Austin Dillon's 'barn' has helped shape him

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Austin Dillon is trying to put his foot down as he stands at the front door of his house.

"Hey, don't bring that thing in here," says the 28-year-old NASCAR star, his voice tinged with irritation. Then, more forcefully: "No, don't!"

His best friend, Paul Swan, ignores Dillon's warning and hits the throttle on his scooter, ...Read more

Kyle Busch wins Coca-Cola 600 pole, Kevin Harvick to start at rear

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his third pole of the season, but the bigger story?

Kevin Harvick -- despite winning five of this season's first 12 races -- will start at the rear for Sunday's race.

Yes, you read that right. The rear.

So what happened? Harvick's car ...Read more

Who could win the Coca-Cola 600? Here are 3 favorites … and 3 sleeper picks, too

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Charlotte and NASCAR -- there's just something about that relationship, that connection over the years, that all comes flooding back whenever it's time for the Coca-Cola 600. The Earnhardt legacy, Humpy Wheeler's crazy promotions. Bruton Smith and Austin Dillon. They're all part of the same legacy at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... and especially ...Read more

Jeff Gordon headlines 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class as highest vote-getter ever

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Time for five new Hall of Fame jackets.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced Wednesday its Class of 2019, headlined by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Gordon was not selected unanimously, though.

Seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt were also not inducted unanimously, nor was NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. Inductees ...Read more

Jeff Gordon's in, of course. But who should join him in 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class?

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NASCAR will announce its 2019 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, and there's only one certainty: Jeff Gordon will be inducted.

Write it in sharpie. It's happening.

The things we don't know are: 1. Will Gordon be the Hall's first unanimous selection? and 2. Who will accompany the four-time Cup Series champion in the 2019 class?

There's a long ...Read more

NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. to honor Vietnam War hero from Kansas

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This weekend's nod to America's servicemen and women at Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a Kansas twist thanks to a driver who calls Kansas Speedway his home track.

Martin Truex Jr., the reigning champion of the Monster Energy Cup Series, will drive with the name of Arlen Del Richardson, a Lawrence, Kan., native who died during the Vietnam ...Read more

'I believe!' There are a million reasons for Kevin Harvick's All-Star victory ritual

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CONCORD, N.C. -- The ritual commenced at 10:01 p.m.

They had practiced it before -- five times, in fact, this season alone.

First the anointed rode through his processional. Stale light beer and deep-fried delicacies are not typically a champion's perfume, but Kevin Harvick is no ordinary champion.

Wafts of those speedway staples blended with...Read more

Kevin Harvick survives wrecks, rain and new rules to win second career All-Star Race

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Whichever driver emerged victorious in Saturday's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was sure as heck going to earn it.

It was the perfect cocktail of chaos for NASCAR: a new, less-stable rules package; a lack of practice time with said package, thanks to rain in the area on Friday and -- oh yeah -- a massive wreck that ...Read more

Sports league best suited to take advantage of legalized gambling? It might be NASCAR

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Monday, the United States Supreme Court overturned a decades-old law -- the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA -- that essentially limited sports gambling to one state.

With the landmark decision, it will now be up to individual states and sports leagues to regulate sports betting as they see fit.

And the immediate ...Read more

NASCAR making a push for diversity

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A cynical person might write off NASCAR's diversity efforts as a response to declining attendance and sagging ratings, a desperate attempt to tap into new demographics that could shore up the sport's financials.

Of course, that ignores the fact that NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program is rooted in an initiative started by ...Read more

Who is going to fill Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes for NASCAR?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a dominant figure in NASCAR during the last 15 seasons.

He wasn't the winningest driver, but every year since 2003 he was chosen as the sanctioning body's Most Popular Driver.

Best known to most auto racing fans as "Junior," his retirement after last season left a massive void in the sport and in...Read more

Kevin Harvick takes pole at Kansas Speedway

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Kevin Harvick's season-long dominance continued Friday during qualifying for Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Harvick leads all drivers in wins (four), stage wins (six), top-five finishes (eight), top-10s (nine) and playoff points (19) -- and he doesn't plan to offer the rest of the field any ...Read more

NASCAR's Clint Bowyer invigorated and ready to roll at Kansas Speedway

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Confidence has been elusive the last few years for Clint Bowyer, but that's no longer an issue as he returns Saturday to his home track for the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway.

By his estimation, it's been five years -- five exasperating and mostly checkered flag-free years -- since Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., brimmed with so much ...Read more

William Byron on cusp of NASCAR stardom after learning to race in simulator

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two years ago, William Byron lined up on the front row of a NASCAR race for the first time during a Camping World Truck Series appearance at Kansas Speedway.

He was still three weeks shy of his high school graduation that night as he drove the No. 9 Liberty University Toyota into Victory Lane for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Now...Read more

Report: NASCAR majority owners exploring potential sale

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Could NASCAR be up for sale?

According to a Reuters report released Monday, NASCAR majority owners have entered into preliminary discussions about the potential sale of their majority stake. Reuters reported that while the discussions are exploratory in nature and no deal is imminent, the France family -- which has owned ...Read more

Kevin Harvick continues to dominate, wins Sunday's cup race at Dover

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DOVER, Del. -- Considering the effect weather can play during the first quarter of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, drivers know they are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

In March, the STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway was pushed from a Sunday to Monday because of snow.

On Sunday, the threat of rain had hovered over Dover International...Read more

Monster Energy champion Martin Truex Jr. still feels like the hunter

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DOVER, Del. -- Martin Truex, Jr. said that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series changes too quickly to worry about the transition from going from the hunter to the hunted.

The native of Mayetta, N.J., is pleased to be the reigning Cup Series champion, but, in his mind, the 2017 season has nothing to do with 2018.

"I don't think it's a whole ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson looks for a positive bump at Dover, his favorite track

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It doesn't matter what the sport is. The truly great performers are always seeking to out-do the accomplishments of those who came before them.

Tom Brady chased Joe Montana, who chased Johnny Unitas. LeBron James is chasing Michael Jordan, who chased Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

NASCAR great Jimmie Johnson has his great whales. With ...Read more

NASCAR star Kyle Larson tries a different kind of driving, just for the relaxation

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Usually when you think Kyle Larson and driving, you picture stock cars, fire suits, and sprawling race tracks.

But on Wednesday, not so much. Instead of driving on the track, something the NASCAR star has become so well known for doing, Larson tried driving on the golf course at Quail Hollow. With a golf club, that is -- and with some help from...Read more

Miami could host Formula 1 Grand Prix for next decade under potential deal

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MIAMI -- Miami is considering a 10-year deal with international racing giant Formula One to host a Grand Prix on the streets of downtown.

The City Commission next week will consider authorizing negotiations with Formula One to stage the three-day racing event in downtown, with the expectation that the first Miami Grand Prix would be held ...Read more