Chase Elliott on flipping off Kyle Busch: Hard to fight when forced to stay 6 feet apart

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chase Elliott finally had his say after Wednesday night's Cup race that ended in dramatic fashion.

While running in the top-three of what turned out to be the final laps of NASCAR's second race at Darlington Raceway, Elliott's No. 9 car was tapped by No. 18 driver Kyle Busch, causing Elliott to spin out and ruin his chances ...Read more

3 things we learned from Denny Hamlin's NASCAR victory at rainy Darlington Raceway

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Chase Elliott flipped off Kyle Busch and then Mother Nature flipped off NASCAR.

Wednesday night, the Toyota 500 was called with 20 laps remaining in the 228-lap race due to rain. Leader Denny Hamlin was deemed the winner of NASCAR's second race at Darlington.

Kyle Busch finished in second place and Kevin Harvick finished third.

Shortly before...Read more

Move over, Harvick? NASCAR rookies Reddick, Nemechek are driving like elite talent.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was a 26-year age difference between the ninth- and 10th-place drivers, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Kenseth, respectively, in NASCAR's return race Sunday at Darlington.

Although almost three decades separated them, one thing united them -- neither driver was expected to place as well as he did. Kenseth, 48, returned ...Read more

IndyCar returns to Texas Motor Speedway in June, gauges success off NASCAR's comeback

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Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage liked what he saw when NASCAR returned to the airwaves on Sunday. He expects a similar showing when IndyCar starts its season at TMS next month.

"I thought it was just fantastic to have not only live sports back, but my favorite sport back on television," Gossage said. "I didn't notice there weren'...Read more

Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR's return race at Darlington Raceway

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Kevin Harvick didn't look the slightest bit rusty after a two-month hiatus from racing. Instead, on Sunday at Darlington Raceway, the Cup Series points leader sailed to his 50th career victory to continue a dominant 2020 campaign. He then exited his car for a quiet celebration.

"I didn't think it was going to be that much different and then it'...Read more

Cars are rumbling, but the buzz around town just not the same on this NASCAR race day

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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Roger Collins just wants to hear that sound again, the car engines rumbling off in the distance. That sound is the lone connection to the way it was before, the way it was two long, long months ago.

The silence today is strange. It's nearly noon on Sunday -- race day -- and the streets around Darlington Raceway are lined ...Read more

Real Heroes 400 preview: Who will win, how to watch, Darlington Raceway info

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There is no easy way to predict which NASCAR driver will win the Real Heroes 400 this Sunday, but even before the checkered flag waves, those on the track will have already secured a victory.

That's because NASCAR will be one of the first few sports to resume its official season amid the global coronavirus pandemic. There will be no fans to ...Read more

Sports fan new to NASCAR? Here's what you need to know about the sport for Sunday.

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NASCAR will be one of a handful of sports broadcasting a real, live event on television this weekend. That's right. Real. Live. Sports.

In addition to UFC, bull riding, German soccer league Bundesliga and a charity golf match at Seminole Golf Club, NASCAR is attempting to reel in general sports fans who would otherwise be watching NBA, NHL or ...Read more

NASCAR drivers will be racing for the first time since March 8: 'It's going to be odd'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Erik Jones tried to imagine what the moments leading up to the green flag at Darlington would be like.

"It's going to be different," said Jones, who drives the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. "I mean, that's the easiest way to put it."

Jones described how he typically prepares on race day; He wakes up, does his mid...Read more

NASCAR adds five more Cup races to the schedule after Charlotte, including Atlanta

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR released updates to its 2020 schedule on Thursday afternoon, adding Cup Series races at five more tracks through late-June. All additional events will run without fans in attendance.

Those events include newly scheduled races at Bristol, Atlanta, Martinsville, Homestead-Miami and Talladega following the Wednesday night...Read more

Man arrested for threatening to bomb Darlington Raceway

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A Darlington, S.C., man was arrested after threatening to bomb Darlington Raceway, the track where NASCAR is expected to resume its season on Sunday following a two-month postponement due to the coronavirus.

Michael Donovan Avin, 46, was charged with possession, threatened or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for an act of terrorism...Read more

NASCAR's schedule gets another update, three tracks lose races

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NASCAR announced Friday that races at Chicago, Richmond and Sonoma have been replaced by events at Darlington and Charlotte due to the changes in NASCAR's 2020 schedule caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cup and Xfinity races originally scheduled to run at Chicagoland Speedway from June 18-21 have been realigned to Darlington Raceway on May 17...Read more

Live sports in Texas return next month. First stop? Texas Motor Speedway

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Texas Motor Speedway will host the first live sporting event in the state next month.

IndyCar will run at the track on its scheduled date, Saturday June 6, although no fans will be allowed to attend. It will be a one-day made-for-TV event with practice and qualifying during the day, and racing at night.

The NASCAR truck series race that was ...Read more

What it's like inside a NASCAR garage as teams work to bring racing back from a pandemic

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The drive from Uptown Charlotte to Go Fas Racing's shop in Mooresville provides subtle reminders of the global pandemic that has become so omnipresent it hardly needs mentioning.

Masked pedestrians are scattered far and few between along empty sidewalks, parking lots of major businesses sit deserted and a giant digital sign...Read more

William Byron wins his third Pro Invitational iRacing event at Dover

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The "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway lived up to its name, even virtually. By the halfway point of the 150-lap event, five cautions were called. Then a few minutes later, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked, making it six caution flags thrown. By the end of the two-hour race, there were nine cautions.

That came as no ...Read more

How NASCAR is planning to pull off live racing while keeping everyone safe

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thursday's teleconference between media and NASCAR leadership ended after 40 minutes and probably could have lasted 10 times as long.

There are endless questions about racing's return May 17 as NASCAR attempts to pull off a feat other professional sports leagues, including the NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL, have not yet come close to...Read more

NASCAR announces updated race schedule after coronavirus delays

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If the return of professional sports were a race, NASCAR would finish in the top three. After UFC, which returns May 9, NASCAR will be the second major professional sports league to resume after the coronavirus pandemic forced its season to a halt in mid-March.

Thursday, NASCAR announced a modified schedule for resuming the ...Read more

Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth eligible to compete for NASCAR playoffs

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NASCAR announced Tuesday that it has granted playoff waivers for Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Matt Kenseth. The waivers ensure that if either driver wins a race or is ranked in the top 30 in points during the regular Cup Series season, they will be eligible to compete in the 10-race playoffs for a ...Read more

North Carolina governor believes NASCAR will race the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte next month

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Tuesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a media briefing that NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 race is on track to run on May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We believe that unless the health conditions go down that we can have the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte," Gov. Cooper said. " ... I think that...Read more

Matt Kenseth replaces Kyle Larson as driver of Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Chevrolet

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced Monday afternoon that Matt Kenseth will drive the NASCAR team's No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for the remainder of the 2020 season. Kenseth will replace former Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, who was fired by CGR two weeks ago after he used the N-word during an iRacing event.

It was assumed Ross Chastain, a development ...Read more