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  • Jeff Gordon calls NASCAR Hall of Fame selection ‘surreal’ CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon didn’t give much thought to NASCAR while racing sprint cars in Indiana as a teenager. He was too busy trying to get into open wheel racing. But when Gordon’s career stalled, he headed South to try his hand at stock car racing and went on to win 93 Cup races — ...
  • Jeff Gordon headlines nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Jeff Gordon’s name is presented to panel of voters for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the debate should be short and simple. Yes, Gordon gets a slot. Gordon is on Wednesday’s ballot for the first time and there should be zero discussion regarding his worthiness. The four-time NASCAR champion played a massive ...
  • NASCAR: Restrictor plates add competitive, gimmicky shine to NASCAR All-Star Race (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   CONCORD, N.C. — The engine restrictor plate is one of the most hated devices in the 70-year history of NASCAR racing. Engine builders, who often work deep into the night searching for extra bits of horsepower, have been known to cuss it like a mangy dog. At Daytona and ...
  • NASCAR: All-Star race shakeup goes well and NASCAR should try again CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Something had to be done to NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, which had stopped being special years ago. A bunch of drivers circled around Charlotte Motor Speedway in cars too difficult to pass for the lead, so whoever had the clean air raced to an easy $1 million prize. It was terrible racing ...
  • NASCAR: Kenseth returns to capture pole for All-Star race CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth is hoping Friday night’s qualifying is a sign better times are ahead. Kenseth’s return to racing is already paying big dividends for Roush Fenway Racing after he grabbed the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kenseth agreed to return to race on a limited schedule this ...
  • NASCAR takes steps to juice up competition for Saturday’s All-Star race (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   CONCORD, N.C. – The drivers and teams being outrun by Kevin Harvick get a breather this week as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule takes a break for the annual All-Star Race. Harvick will be in the field for Saturday night’s race (FS1, 8 p.m. ET), of course, ...
  • NASCAR penalizes Kyle Larson after Kansas race as rear-window incidents increase (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   The movie Rear Window could provide the theme for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. For the fifth time this year, a team – in this case, Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet – has been penalized for its rear window not meeting NASCAR specifications. Larson was hit with a 20-point ...
  • NASCAR: Kevin Harvick chasing perfection after fifth win in 12 races KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick had just taken the checkered flag for the fifth time this season, wheeled his car into victory lane and bathed in another confetti shower when he lamented what could have been. Come again? “Still wasn’t really happy with it,” Harvick said of his No. 4 for Stewart-Haas Racing, which he ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick passes Truex with 1 to go to win at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Nobody has been able to keep pace with Kevin Harvick this season. Not even the reigning series champion on a track where he swept both races last season. Harvick surged past Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, winning for the fifth time in what has ...
  • Kevin Harvick keeps NASCAR hot streak going with Kansas pole KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick had to race onto the track after finally passing through inspection just as the first round of qualifying was beginning for Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway. By the time things were settled, Harvick had raced his way to the pole. Fresh off his fourth win of the season last ...
  • NASCAR: Matt Kenseth’s 2018 debut, reunion with Roush highlights Kansas Cup race (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   The Great Experiment will begin this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth, having lounged on the sidelines for the first third of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, returns to competition in Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET). Kenseth is out to do more ...
  • France family exploring possible sale of NASCAR to outside group (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   — The majority owners of NASCAR, the company that operates the U.S. stock-car racing series, are exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake, it was reported Monday by Reuters News Service. According to Reuters, the France family, which controls NASCAR, is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick makes it look easy in cruising to fourth win this season (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   DOVER, Del. – They used to run 500-mile races at Dover International Speedway. Around a super-fast, high-banked, 1-mile track where every lap is an invitation to chaos, this was punishment not meant for mere mortals. It perhaps explains why immortals, men such as Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Cale ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick takes the checkered flag at Dover for 4th win DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was flanked by his Stewart-Haas Racing team on the victory lane stage when a photographer yelled at the group, “What are you holding up?” “Four!” they shouted in unison. Harvick, team owner Tony Stewart and the rest flashed their fingers Four Horsemen-style and let out a “Wooo!” before they uncorked the ...
