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Danica Patrick gets funds for 'Danica Double' but a critical element still missing

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When Danica Patrick tearfully announced her retirement from NASCAR in November, it came with a caveat: that she would run two final races -- the Daytona 500 in February and the Indianapolis 500 in May -- as a send-off to her fans.

While that idea sounded nice, there were some logistical issues, such as: Who would sponsor Patrick? Which team ...Read more

Ford came up just short for the 2017 NASCAR title. Will 2018 bring another letdown?

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Two out of four slots ain't bad odds, especially when there's a championship on the line.

And that's the situation Ford found itself in in November at the NASCAR Cup Series title race. With both Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick among the final four at Homestead (with the other drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, belonging to Toyota), ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. responds to rumors about his involvement in Panthers ownership bid

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Felix Sabates, a Charlotte businessman who is part of a local group preparing a bid to purchase the Carolina Panthers, told the Charlotte Observer last week that two NASCAR drivers are affiliated with the group.

And although Sabates declined to name the drivers, that didn't keep rumors from spreading about who they might be. ...Read more

Can Danica Patrick realize her 'Danica Double' dream?

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Danica Patrick's hopes of closing out her racing career with the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 races -- the "Danica Double" -- have hit a major dead end. But there's still a chance, especially at Indianapolis, for her to find rides.

The president of Chip Ganassi Racing said Thursday night the organization is no longer holding ...Read more

Will new race car change Chevy's fortunes in 2018?

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Chevrolet has the history, the tradition, the statistics ... but right now in NASCAR, it just doesn't have the best cars.

So while Chevy has won more than twice as many manufacturer's titles (39) as Ford and Toyota combined (17), it still came up short in 2017. Seven Chevy drivers made the Cup Series playoffs, but none made the season finale at...Read more

Toyota dominated the 2017 NASCAR season, but will 2018 bring more of the same?

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Forget parity.

It's a polite idea, especially sports-wise, thinking each new season brings with it new hope. For those teams (or in NASCAR's case, drivers) that missed the playoffs in 2017, it's an opportunity to climb back into the postseason. And for everyone who made the postseason but fell short of winning the NASCAR championship -- ...Read more

Three big changes for NASCAR beyond Dale and Danica leaving

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Every new year brings with it new stars and revelations, but also heartfelt goodbyes and (sometimes) tough changes. That's no different in the sports world, and the same applies specifically to NASCAR. What old storylines can finally be put to rest, and which new ones will rise to fill those voids? Here are four of the biggest changes NASCAR ...Read more

A way, way too early prediction: Which 16 drivers make the NASCAR playoffs in 2018?

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Think about those stores that are unnecessarily early with their holiday decorations. The ones that put out Christmas trees in October and Halloween candy in August? Well, consider this the NASCAR version of those stores.

The thing about those shops -- and this piece -- is that they do what they do for a reason. In the premature-decoration ...Read more

What are the chances Danica Patrick drives in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018?

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Danica Patrick hopes to make a grand and dignified exit from racing's highest level by driving in racing's two most storied races in America -- Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 -- in 2018.

But that "Danica Double" looks less likely now in light of reports that talks between Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing, one of two organizations that ...Read more

Convicted felon stole millions from investors to back son's NASCAR career

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Hickory man was convicted Friday of defrauding investors out of $25 million, money he used to buy pricey real estate, expensive cars and to back his son's NASCAR career.

At the height of his ill-gotten wealth, Robert Boston contemplated buying his own island, prosecutors say. He diverted $6.1 million of company money so his...Read more

NASCAR superlatives for the 2017 season

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Superlatives for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season:

Driver of the Year

Martin Truex Jr.: Who else? Truex had the most wins, the most laps led, the most stage points, the most everything en route to his first Cup Series championship. He was the fastest all season long, and even when other drivers had their moments, Truex was always the ...Read more

From D-Day landing in WWII to NASCAR champion, Walter 'Bud' Moore Jr. accomplished plenty

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Walter "Bud" Moore Jr., a decorated World War II veteran and Hall of Fame NASCAR owner, died Monday night at the age of 92.

Moore, originally from Spartanburg, S.C., graduated from high school in 1943 and joined the military as a machine gunner. His 90th Infantry Division even landed on Utah Beach in France on D-Day as part of the effort to ...Read more

The happiest person after Martin Truex Jr.'s first NASCAR title? The woman by his side

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- As the man drove over the line, and thousands of fans rose in ovation, and a cacophony of cheers engulfed the entire stadium at once, the woman finally peeked.

OK, she more than peeked. You blame her? Doctors gave this woman a prescription for pain, for cancer, for almost certain death. Now here she was, watching as her ...Read more

Kyle Busch knew he had lost with 25 laps to go, his brother might have been responsible

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Kyle Busch knew he had lost before it even happened.

"Race is over," Busch said over the radio with 25 laps to go in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His spotter responded that no it wasn't, even though Busch was trailing the leader Martin Truex Jr. by 2.7 seconds at the time.

Turns out Busch knew what...Read more

Martin Truex Jr. wins first NASCAR championship in thrilling season finale

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- He was not the best car on Sunday, nor the fastest, but none of that mattered -- at last, Martin Truex Jr. is a NASCAR Cup Series champion.

Truex's struggles have been long-documented, everything from losing his ride in the prime of his career to his girlfriend's cancer diagnosis three years ago, and yet still, he fought back...Read more

William Byron caps rookie year with NASCAR Xfinity Series title, edging teammate Elliott Sadler

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- When 10 months came down to 10 laps, youth topped experience.

Nineteen-year-old wunderkind William Byron captured the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship Saturday, finishing third in the EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He edged Elliott Sadler, 42, his JR Motorsports teammate who served as his shadow much of the ...Read more

Verbal daggers? If Kyle Busch wins his 2nd NASCAR title, only one word is relevant

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Even if Kyle Busch doesn't listen, he still hears it all.

You didn't deserve it. Doesn't count. You shouldn't even have been there.

They are the sort of verbal daggers his detractors have been stabbing him with ever since he won his first NASCAR Cup Series championship, in 2015. Of course, Busch missed 11 races that year as ...Read more

Picture-perfect ending for NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick? Everyone else celebrating

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- There's a photo hanging in the man's closet, of he and his son and pure, simple joy. Thumbs up, smiles. Exactly the sort of memory that warrants immortalization.

But that photo of Kevin Harvick and his son, Keelan, now 5 years old, reveals more than just a pleasant memory. It reveals the essence of who Harvick is and the ...Read more

Danica Patrick announces 2017 is last full-time NASCAR season, will run 2018 Indy 500

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Danica Patrick announced on Friday that 2017 will be her final full-time NASCAR season, although she will still run the Daytona 500 and make a return to the Indy 500 in 2018.

Patrick did not qualify for the NASCAR playoffs this season, and she has only led seven laps this season. Her best finish this season was 10th at Dover,...Read more

A second NASCAR championship would boost Brad Keselowski, and he knows just how high

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Brad Keselowski should have been happier. Much happier.

It was minutes after last weekend's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway, but instead of celebrating, Keselowski was sweating. Profusely. And swearing ... but most importantly, not celebrating.

Keselowski came into the race at Phoenix needing a victory to ...Read more