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NASCAR's Bubba Wallace signs extension with 23XI, but still has 'unfinished business'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing will continue their professional partnership.

The 28-year-old Cup Series driver has signed a multi-year contract extension to keep him in the No. 23 car, the team announced Friday afternoon.

“We’ve been working on this contract extension for a while now, and we finally see it come to ...Read more

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Kyle Petty, born into NASCAR royalty, writes about life with 'The King,' son's death

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “We’ll never get outta here alive.”

That’s what was running through Kyle Petty’s mind one day at a dirt track in Pender County, N.C. As Kyle remembers it, he was 18 at the time and had just started racing — and being the grandson of racing legend, Lee Petty, and the son of all-time winningest Cup Series driver, ...Read more

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'A tough position': Kyle Busch heads to MIS with sponsor uncertainty, unsettled future

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DETROIT — Kyle Busch has accomplished just about everything possible during his 20-year NASCAR career. He's won a pair of Cup titles and has 60 wins in the series.

Yet, he's still without a contract and sponsorship for next season in his No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.

It’s hard to believe that Busch’s future is in doubt at JGR...Read more

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NASCAR's Brad Keselowski: Tracks 'fighting for their lives' amid Cup series innovation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Racetracks are having to prove themselves when the Cup Series spotlight shines on them, and at least one driver is taking notice.

“I would say every racetrack right now on the circuit is fighting for their lives to keep their spot on the schedule,” Brad Keselowski said on Tuesday morning, speaking to reporters via Zoom ...Read more

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Tyler Reddick dominates for Verizon 200 OT win

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The second-to-last caution with four laps to go wiped away the three-second-plus lead that Tyler Reddick had built at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday — but it ultimately didn’t matter.

The No. 8 driver emerged from that restart unscathed —despite a cascade of carnage crumbling behind him — and eventually commanded the final ...Read more

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NASCAR track, Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall form NIL partnership

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NASCAR is making a splash in the college football NIL game.

Darlington Raceway, NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway and home of the Cook Out Southern 500, has signed a name, image and likeness deal with Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall.

The raceway, in announcing the partnership Wednesday, described it as the “first NASCAR owned track...Read more

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Chicago street race can show what NASCAR could be as it competes for eyes against F1

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CHICAGO — With a cluster of high-rises as his backdrop, in the heart of downtown Chicago, Bubba Wallace sat on a stage in a panel among the biggest decision-makers NASCAR and the city of Chicago had to offer.

And he helped sell what his sport could one day be.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that the stock car racing’s first street race was ...Read more

Chicago will transform the Grant Park area into the first-ever NASCAR street race in 2023

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CHICAGO — Imagine cars racing down Lake Shore Drive at 130 mph, burning rubber on South Michigan Avenue and jockeying for position bumper-to-bumper on Balbo Drive. Welcome to the new rush hour in Chicago.

The city announced Tuesday it will transform the Grant Park environs into the first-ever NASCAR street race for a weekend next summer. The ...Read more

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NASCAR sets a date with history in Chicago for first street race

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CHICAGO — The NASCAR Cup Series will visit Chicago next year — and it’ll make history when it does.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that it will break into the third-largest media market in the U.S. when it hosts a first-of-its-kind street course race on July 2, 2023, in downtown Chicago.

This means NASCAR’s top drivers will be maneuvering ...Read more

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NASCAR driver Bobby East dies at 37 after stabbing attack at California gas station

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NASCAR driver Bobby East died at age 37 earlier this week after he was stabbed by a man at a Southern California gas station.

Police responded to a stabbing at a 76 gas station in Westminster, located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Wednesday just before 6 p.m., according to the Westminster Police Department.

“The victim was found on ...Read more

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Chase Elliott gets his first win in Atlanta

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The hometown driver finally has his win in Atlanta.

Chase Elliott won the 2022 Quaker State 400 Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Dawsonville native, who received his usual passionate support from fans throughout the afternoon, had long vied for a victory in his native state.

“It’s a really big deal to me, personally,” Elliott ...Read more

Chase Elliott gets his first win in Atlanta

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The hometown driver finally has his win in Atlanta.

Chase Elliott won the 2022 Quaker State 400 Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Dawsonville native, who received his usual passionate support from fans throughout the afternoon, has long vied for a victory in his native state.

Elliott, 26, swept the first two stages and took the lead ...Read more

NASCAR drivers, fans excited for second go-around at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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The Quaker State 400, set for Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will be the second race at the revamped track.

Reviews from the QuikTrip 500 in March generally were positive, with drivers citing the excitement of the event and fan experience. William Byron won that race, which featured more than 27 wrecks and 46 lead changes. Byron described it...Read more

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Joe Gibbs Racing president gives update on Kyle Busch's contract and sponsor situation

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Joe Gibbs Racing brought back Martin Truex Jr. for the 2023 NASCAR season and is committed to doing the same with Kyle Busch, who remains unsigned and without a sponsor, team president Dave Alpern said Thursday.

The process of getting a sponsor takes a long time, Alpern said, but he admitted that the process of replacing Mars, Inc. on Busch’s...Read more

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Scott Fowler: NASCAR's Bruton Smith had a one-of-a-kind life, knocking down doors the whole way

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Bruton Smith was a character, and I mean that in the best sense of the word. He died Wednesday at age 95, but he leaves a remarkable legacy, full of tall tales that often turned out to be true.

Racing promoter, Charlotte Motor Speedway builder, billionaire auto dealer, NASCAR Hall of Famer, guy who sometimes liked to pick a fight just to see if...Read more

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Former NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer reportedly struck, killed woman in Missouri car crash

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer was involved in a June 5 car crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian near Osage Beach, Mo.

The crash took place near U.S. 54 and Missouri Highway 242, hours after Bowyer called a NASCAR race outside of St. Louis for Fox Sports, CupScene.com reported.

Bowyer, a native of...Read more

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Daniel Suárez becomes first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR Cup race

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Daniel Suárez became the first Mexican-born driver to win a race on NASCAR's top series Sunday when he ran away with the Cup series event at Sonoma Raceway.

Suárez, who came to the U.S. from Monterrey, Mexico, 11 years ago with little money and even less familiarity with English, took the lead from Chris Buescher at the start of the third ...Read more

Logano's slick move produces win as NASCAR race gets good reviews from drivers

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After all the jostling and bumping and aggravation with certain drivers, the field in the inaugural NASCAR Cup series race at World Wide Technology Raceway was virtually intact when the final restart came with two laps remaining Sunday.

With cars paired on a packed track, there was time for one winning move. No one suspected a surface that made...Read more

Will Power holds off Alexander Rossi, wins Detroit Grand Prix

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DETROIT — Will Power was putting on a dominating performance in the final IndyCar race on Belle Isle’s 13-turn, 2.3-mile street course Sunday afternoon, leading the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix by 16 seconds after returning from his final pit stop with 20 laps remaining.

The only question was could Power hold on to the lead in his No. 12 ...Read more

Team Penske drivers ready to reach Victory Lane in final IndyCar race on Belle Isle

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DETROIT — Will Power has more podium finishes in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix than any other driver since the 2014 season, when he won the IndyCar series championship for Team Penske.

It was then in ’14 when Power won Race No. 1 on Belle Isle’s 13-turn, 2.3-mile street course, then finished second in Race No. 2.

Power, 41, has six ...Read more