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A step toward NASCAR's future? 2019 All-Star race in Charlotte will be testing ground

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Radical changes? Not quite. But a step toward NASCAR's future?

Absolutely.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced on Wednesday the format and rules package for the 2019 All-Star Race, scheduled for May 18. Format-wise, this year's race will include four stages of 30, 20, 20 and 15 laps, respectively, slightly longer than last year's ...Read more

Alexander Rossi repeats as Long Beach Grand Prix winner

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Alexander Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second consecutive year Sunday and in the same dominating fashion as a year ago.

Rossi won from the pole position, as he did in 2018, and the 27-year-old Californian led 80 of the 85 laps around the 11-turn, 1.97-mile street course.

Josef Newgarden finished ...Read more

Q&A with NASCAR's Kyle Busch: On longevity, copying Tom Brady, and building a legacy

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Kyle Busch is many things.

One of the more dominant NASCAR drivers of this era, certainly.

But Busch is more than just a talented racer. At times nicknamed "Rowdy" when he was younger, he's grown personally alongside his professional strides. He's a businessman with his own company and charitable foundation, and increasingly he's also becoming...Read more

TMS president disputes article suggesting track was 'a third full' for NASCAR Cup race

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The doomsday talk of NASCAR has become a storyline on a seemingly weekly basis, and it continues to draw the ire of Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage.

A recent Forbes article detailing the fall of NASCAR suggested that TMS' race a couple weeks ago "appeared as if only one-third of the 100,000 seats" were occupied...Read more

NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip retiring from broadcasting after 2019 season

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NASCAR fans should enjoy Darrell Waltrip's trademark "Boogity boogity boogity!" while they still can.

Waltrip, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and broadcaster since 2001, will officially be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019 season, Fox Sports said Thursday. Because Fox splits NASCAR television rights with NBC, Waltrip's final race will be at Sonoma...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to join NBC Sports' Indy 500 broadcast with Danica Patrick

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NASCAR fans will see plenty of familiar faces should they tune into NBC Sports' inaugural broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 this year.

The network announced Wednesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 15-time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver award, will be joining its Indy 500 broadcast team. He becomes the second former driver to join the ...Read more

NASCAR makes major changes to 2020 Cup Series schedule, including a new championship track

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After repeated cries from fans and drivers alike for a renovated NASCAR schedule, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday that it finally has made some substantial changes.

NASCAR released its 2020 Cup Series schedule Tuesday, confirming reports that it had shifted its schedule for the first time in several years. Among the more significant ...Read more

Keselowski, Busch, Johnson among the many storylines this week at Texas Motor Speedway

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Texas Motor Speedway kicks off its 2019 racing season with a NASCAR triple-header in the spring for the first time in the track's history.

TMS agreed to move its fall truck race to the spring at the request of NASCAR, making its spring race even bigger. The spring race typically draws more fans, despite the fall weekend being part of NASCAR's ...Read more

Brad Keselowski dominates quiet Martinsville race for 2nd win this season

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RIDGEWAY, Va. -- This one was about as clear-cut as it gets.

A handful of laps into Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Brad Keselowski bumped his Penske teammate Joey Logano and took the lead. Normal stuff.

So he led and kept leading and just kept leading. More than 400 laps -- Chase Elliott briefly stole it away after about 300, only ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt championship car being sold at auction denounced as fake

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Dale Earnhardt Sr. race car billed at auction as "one of the most famous cars in the history of NASCAR" is not the original, his longtime friend and team owner Richard Childress said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

"It's sitting in my showroom at the museum," Childress said of a 1994 No. 3 Goodwrench Chevy Lumina that Earnhardt ...Read more

Danica Patrick returning to the Indianapolis 500, this time as an NBC studio analyst

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Danica Patrick may be done as a race car driver, but she's still traveling in circles.

Patrick is returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where she officially retired from the sport last year, as a studio analyst for NBC's inaugural Indy 500 telecast on May 26.

The retired IndyCar and NASCAR driver, whose hiring the network announced ...Read more

Kyle Busch wins Auto Club 400 for his 200th NASCAR victory

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FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Busch was poised to win his 200th NASCAR series race Sunday when he suddenly appeared to throw it away -- by going too fast.

Busch's No. 18 Toyota was the dominant car in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, but as he left the pits with 77 laps left, he exceeded the pits' 55-mph speed limit.

That drew a penalty from NASCAR ...Read more

Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart headlines NASCAR Hall of Fame finalists for 2020

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR announced the finalists for its 2020 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, and for the second year in a row, there's a surefire headliner to count on.

Four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was inducted 2019, and in his first year of eligibility, three-time champion Tony Stewart figures to follow his old rival into the ...Read more

NASCAR Cup series title No. 2? Defending champ Joey Logano might have found secret

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CONCORD, N.C. -- It's not quite Cinderella, but roll with it.

The ball in New York City slowly swung back to Earth on New Year's Eve, signaling the end of 2018 and the beginning of a new year. The chorus of 'New York, New York' rang out in the background, happy couples and families milling about to ring in the occasion. And there in the center ...Read more

NASCAR's Bubba Wallace spends day touring Miami neighborhood before heading to Daytona

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MIAMI -- For Bubba Wallace, trips to South Florida aren't much more than a straight shot down Miami International Airport to Homestead-Miami Speedway, where NASCAR hosts its annual season-ending race.

The only black full-time NASCAR driver knows Miami for its outside reputation for its beaches and its nightlife.

On Friday, Wallace saw a ...Read more

NBC Sports leans into NASCAR coverage with move to Charlotte, Dale Jr., new lineup

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Sports, one of NASCAR's two primary broadcast partners, has moved its NASCAR television programming to Charlotte, the Observer has learned. In conjunction with relocating its shooting hub from Stamford, Conn., to Charlotte, NBC Sports will also be re-branding its entire NASCAR America weekly programming.

The re-branded ...Read more

Faux Victory Lane celebrations? TMS president knows it's possible with new NASCAR rules

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Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has recreated a Victory Lane celebration before. He may have to do it again with NASCAR's latest attempt to clean up its sport.

NASCAR announced Monday that winning race cars that fail post-race inspection will be disqualified, instead of the sport assessing less severe penalties several days later ...Read more