CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After nearly two decades of NASCAR starts, Jennifer Jo Cobb is set to make her debut in the sport’s top series. Rick Ware Racing announced Tuesday that Cobb — a 47-year-old from Kansas City, Kan. — will race the No. 15 Chevrolet at Talladega on April 25.
She will become the first woman to race in the Cup Series since ...Read more
NASCAR heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend for the Toyota Owners 400. The ninth race of the Cup season is Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. on Fox.
Below are The Charlotte Observer’s NASCAR power rankings for the week of April 12. This list will be updated each week.
Chase Elliott ran consistently at Martinsville, finishing ...Read more
RIDGEWAY, Va. — Rain postponed NASCAR’s original Saturday night racing plans, but the Cup Series wrapped at Martinsville under the lights anyway on Sunday.
Despite Denny Hamlin’s best efforts to fend off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Martin Truex Jr. swiped the lead with 15 laps left to win his second race of the season, outdistancing ...Read more
NASCAR driver Taylor Gray was involved in a car crash Wednesday night, according to his David Gilliland Racing team.
The single-car accident took place in Statesville, N.C., and Gray was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in stable condition, DGR said in a statement issued Thursday morning. The extent of any injuries is not yet ...Read more
BRISTOL, Tenn. — NASCAR has postponed its Cup Series dirt race at Bristol until 4 p.m. Monday, citing overnight heavy rainfall and local flood warnings, safety concerns and a menacing Sunday forecast at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The historic Food City Dirt Race, an event that will mark the first time NASCAR’s Cup Series races on dirt in 51 ...Read more
BRISTOL, Tenn. — The trucks made one muddy lap before NASCAR put the first heat race at Bristol on hold. Shortly thereafter, more rain poured down and the sport’s grand plans for the weekend changed.
NASCAR canceled its Saturday heat races for the Cup and Truck Series, and rescheduled its Truck race — originally scheduled for 8 p.m. ...Read more
Tim Clark began sending out texts before the meeting had even ended.
This was last spring, when like the rest of the sports world NASCAR was forced to suspend its season during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As fellow series executives figured out how to halt live races, Clark, NASCAR's chief digital officer, was already ...Read more
HAMPTON, Ga. — Ryan Blaney became the sixth different winner in as many races this NASCAR season when he took the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. When reminded of this fact, he cracked a smile.
“Happy I’m one of ‘em!” Blaney said. “We got to five and I was like, ‘Whew. We’re stacking ‘em up pretty quick. I ...Read more
HAMPTON, Ga. — Kyle Larson hardly raced his competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He just passed them. Larson led 269 laps of the 325-lap race in NASCAR’s Cup race in Hampton, Ga. and was on the precipice of winning his second race of the season.
Until Ryan Blaney took the lead.
BLANEY STEALS THE WIN
Ryan Blaney led just 25 laps Sunday ...Read more
The next step in NASCAR's COVID-19 detection protocols comes with four paws and a tail.
Two highly trained dogs will greet roughly 1,000 crew members, officials, and essential racing personnel at Atlanta Motor Speedway ahead of this Sunday's Cup race to determine whether they have the virus prior to entering the track's garage area. It's a ...Read more
Aric Almirola pulled no punches Tuesday when asked to evaluate the season so far for his No. 10 Ford team.
“Obviously, we got off to a horrendous start,” Almirola said. “Not getting the points and bad finishes. The best thing that’s happened to us all year is we won the Duel and got 10 points.”
Since winning the first Duel at Daytona...Read more
Lest you forget Kevin Harvick’s dominance in 2020, the NASCAR driver sat poised on Zoom on Tuesday between two of the nine trophies he won last year, a reminder that one bad finish at Las Vegas this week can’t take away his 58 career Cup wins.
Harvick spoke with reporters ahead of Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix, where he’s led nearly 15% ...Read more
Kyle Larson didn’t compete in a NASCAR competition for almost a full year, but it took him just four short races in 2021 to return to Victory Lane.
Larson dominated Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first win of the season and his first victory driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
“I didn’t know...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR's race names are typically a mouthful to spotlight sponsors. This year's Cup schedule includes the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered By Florida Georgia Line." The Xfinity Series raced the "Beef. It's What's For Dinner 300" at Daytona last month. The Truck Series had the "BrakeBest Brake Pads 159 At ...Read more
Charlotte native William Byron claimed his second win in his Cup Series career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He led a race-high 102 laps of the 267-lap race and won the second stage of NASCAR’s Dixie Vodka 400.
Tyler Reddick finished second, and Martin Truex Jr. finished third.
“Get used to winning, boys, get used to it,” Byron’s...Read more
NASCAR feels different as it returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the main-race Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday after Saturday’s undercard Xfinity Series race.
It still feels different for the wrong reasons as the ongoing COVID-19 threat entering its second year continues to limit crowds and drivers’ time at the track.
It feels ...Read more
Driver Chase Elliott has left Daytona International Speedway the past five Februaries plenty frustrated.
Elliott’s runner-up finish to longshot Michael McDowell during Sunday’s Daytona 500 was the toughest setback to date.
Instead of packing up and heading to the next stop on the schedule, Elliott gets one more chance to leave the iconic ...Read more
Jeff Gordon was ready for the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
After a 25-year NASCAR career that included four NASCAR Cup Series championships, the Hall of Famer knew to expect a crash once the white flag came out for the race’s final lap.
“You know that leader, no matter who it is, is going to try to do their best to protect that ...Read more
During the Daytona 500 rain delay that pushed NASCAR’s headline event from Sunday afternoon to early Monday morning, Hailie Deegan was talking to racing fans.
“I had to do the Daytona 500 Watch Party for Fox,” Deegan told The Charlotte Observer. “So I was answering questions from fans for about five, six hours.”
The world of fan ...Read more
Alvin Kamara is spending the early part of his off-season at Daytona International Speedway.
Just days after the All-Pro running back for the New Orleans Saints was at the Daytona 500, he announced Wednesday that he's partnered with JD Motorsports to sponsor the No. 6 Chevy, driven by Ryan Vargas, in Saturday's Xfinity race on Daytona's Road ...Read more