'I believe!' There are a million reasons for Kevin Harvick's All-Star victory ritual

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- The ritual commenced at 10:01 p.m.

They had practiced it before -- five times, in fact, this season alone.

First the anointed rode through his processional. Stale light beer and deep-fried delicacies are not typically a champion's perfume, but Kevin Harvick is no ordinary champion.

Wafts of those speedway staples blended with...Read more

Kevin Harvick survives wrecks, rain and new rules to win second career All-Star Race

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Whichever driver emerged victorious in Saturday's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was sure as heck going to earn it.

It was the perfect cocktail of chaos for NASCAR: a new, less-stable rules package; a lack of practice time with said package, thanks to rain in the area on Friday and -- oh yeah -- a massive wreck that ...Read more

Sports league best suited to take advantage of legalized gambling? It might be NASCAR

Sports / Auto Racing /

Monday, the United States Supreme Court overturned a decades-old law -- the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA -- that essentially limited sports gambling to one state.

With the landmark decision, it will now be up to individual states and sports leagues to regulate sports betting as they see fit.

And the immediate ...Read more

NASCAR making a push for diversity

Sports / Auto Racing /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A cynical person might write off NASCAR's diversity efforts as a response to declining attendance and sagging ratings, a desperate attempt to tap into new demographics that could shore up the sport's financials.

Of course, that ignores the fact that NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program is rooted in an initiative started by ...Read more

Who is going to fill Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes for NASCAR?

Sports / Auto Racing /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a dominant figure in NASCAR during the last 15 seasons.

He wasn't the winningest driver, but every year since 2003 he was chosen as the sanctioning body's Most Popular Driver.

Best known to most auto racing fans as "Junior," his retirement after last season left a massive void in the sport and in...Read more

Kevin Harvick takes pole at Kansas Speedway

Sports / Auto Racing /

Kevin Harvick's season-long dominance continued Friday during qualifying for Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Harvick leads all drivers in wins (four), stage wins (six), top-five finishes (eight), top-10s (nine) and playoff points (19) -- and he doesn't plan to offer the rest of the field any ...Read more

NASCAR's Clint Bowyer invigorated and ready to roll at Kansas Speedway

Sports / Auto Racing /

Confidence has been elusive the last few years for Clint Bowyer, but that's no longer an issue as he returns Saturday to his home track for the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway.

By his estimation, it's been five years -- five exasperating and mostly checkered flag-free years -- since Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., brimmed with so much ...Read more

William Byron on cusp of NASCAR stardom after learning to race in simulator

Sports / Auto Racing /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two years ago, William Byron lined up on the front row of a NASCAR race for the first time during a Camping World Truck Series appearance at Kansas Speedway.

He was still three weeks shy of his high school graduation that night as he drove the No. 9 Liberty University Toyota into Victory Lane for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Now...Read more

Report: NASCAR majority owners exploring potential sale

Sports / Auto Racing /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Could NASCAR be up for sale?

According to a Reuters report released Monday, NASCAR majority owners have entered into preliminary discussions about the potential sale of their majority stake. Reuters reported that while the discussions are exploratory in nature and no deal is imminent, the France family -- which has owned ...Read more

Kevin Harvick continues to dominate, wins Sunday's cup race at Dover

Sports / Auto Racing /

DOVER, Del. -- Considering the effect weather can play during the first quarter of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, drivers know they are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

In March, the STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway was pushed from a Sunday to Monday because of snow.

On Sunday, the threat of rain had hovered over Dover International...Read more

Monster Energy champion Martin Truex Jr. still feels like the hunter

Sports / Auto Racing /

DOVER, Del. -- Martin Truex, Jr. said that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series changes too quickly to worry about the transition from going from the hunter to the hunted.

The native of Mayetta, N.J., is pleased to be the reigning Cup Series champion, but, in his mind, the 2017 season has nothing to do with 2018.

"I don't think it's a whole ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson looks for a positive bump at Dover, his favorite track

Sports / Auto Racing /

It doesn't matter what the sport is. The truly great performers are always seeking to out-do the accomplishments of those who came before them.

Tom Brady chased Joe Montana, who chased Johnny Unitas. LeBron James is chasing Michael Jordan, who chased Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

NASCAR great Jimmie Johnson has his great whales. With ...Read more

NASCAR star Kyle Larson tries a different kind of driving, just for the relaxation

Sports / Auto Racing /

Usually when you think Kyle Larson and driving, you picture stock cars, fire suits, and sprawling race tracks.

But on Wednesday, not so much. Instead of driving on the track, something the NASCAR star has become so well known for doing, Larson tried driving on the golf course at Quail Hollow. With a golf club, that is -- and with some help from...Read more

Miami could host Formula 1 Grand Prix for next decade under potential deal

Sports / Auto Racing /

MIAMI -- Miami is considering a 10-year deal with international racing giant Formula One to host a Grand Prix on the streets of downtown.

The City Commission next week will consider authorizing negotiations with Formula One to stage the three-day racing event in downtown, with the expectation that the first Miami Grand Prix would be held ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty… Kyle Busch? How his dominant start made NASCAR history

Sports / Auto Racing /

Some would call it preposterous, to mention Kyle Busch's name in the same breath as NASCAR's all-time greats: the Dale Earnhardts and Richard Pettys of the world. Others might call it slander, fake news or any number of ways to say ridiculous.

But the truth of the matter? Right now, through nine races of this young NASCAR season, Busch is ...Read more

Report: Matt Kenseth coming out of retirement to compete part-time in 2018

Sports / Auto Racing /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was a short hiatus from NASCAR for Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth, whose last race was the 2017 finale at Homestead in November, will return to NASCAR's Cup Series part-time with Roush Fenway Racing for the remainder of the 2018 season, according to Jordan Bianchi of SB Nation. Kenseth, 46, will split the No. 6 car with Trevor ...Read more

Can NASCAR's toughest tracks save Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s season?

Sports / Auto Racing /

CONCORD, N.C. -- Sometimes, it's hate. Others, disdain. Usually, it's just accepting you've lost before you ever arrive.

Or at least that's long been the attitude NASCAR drivers harbor toward Talladega Superspeedway, one of the Cup Series' most daunting tracks. The wrecks there, stupendous. And shockingly regular. If you make it through a ...Read more

NASCAR power rankings: The five best teams so far in 2018, and a surprise at No. 1

Sports / Auto Racing /

We're not at any clean break in the NASCAR season -- no "quarter of the way," or even six gone out of 36 -- but at this point, more than two months in, we do have something to work with:

A true body of work.

At this point, teams and drivers have revealed their true colors. We know, for the most part, who is contending this season and who is ...Read more

Ford Mustang coming to NASCAR Cup Series for first time in 2019

Sports / Auto Racing /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two years ago, it was the new Toyota Camry. Then it was the new Chevy Camaro this season.

Now it's Ford's turn to debut a new model for the NASCAR Cup Series.

Ford announced Tuesday morning that the Mustang will be the manufacturer's new body for the 2019 Cup season. It will be the first time the Mustang races in the Cup ...Read more

Fans hate him, but Kyle Busch keeps winning anyway

Sports / Auto Racing /

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- To all the NASCAR fans who hate Kyle Busch (and certainly there are legions of them out there, booing their televisions every time he takes the lead), a quick message for you:

Boy, are y'all in for a treat with this one.

Busch won his second consecutive Cup Series race Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway, this time by bumping ...Read more