No more shortcut: NASCAR's Roval tests to resume on course altered to stop cheating

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Who cheats when nothing's on the line?

NASCAR Cup Series drivers with an uncontrollably competitive urge, apparently.

A second group of drivers return Tuesday for testing the new, one-of-a-kind Roval course at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

They'll run a course that NASCAR altered during the first phase of testing last week after several drivers ...Read more

How did Will Power go from no ride to Indy 500 win?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the past 10 years, the pictures have sat on Will Power's nightstand in a double frame.

On one side is the Astor Cup. On the other, the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Together, these two honors represent the pinnacle of IndyCar racing. The Astor Cup is a symbol of sustained success, awarded annually to IndyCar's series champion. The...Read more

At 92 years old, one of racing's oldest living drivers has tales to tell

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sure, the old trophies are cool. Same for those worn-down, rusted-away cars with metal peeling back like flaky post-sunburn skin.

But no artifact can compare to the living. You can read the stories in old newspapers, see the wear and tear of time on any number of objects -- but there's nothing that compares to a human being ...Read more

Controversial Daytona race ends with Erik Jones' first win

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There were sparks and smoke, billowing up and out of Daytona International Speedway, taking with them any semblance of normalcy from an always irregular race.

So typically Daytona.

As NASCAR's most prestigious track has become known for, Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a mess. The Big One, twice over -- and one ...Read more

Chase Elliott wins pole for Saturday's race at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- At Daytona International Speedway in July, the saying goes as such: 'It's not if it will rain, but when.'

And that prophecy proved true again on Friday, as an extended afternoon thunderstorm ruined any semblance of schedule at the track. But when the dark clouds finally subsided, there was time for qualifying for Saturday...Read more

Daniel Suarez looks to use Coke Zero Sugar 400 as stepping stone

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As Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 approaches at Daytona International Speedway, Daniel Suarez isn't just looking for time on the track.

He's looking for consistency.

Suarez, 26, barely missed a top-10 finish in last weekend's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Chicagoland. He knows the playoffs are on the line, and that there's only one thing ...Read more

Just graduated from high school, Hailie Deegan now focuses on a career in NASCAR

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Hailie Deegan was resigned to the notion that she would not have a high school graduation ceremony. Being homeschooled was a sacrifice made so she could devote the time necessary to develop a career as a professional race car driver.

So last week while many of her friends attended their graduation at Rancho Christian High School in her hometown...Read more

Formula One 'an opportunity like no other' for Miami, but will a deal get done?

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MIAMI -- Imagine Miami getting the Super Bowl of auto racing every year for the next decade -- without the fuss (and cost) that comes with landing the NFL's championship game.

That's basically Formula One's sales pitch to the people of Miami -- and the politicians who represent them -- as F1 organizers and Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez ...Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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