Category Archives: NASCAR

NASCAR Cup champ Ryan Blaney feted in awards ceremony

NASHVILLE — On Thursday night at the Music City Center, the NASCAR Champion’s Week festivities concluded with the honoring of Ryan Blaney, who reached the pinnacle of the sport — claiming the NASCAR Cup Series title — by outdueling three other Championship 4 contenders on Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway. Blaney, 29, finished second to…MORE

NASCAR’s new media deal reportedly is worth $7.7B

NASCAR announced a new media rights deal with multiple partners on Wednesday, and the seven-year package is valued at $7.7 billion, according to Sports Business Journal. NBC, Fox, Amazon and Warner Bros. Discovery will be NASCAR’s media partners from 2025-31, joining CW, which previously announced a $1.1 billion deal for seven years of NASCAR Xfinity…MORE

NASCAR community mourns death of broadcast pioneer Ken Squier

Ken Squier, a broadcaster who helped to put NASCAR on the map, died Wednesday night in his native Vermont. He was 88. He had been in failing health. A member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Squier was the one who dubbed the Daytona 500 “The Great American Race.” He was on the call of…MORE

Ryan Blaney claims NASCAR Cup Series title

Ross Chastain scored his second victory of the year by winning the 2023 season finale, but second-place Ryan Blaney grabbed the biggest trophy in a 31-lap dash to claim the NASCAR Cup Series Championship on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. With 37 laps remaining, Chastain led and Blaney was in position for his…MORE

William Byron wins pole for NASCAR Cup title race

Championship 4 driver William Byron won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series championship race at Phoenix Raceway, keeping alive the possibility of preserving a remarkable streak. In each of the three title races at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert, the pole winner has gone on to win the race and the championship…MORE

Crew chiefs gear up for NASCAR Cup Series finale

AVONDALE, Ariz. — “No big deal,” said crew chief Cliff Daniels after Kyle Larson brushed the wall lightly during Friday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice at Phoenix Raceway, where the series title will be decided in Sunday’s championship race (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). “We have a small paint mark, which…MORE

Kevin Harvick hit by realization ‘there isn’t a next week’

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick was smiling as he came into the Phoenix Raceway Media Center for the final pre-race press conference of his NASCAR Cup Series career. In so many ways, Phoenix is a fitting farewell locale for Harvick, a West Coast guy from Bakersfield, Calif. and the winningest NASCAR driver in Phoenix Raceway…MORE

2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship: Preview, Best Bets, Longshot Pick

The Championship 4 will race for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series title at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday. Ryan Blaney enters the finale in first place, followed by fellow title contenders Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson and William Byron. The group is represented by three team owners who have a combined 22 championships among them, and Sunday…MORE

Championship 4 notebook: William Byron has something to prove

AVONDALE, Ariz. — There’s a residue of disquiet in William Byron that a NASCAR Cup Series championship would do a lot to alleviate. The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet took an unconventional path to NASCAR’s foremost division. Unlike fellow Championship 4 contenders Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, Byron didn’t grow up racing…MORE

NASCAR title chase down to veteran drivers and owners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — This year’s championship-eligible team owners — Rick Hendrick, Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske — have 22 NASCAR Cup Series championships among their teams. One of their drivers has hoisted the season’s most prized trophy for the last five consecutive years and 14 of the last 18 seasons. As representatives from each…MORE