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  • NASCAR stars are no longer driving into their 50s FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. waves to the crowd during driver introductions for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. First went Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is packing his bags to leave NASCAR. All have their own reasons, but the nation's most popular auto racing series is a victim of its own popularity. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Just a generation ago, NASCAR drivers raced until they were embarrassing themselves, the money ran out or they simply couldn’t make it to the track anymore. They could compete into their mid-50s, and make a really good living. It’s an entirely different world now. First went Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Then Carl ...
  • NASCAR has huge hole to fill after Earnhardt retires Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the second half of the 2016 recovering from concussion symptoms.(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There was a moment during the Bristol Motor Speedway race that captured the essence of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was walking briskly to the care center for a mandatory health check after a crash. Flanked by a television reporter on one side, a handler on the other, he was explaining why he ...
  • Breaking News: Hendrick says Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season Dale jr Daytona 500(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   — CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time Daytona 500 winner set an afternoon news conference with team owner Rick Hendrick to discuss his decision. Hendrick Motorsports said in a news release that Earnhardt ...
  • NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson grabs rare Bristol win after Larson mishap Driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Monday, April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — It was just last month when people were wondering what was wrong with Jimmie Johnson after he got off to a slow start. How silly it was to worry. Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his storied career. It ...
  • NASCAR: Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday Fans arrive at Bristol Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR has postponed the Monster Energy Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Sunday. The race was pushed until Monday at 1 p.m. Weather has been a problem all weekend at Bristol, where Friday qualifications were washed out. On Saturday, the Xfinity ...
  • NASCAR: Larson starts on pole with Bristol qualifying rained out Kyle Larson stands with his son Owen after winning the pole position for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Larson will start on the pole on points because rain washed out qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. Larson won at Fontana from the pole in the No. 42 Chevrolet and started first a week later at Martinsville. He has five top-two finishes in just seven NASCAR races this season. Chase Elliott joins ...
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway moves NASCAR playoff race to Sunday Crew Chief Chad Knaus offers Jimmie Johnson a bottle of water as Johnson gives on broadcast interview in victory lane following his win in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 9, 2017. "I'm not feeling the best, but we got into Victory Lane," Johnson said before going to the infield care center to get treatment for apparent dehydration after his 81st career victory. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Charlotte Motor Speedway’s previously scheduled October Saturday night playoff race has been moved to the next day, Sunday, Oct. 8, in a 2 p.m. start, the track announced on Thursday. The move leaves no night races in the 10-event Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The event at the 1.5-mile Charlotte oval had been scheduled to ...
  • Why these five drivers could break through at Bristol with first NASCAR win of season Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) drives during practice for a NASCAR auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Sports Today)  —-    Jimmie Johnson took himself out of the when’s-he-going-to-finally-win conversation when he found victory lane April 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Coming off the first idle week of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, most everyone else remains in that unwanted company heading to Bristol Motor Speedway. Fortunes can be undone ...
  • NASCAR: Team Penske enters final appeal process after failed inspection at Phoenix Brad Keselowski poses with his award after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   The National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Wednesday denied an appeal by Team Penske stemming from an L1 infraction after Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford failed a post-race NASCAR inspection at Phoenix Raceway, but the team will exercise one final appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer. “While we are disappointed ...
  • NASCAR fines Team Penske, Brad Keselowski after failed inspection at Phoenix DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 30:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 30, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —   The National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Wednesday denied an appeal by Team Penske stemming from an L1 infraction after Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford failed a post-race NASCAR inspection at Phoenix Raceway, but the team will exercise one final appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer. “While we are ...
  • NASCAR: Ryan Blaney achieves another goal, but still misses out on victory lane Pit stop strategy and a late pit stop penalty cost Ryan Blaney a chance at his first career victory, in Texas.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)FORT WORTH, Texas – Two stage wins were encouraging. Leading a race-high 148 laps was even more so. Leaving Texas Motor Speedway with just a 12th-place finish left Ryan Blaney with things to reconcile, though, as the second-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver continues to flirt with a first victory. Blaney became the first driver to lead ...
  • NASCAR: Changed track, same result at Texas with Jimmie Johnson win Crew Chief Chad Knaus offers Jimmie Johnson a bottle of water as Johnson gives on broadcast interview in victory lane following his win in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 9, 2017. "I'm not feeling the best, but we got into Victory Lane," Johnson said before going to the infield care center to get treatment for apparent dehydration after his 81st career victory. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmie Johnson still knows how to get to Victory Lane at Texas, even from the back of the field on a track that had changed significantly since his first six wins there. And also while cramping because of dehydration late in the race that he won Sunday after charging under Joey ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick earns 1st NASCAR Cup pole on fresh Texas track Kevin Harvick stands in Victory Lane while holding the pole award for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick quickly got up to speed on the new pavement at Texas Motor Speedway, while some top drivers never made on the track for qualifying. Harvick won all three rounds of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying Friday, earning his 19th career pole with a lap of 198.405 mph during ...
