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Steve Hummer: Chase Elliott passes father Bill -- as it's meant to be

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NASHVILLE — Sometimes an auto race is more than just another car fight. On a rare night at a classic but tired southern track when the personalities and their rides all align, why, a metaphor for one of life’s great truths just might pop up through the cracks in the asphalt.

Fathers of grown sons know how this goes. The old man takes the ...Read more

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Penske and Wood Brothers replacing Keselowski and DiBenedetto next NASCAR season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing announced simultaneous changes to their 2022 driver lineups Thursday as pieces continue to fall into place for NASCAR’s next season. Full-time Xfinity drivers Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton will move up to the Cup Series, with Cindric to drive the No. 2 Ford in place of Brad ...Read more

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Kyle Larson to remain at Hendrick Motorsports through 2023 with a familiar sponsor

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Kyle Larson has dominated the 2021 NASCAR season with Hendrick Motorsports and he’s not going anywhere. The team on Wednesday announced a one-year contract extension for the Cup driver through the 2023 season with primary sponsorship from Hendrick Automotive Group.

Larson and the No. 5 Chevrolet team lead NASCAR’s top series in wins this ...Read more

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NASCAR power rankings: Kurt and Kyle Busch highlight list of best drivers

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NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. The race is at 3 p.m. July 18 on NBCSN.

Below are The Charlotte Observer’s NASCAR power rankings for the week of July 12. This list is updated each week.

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Honorable mention

— Kurt Busch (previously unranked) breaks into our Power ...Read more

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What NASCAR drivers are saying about the proposed changes to Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Following up on Kyle Busch’s explosive comments Saturday about the planned changes to Atlanta Motor Speedway, multiple NASCAR drivers said Sunday that they were similarly opposed to the track’s reprofiling project.

“I sure am glad to win the final Xfinity Series race on a real Atlanta racetrack,” Busch said Saturday. “Because the next...Read more

Kyle Busch wins at Atlanta in perhaps his final Xfinity race

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Kyle Busch won his fifth Xfinity Series race in the five he’s entered this season. He scored his 102nd victory in the series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

But Busch said it didn’t feel like a mic-drop moment.

That’s because in the final 10 laps, Busch was lined up to push his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Hemric in the lead for a late-...Read more

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NASCAR power rankings: The best Cup drivers heading to Atlanta

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NASCAR returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for its second Cup Series race at the track this year. The Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart is at Sunday, July 11 at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

Below are The Charlotte Observer’s NASCAR power rankings for the week of July 5. This list is updated each week.

Honorable mention

— Alex Bowman...Read more

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Chase Elliott, NASCAR champion, to race in SRX season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds

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The Superstar Racing Experience has been a hit in it's first season, and it just added NASCAR's Most Popular driver to its lineup.

The series announced Tuesday that defending Cup champion Chase Elliott will race in the July 17 season finale at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, joining father Bill Elliott, who is a series regular.

“Racing ...Read more

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Chase Elliott adds a second win in 2021, captures Cup Series race at Road America

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Chase Elliott’s car wasn’t quite where it needed to be ahead of NASCAR’s Cup race at Road America. Elliott said that the No. 9 team was “still searching” following Sunday’s qualifying session in which time ran out before Elliott could run his fastest lap.

But that didn’t matter by the end of the race when Elliott was sitting ...Read more

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NASCAR power rankings: The best Cup drivers heading to Road America

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NASCAR goes road course racing this weekend at Road America. The Cup Series will compete at the four-mile, 14-turn course near Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Sunday, July 4. The Jockey Made in America 250 starts at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.

Below are The Charlotte Observer’s NASCAR power rankings for the week of June 28. This list is updated each week.

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Kyle Busch wins second Pocono Cup race

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Kyle Busch scored his second win of the season Sunday with his car stuck in fourth gear almost the entire race. The No. 18 driver might not have had a functional clutch at the end of 140 laps, but he had just enough fuel to outpace the field.

The final 20 laps of the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 race were all about fuel strategy with ...Read more

Bowman snags NASCAR win at Pocono after Larson blows out tire on final lap

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A flat tire on the final lap of Saturday's race at Pocono ended Kyle Larson's winning streak. He was in the lead and ready to make it four consecutive points race wins this year. Alex Bowman, in second, was already apologizing to his team on the radio after relinquishing the lead to Larson with three laps to go.

But a lucky turn of events put ...Read more

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leaving Fox for new role with Hendrick Motorsports

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon will continue his duties as a Fox Sports broadcaster through the NASCAR season and 2021 calendar year, then he will turn his attention full-time to a new role at Hendrick Motorsports. The NASCAR Cup team announced Wednesday that Gordon has been named vice chairman of the organization.

He will assume the new role ...Read more

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NASCAR power rankings: The best Cup drivers heading to Pocono

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NASCAR is preparing for a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway. The first of two Cup races this weekend is Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBCSN. The second race at Pocono is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. also on NBCSN.

Below are The Charlotte Observer’s NASCAR power rankings for the week of June 21. This list is updated each week.

Honorable mention

— Alex...Read more

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Chase Elliott's spotter reinstated following NASCAR suspension

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The spotter for Chase Elliott on the No. 9 team, Eddie D’Hondt, is able to return to all NASCAR racing activities since he was indefinitely suspended from the sport in May. NASCAR reinstated D’Hondt after assault and battery charges against him were dismissed Friday.

“We are pleased about the resolution of this matter and look forward to ...Read more

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Alex Bowman will remain at Hendrick Motorsports through 2023

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NASCAR driver Alex Bowman will remain at Hendrick Motorsports at least through the 2023 season. The Cup team announced Friday that it signed Bowman to a two-year contract extension, solidifying it's stable of young talent at the four-car organization for years to come.

Bowman raced for Hendrick Motorsports on a part-time basis in 2016 before ...Read more

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Even at 46, Fort Lauderdale's Helio Castroneves isn't done chasing Indy 500 championships

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It’s the year of the old athlete and Helio Castroneves is happy to be part of it.

The 46-year-old Brazilian, who has lived in South Florida for most of his IndyCar career, joined Meyer Shank Racing last year largely in a mentorship capacity. Meyer Shank had never won an IndyCar Series race, and Castroneves hadn’t been racing full-time on ...Read more

NASCAR power rankings: The best Cup drivers heading to Nashville

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NASCAR is back to racing with points on the line this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway after completing its All-Star Race last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Below are The Charlotte Observer's NASCAR power rankings for the week of June 14. This list is updated each week.

Honorable mention

— Kyle Busch (no change) has four top-10 finishes...Read more

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Kyle Larson's dominant NASCAR return, his reparations and a chance to build a legacy

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Anthony Martin didn’t deny the fact that this has not been a good week when asked how he was doing. He shared that he’s “hanging in there” after a former student at the after-school nonprofit program he founded was killed last Monday.

Dwan Jenkins-Stanton was shot at a corner store in North Philadelphia, according to multiple news ...Read more

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NASCAR star Martin Truex Jr. dishes on All-Star Race and Gossage's last ride at TMS

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Martin Truex Jr. is one of the top drivers in NASCAR. He’s won 30 career Cup races, including eight during his championship season in 2017. He’s won three Coca-Cola 600s and one Southern 500.

But Truex has never won at Texas Motor Speedway, and he’s never won an All-Star Race. He’ll look to change that narrative this weekend as Texas ...Read more