Sprint Cup

  • NASCAR: Nemechek wins at Iowa for 2nd straight NASCAR Truck victory ohn Hunter Nemechek celebrates with his father, Joe Nemechek, right, in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, taking the lead with his six laps left Friday night at Iowa Speedway. Nemechek took four new tires during the final caution. The gamble paid off, as he passed leader Johnny Sauter soon after a restart. The 20-year-old Nemechek raced ...
  • NASCAR at Sonoma: 5 drivers who could use the win BK Po NASCAR(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    SONOMA, Calif. – When NASCAR debuted a win-and-you’re-almost-assuredly-in-the-postseason system in 2014, road course races became an immediate source of intrigue. A driver especially gifted in the rigorous discipline, so went the theory, could exploit one win away from the non-ovals that dominate the schedule to emerge as a completely unrepresentative ...
  • NASCAR: Free agency heating up for Earnhardt’s ride FILE - In this June 30, 2016, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gestures as he speaks during a news conference before the start of a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and a familiar face this year in its bid to rebound from declining ratings and attendance. The next 11 months will show if Dale Earnhardt Jr., Monster Energy and different rules can provide the needed jolt.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski left himself very little wiggle room when asked if he is a candidate to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season. Keselowski is in a contract year with Team Penske, and crew chief Paul Wolfe has already signed a multi-year extension to stay on. Keselowski? Well, there’s no signature on his ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson’s win at Michigan highlights NASCAR’s lack of outsize personalities Kyle Larson (42) reacts after winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.(Photo: Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY Sports)Corrections and clarifications: In an earlier version of this story, the names of drivers Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott were misspelled. (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    BROOKLYN, Mich. — They’re handing out participation trophies in NASCAR now. Or what amounts to them, anyway. Such is the state of America’s top stock-car racing circuit ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson outlasts Chase Elliott at Michigan again Kyle Larson raises his arms after exiting his car after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Three times, Kyle Larson needed to outrace the rest of the contenders on late restarts. That’s a task he’s proven he can handle at Michigan International Speedway. Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and held off Chase Elliott on Sunday for his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the ...
  • NASCAR: Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying Kyle Larson, center, talks with crew members after securing the pole during qualifying Friday, June 16, 2017, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. are neck and neck at the top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings. Now, they’re set to start at the front for this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway. Larson won the pole Friday and Truex qualified second, another impressive showing for the duo that’s been so ...
  • NASCAR: Blaney wins 1st career NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway Ryan Blaney celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney was stationed in victory lane with a headset on as a guest pit reporter just the day before at Pocono Raceway. But to get there again, on his own in the No. 21 Ford, he’d have to zip past a pair of hardened NASCAR champions with just 10 ...
  • NASCAR: Takeaways from Dover, from Jimmie Johnson’s historic win to fence-climber Jimmie Johnson, left, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won a NASCAR Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson’s third win of the season and 83rd of his career was the top story line from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.  He tied boyhood idol Cale Yarborough for sixth on the career wins list and ...
  • NASCAR: Racing needs all the personalities, polite and rude FILE - In this April 9, 2017, file photo, Kyle Busch jokes with his son Brexton, right, as he talks with his wife, Samantha, center, on pit road before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The near-misses that have plagued Kyle Busch all season would have eaten away at him earlier in his career, when he was less secure not only of his driving ability but of himself. But a lot has happened in a few short years: He sustained serious injuries during a 2015 crash at Daytona, returned that season to win his first Cup championship, and along the way watched his wife give birth to a baby boy after they spent years struggling to conceive. (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson lost a race he probably should have won because of a late caution. Larson didn’t pout Sunday about the outcome at Dover International Speedway. He had a win in sight, a caution bunched the field and Jimmie Johnson beat Larson on the restart. As disappointing as it was to Larson, he ...
  • NASCAR: Johnson extends track record with 11th win at Dover Jimmie Johnson, left, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won a NASCAR Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Hooked on NASCAR as a kid, there was something about Cale Yarborough that made a fan out of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson was glued to the set as he sat on a dirty old couch at home in El Cajon, California. He loved Yarborough’s fearlessness and the way the Hall of Fame ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins pole for NASCAR Cup race at Dover Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Busch may be ornery and he may be controversial, but there is no debate he is one of the best in NASCAR — mic drop and all. Busch turned a lap of 158.954 mph Friday to win the pole at Dover International Speedway as he tries to drive the No. 18 ...
  • NASCAR – Family affair: Dillon brings iconic No. 3 to victory lane Pit road is busy early in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.(Photo: Jeffrey Becker, USA TODAY Sports)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress wasn’t going to let just anyone drive the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet following the death of the legendary Dale Earnhardt 16 years ago. It had to be someone special. “To put my grandson in that car was unbelievable,” Childress said. Four years after that emotional and somewhat controversial decision to bring ...