  • NASCAR: Allgaier holds off teammate Sadler to win Xfinity at Dover DOVER, Del. (AP) — Justin Allgaier won a $100,000 bonus by holding off teammate Elliott Sadler in a door-to-door race through the final turn at Dover International Speedway to win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday. Sadler used lapped traffic to set up his attempt to snatch the lead from Allgaier and played it perfectly as ...
  • NASCAR: Larson wins 5th career pole, Harvick also up front at Dover DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Larson had a good week with some nice drives. Larson enjoyed playing in a PGA Tour Pro-Am, then turned a lap of 158.103 mph on Friday to take the pole at Dover International Speedway. In winning his fifth career pole, he gave Chevrolet a needed boost and its first pole since ...
  • NASCAR: Chevrolets look to make headway vs. Fords, Toyotas at Dover Cup race (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   DOVER, Del. — The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is almost one-third gone, and all indications are that Chevrolet in general and one Chevrolet team in particular have unfinished business. Chevrolet hasn’t won a race since Austin Dillon scored in the season-opening Daytona 500. Ford has won five ...
  • Joey Logano takes NASCAR Cup race at Talladega to snap one-year winless streak (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   TALLADEGA, Ala. — How the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway played out Sunday: WINNER: Joey Logano held off several challengers in the final laps as Fords dominated the afternoon under sunny skies in Alabama. Ford cars took six of the top seven spots, with only Chase ...
  • NASCAR: Spencer Gallagher nabs lead, Xfinity victory on overtime lap TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Spencer Gallagher took the lead on the overtime lap to capture his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. Gallagher went by Tyler Reddick on the final lap after previous leaders Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier both ran out of gas during late cautions. “Once we got side by side, I ...
  • NASCAR: Stenhouse hoping for boost from Kenseth, Talladega return TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can now lean on the same guy he turned to for advice at times as a young driver trying to make it to the Cup Series. He’s hoping the hiring of Matt Kenseth , and a return to Talladega Superspeedway , make for much-needed boosts for struggling Roush Fenway ...
  • At Talladega, expect lots of crazy things to happen on NASCAR’s biggest track (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   TALLADEGA, Ala. — Kyle Busch tries to win a fourth consecutive race. Kevin Harvick tries to win for the fourth time this year. Jimmie Johnson tries to win a race, period. Trevor Bayne tries on racing under a shadow. Welcome to Talladega Superspeedway, where the racing normally is crazy and where it ...
  • NASCAR: Matt Kenseth to return to NASCAR with Roush Fenway Racing CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth will return to NASCAR this season in a reunion with Roush Fenway Racing, the team that gave him his Cup start in 1998. Kenseth will split the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne, who has been the full-time driver of that car since 2015. Kenseth has sponsorship from Wyndham Hotels ...
  • NASCAR: Talladega could be equalizer for Busch and Harvick CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The score is tied 3-3 between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in the race for hottest driver in NASCAR. Each has won three races in a row and has been nearly unbeatable through the first nine races of the season. Up next, though, is Talladega Superspeedway, a wild-card race track that could ...
  • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick will take battle for NASCAR supremacy to Talladega (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)  —   RICHMOND, Va. — The debate over the best driver in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is unlikely to be settled next Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. That’s because the Alabama track is not only the series’ largest and fastest, it’s also the most unpredictable, putting even ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch pulls away at Richmond for 3rd Cup win a row RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory, celebrated, and then got yelled at by his boss. Joe Gibbs, it seems, hadn’t seen Busch climb into the crowd to acknowledge what appeared to be friendly fan. “You did?” Gibbs said. “Oh my gosh! You should not do that. You run a risk.” For Busch, ...
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