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NASCAR Silly Season: Which drivers are changing teams and who's still looking for rides

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s biggest Silly Season moves were known by mid-summer, but with the offseason here, those changes have finally been set in motion.

Trackhouse Racing, for example, opened its newly rebranded shop in Concord on Monday. Drivers Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain were present for the official unveiling.

A surprise ...Read more

Hitting the road for the holidays? Car rental prices are sky-high again

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People renting cars for holiday trips may be in for some sticker shock.

Rental car companies have brought in more vehicles since shortages sent prices sky-high this summer, but rates are rising again as more people prepare to hit the road over Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

“The holidays are looking better than this summer, but I ...Read more

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What NASCAR's Championship 4 drivers are saying before the title race

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PHOENIX — NASCAR’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway is Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. Four drivers are vying for a championship trophy after 35 grueling points races, including a dramatic closer to the Round of 8 at Martinsville last Sunday.

The Championship 4 consists of two teams each from two organizations, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs ...Read more

Detroit Grand Prix to return downtown in 2023 under contract approved by City Council

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After years of racing on Belle Isle, the Detroit Grand Prix is heading back downtown starting in 2023.

The IndyCar race, a post-Memorial Day tradition in Detroit, will roar through the streets of downtown through 2025 under a contract approved Wednesday by the Detroit City Council.

The move takes the race back to its roots. Cars zoomed around ...Read more

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NASCAR's Denny Hamlin can add another title for Tampa Bay this weekend

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NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin has a chance to add another championship for Champa Bay.

Hamlin is one of four contenders to win the Cup Series title Sunday in the 312-lap championship race at Phoenix Raceway. Though he grew up in Virginia and lives in North Carolina, Tampa is where his parents met and he was born.

That would be enough to add him to...Read more

How NASCAR playoff drivers did at Martinsville. What they said, who's in the championship.

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The four NASCAR Cup drivers who will compete for a championship trophy were determined Sunday at Martinsville in a race won by non-playoff driver Alex Bowman.

Defending champion Chase Elliott dominated the first two stages, winning both, to secure his place in the season finale on points by the end of Stage 2. With Kyle Larson already locked in...Read more

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Ryan Blaney is seeking his first NASCAR Cup championship. This is his best shot yet

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Ryan Blaney’s nickname might be YRB — “Young Ryan Blaney” — but the 27-year-old NASCAR driver is actually something like a grizzled outdoorsman. He spent Thursday morning chopping trees for firewood while donning a Paul Bunyan-like beard.

“I think (race) preparation is very important, but I think overthinking can sometimes be ...Read more

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Alex Andrejev: I watched Sunday's race in Chase Elliott's hometown and realized why he loves Dawsonville

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Before traveling to a new location, consulting experts from the area is typically recommended, so I asked NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott what I should know about his Dawsonville, Ga., hometown.

“It’s a small, small town for sure,” he said. “Especially the downtown area.”

Elliott then summarized exactly what I�...Read more

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NASCAR at Texas results: Kyle Larson wins playoff Cup race amid a flurry of cautions

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NASCAR’s regular season champion will contend for a postseason championship. Kyle Larson will be one of four drivers racing for a trophy at Phoenix.

Larson won Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, the first race in the Round of 8, by overcoming multiple late-lap cautions as playoff drama unfolded around him.

William Byron finished ...Read more

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He's out of the playoffs, but eyes will still be on NASCAR's Kevin Harvick at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Harvick isn’t in the news as a championship contender this time around. He missed the cut into the Round of 8 last weekend, and he enters this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on the dreaded outside.

But Harvick has created headlines with his ongoing feud with fellow driver Chase Elliott and ...Read more

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Here's what NASCAR's Next Gen test at the Charlotte Roval revealed

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR teams staked out at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course for two days following a dramatic Cup playoff race at the same venue, but lightning-quick adjustments were far in the rearview mirror.

Perhaps more accurately, they were in the rearview camera, which is one of the many new features of the Next Gen car teams ...Read more

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How every NASCAR playoff driver did at the Charlotte Roval race. Who missed the cut?

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The drama between Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott that started at Bristol continued Sunday at the Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

On Lap 54 — early in Stage 3 — Harvick wrecked Elliott in Turn 7, bumping him in the rear and sending him into the wall. The implications were huge. With the crash, Elliott fell from above the playoff cut ...Read more

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What makes the Charlotte Roval race so hard? NASCAR teams explain the trickiest turns.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR Cup drivers will barrel into a sharp left-handed turn, navigate a winding infield en masse and maneuver through two treacherous chicanes for more than 100 laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Bank of America Roval 400 (2 p.m. Sunday, NBC) is the final hurdle for playoff drivers looking to secure a spot ...Read more

NASCAR's Trackhouse Racing expected to absorb many former Ganassi employees

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s Trackhouse Racing team expects a majority of its operation next season to be made up of former Chip Ganassi Racing employees.

Team owner Justin Marks told The Charlotte Observer on Thursday that Trackhouse will employ more than 100 people as it expands from fielding one to two Cup Series cars in 2022.

CGR employs...Read more

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Bubba Wallace won his first NASCAR Cup race at Talladega. What it means for history, 23XI.

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Bubba Wallace won NASCAR’s playoff Cup race at Talladega to become the first Black driver in nearly 60 years to win a stock car racing’s top level.

Wendell Scott last won a Cup race in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1963.

Monday’s superspeedway event was red-flagged for rain with around 70 laps remaining and Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota,...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Wendell Scott's family was cheering hard for Bubba Wallace. Then came the phone call.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the afterglow of Bubba Wallace’s historic win at Talladega on Monday, the second African American NASCAR driver to ever win a Cup race paid tribute to the first.

Wallace got on the phone with Frank Scott, the 74-year-old son of Wendell Scott, who was the first Black driver to win a Cup race way back in 1963. In 2,000-...Read more

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Bubba Wallace wins NASCAR playoff race at Talladega, his first Cup Series victory

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Bubba Wallace won NASCAR’s playoff Cup race at Talladega to become the first Black driver in nearly 60 years to win a race at NASCAR’s top level. Wendell Scott last won a Cup race in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1963.

Monday’s superspeedway event was red-flagged for rain with around 70 laps remaining and Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota, in ...Read more

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Pink window nets for NASCAR: Inside Kurt Busch's pitch to use them at Charlotte race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Stephanie Pell stopped for a moment in front of a freshly painted pit wall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the pink paint dried in the sun, Pell’s eyes watered thinking about the message she wanted to share with those battling breast cancer.

“You just take it one day at a time,” Pell said. “And I’ve always told my ...Read more

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Car rental prices have fallen, but will they last?

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Car rental rates have fallen back down to earth after skyrocketing last spring. But will the upcoming winter tourism season again launch them to unaffordable levels?

Count on it, says Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of rental car price tracking website AutoSlash.com.

Rates have dropped as travel demand softened after Labor Day, he said. “We’re kind...Read more

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Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR team sells headquarters to a competitor as it shuts down

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chip Ganassi Racing has sold its 22-acre headquarters to a top competitor as the Concord-based NASCAR team shuts down.

A limited liability company whose mailing address is the same as Hendrick Automotive Group in Charlotte bought the Ganassi team property for $10.2 million on Sept. 3, Cabarrus County property tax records ...Read more

 

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