Kevin Harvick on chasing NASCAR title: Not being dominant 'has made us work harder'

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Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Cup Series race last week at Texas Motor Speedway, meaning he's headed to the playoffs' final four on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Martin Truex Jr. and two other drivers who will be determined Sunday at Phoenix.

It's the fourth consecutive year Harvick -- the 2014 Cup champ -- has made it to the final ...Read more

Aric Almirola — a.k.a. 'The Cuban Missile' — hopes to finish season strong in Homestead

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MIAMI -- The first stop for Aric Almirola every time he steps off the plane in South Florida ahead of a race weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is to find somewhere to get Cuban food for lunch.

Almirola, whose father emigrated from Cuba in the 1960s, grew up in Tampa, but now lives in North Carolina like so many of his fellow drivers do. There...Read more

Daniel Suarez making history and the reason hundreds of Latinos head to NASCAR races

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MIAMI -- When Daniel Suarez was young, he never could have thought about driving in NASCAR.

Racing had its fans in his home of Monterrey, Mexico, but mostly it was for more of the internationally popular variants of the sport, like IndyCar or Formula One. He didn't really know anything about NASCAR until he was 15 or 16, about four or five ...Read more

Has Denny Hamlin's time finally come to win the NASCAR Cup championship?

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The third round of the NASCAR Cup playoffs get cranked up this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after what can only be described as a scintillating end of the second round at Kansas.

There are plenty of story lines to follow heading into the third round, which also includes races at Texas and Phoenix. Here are five of them:


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Hard to turn left? Chase Elliott hit the finish line, then the wall at NASCAR's Roval

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Chase Elliott got his revenge on the turn in the end, indulging in perhaps the first victory lap in the history of racing that ended in a deliberate crash. This time, when Elliott failed to make the sharp left turn that marks the beginning of Charlotte's Roval road course and drove straight into the wall, it was entirely ...Read more

Driver Jessi Combs dies in crash while trying to break her own land speed record

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Professional driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died in a crash Tuesday while trying to break her own land speed record, according to multiple reports. She was 36.

Combs' North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger teammate Terry Madden confirmed Wednesday on Instagram that "we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident" and said a "...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. surprises with race announcement, details of plane crash injuries

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Surviving a fiery plane crash last week in east Tennessee hasn't made NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. wary of living life on the edge, proving he's a lot like his legendary racing dad.

Earnhardt posted a tweet late Wednesday addressing speculation he would bow out of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway next week in South ...Read more

Appreciating Dale Earnhardt Jr., a NASCAR treasure

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened his weekly podcast Monday by thanking his fans for the support they've shown since he and his family survived a plane crash last week in Tennessee.

As Earnhardt spoke, his 15-month-old daughter Isla could be heard chirping happily away in the background.

What a sweet sound that was.

News of the crash -- which ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just realized a dream the day he survived a fiery plane crash

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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just achieved a dream when he survived a fiery jet crash Thursday afternoon with his wife, 1-year-old daughter and two pilots.

Four hours before the Cessna burst into flames at an airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee, Earnhardt posted on Facebook that he finally found one particular artifact connected to the ...Read more

Federal investigation launched into fiery plane crash that injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Federal officials are investigating what prompted the fiery plane crash that sent retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. to a hospital Thursday in east Tennessee.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced in a tweet it is sending two investigators to Elizabethton to look for possible causes of the "runway excursion accident involving...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr., family survive fiery plane crash in Tennessee, no injuries reported

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When their plane skidded off a runway and crashed in Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife, Amy, and their 1-year-old daughter, Isla Rose, escaped the aircraft before flames engulfed the cabin, officials said.

"They were extremely lucky," Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said at a news ...Read more