  • NASCAR – Coke 600: Five takeaways begin with Austin Dillon’s important win Dillion winner 032016CHARLOTTE – Five things we learned from the Coca-Cola 600: ► Spreading it around: Austin Dillon became the second driver to win their first career race in 2017, securing one of 16 playoff spots. Granted, Dillon’s qualification is not incredibly surprising given that he did so on points last season. He was well outside the playoff ...
  • NASCAR: Dillon earns 1st win at Coca-Cola 600 Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Hall of Fame car owner Richard Childress finally let the emotions flow when he looked up at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s scoring board after the Coca-Cola 600 and saw the iconic No. 3 — driven by his grandson Austin Dillon — on top. “Can you believe it?” Childress asked. “The Coke 600, ...
  • NASCAR: History favors Martin Truex Jr. in Coca-Cola 600 after dominating 2016 win Martin Truex Jr., left, and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, pose for photos in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CONCORD, N.C. – Last year, Martin Truex Jr. turned NASCAR’s longest race — the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway — into its easiest one. Truex led 392 of the race’s 400 laps in winning the 600, scoring one of the season’s biggest beat-downs. It was like Truex was in a rocket ship and everyone else ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick wins Charlotte pole; Cup leader Larson starts last Kevin Harvick poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the pole position during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was all smiles at qualifying Thursday night at Charlotte, while NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson was left bitter and frustrated heading into an important weekend of racing. Harvick will start on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday after turning a lap of 193.424 mph on the ...
  • NASCAR: Yates, Evernham lead NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Former team owner Robert Yates is congratulated by a family member after being named as a member of the class of 2018 during an announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Yates still remembers his college professor telling him he’d never make anything of himself. It turns out his professor was wrong. Yates’ 40-year career in auto racing culminated with his selection to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday, an achievement that left him in tears. The 74-year-old Yates admitted he wasn’t the ...
  • NASCAR: Austin Dillon gets new crew chief in NASCAR Cup Series Crew members perform a pit stop on Kyle Larson's car during qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Cup series All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, May 19, 2017. Larson won the pole position for the race. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)Justin Alexander has been moved by Richard Childress Racing from one of its Xfinity Series teams to be the crew chief for the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced on Monday. Alexander will immediately replace Richard “Slugger” Labbe, who, according to a team release, is “leaving ...
  • NASCAR: All-Star race shows Coca-Cola 600 could be a long slog Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The All-Star race showed Kyle Larson is the likely favorite for the Coca-Cola 600. It also showed that the best car doesn’t always win, and the winner will likely be aided by a heavy dose of clean air. Translation? NASCAR’s longest race could be an epic snoozer. That’s saying a lot after Martin ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch scores $1 million with All-Star race victory Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — In a race built on brave, bold moments, Kyle Busch used one to win NASCAR’s annual All-Star race and its $1 million prize. Busch used an aggressive three-wide pass for the lead Saturday night to take the All-Star event for the first time. “It was now or never,” Busch said. Although the race does ...
  • NASCAR: Larson takes pole for All-Star race after Busch blunder Crew members perform a pit stop on Kyle Larson's car during qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Cup series All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, May 19, 2017. Larson won the pole position for the race. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson was about to discard his race suit and begin relaxing after it appeared Kurt Busch had bettered his time in qualifying for the NASCAR All-Star race. Then came word of Busch’s penalty — thrusting Larson back into the spotlight Friday. Larson will start on the pole Saturday night in the NASCAR ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Kyle Busch celebrates his Trucks victory at Kansas.(Photo: Sarah Crabill, Getty Images)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night, leading 90 of 134 laps in a dominating run at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch has 48 career Truck victories — three short of Ron Hornaday Jr.’s series record — and 173 wins overall in NASCAR’s top three series, also ...
  • Will new, softer tire at All-Star Race be used in other NASCAR races? FILE - In this May 29, 2016, file photo, Martin Truex Jr (78) and Joey Logano (22) lead the field out of Turn 4 for the start of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   A first use of alternate tires in the annual non-points Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race has created the tantalizing prospect of their potential deployment in the regular season. Many drivers are openly intrigued, at least. Crew chiefs have been quietly probing Goodyear for clues about the ...
  • NASCAR: Byron, Reddick take 1st laps at Darlington Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — William Byron knows major chances at success don’t come around often in a career. He plans to be as ready as he can when they come his way. The 19-year-old Xfinity Series rookie Wednesday turned his first laps at Darlington Raceway, one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It’s ...
  • NASCAR: Aric Almirola fractures back in violent crash at Kansas Speedway Aric Almirola celebrates with his crew after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, July 1, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Aric Almirola was released from a Kansas hospital Sunday morning after sustaining injuries in a multi-car crash Saturday night in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Almirola sustained a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra but is mobile, his team, Richard Petty Motorsports, said in a statement. Almirola is scheduled to fly ...
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