When Dale Earnhardt Jr. first saw the blue and white No. 3 car with his name on it, he thought it was a joke.
Before the 1997 season, Dale Earnhardt Sr. told his son he'd be running in NASCAR's Busch Series, now the Xfinity Series, after years of racing late model cars in South Carolina. In eight races, Earnhardt Jr. earned one top-10 finish ...Read more
SPARTA, Ky. -- With Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring as a full-time driver after the 2017 NASCAR season, a huge fan base will soon, effectively, enter free agency.
You can bet other NASCAR drivers have ideas on how to win Dale Jr. fans over to their cause.
"If I was running first and he was running second, I could let him win," Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ...Read more
Matt Kenseth says he isn't sure where he'll be driving in 2018, but it won't be with Joe Gibbs Racing.
"As of today I do not have a job for next year," the 2003 NASCAR champion said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. "I certainly hope to still be racing.
"I haven't really worked on anything real hard. I don't think I'll have the option to race at ...Read more
If you're just tuning into NASCAR as it comes to Kentucky Speedway this week, you're going to notice some changes to how the races are run.
The Quaker State 400 at Sparta marks the midway point of the season and a good time to look at how the new stage format influences each race and the season points standings.
Is it complicated? Yes.
Is it ...Read more
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- It was a great weekend for "Cars 3" and Kyle Larson.
"Cars 3" will likely finish No. 1 in the box office over the weekend, on track to for a $60-million debut according to reports. Larson drove the No. 42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet to victory at Michigan International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers ...Read more
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.'s first NASCAR Cup Series start did not go as he planned -- he finished 26th and even fainted when he emerged from his car. He wanted to be upbeat, but he did not sugarcoat his performance.
On Sunday in the Pocono 400, Wallace became the first African American driver to start a Cup Series race since Bill Lester in ...Read more
LONG POND, Pa. -- Around lap 40 of 160, crew chief Jeremy Bullins spoke by radio to his driver, Ryan Blaney. He did not hear anything back.
"Are you trying to talk to us?" Bullins asked, and again he did not hear Blaney's voice.
Some 300 miles later, Blaney emerged from his car and spoke to his team for the first time in 21/2 hours. His first ...Read more
As if making his NASCAR Cup Series debut isn't daunting enough, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. has history on the line this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
On Sunday, Wallace will pilot Richard Petty Motorsports' famed No. 43 car in the Pocono 400, as Aric Almirola recovers from a back injury suffered in a May 13 crash at Kansas Speedway.
Wallace's ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
Helio Castroneves is the most accomplished open-wheel racer in Texas Motor Speedway history with a track-record four wins and 11 top-5s in 19 career races.
Graham Rahal owns the most thrilling victory, edging out James Hinchcliffe by 0.008 of a second a year ago. And Arie Luyendyk has the most controversial win -- just ask A.J. Foyt about the ...Read more
Graham Rahal held off Josef Newgarden in a two-lap shoot-out to complete a doubleheader sweep in the Detroit Grand Prix.
Rahal became the first Verizon IndyCar Series driver to sweep a doubleheader at Belle Isle. He also became the first driver to win a doubleheader weekend since Scott Dixon at Toronto in 2013.
Newgarden continued to gain ...Read more
DETROIT -- Graham Rahal had a much better weekend than his wife.
Rahal had the race of his life. He dominated from the pole to win the first dual of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Saturday. He'll go for a weekend sweep in Sunday's second dual, which starts at 3:30.
Rahal set the track qualifying record at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park ...Read more
FRISCO, Texas -- Less sleep.
That's the one significant difference Takuma Sato has noticed since winning the Indianapolis 500. It's a welcome side effect, of course.
Sato had the most defining race of his career on Sunday, passing three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves with five laps to go and holding on for the checkered flag.
Sato, 40...Read more
INDIANAPOLIS -- The century of racing in the Indianapolis 500 is filled with drivers who found disappointment, their dreams of winning the iconic race abruptly shattered by crashes, engine failures, botched pit stops and bad luck.
But sometimes there is redemption at the Brickyard, as Takuma Sato can attest.
The 40-year-old Sato won the 101st ...Read more
On Feb. 11, Christopher Barton's memorial Facebook page was flooded with pictures of strawberry cupcakes with chocolate icing. A communal birthday present, if you will.
They were always his favorite, simple and sweet. It's a small way for his closest friends to remember the Harrisburg native, who died in Afghanistan on May 24, 2010. And in ...Read more
INDIANAPOLIS -- Conor Daly apologized to his crew after making a move that resulted in a crash and early end to his fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Daly, who the Detroit Free Press is following from Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix next Sunday, started 26th and finished 30th in the 101st running ...Read more
INDIANAPOLIS -- There are three things to note up front when it comes to IndyCar racer Josef Newgarden:
No, he's not a foreign driver; he was born and reared in Tennessee and the spelling of his first name stems from his Danish mother.
Yes, he grew up in NASCAR country but always was more drawn to sleek Indy-style cars than stock-car racing.
Brandon Adomatis has drawn quite the crowd since driving his one-ton Chevy truck into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the May races.
The truck, after all, hauled a 235-square-foot camouflage "tiny house" where Adomatis and brother-in-law Jim Rock are living for the weekend.
The two came from Noblesville, Ind., the truck and home sturdy enough for...Read more
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
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
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