Category Archives: NASCAR

Hendrick Motorsports fined $100K for testing violation

NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports was fined $100,000 on Thursday after self-reporting itself on excessive wind-tunnel testing time. Teams were allocated 150 hours of wind-tunnel testing time for Gen-6 vehicles to use in 2020 and 2021. It was split up into a maximum 70 hours for this year and a maximum 90 hours for next year. While…MORE

Weekend Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Cup Series begins Round of 12 of the 2020 Playoffs with Sunday night’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The most recent track record of reference points to a certain foursome as a good bet. Team Penske’s Joey Logano won at…MORE

NTSB: Pilots to blame for ’19 Earnhardt plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday blamed pilots for the 2019 place crash that injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and their then-1-year-old daughter. That was part of the finding contained in the NTSB’s final report on the crash, which occurred Aug. 15, 2019, at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The NTSB released the…MORE

Bubba Wallace will drive for new MJ-Hamlin team

Bubba Wallace, who ended his relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this month, will drive for a new team owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin. Wallace, 26, had his best finish of the season last month when he came in fifth place in the Coke Zero Sugar 400…MORE

Chastain to drive for Ganassi in NASCAR Cup Series

Ross Chastain will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning next season. He will replace Matt Kenseth, who took over behind the wheel in May when Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur during an iRacing event. Chastain currently drives for Kaulig Racing on…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Bristol Motor Speedway

The upside? Both Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto have shown excellent speed at Bristol Motor Speedway. The downside? Neither driver has won a NASCAR Cup Series race at the .533-mile, high-banked concrete track, and that could be a problem with the first cutoff race in the Playoff set to run on Saturday night. In all…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Richmond Raceway

In many ways last week’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener was reflective of the season-long championship stakes — Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. fielded strong Toyotas and led a lot of laps. Ultimately, regular season champion Kevin Harvick held off the field for a series-best eighth trophy and an automatic…MORE

Wallace leaving Richard Petty Racing

Bubba Wallace took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that he’s leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after the season. “This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43,”…MORE

Harvick wins playoff opener at Darlington

Kevin Harvick has won a lot of races by being just plain good. On Saturday night, he got a victory by being a little bit lucky. The Stewart-Haas driver was running third and well off the lead in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway as the laps wound down to a finish. But…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Darlington

After 26 weeks establishing the ultimate competitive groove and seeing the sport’s best raise their game, the NASCAR Cup Series begins its 10-week Playoff run Sunday night in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It’s hard to imagine a way to top…MORE

Coke Zero Sugar 400 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 62nd Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida Saturday, August 29, 2020 1. (6) William Byron, Chevrolet, 164. 2. (27) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 164. 3. (10) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 164. 4. (2) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 164. 5. (21) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 164. 6. (9) Ryan…MORE

Byron wins Daytona, qualifies for NASCAR playoffs

William Byron began Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the bubble in his bid to squeeze his way into the playoffs, which begin next weekend. He ended the night in Victory Lane as the Hendrick Motorsports driver survived a number of late-race wrecks and dashed to…MORE

Wallace: We’re racing, but firmly behind ‘fight for equality’

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace wants you to know two things going into weekend. First, while many other sports have paused in protest of a Black man shot in Wisconsin on Sunday, Wallace says NASCAR will race on. Second, referring to himself and the other drivers, “We will continue to stand for the countless…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Daytona

As if competing on the furiously fast, high banks of Daytona International Speedway wasn’t exciting enough. The NASCAR Cup Series will be deciding its final slate of 16 playoff drivers there in Saturday night’s regular season finale, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Kevin Harvick, driver…MORE

Harvick dominates Dover for seventh win of season

A day after he could only watch as Denny Hamlin tied him for most race victories in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, Kevin Harvick rebounded and collected win No. 7 Sunday — and did it in dominating fashion. The victory clinched the regular season points championship for Harvick with still one more race to go…MORE

Hamlin picks up sixth win, late, at Dover

Denny Hamlin moved into a tie for the lead for the most victories in the NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday when he passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr with nine laps to go and then hung on for the win. The margin of victory for Hamlin was 1.18 seconds over Truex in the…MORE

NASCAR’s first Black track president hired in Nashville

The Nashville Superspeedway named Erik Moses its president, the first Black person to lead a NASCAR track. Dover Motorsports, Inc., owner of the track, announced his hiring on Saturday. One of Moses’ first duties will be to oversee the reopening of the Superspeedway, which closed in 2011 and is scheduled to host a NASCAR Cup…MORE

NASCAR Weekend Preview: Dover

Jimmie Johnson gets a double shot at securing a berth in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff at what is historically his best race track. Johnson has won 11 times in 36 starts at Dover International Speedway-a remarkable winning percentage of 30.6. With the Monster Mile hosting a Cup doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, the seven-time…MORE

