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  • NASCAR – Bristol: Five takeaways from Kyle Busch’s sweep Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   BRISTOL, Tenn. — Five takeaways from the Bristol Motor Speedway race week, with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams preparing to enjoy a rare weekend off before the Sept. 3 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington, S.C.: ALL KYLE ALL THE TIME: The smoke, confetti and M&M’s had barely cleared after Kyle Busch’s victory ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch completes Bristol sweep with 20th win at track Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Erik Jones really needed to win, and Kyle Busch would have loved to celebrate the first Cup win for the kid he discovered. But this is Bristol Motor Speedway, and Busch practically owns the place. Busch swept the weekend for the second time in his career by winning the Monster Energy Cup Series ...
  • NASCAR: Passionate Dale Earnhardt Jr. dismayed over Charlottesville, Barcelona tragedies Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares himself before the start of practice at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, July 1, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla., for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    BRISTOL, Tenn. — Responding again to last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and the conflicts that erupted there, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday that Americans should work together, not “tear each other apart.” On Monday, following the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Earnhardt posted a tweet in which ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch overcomes penalty to win NASCAR Truck Series race in Bristol Kyle Busch -GTY-542778232(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch overcame a pit-road speeding penalty to win the Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 178th victory in NASCAR’s top three series. After starting from the pole and winning the first two stages on the 0.533-mile oval, Busch started the ...
  • NASCAR’s Pure Michigan 400: Five things we learned Sunday Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, races during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan.(Photo: Sean Gardner, Getty Images)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   Kyle Larson claimed his third-straight win at Michigan International Speedway in today’s Pure Michigan 400. In the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, he benefited from a restart with three laps left. He got a jump on his competition and picked up his fourth-career win on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Here are five ...
  • NASCAR: Larson snatches another win at Michigan on final restart Kyle Larson celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson’s ambitious weekend ended in triumph. Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart and won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The victory capped a busy stretch for Larson after team owner Chip Ganassi allowed him to go to Iowa to compete in the Knoxville Nationals on ...
  • NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins pole at Michigan Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — For Brad Keselowski, any victory at his home state’s track is special. Even if it’s only in qualifying. Keselowski won the pole Friday for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race, putting himself in good position to try for an elusive victory at Michigan International Speedway. Keselowski is winless in 16 career Cup races ...
  • Erik Jones hopes Michigan support aids his NASCAR playoff push Erik Jones Xfinity Dover(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-     DETROIT — Erik Jones hasn’t spent too much time enjoying Michigan International Speedway. That’s because the Byron, Mich., native has been too busy driving. Jones graduated from Swartz Creek High School in 2014, but he missed the ceremony to race in the Camping World Truck Series race at Texas ...
  • NASCAR: Byron lands top-tier ride at Hendrick Motorsports in 2018 Byron NASCARCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — A racing fan who grew up in North Carolina, William Byron remembers peering into windows at Hendrick Motorsports. He saw cars built for Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s biggest stars during Byron’s 19 years. Soon, he will be on the opposite side of the glass. Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that ...
  • NASCAR: Byron will replace Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports in 2018 Byron NASCARCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — William Byron will replace Kasey Kahne next season at Hendrick Motorsports, the latest teenager to earn a promotion to NASCAR’s top level. The 19-year-old Byron will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet in the Cup series. Kahne and Hendrick announced their split earlier this week. Byron will be sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems ...
  • Kasey Kahne becomes another puzzle piece for 2018 NASCAR season Kasey Kahne (5) kisses the yard of bricks on the start/finish line after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    Hendrick Motorsports divesting itself of the final season of Kasey Kahne’s contract on Monday adds another facet to an already strange free agency period for NASCAR drivers and teams. It’s strange in that there is a bounty of drivers – of various levels of experience and accomplishment – and ...
  • NASCAR: Truex wins fuel-mileage gamble at The Glen NASCAR-early-truexWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — One by one they passed him as the laps dwindled at Watkins Glen International, and Martin Truex Jr. stuck to the plan. In the end, he was the one laughing in victory lane. Truex held off a charging Matt Kenseth on the final lap and won the NASCAR Cup race on ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Watkins Glen Watskin Glen-busch-xfinityWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — If Kyle Busch seemed to take a bit longer to take his customary bow after a NASCAR victory, it was understandable. It’s nice to savor milestone victories. Busch recovered from a spinout and a pit road penalty and survived a late restart to win the Zippo 200 on Saturday, his first ...