  • NASCAR: Untested, repaved Texas track will present challenges to drivers NASCAR-texas(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)  —-   MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The track itself is likely to be the big story this weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stops at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. The 1.5-mile track has been repaved and reconfigured since NASCAR last visited in November, and, as with virtually every ...
  • NASCAR: Blaney’s strong start should earn him attention Ryan BlaneyCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It’s time to pay attention to Ryan Blaney, the second-year NASCAR driver who is as close to a throwback as fans are going to get from this current crop of talent. He’s a second-generation Cup driver, North Carolina raised, and prefers Bill Elliott T-shirts and Talladega 500 hats to anything hip and ...
  • NASCAR: Keselowski pulls away and wins at Martinsville Lots of empty seats are evident in the stands during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, April 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski had sampled success at Martinsville Speedway, but had never put everything together to get to Victory Lane. He changed that on Sunday, passing Kyle Busch with 43 laps to go and pulling away to win for the 23rd time in his career. “It felt like we were due, and if you ...
  • NASCAR: Larson gets pole as qualifying washed out at Martinsville Pit crews work on NASCAR Camping world trucks during a break in the rain on pit row at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 31, 2017. NASCAR Cup Series qualifying was canceled due to the rain. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Things keep going right for Kyle Larson. Hours after saying he hoped qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race would be rained out, he got his wish, giving him the pole position on a track where he has struggled. “I think it will be a good advantage to start on the ...
  • Daniel Suarez embracing twin challenges as top-level NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez finished seventh driving the No. 19 Subway Toyoa at Auto Club Speedway.(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   Daniel Suarez’s opportunity at NASCAR’s top level came quickly and by surprise. So did the corresponding role as pitchman. Replacing Carl Edwards in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota this season was difficult enough, even after the product of Monterrey, Mexico, won the developmental Xfinity Series championship last season. The race ...
  • NASCAR: Atlanta delays resurfacing of 20-year-old NASCAR track FILE - In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, file photo, Kurt Busch (41) pits along with other drivers during the NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Busch won the race. Atlanta Motor Speedway has postponed its plan to resurface the 20-year-old racing surface after numerous complaints from NASCAR drivers. Track officials have decided to delay the project at least until after the 2018 NASCAR weekend, providing another year of "high-speed slipping and sliding." (AP Photo/John Amis, File)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Get ready for more slippin’ and slidin’ at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After numerous complaints from NASCAR drivers, the track announced Thursday it has postponed the repaving of the 20-year-old racing surface at least until after next year’s race weekend. Speedway President Ed Clark said the decision was reached after consultations with NASCAR, Goodyear ...
  • NASCAR: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink K Larson CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR’s race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems. So what’s the good news? Well, NASCAR really couldn’t have asked for a better start to its season. Five ...
  • NASCAR – Second to none: Kyle Larson hangs on to win at Fontana Kyle Larson rings the El Camino Real bell after his win in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Sunday, March 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race. And a steady, tenacious first when it really mattered on Sunday. Kyle Larson was second to nobody in his home state. Larson persevered through four late restarts to win at Fontana, adding his second career victory to his overall Monster Energy ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson claims pole at Fontana, edging Denny Hamlin Kyle Larson stands with his son Owen after winning the pole position for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Although Kyle Larson has been in second place for most of this NASCAR season, nobody could catch him in qualifying at Fontana. Larson turned a lap in 38.493 seconds Friday in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, hitting 187.047 mph to claim the pole for Sunday’s race. Denny Hamlin clocked in at 38.507 seconds ...
  • NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick Pole sitter Joey Logano (22) and Ryan Blaney (21) lead the field past the green flag during the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski’s car failed post-race inspection on Sunday and NASCAR suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 and Team Penske was docked 35 driver and owner points. Team Penske said it ...
  • Story lines to watch as NASCAR heads to Auto Club Speedway Newman winner(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series concludes its western spring swing Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Here’s three storylines to watch entering the fifth race of the season. SECOND NATURE One of team owner Chip Ganassi’s core principles is his affection and desire for employing for winners. He ...
  • NASCAR: Larson finishes 2nd again, takes over points lead Kyle Larson (42) drives out of Turn 4 ahead of Kyle Busch during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, March. 19, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. Larson finished second in the race. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation. There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR’s top series. His positioning atop the standings is almost as good as a trip to ...
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