Auto Racing Glance

NASCAR CUP SERIES: DRYDENE 311s (311 laps, 311 miles around a 1-mile D-shaped oval), Dover International Speedway; Dover, Del. TV: Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. ET (Green flags approx. 4:16 p.m. ET) — NBCSN (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). THIS WEEK: The series has run 23 events, with Chase Elliott winning…MORE

Elliott picks up third-straight road race win in Daytona debut

But once Sunday’s Go Bowling 235 at the 3.61-mile, 14-turn ‘roval’ began, Elliott made it took super, super easy. No notes, no practice, no qualifying because of the pandemic? No problem, as Elliott led a race-best 34 of 65 laps in getting the victory. His victory came by 0.2 seconds over runner-up Denny Hamlin, but…MORE

Dillon tests positive, out for Daytona road race

Austin Dillon tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday morning and will miss Sunday’s road race at Daytona due to self-quarantine. The Richard Childress Racing driver will be replaced by Kaz Grala in the No. 3 Chevrolet. Grala, 21, will be making his Cup Series debut. Dillon, 30, took the test after experiencing mild symptoms, the…MORE

Weekend Preview: Daytona road course debuts pivotal

NASCAR has proven itself adept at managing a schedule in the ever-changing COVID-19 restricted conditions – racing at a slate of venues both intriguing and competitive. And this weekend’s Daytona International Speedway Road Course debut looks to fit that criteria. The Go Bowling 235 (Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR…MORE

Drivers excited to tackle Daytona Road Course

The names read like a list of motorsports legends: Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Hurley Haywood, Scott Pruett, Scott Dixon. All these storied racing champions have won trophies for their work driving the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. And this weekend, for the first time in its 61-year history, Daytona International Speedway’s road course…MORE

NASCAR, BetMGM announce betting partnership

NASCAR and the betting and gaming platform BetMGM announced a multi-year partnership on Tuesday. BetMGM will collaborate with NASCAR to create and promote sports betting experiences, including introducing in-race betting options, for racing fans across the United States, NASCAR said in a statement. “Partnering with a best-in-class operator like BetMGM positions NASCAR to build on…MORE

Harvick completes sweep of Michigan doubleheader

Second verse, same as the first for Kevin Harvick. After driving to a dominating victory in Saturday’s first race of the weekend doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway, Harvick staged a repeat performance on Sunday. The Stewart-Haas driver led a race best 90 of 156 laps in Sunday’s Consumer Energy 400 NASCAR Cup Series race to…MORE

Firekeepers Casino 400 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 52nd Firekeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Saturday, August 8, 2020 1. (3) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 161. 2. (5) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 161. 3. (12) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 161. 4. (11) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 161. 5. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 161. 6. (2) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 161.…MORE

Harvick wins, again, at Michigan

The NASCAR Cup Series is running a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. Considering his results there, you’ve got to believe that Kevin Harvick wishes it were a triple-header. Harvick captured the FireKeepers Casino 400 Race at MIS on Saturday and did it in fairly dominating fashion as he led a race-best 92…MORE

NASCAR sets schedule for season’s final races

NASCAR set the schedule for the final lap of the 2020 season, a 30-race tour that begins with the Xfinity Series race on Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway. The first race of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will be held Sept. 6 at Darlington. The playoffs will end with the NASCAR Cup Series championship at…MORE

Weekend Preview: Opportunity knocks at Michigan doubleheader

With six races in the next four weeks to set the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff field and several of the sport’s top drivers still looking to solidify themselves as legitimate championship contenders, intensity and motivation are at a season high. The August schedule presents an unprecedented pair of doubleheader race weekends, beginning with this…MORE

Leavine Family Racing closing down after this season

Leavine Family Racing has sold its NASCAR team due to financial difficulties, team owner Bob Leavine said Tuesday. “This decision has not been made lightly,” he wrote in a post on Twitter. “Family has always been a part of the team’s name and this is how we view every member of our race team –…MORE

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 28th Annual Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire Sunday, August 2, 2020 1. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 301. 2. (2) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 301. 3. (11) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 301. 4. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 301. 5. (7) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 301. 6. (19)…MORE

Keselowski prevails in New Hampshire

NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski, who is in he final year of his contract with Team Penske, has said several times over the last couple of weeks that he is not sure where he will end up in 2021. But on Sunday, it became very apparent late in the race where he would end…MORE

Harvick, Hamlin lead the field at New Hampshire

One year ago, Kevin Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a battle that saw the two beat and bang through the final lap to end a 21-race winless streak for the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. There’s every reason to believe that fans could be…MORE

