Black driver to win a Cup race way back in 1963. In 2,000-...Read more

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Bubba Wallace wins NASCAR playoff race at Talladega, his first Cup Series victory

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Bubba Wallace won NASCAR’s playoff Cup race at Talladega to become the first Black driver in nearly 60 years to win a race at NASCAR’s top level. Wendell Scott last won a Cup race in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1963.

Monday’s superspeedway event was red-flagged for rain with around 70 laps remaining and Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota, in ...Read more

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Pink window nets for NASCAR: Inside Kurt Busch's pitch to use them at Charlotte race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Stephanie Pell stopped for a moment in front of a freshly painted pit wall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the pink paint dried in the sun, Pell’s eyes watered thinking about the message she wanted to share with those battling breast cancer.

“You just take it one day at a time,” Pell said. “And I’ve always told my ...Read more

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Car rental prices have fallen, but will they last?

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Car rental rates have fallen back down to earth after skyrocketing last spring. But will the upcoming winter tourism season again launch them to unaffordable levels?

Count on it, says Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of rental car price tracking website AutoSlash.com.

Rates have dropped as travel demand softened after Labor Day, he said. “We’re kind...Read more

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Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR team sells headquarters to a competitor as it shuts down

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chip Ganassi Racing has sold its 22-acre headquarters to a top competitor as the Concord-based NASCAR team shuts down.

A limited liability company whose mailing address is the same as Hendrick Automotive Group in Charlotte bought the Ganassi team property for $10.2 million on Sept. 3, Cabarrus County property tax records ...Read more

NASCAR Xfinity playoffs should provide a peek into the future of Next Gen racing

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AJ Allmendinger received a gladiator sword from Bristol Motor Speedway, dubbed “The Last Great Colosseum,” so he didn’t necessarily need more artifacts to commemorate his latest race win. But Allmendinger said that his team’s president, Chris Rice, offered to drop the No. 16 Chevrolet chassis off in his driveway.

“...Read more

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Bristol night race drama drops four from NASCAR Cup Series playoff field

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Four of the 16 NASCAR playoff drivers saw their championship hopes dashed Saturday night, and the drama of Bristol made the final drivers into the field of 12 in question through the checkered flag. Here’s how the drivers stand:

Drivers who advanced

— Denny Hamlin: Locked his spot in the Round of 12 with a win at ...Read more

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Q&A with NASCAR's Christopher Bell: From his first win to TMS being his 'home track'

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Christopher Bell is in the midst of a breakout season in NASCAR.

The 26-year-old from Oklahoma won his first Cup race earlier this season and is in the midst of his playoffs debut. Bell, driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is coming off a third-place run at Richmond last weekend and is in position to advance to the next round of the...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: East bound and round (and round) -- St. Louis to experience NASCAR in 2022, thanks to this pair

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ST. LOUIS — They originally called it the Chili Bowl since the sponsors sold pre-made chili. But the name lived on for this no-frills racing expo and event where, if you sit close enough to the dirt clay track, you can get splattered with what, come to think of it, looks like chili.

Racing folks from garages of all sizes come each year to the...Read more

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NASCAR's 2022 race schedule is out. Biggest changes and new races for Next Gen.

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NASCAR’s 2022 Cup season schedule features a reshuffling of race dates and the addition of World Wide Technology Raceway (Gateway) near St. Louis.

Additionally, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday night that the pre-season exhibition Clash race will move venues for the first time to run at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is the ...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: NASCAR Cup Series race will come to St. Louis in 2022 at World Wide Technology Raceway

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The best quality of the folks at World Wide Technology Raceway is, fittingly, drive.

Led by owner Curtis Francois, they have worked diligently, passionately and creatively to grow the track’s presence in racing.

And the culmination will be revealed Wednesday — a news conference at Ballpark Village to announce that a NASCAR Cup Series race ...Read more

NASCAR team to permanently lay off 55 workers as it shuts down

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chip Ganassi Racing has notified the state that it will permanently lay off 55 workers, as the Concord-based NASCAR team prepares to go out of business.

The state Department of Commerce received notice from the team this week that the workers will lose their jobs on Nov. 7, department records show. That is timed with NASCAR�...Read more

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NASCAR fines Kyle Busch for safety violation at Darlington

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NASCAR has fined Cup driver Kyle Busch $50,000 for a safety violation that took place during Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 race at Darlington.

The penalty stems from an incident in which Busch drove his No. 18 Toyota at an excessive speed into the garage area, hitting multiple cones and sending people near the entryway scattering. Busch ...Read more