NASCAR

Wednesday 07/29/2015
Under the Hood: David Exum ranks NASCAR’s best young drivers
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 1:41 pm

CONCORD , N.C. -- The youth movement is alive and well in NASCAR.

Wednesday 07/22/2015
Under the Hood: At Shootout, Irvan enjoys racing, time with his son
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 9:38 am

CONCORD, N.C. – For those of you who have been out to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in recent weeks, no, your eyes and ears weren’t deceiving you. That really was former NASCAR superstar Ernie Irvan driving a Legend car around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Friday 07/17/2015
Daniel Wilk nabs seventh consecutive Summer Shootout win
Updated: July 17, 2015 - 2:06 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Daniel Wilk won his seventh consecutive race in Round 7 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Bandolero Bandits division at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night.

Wednesday 07/15/2015
Under the Hood: Danica struggles with temper, stock car racing
Updated: July 15, 2015 - 11:38 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- Danica Patrick should be ashamed of herself for her childish behavior over the radio in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Concord’s Matt Wallace makes NASCAR Xfinity Series debut
Updated: July 15, 2015 - 10:03 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Second-generation racer Matt Wallace will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday.

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Under the Hood: North Wilkesboro Speedway worth remembering
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 11:17 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- North Wilkesboro Speedway deserves better.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Under the Hood: Jeff Gordon is greatest NASCAR driver ever
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 7:39 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- Years from now, NASCAR fans will still be talking about the greatest driver of all time: four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon.

Friday 06/26/2015
Independent Tribune's Plemmons fifth in Summer Shootout bus race
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 11:48 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Independent Tribune reporter Mark Plemmons finished a respectable fifth in the Media Mayhem School Bus Slobberknocker during Round 4 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Hall-Worthy: Richmond deserves his place among NASCAR elite
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 3:04 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- Tim Richmond deserves to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 06/17/2015
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets engaged while on trip to Germany
Posted: June 17, 2015 - 10:36 am

Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked his longtime girlfriend to marry him while the pair vacationed in Germany to research his family history.

Exum Under the Hood: Stewart needs to end media silence
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 12:20 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – The time has come for three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart to start talking.

Friday 06/12/2015
Torres posts Legends Car Pro victory at Summer Shootout
Updated: June 12, 2015 - 12:00 pm

CONCORD – Michael Torres led all 25 laps to win the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Legends Car Pro A-Main event at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night.

Wednesday 06/10/2015
Under the Hood: The IT's Exum’s NASCAR Sprint Cup power rankings
Updated: June 10, 2015 - 2:19 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - From time to time this season, I’ll release my NASCAR Sprint Cup power rankings for the top 16 drivers in the series standings. My rankings do not specifically indicate a driver’s current position in the standings.

Wednesday 06/03/2015
Exum Under the Hood: Hemric on right trajectory for NASCAR stardom
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 3:06 pm

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Sunday 05/31/2015
Charlotte Motor Speedway gears up for Bojangles’ Summer Shootout
Updated: May 31, 2015 - 7:03 am

CONCORD, N.C. - It’s go time for the 21st annual Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Wednesday 05/27/2015
For this writer, recent weeks at CMS were '10 Days of NASCAR Wonder'
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 8:57 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- Spending the last two weeks covering Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder has certainly rekindled my passion for big-time auto racing.

Sunday 05/24/2015
Flipping Out: Edwards celebrates Coca-Cola 600 win, 1st CMS victory
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 11:42 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- Carl Edwards gambled on fuel mileage and dominated the closing laps to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the first time in his career at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night.

Enjoying the Ride: Kannapolis native Rodden embracing role with Kahne
Updated: May 24, 2015 - 12:58 pm

CONCORD , N.C. -- Residing in Kannapolis definitely has its advantages for Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Keith Rodden. 

If You Build It: Fans flock to The Dirt Track to see popular event
Updated: May 24, 2015 - 12:48 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- Hailed as “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway draws fans from all over the northeast each Memorial Day weekend.

Friday 05/22/2015
Through the Fire: Shop blaze doesn’t slow down Leavine Family Racing
Updated: May 22, 2015 - 12:39 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Resilient is the perfect word to describe Leavine Family Racing.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Gordon’s first win at Coca-Cola 600 in 1994 one for the ages
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 1:56 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- Possibly no other victory in Jeff Gordon’s legendary career will be more memorable than his very first one in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Showdown win a boost for Biffle
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 11:10 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- Greg Biffle believes his season of discontent has taken a turn for the better after winning the first 20-lap segment of the NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night.

Saturday 05/16/2015
Hamlin gives Joe Gibbs first All-Star win
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 3:10 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - Joe Gibbs Racing has finally won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race as Denny Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick in a final 10-lap shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Kyle Busch back in the saddle at Charlotte
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 11:12 am

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch is back and faster than ever.