Famed engine builder Maurice Petty dies at 81

Maurice Petty, one of four members of his famed racing family inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 81. A North Carolina native, Petty competed in 26 premier series races between 1960-64, but he made his name as an engine builder. “One of his many crowning achievements was serving as crew…MORE

Hamlin prevails at Kansas for fifth win of season

July had not been a very good month for Denny Hamlin. But it got much better on Thursday night when took the lead for the final time with 12 laps to and then went on to win the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway. The victory gave the Joe Gibbs Racing driver a Cup…MORE

Johnson looks to escape playoff bubble at Kansas

Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson got a playoff waiver from NASCAR when he missed the July 5 Indianapolis race after a positive test for coronavirus. He just hopes he’ll be able to use it. After finishing seventh in Stage 1 last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson smacked the outside wall in Turn 4…MORE

Dillon, Reddick give RCR 1-2 finish at Texas

The salad days of challenging for NASCAR Cup Series championships and logging multiple victories per season are long gone at Richard Childress Racing. But on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, the good times made a return as RCR drivers Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick finished first and second respectively in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.…MORE

Around 20,000 fans attend NASCAR All-Star Race

The NASCAR All-Star Race on Wednesday night drew the largest crowd at a U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the nation in March. An estimated crowd of 20,000 fans attended the event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where capacity is more than 160,000. Organizers had limited the attendance to 30,000. NASCAR had…MORE

Wallace calls McDowell ‘joke’ after wreck in All-Star qualifier

Bubba Wallace called Michael McDowell a “joke” after McDowell wrecked him in Wednesday night’s All-Star Open qualifying race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Wallace also deposited the bumper from his wrecked car at McDowell’s hauler. “People say he’s one of the nicest guys in the garage, can’t wait for the God-fearing text that he’s going…MORE

Elliott follows father in winning NASCAR All-Star Race

Six weeks ago, Chase Elliott was going for the victory at Bristol Motor Speedway when he screwed up with two laps to go. In Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at the same Bristol, Tenn., track, Elliott went screw-up free as he finished first in three of four stages and earned the $1 million that goes…MORE

Almirola, Byron, DiBenedetto qualify for All-Star Race

Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers kept hopes of a huge pay day alive early Wednesday evening as they collected stage wins in the All-Star Open qualifying race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The stage wins at the 0.533-mile oval by Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing, William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports and Matt DiBenedetto of Wood…MORE

Truex lands pole for NASCAR All-Star Race

Martin Truex Jr., coming off a runner-up finish at Kentucky, will start on the pole Wednesday for the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The lineup was determined Monday night in a draw among the 16 automatic entrants. That group includes race winners from last year and this year, previous All-Star race winners…MORE

Reports: Stewart, Evernham to launch SRX circuit

A new auto racing circuit, launched by former driver Tony Stewart and former crew chief Ray Evernham, is expected to make its debut in 2021 and incorporate different styles of racing, multiple outlets reported Monday. Called the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), according to Sports Business Daily, the circuit is expected to feature six short track…MORE

Quaker State 400 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 10th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky Sunday, July 12, 2020 1. (29) Cole Custer #, Ford, 267. 2. (9) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 267. 3. (10) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 267. 4. (3) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 267. 5. (7) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267. 6. (11)…MORE

Custer stuns field at Kentucky for 1st career Cup win

With some of the top drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series battling it out for the lead on a restart with two laps to go in Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, it was a rookie — Cole Custer — who emerged with the lead and ultimately the victory. Custer, driving in just his…MORE

Weekend Preview: Kyle Busch eyes glory in Kentucky

If Kyle Busch were going to allow himself to feel super optimistic and keenly confident in scoring his first win of the season, this may be the week as the NASCAR Cup Series arrives at Kentucky Speedway for Sunday’s Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).…MORE

Revised schedule features Daytona road course

NASCAR released a revised schedule on Wednesday that extends until the end of the regular season and features the first-ever Cup Series race on the road course at Daytona. There will be six Cup Series races during the month of August: a doubleheader at Michigan on Aug. 8-9, the Daytona road course on Aug. 16,…MORE

Jimmie Johnson cleared, ready to return to racing

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson said he will be back on the track this weekend after testing positive for the coronavirus last week. Hendrick Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday and missed Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 in Indianapolis, received full medical clearance. “My family is so grateful…MORE

Confederate flags pop up in sky, on roads, outside Talladega

NASCAR recently banned the Confederate flag from its racetracks but the organization has no control over the skies. Prior to Sunday’s scheduled GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, a small plane flew above the track with a banner of the Confederate flag and carrying a second banner that said “DEFUND NASCAR.” There were vehicles…MORE

Weekend Preview: Fans return to track at Talladega

They’re back! Fans that is. NASCAR announced a plan to introduce the return of fans to its race events last week, which includes the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday (on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR’s modified event procedures, protocols and number of attendees have been finalized with…MORE

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