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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Is Jimmie Johnson 'back' after best finish this season? Not if he never left

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jimmie Johnson wanted to get the heck home.

But to be honest, so too did every other driver, crew member and fan in attendance for this weekend's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After all, the race was delayed three times for rain Sunday, then postponed until Monday. It was wet. Cold. And even though Monday's portion ...Read more

Kyle Busch wins weather-delayed NASCAR race at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- There were bouts of: snow; sleet; pouring rain; snow and rain; sleet and snow; rain and ... well, you get the point. Mother Nature was not on good terms with NASCAR this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

But ultimately, there was only ever going to be one winner this weekend, and it sure wasn't going to be the precipitation. ...Read more

NASCAR postpones Bristol race due to rain, slippery track

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- After numerous cautions for both weather and the sort of slippery racing it caused, NASCAR has officially postponed the finish of Sunday's Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway until Monday.

The race will resume at 1 p.m. Monday, barring any other rain delays. The race will air on FOX, and the garage will open at 10 a.m.

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NASCAR's All-Star race twist? Restrictor plates, radical aerodynamics at Charlotte

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Another year, another new format for NASCAR's All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

CMS announced Wednesday its new format and rules package for the May 19 race. Format-wise, this year's All-Star race will include four stages of 30, 20, 20, and 10 laps, respectively. Each stage is eligible to go into overtime, and only green flag laps will...Read more

NASCAR set to pivot to new business model, executive says … unless it doesn't work

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NASCAR's Cup Series is hoping to move away from naming rights deals to a new business model after 2019, but a one-year deal to extend Monster Energy's sponsorship of the circuit through next season will serve as a bridge.

Tuesday's announcement of the one-year extension with Monster Energy to remain as the Cup Series title sponsor was expected....Read more

After delay, NASCAR and Monster Energy extend Cup Series sponsorship deal

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It took longer than expected, but finally it's here.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that it has reached a one-year contract extension with Monster Energy to remain the title sponsor for the Cup Series, according to sources close to the situation. Monster Energy's original agreement with NASCAR, signed in December 2016, was for a two-year partnership....Read more

Veterans still rule: Kyle Busch wins at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kyle Busch returned to a familiar place at Texas Motor Speedway -- Victory Lane.

Busch held off Kevin Harvick by 0.300 seconds to take the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday afternoon.

"This has been a trying couple of months," said Busch, who now has 44 career Cup wins. "After Daytona (...Read more

Diverse NASCAR drivers Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace have ability to help sport grow

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FORT WORT, Texas -- For Daniel Suarez, it's a common occurrence every race weekend.

"I can't tell you how many times I hear the comment, 'Hey, Daniel, I'm from Mexico and I didn't know there was a Mexican driver (in NASCAR). Now that I know, I'm going to races and I'm following you,' " Suarez said.

"That really makes me proud ---- to get to ...Read more

Why an unfiltered Kevin Harvick is so confident returning to Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kevin Harvick does not lack confidence. It's easy to see why.

Harvick has won half of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races early on this season, and returns to Texas Motor Speedway having snapped a career-long winless drought at the track last fall.

So, as he's known to do, Harvick provided an unfiltered take on all ...Read more

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett leaves favorable impression on NASCAR drivers

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Ford's group of NASCAR drivers headed to the Dallas Cowboys' indoor practice home, the Ford Center in Frisco, on Thursday night.

They played a pickup game of flag football. They toured the facility and ate dinner in the war room.

Oh, and they had a surprise visit with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

"The head coach, what a ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says concussion symptoms returned as he watched NASCAR action

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Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said concussion-related nausea returned as he watched a recent practice up close at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Earnhardt went to the track with colleagues from NBC and accompanied Steve Letarte to the inside of turn three, Yahoo Sports reported. Letarte is an NBC Sports color analyst and former NASCAR ...Read more

Six burning questions for 2018, including the surprise of the NASCAR Cup season

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Sometimes, the numbers just speak to you.

We're currently six races through the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. In a circuit that features 36 points races a year, that's a sixth of the season over and done.

And as such, we have -- you guessed it -- six burning questions for the rest of this season. Let 'em rip:

1. Who is the favorite to win ...Read more

Kevin Harvick snapped his Texas drought. Can Martin Truex Jr. follow?

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kevin Harvick snapped his career-long drought last fall at Texas Motor Speedway. The veteran driver finally won in his 30th Cup start at Texas.

Who finished runner-up to Harvick? The man who went on to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship -- Martin Truex Jr.

With Harvick finally getting a coveted win at TMS, ...Read more

Danica Patrick reveals the car she'll drive in final professional race at Indy 500

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Danica Patrick's final NASCAR race was earlier this year at the Daytona 500, but now Patrick is preparing for her final race as a professional.

Patrick will compete in May's Indy 500 race as the second half of the 'Danica Double,' a two-race finale to her longtime racing career in both NASCAR and IndyCar.

This week she ...Read more

Pay slumps for Speedway Motorsports bosses amid NASCAR's continued problems

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Amid NASCAR's continued struggles with ratings and attendance, the salaries of executives at Concord, N.C.-based Speedway Motorsports declined again last year.

Marcus Smith, 44, made just under $2.4 million in 2017, down from $2.44 million the prior year, according to a securities filing this week. Smith's pay includes a base pay of $600,000, ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s famous No. 8 returning to Charlotte track this year

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s famous No. 8 will return for two Cup series races this year.

Xfinity series driver Daniel Hemric will make his Cup series debut in the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Richmond Raceway on April 21. Hemric will drive the No. 8 again at the new Charlotte Motor Speedway road course on Sept. 30. Charlotte ...Read more