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Trackhouse Racing adding a third car to attract the top drivers in the world to NASCAR

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trackhouse Racing on Tuesday announced its plans to field a part-time NASCAR Cup Series entry this year for international drivers, unveiling the initiative as PROJECT91.

In addition to the No. 99 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Suárez and the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Ross Chastain, Trackhouse will add the No. 91 Chevrolet to ...Read more

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For this 9-year-old with autism, 'Let's Go Brandon' is just a phrase that gives him courage

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sheletta Brundidge was trying to enjoy a family vacation. The mother of four had packed up their Camping World RV for spring break in early March for the 18-hour trip from their Minnesota home to her native Houston for the city’s Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The event included a “Sensory Friendly Day” that Sheletta said ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Miami Grand Prix is F1′s massive warning shot at NASCAR

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NASCAR officials should be worried.

Very worried.

If they’re not, they are asleep at the wheel and will someday be lapped by Formula 1 in this country.

If you don’t believe me, consider that Miami Dolphins billionaire owner Stephen Ross — whose subsidiary company, South Florida Motorsports, funded Sunday’s much-ballyhooed Miami Grand ...Read more

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Max Verstappen wins F1's inaugural Miami Grand Prix with nearly wire-to-wire victory

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MIAMI — Max Verstappen took an aggressive approach right out of the starting gate at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday and it paid off.

The Red Bull Racing driver is the first ever champion at the Miami International Autodrome, edging out Charles Leclerc by more than three seconds after a late crash let the Scuderia Ferrari driver try ...Read more

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NASCAR's 2023 Hall of Fame class headlined by Matt Kenseth, Kirk Shelmerdine

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Twenty years after winning a Cup Series championship, driver Matt Kenseth will be inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Along with Kenseth, Kirk Shelmerdine and Hershel McGriff will comprise NASCAR’s 2023 class.

Shelmerdine, a four-time Cup championship crew chief with Dale Earnhardt, and Kenseth were selected by a voting committee Wednesday...Read more

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Mending Danica Patrick had breast implants removed: 'Wheels came off'

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Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was forced to make a medical pitstop after realizing she was unable to shift into top gear.

The speed demon said Friday that following two years of serious health problems, it was time to remove the breast implants she’d had for more seven years.

By 2018, Patrick said on Instagram, she started putting on ...Read more

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NASCAR mandates sensitivity training for Denny Hamlin after tweet about Kyle Larson

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR is requiring Cup driver and 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin to complete sensitivity training after Hamlin tweeted a racist joke targeted at competitor Kyle Larson.

Hamlin on Monday tweeted a 10-second clip from the cartoon television series Family Guy that stereotypes Asian drivers.

The name “Kyle Larson” ...Read more

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NASCAR at Talladega race results: Ross Chastain wins on the final lap

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Ross Chastain found his way to the front and was in the lead at the right time, coming to the checkered flag at Talladega. He won NASCAR’s GEICO 500 race, finishing 0.105 seconds ahead of second place finisher Austin Dillon.

Chastain was racing in third behind Erik Jones and Kyle Larson on the final lap, but Larson moved to the outside to try...Read more

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Miami-Dade judge won't block upcoming Formula One race at Hard Rock Stadium

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MIAMI — A Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge said Wednesday that he won’t stand in the way of an upcoming Formula One racing event at Hard Rock Stadium after nearby residents expressed concern about noise.

Judge Alan Fine said he won’t hold an injunction hearing before the Miami Grand Prix begins May 6, denying a request by Miami Gardens ...Read more

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Alex Andrejev: NASCAR should do another dirt race, but not at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Drivers were peppered with the question all weekend as NASCAR attempted its grand Bristol dirt experiment for the second straight year, this time at night on Easter, long considered a not-to-be-raced-on holiday.

Do they want to run this thing again?

The responses were mixed, but before Sunday, if the sentiment of top drivers...Read more

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NASCAR will continue its dirt racing experiment at Bristol next year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s experiment with racing on dirt tracks will continue next season.

Bristol Motor Speedway announced Tuesday afternoon that it will bring a dirt race back to the venue in 2023, marking the third consecutive year a race at the Tennessee track will be run on the unique surface during its marquee spring event.

“I’m...Read more

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Michelle Kaufman: High Speed! Big Money! Big Egos! Drama! Miami is the perfect place for an F1 race.

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MIAMI — Most South Florida drivers have probably been too busy weaving through traffic on I-95, the Palmetto and the Turnpike to notice that a Formula One race track the size of 59 football fields — 17 Eiffel Towers in length — is being constructed and nearing completion around the parking lots of Hard Rock Stadium.

And this isn’t just ...Read more

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First win for Ross Chastain and Trackhouse highlights how Next Gen is changing NASCAR

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CONCORD, N.C. — Before the start of the NASCAR season, there was a word that was often uttered by industry members when describing the supposed impact of the Next Gen car: Parity.

Team owners, drivers, executives and crew chiefs pointed to the potential for the new car to equalize the competition to an extent. All teams — big or small, ...Read more

William Byron wins QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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As chaos surrounded him on Atlanta Motor Speedway, young William Byron survived the war of attrition. In a NASCAR Cup Series season loaded with new – from cars to tracks to winners – Byron became the latest youngster to finish No. 1.

Byron, 24, won a “mentally and physically taxing” Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, steadily ...Read more

William Byron wins QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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As chaos surrounded him on Atlanta Motor Speedway, young William Byron survived the war of attrition. In a NASCAR Cup Series season loaded with new – from cars to tracks to winners – Byron became the latest youngster to finish No. 1.

Byron won the QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, steadily staying near the front in a race that featured its own March ...Read more

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'Deeply saddened': NC-based NASCAR team hauler driver killed in fiery Texas crash

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The co-driver of Mooresville-based David Gilliland Racing’s No. 17 NASCAR ARCA team hauler died in a fiery wreck in Texas Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The 54-year-old driver, Steven Stotts of Valley Head, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene, the Longview (Texas) News-Journal reported, citing a Texas Department of...Read more

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How cold did it get in Texas? Too frigid for IndyCar test laps at TMS in Fort Worth

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Several IndyCar drivers, including Jimmie Johnson and Scott Dixon, had to cancel test runs at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday because it was too cold.

For safety reasons, test laps were called off. Teams from Penske and Ed Carpenter Racing might try to return for a test on Thursday.

Johnson, of Ganassi Racing, will be making his INDYCAR oval ...Read more

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Russian driver dumped by NC-based Formula One racing team over invasion of Ukraine

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The only Russian driver in Formula One racing has been dumped by his North Carolina-based team over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Kannapolis, N.C.-based Haas F1 has “immediately terminated” its contract with rookie driver Nikita Mazepin and title sponsor Uralkali, a Russia-based producer of potash, the mined ore that’s used primarily in...Read more

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John Romano: The old guys in IndyCar look like they're driving with turn signals on

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The guy who won the race had never driven a competitive lap in this series just 17 months ago. The guy chasing him on the final lap made his series debut in 2020.

Not too far behind were a couple of drivers who would not have looked out of place at the homecoming dance only a few years ago.

The face of IndyCar racing ...Read more

 

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