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Doug Roberson: Feeling the unknown need for speed on track at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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ATLANTA — Sitting in the No. 85 stock car on a cold, windy day at Atlanta Motor Speedway, my senses are popping like the pistons and valves in the 358-cubic inch engine.

I can smell carbon, like at my dad's machine shop. I smell dirt. It smells aggressive.

Because my adrenaline is flowing, my tongue tastes like metal. It's anticipation. I ...Read more

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NASCAR driver Brandon Brown wants to change the meaning of 'Let's Go Brandon'

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Brandon Brown posted a statement on social media Thursday evening with the intention to “clear the air on some things” regarding a controversial sponsor rollout for the 2022 NASCAR season.

Brown is the driver at the center of a political and cultural clash playing out in the NASCAR world, as his name inspired the viral right-wing “Let’s...Read more

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Controversial 'Let's Go Brandon' coin found a way to sponsor NASCAR driver after all

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A controversial “Let’s Go Brandon”-inspired sponsor has found a way to capitalize on a driver’s popularity while abiding by NASCAR’s rules.

The cryptocurrency company, whose first three letters reference the viral slogan, announced Saturday morning that it has agreed to a two-year sponsorship and ...Read more

Test drivers testify to totally different Atlanta Motor Speedway

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A trio of the big boys from NASCAR’s premier racing circuit swung by Wednesday and Thursday to take a high-speed test drive over the re-paved and re-configured AMS track. And they immediately issued this alert for all their brethren who’ll show up for the two races here this season:

“It’s a new Atlanta, unlike anything I’ve ever seen ...Read more

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Ryan Preece finds a new team in NASCAR for 2022 season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former JTG Daugherty driver Ryan Preece will move to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2022 NASCAR season, the team announced Thursday morning.

Preece will be a reserve driver for SHR, filling in behind the wheel across NASCAR’s three national series if one of SHR’s full-time drivers is out due to COVID-19 protocols or other ...Read more

Martha Earnhardt, the matriarch of famed NASCAR family, has died

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Martha Earnhardt, matriarch to one of the most well-known families in stock-car racing, has died. Her grandchildren, Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Dale Earnhardt Jr., confirmed in a statement that she passed away on the evening of Dec 25. She was 91.

“As we grieve her loss and begin to imagine life without our beloved ‘Mamaw,’ we find ...Read more

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Drivers see Next Gen progress during Charlotte test days as NASCAR refines rules package

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CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR this week continued testing various configurations to refine its rules packages for the Next Gen car in 2022.

The sanctioning body is targeting the use of a 670 horsepower engine package for a majority of its races next season, NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said during Friday’s test session...Read more

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Richard Petty's famous NASCAR team and its Cup charters are being sold

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Richard Petty Motorsports will sell a majority interest in its iconic NASCAR team to GMS Racing owner Maury Gallagher, the teams announced Wednesday.

Gallagher’s team announced in the fall its plans to run a full-time entry in the Cup Series in 2022. At the time, GMS president Mike Beam said that the team had not obtained a...Read more

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NASCAR Silly Season: Which drivers are changing teams and who's still looking for rides

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s biggest Silly Season moves were known by mid-summer, but with the offseason here, those changes have finally been set in motion.

Trackhouse Racing, for example, opened its newly rebranded shop in Concord on Monday. Drivers Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain were present for the official unveiling.

A surprise ...Read more

Hitting the road for the holidays? Car rental prices are sky-high again

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People renting cars for holiday trips may be in for some sticker shock.

Rental car companies have brought in more vehicles since shortages sent prices sky-high this summer, but rates are rising again as more people prepare to hit the road over Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

“The holidays are looking better than this summer, but I ...Read more

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What NASCAR's Championship 4 drivers are saying before the title race

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PHOENIX — NASCAR’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway is Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. Four drivers are vying for a championship trophy after 35 grueling points races, including a dramatic closer to the Round of 8 at Martinsville last Sunday.

The Championship 4 consists of two teams each from two organizations, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs ...Read more

Detroit Grand Prix to return downtown in 2023 under contract approved by City Council

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After years of racing on Belle Isle, the Detroit Grand Prix is heading back downtown starting in 2023.

The IndyCar race, a post-Memorial Day tradition in Detroit, will roar through the streets of downtown through 2025 under a contract approved Wednesday by the Detroit City Council.

The move takes the race back to its roots. Cars zoomed around ...Read more

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NASCAR's Denny Hamlin can add another title for Tampa Bay this weekend

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NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin has a chance to add another championship for Champa Bay.

Hamlin is one of four contenders to win the Cup Series title Sunday in the 312-lap championship race at Phoenix Raceway. Though he grew up in Virginia and lives in North Carolina, Tampa is where his parents met and he was born.

That would be enough to add him to...Read more

How NASCAR playoff drivers did at Martinsville. What they said, who's in the championship.

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The four NASCAR Cup drivers who will compete for a championship trophy were determined Sunday at Martinsville in a race won by non-playoff driver Alex Bowman.

Defending champion Chase Elliott dominated the first two stages, winning both, to secure his place in the season finale on points by the end of Stage 2. With Kyle Larson already locked in...Read more

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Ryan Blaney is seeking his first NASCAR Cup championship. This is his best shot yet

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Ryan Blaney’s nickname might be YRB — “Young Ryan Blaney” — but the 27-year-old NASCAR driver is actually something like a grizzled outdoorsman. He spent Thursday morning chopping trees for firewood while donning a Paul Bunyan-like beard.

“I think (race) preparation is very important, but I think overthinking can sometimes be ...Read more

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Alex Andrejev: I watched Sunday's race in Chase Elliott's hometown and realized why he loves Dawsonville

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Before traveling to a new location, consulting experts from the area is typically recommended, so I asked NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott what I should know about his Dawsonville, Ga., hometown.

“It’s a small, small town for sure,” he said. “Especially the downtown area.”

Elliott then summarized exactly what I�...Read more



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