FONTANA, Calif. -- Martin Truex Jr. held his breath as the laps wound down at the Auto Club 400 on Sunday.
After all, late-race caution periods that bunch up the field have been commonplace at the Fontana race, and that was the last thing that Truex -- who was cruising toward victory -- needed to see out the window of his No. 78 Toyota.
He ...Read more
FONTANA, Calif. -- There would be no seventh time for "Seven Time."
Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time champion in NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series, also hoped to become the first driver to win seven Cup races at Auto Club Speedway and, in doing so, snap a 27-race winless streak.
Johnson certainly tried, storming into the top10 early in the Auto...Read more
For all 18 of Jimmie Johnson's seasons in NASCAR's Cup Series, he's had one sponsor plastered on his car.
Now that sponsor is leaving.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that Lowe's, Johnson's chief sponsor for all seven of his championships, will not be back with the team in 2019 or beyond. Johnson, 42, signed a contract extension last ...Read more
Here's a brief breakdown of what you need to know for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500.
Race: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500.
Distance: 312 laps, or 312 miles.
Where: ISM Raceway, a 1-mile, asphalt, trioval in Avondale, Arizona.
When: 3:30 p.m. EST Sunday.
Last year's winner: Ryan Newman.
Also ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- To date, 45 men have been inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame. Five more will be inducted in 2019 -- and on Tuesday, we learned the names of the 20 men vying for those spots.
Headlined by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, the 2019 nominees also include team owner Joe Gibbs, Dale Earnhardt's former crew chief Kirk ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In his 25-year NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon accomplished just about everything there is to do in stock car racing.
He won 93 races and four championships. Then he parlayed that on-track success into a broadcasting job with FOX, where he has worked as an analyst since his 2015 retirement (although he did run eight races in 2016 ...Read more
WELCOME, N.C. -- Austin Dillon thought it was just another run-of-the-mill interview.
After all, the 27-year-old NASCAR driver has had plenty of those since Sunday night, when he won his first Daytona 500. But instead, as he answered questions Wednesday morning at Richard Childress Racing, he was interrupted by a tap on his shoulder and a young...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The day was eventually going to come when Dale Earnhardt Jr. watched the race cars ride by without him.
Now it's actually here.
Earnhardt, as he has every year since 2000, was at Daytona International Speedway for the first two weekends of the NASCAR season. He signed autographs, same as usual. He strolled through the ...Read more
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The wait is almost over.
Here are some final notes and things you need to know before Sunday's Daytona 500, the NASCAR Cup Series' first race of the season:
-- Martin Truex Jr., the reigning Cup Series champion, has said this week that his No. 78 car just doesn't have its absolute speed, and he will start 24th. Not the ...Read more
Chris Buescher didn't sugarcoat it. Restrictor-plate racing is not his forte, so he doesn't have grand visions of winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
But the 25-year-old Prosper, Texas, native is hopeful to post a better showing than he has his first two. Buescher had a second-to-last place finish of 39th in 2016, and improved just slightly to ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- An end-of-the-year banquet, like the one NASCAR holds annually in Las Vegas, is a time for celebration, for reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year and immortalizing them.
Tell that to Jimmie Johnson.
The longtime driver and one of NASCAR's last active legends was, well, less than pleased watching all those ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The questions come intermittently, sprinkled into a large group interview at Daytona International Speedway. But the central idea, like hot air and the truth, always rises.
So Bubba, what's it like being a black NASCAR driver?
And Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. (his sister gave him his nickname the day he was born) sits ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It's a testament to William Byron that it took all of this -- free-falling from 18,000 feet, holding his breath to not pass out, doing loop-de-loops in a fighter jet -- to unnerve him even a little bit.
And even then, he really wasn't unnerved.
After all, when Byron climbed out an F-16 plane on Tuesday afternoon at ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 60th Daytona 500 is Sunday, and at Daytona 500 Media Day on Wednesday, there were storylines abound. From Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the future of NASCAR, here were some of the day's more interesting points:
--Does the current era represent the most upheaval NASCAR has seen in decades? It's a fair question, and one that 17...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Some of the biggest names in NASCAR say they're interested in joining a bid to buy the Carolina Panthers.
As they prepare for the Daytona 500 this weekend, drivers Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch told the Observer on Wednesday that they have had conversations with potential bidders for the NFL franchise, which owner Jerry ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The day was always going to come.
Rick Hendrick knew that much. What he didn't know was how he'd react.
"When Dale Earnhardt calls me and says he's going to retire," Hendrick said at Daytona International Speedway, "you know it's going to come one day, but it's a shock when it happens."
And it was for more than just ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In 2017, it was Toyota's turn for a remodel. This season, it's the new Chevrolet Camaro.
It appears 2019 will be Ford's turn to update its product.
Speaking after Brad Keselowski won Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway in a Ford, NASCAR team owner Roger Penske said that manufacturer's ...Read more
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't behind the wheel of the No. 88 car anymore, but his replacement is already carrying on the car's storied legacy.
Alex Bowman, Earnhardt's replacement at Hendrick Motorsports, won the pole Sunday for next weekend's Daytona 500, the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. It is Bowman's second ...Read more
Everything you need to know about Sunday's NASCAR "The Clash" at Daytona International Speedway.
Race: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash.
Distance: 75 laps, or 187.5 miles.
Where: Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile, asphalt tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Fla.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday.
Last year's winner: ...Read more
If the Ford Fusion gets retired from the automaker's passenger-car lineup, what nameplate should replace it in the NASCAR Cup Series?
There's an obvious candidate, but if Ford Performance asked me -- it won't -- I'd offer another suggestion.
1. Why will the Ford Fusion be replaced?
There are two Fusions at question here, the midsize passenger...Read more
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