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Back at 600, Sherry Pollex, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. focus on survival, triumph

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, sank into each other's arms in celebration in Victory Lane after last year's Coca-Cola 600.

Tears rolled down Pollex's cheeks as cameras flashed all around her and Truex.

She leaned a little into him for support, feeling the weight of everything they had ...Read more

NASCAR's pit crewmen, anonymous until that one-second fumble, share two traits

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CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR pit crew members come in all shapes and sizes, but they must be consistent in two crucial ways:

Long on persistence and short on memory.

It's an odd part-time job: Train throughout the week for a series of 12-second procedures that would rival emergency rooms for urgency. Jack up the car, change tires, fine-tune the ...Read more

J.R. Hildebrand hoping for vindication at Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500 are seeking racing immortality. One, J.R. Hildebrand, also wants vindication for being a mere mortal.

Six years ago the Californian was only one corner away from winning the iconic race as a rookie when he lost control of his car and crashed into the wall. That enabled Dan Wheldon to shoot ...Read more

Formula One's Fernando Alonso adds interest to this year's Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- After a rousing celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 last year, the question naturally followed: How could the 101st version of the legendary race be more than an anticlimax?

Turns out one answer is Fernando Alonso.

Alonso, a two-time Formula One champion who's having a middling season in that series, opted ...Read more

Ex-jocks bring athleticism, diversity to NASCAR pit crews

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Metcalf grew up in Charlotte, played basketball and football at Charlotte Christian, and attended occasional Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers games.

Charlotte Motor Speedway was about 30 minutes from his parents' home in south Charlotte, but might as well have been in another world.

Metcalf was never a fan of ...Read more

NASCAR announces playoff twist for 2018

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is adding a road course race to the playoffs -- and it's going to be in Charlotte.

On Tuesday, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the 2018 Bank of America 500 will take place on its new ROVAL -- a 2.4-mile, 13-turn course combining most of the outside track with a road course in the infield. It's the first road course ...Read more

Illinois state trooper pulls over former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, tweets photo

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Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart didn't get off with just a warning when he was stopped on Interstate 88 in DeKalb, Ill., over the weekend.

He also got a photo of himself with a smiling state trooper -- who then tweeted it out.

"Just pulled over NASCAR legend Tony Stewart on I-88 in Dekalb IL, what you think I got him for?" Trooper Damein ...Read more

Here's who Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks should replace him in the No. 88 when he retires

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Intense as it may be, speculation on who will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he retires at the end of the NASCAR season remains just that, for now, but NASCAR's most popular driver has established his own favorite.

If Earnhardt had his druthers, Alex Bowman would be driving the No. 88 Cup Series car next season for Hendrick Motorsports.

At ...Read more

4 days after breaking back, NASCAR driver Aric Almirola keeps promise to boy with cancer

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On Saturday, NASCAR driver Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford twisted into a fiery contortion in a horrifying crash at the Go Bowling 400 in Kansas. He was cut out of the car and airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center. His team released a statement on Sunday revealing that Almirola had fractured his T5 vertebra.

On Wednesday, three days ...Read more

Earnhardt on All-Star race, 600, and what his Dad would think about today's competitors

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. practiced his burnout Thursday afternoon in a parking lot at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it was quite a sensory overload from 20 yards away: Rubber burning, tires squealing, smoke rising in a white cloud.

Earnhardt would like to use that technique for real sometime in the two weekends, celebrating what ...Read more

NASCAR driver Aric Almirola has fracture in his back after wreck at Kansas Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Aric Amirola, who had to be airlifted from Kansas Speedway after a three-car accident Saturday night during the Go Bowling 400, has been released from the hospital.

Almirola, who had to be cut from his No. 43 Smithfield Ford after the wreck between turns one and two with 67 laps remaining, suffered a ...Read more

NASCAR's young talent eager to step into void Earnhardt Jr., other retiring drivers leave behind

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire after the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, continuing an exodus of the sport's biggest stars that already includes four-time champion Jeff Gordon, three-time champion Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards in the last two years.

Several other prominent drivers -- Matt Kenseth (age 45), Jimmie Johnson (41), ...Read more

Stage racing injects intensity into NASCAR's 2017 season

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Before the 2017 season began, NASCAR announced wholesale changes to its points structure for the three national touring series, including the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Each race now is broken into three stages with points awarded toward driver standings for the top 10 at designated intervals.

Stage winners also receive a playoff point, which ...Read more

Lessons come fast for NASCAR Cup Series rookie Erik Jones

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Erik Jones doesn't come from a racing family and didn't grow up in a racing hotbed.

Despite lacking such built-in advantages, Jones, 20, finds himself in stock-car racing's big leagues as the youngest full-time driver on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit.

Jones -- a native of Byron, Mich., who pilots the No. 77 Toyota Camry for ...Read more

Victory, early-season success help redefine Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was an accomplished race-car driver before Sunday's win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

He won back-to-back Xfinity Series championships in 2011 and 2012 and received rookie of the year honors on the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but success in NASCAR's top series proved elusive during his first four years...Read more

Does Dale Earnhardt Jr. ever get mad?

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought teammate Jimmie Johnson onto his weekly podcast to assure his fans that the pair remain fast friends and fitness buddies in the wake of Sunday's collision at Richmond International Raceway.

Jimmie Johnson stepped away from a fitness training session before 6 a.m. in Colorado to call in to Hendrick Motorsports teammate...Read more

C.J. Wilson regrets World Series loss, looks for a win in racing

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C.J. Wilson pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues. He went to a couple World Series and All-Star games, and made more than $88 million in his career.

But the best starter on the Texas Rangers' best team (2011) isn't overjoyed with his career. Wilson, 36, walked away from the game after last season and is now pursuing his dreams of being a ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at the end of the 2017 season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, will retire after the end of the 2017 season.

"After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017," said the statement from HENDRICKMOTORSPORTS.COM

Earnhardt first ...Read more

Chiefs' Colquitt trades gridiron for NASCAR asphalt

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Two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt's impulse was to mash the gas pedal to the floor when his driving instructor told him he was entering his final lap at Kansas Speedway.

That's also when the specter of Chiefs coach Andy Reid popped into Colquitt's mind.

"I didn't think I would, but I know that in my last lap, when (the instructor) said ...Read more

New format for NASCAR All-Star Race announced

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Charlotte Motor Speedway announced a new format for May's NASCAR All-Star Race at the track. And following the theme for NASCAR rules changes in 2017, the drama relies on gimmicks.

The May 20 race at the 1.5-mile track will be contested in four stages, of 20, 20, 20 and 10 laps.

The three winners of the 20-lap stages, as long as they're still ...Read more

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