  • Allmendinger hoping to duplicate his lone NASCAR Cup win AJ Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International in 2014.(Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig, USA TODAY Sports)WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Three years ago AJ Allmendinger didn’t want the second Sunday in August to end, so he lingered in victory lane at Watkins Glen International to soak in the atmosphere with his crew. The victory on the road course stamped Allmendinger as a threat to win every time NASCAR’s Cup series visits ...
  • NASCAR suspends Furniture Row crew chief 2 Cup races Kyle Larson completes a lap during a NASCAR cup auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Cup driver Erik Jones for a rules violation at Pocono Raceway. The No. 77 Furniture Row Racing team was penalized because of a rear suspension violation. Crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $50,000 and suspended for two Cup races. The team also lost 25 ...
  • NASCAR: Points-leader Truex on track for NASCAR championship Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. believes being far away from NASCAR’s hub has helped him during the most successful stretch of his career, a run he hopes ends with a championship this season. Truex, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader, also is tied for the series lead with three victories. Already locked ...
  • Pocono Takeaways: Kyle Busch builds momentum as NASCAR playoff race tightens Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, and Chase Elliott display their front row trophies after qualifying for the top two positions in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    For the third weekend in a row, one of the first words emanating from the mouth of the winning driver was “Finally.” Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Kyle Busch broke a 36-race winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. His victory came on the heels of Kasey Kahne’s ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch watched the number of laps he’s led this season tick, tick, tick as it crossed 1,000, and he only really cared about the lap he hadn’t led: the last one. “We’ve had speed. We’ve been right there,” Busch said. “We’ve been able to do what we should be doing ...
  • NASCAR: William Byron’s dominant run fuels Monster Cup speculation -nascar-drivers-in-072417NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — For now, William Byron’s future is in the NASCAR Xfinity series. If he keeps racing as he has, he’ll likely find himself in a Monster Cup ride soon enough. Byron and the No. 9 JR Motorsports team, in partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, have dominated the Xfinity series the past six weeks. The 19-year-old ...
  • NASCAR: What to watch for at Pocono 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)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday suspended two crewmen from Martin Truex Jr.’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team who were involved in an incident with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens. Rear tire changer Lee Cunningham and front tire changer Chris Taylor were each sanctioned for three races, JGR ...
  • NASCAR: Earnhardt defends crew chief Ives in shaky final season 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)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR’s most popular driver. But he thinks too many of his fans have started airing in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame for the No. 88’s struggles this season. Not so fast. “We’ve had a difficult ...
  • Brickyard 400 Takeaways: Kasey Kahne’s win brings playoff upheaval Kasey Kahne (5) kisses the yard of bricks on the start/finish line after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    After finally getting his first taste of victory in nearly three years, Kasey Kahne used words like confidence and momentum to describe how important the breakthrough was Sunday. Kahne used a flawless overtime restart at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to outduel Brad Keselowski and conquer a race of attrition that had relegated ...
  • The 7 biggest surprises of the NASCAR season so far Team Penske's Joey Logano (left) and Brad Keselowski are looking for Ford's first Sprint Cup title since 2004.(Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / FTW)    —-    We’re halfway through the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and the playoffs are practically around the corner. It’s been an interesting year so far, and you could even call it a little strange. So to quickly recap the oddities through the first 19 races of the season, here are ...
  • Who is Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement at Hendrick Motorsports, Alex Bowman? 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)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Alex Bowman will take over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next season, a move the team announced Thursday. Earnhardt, NASCAR’s most popular driver for more than a decade, announced in April that he’d retire from full-time racing at the end of the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ...
  • NASCAR: Matt Crafton wins Truck race at Eldora dirt track -2017-07-19-Matt-CraftonROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Matt Crafton’s time racing on dirt tracks over the past year paid off at Eldora Speedway. Matt Crafton won the Eldorda Dirt Derby on Wednesday night for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in more than a year. The two-time series champion passed Stewart Friesen with 17 laps to go in ...
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