William Byron will join NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, but first he has a gut punch to avenge

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William Byron still remembers the championship celebration unfolding in front of him -- only this time, he wants to be part of it.

Byron, 19, is in his first season in NASCAR's Xfinity Series, but this time last year he was still part of the Camping World Truck Series. He was the playoffs' top seed as a rookie. He broke Kurt Busch's record for ...Read more

NASCAR Cup series champion for 2017 … Jamie McMurray? What are the odds?

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Gamblers, beware, at least if you planned to put money on NASCAR Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray.

A reporter told the longtime NASCAR driver on Wednesday that according to Las Vegas, he's the only playoff driver without any championship odds. None. And it's just him, out of the 16 left.

McMurray turned to respond, then smiled.

"I don't care,...Read more

With NASCAR playoffs set, our 4 favorites to race for Cup Series title at Homestead

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Finally, the initial questions and wondering are through. The 16 drivers who will compete for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship have been decided.

At Richmond, Va., on Saturday, there was one final win-and-you're-in slot up for grabs, with drivers such as Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking to squeak into the playoffs....Read more

Danica Patrick out at Stewart-Haas Racing

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There was long been speculation regarding Danica Patrick's future at Stewart-Haas Racing, but finally there was some clarity on Tuesday.

Patrick, who has been with the team for the past six seasons, announced via Facebook that she would not continue driving for the team in 2018.

"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and ...Read more

Here's NASCAR's playoff field after final win-and-you're-in chance goes unclaimed

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Three winless drivers -- Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray -- rounded out NASCAR's Cup Series playoffs after Saturday night's race at Richmond Raceway.

The trio join 13 drivers that had already clinched a spot in the 16-team postseason field with a win. The playoffs begin next week at Chicagoland Speedway.

A win in Saturday's ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports raising $500K for hurricane victims

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Can Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the Hendrick Motorsports team raise half a million dollars in two weeks?

They're certainly going to try.

On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports -- whose drivers include Earnhardt, Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Kasey Kahne -- announced it was starting a disaster relief fund for victims of Hurricane...Read more

Jeremy Clements perseveres for first NASCAR win at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Jeremy Clements epitomizes resilience and perseverance.

He nearly lost his right hand in 2004 when the driveshaft of his dirt late-model broke into the cockpit.

He rarely has driven frontline equipment in NASCAR and never has raced any. Everything in the Spartanburg, S.C., shop of his family-owned Xfinity Series team is a...Read more

William Byron to compete in NASCAR Cup Series beginning next season

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Last August, Rick Hendrick was constantly asked if teenager William Byron was really ready to drive in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Twelve months later, Hendrick has determined Byron, 19, is really ready for Cup Series racing. Hendrick Motorsports made it official Wednesday that Byron will take over the No. 5 Chevrolet for the 2018 season.

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When athletes screw up: NASCAR's Brad Keselowski goes deep in message on patience

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Patience. Sports heroes are as imperfect as the rest of us, one NASCAR driver reminded us this week.

In a blog post from NASCAR's Brad Keselowski, he asks fans, media and other drivers not to judge too quickly when the sports stars behave badly.

While it might seem obvious, Keselowski -- in a post fittingly titled "The Fault in Our Stars" -- ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Southern 500 throwback a reminder of when his career almost ended

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When Dale Earnhardt Jr. first saw the blue and white No. 3 car with his name on it, he thought it was a joke.

Before the 1997 season, Dale Earnhardt Sr. told his son he'd be running in NASCAR's Busch Series, now the Xfinity Series, after years of racing late model cars in South Carolina. In eight races, Earnhardt Jr. earned one top-10 finish ...Read more

Stenhouse Jr. has fail-proof plan to woo Earnhardt Jr. fans

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SPARTA, Ky. -- With Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring as a full-time driver after the 2017 NASCAR season, a huge fan base will soon, effectively, enter free agency.

You can bet other NASCAR drivers have ideas on how to win Dale Jr. fans over to their cause.

"If I was running first and he was running second, I could let him win," Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ...Read more

Matt Kenseth won't be back with Joe Gibbs for 2018 NASCAR season

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Matt Kenseth says he isn't sure where he'll be driving in 2018, but it won't be with Joe Gibbs Racing.

"As of today I do not have a job for next year," the 2003 NASCAR champion said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. "I certainly hope to still be racing.

"I haven't really worked on anything real hard. I don't think I'll have the option to race at ...Read more

Better by stages? NASCAR's new points system midway through season

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If you're just tuning into NASCAR as it comes to Kentucky Speedway this week, you're going to notice some changes to how the races are run.

The Quaker State 400 at Sparta marks the midway point of the season and a good time to look at how the new stage format influences each race and the season points standings.

Is it complicated? Yes.

Is it ...Read more