Friday 05/15/2015
Kahne outduels Jones in Truck Series photo-finish
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 11:13 am

CONCORD, N.C. - Kasey Kahne beat Erik Jones in a breathtaking green-white-checkered finish in the NC Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night.

Biffle, Bowyer win Showdown to make All-Star race, Patrick voted in
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 11:15 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - There wasn't much racing action in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
EXUM RACING NOTES: JJ tough to beat at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 11:14 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Possibly no other driver in the history of NASCAR has been more dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway than six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

Friday 05/08/2015
Fire destroys four cars at Leavine race shop in Harrisburg
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 1:04 am

HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Fire destroyed four race cars and caused significant damage to a family racing shop near the Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday morning.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
zMax-imum Exposure: Speedway isn't only county racing treasure
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 7:00 am

CONCORD, N.C. – If you’re looking for a column that’s going to break down and analyze all the great racing that took place at zMax Dragway this past weekend, well, this probably isn’t the column for you.

Tuesday 03/31/2015
NASCAR finds Ryan Newman's race team manipulated tires
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:45 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Friday 03/20/2015
For Cox Mill High School's Nelson, NASCAR life really is the 'pits'
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 11:20 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – The story of young people trekking across the country in pursuit of NASCAR glory has become familiar in these parts. The many levels of auto racing are filled with tales of men and women who relocated to Cabarrus County with hopes of becoming a mainstay in the sport.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
Charlotte Motor Speedway set to host NASCAR Test Fest today
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 9:30 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Some of racing’s biggest names will take the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway today at NASCAR Test Fest.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Prosecutors: No charges against Kurt Busch
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 9:28 pm

DOVER, Del. (AP) — DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch following allegations of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
A Quick Study: Concord's Spencer Boyd balances auto racing, college
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 3:01 pm

CONCORD – Spencer Boyd spent a couple of days in Daytona last week, but he’s back in Concord going to college classes and taking care of business so he can get back on the race track.

Monday 02/23/2015
Drama-free Daytona 500 good for Logano, NASCAR
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 6:33 pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

Friday 02/20/2015
NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch after domestic violence details
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 9:48 pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future.

WEND 106.5 FM to broadcast Sprint Cup races through 2017 season
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Area race fans will have a much easier time listening to NASCAR events on the radio, thanks to a partnership between Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network and iHeartMedia, Inc.’s WEND New Rock 106.5 FM.

Thursday 02/12/2015
Speedway Motorsports: Marcus Smith to take larger role, Bruton Smith named executive chairman
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

CONCORD, N.C. – The board of directors for Speedway Motorsports Inc. has named O. Bruton Smith as executive chairman and Marcus G. Smith as chief executive officer in a realignment of executive officers, the board announced Wednesday.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
MOVING UP: Daniel Hemric gets full time NASCAR truck ride with NTS
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 10:33 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Daniel Hemric will be racing full time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

Sunday 02/08/2015
Stewart-Haas Racing is looking for a return to normalcy in 2015 season
Updated: February 08, 2015 - 8:13 am

CONCORD, N.C. – An Emmy-winning soap opera writer couldn’t have come up with the script for the 2014 season for Stewart-Haas Racing – death on the track, courtroom drama and a Sprint Cup championship.

Thursday 01/29/2015
Hendrick Motorsports: Chase Elliott will drive #24 after Gordon retires
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 5:03 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott, who became the youngest national series champion in NASCAR history last season, will join Hendrick Motorsports as a full-time Sprint Cup driver beginning in 2016. Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS team will be led by crew chief Alan Gustafson, who has earned 19 wins, 18 pole positions, 98 top-five finishes and 165 top-10s at the elite Cup level.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Hardin: Kurt Busch saga escalating downward
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:11 am

CHARLOTTE – Less than a month before the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch is testing the limits of his own credibility and the patience of his team and sport.

Monday 01/26/2015
State of NASCAR: High tech inspections, no Chase changes, changing of the guard
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:48 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After an “overwhelmingly” successful Chase for the Championship, no changes will be made to the format for the 2015 Sprint Cup championship run, according to NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, who delivered his annual “State of NASCAR” remarks.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Jeff Gordon announces his retirement to come after 2015
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 10:43 am

CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon announced his planned retirement as a fulltime driver at the end of this season.

Friday 12/19/2014
Concord's Wallace signs with Roush Fenway for Xfinity Series in 2015
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:08 pm

CONCORD — Longtime Concord resident Darrell Wallace Jr. has signed a deal with Roush Fenway Racing and will drive the No. 6 Ford in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Sprint to end NASCAR Cup Series sponsorship
Posted: December 16, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Sprint will end its sponsorship of the NASCAR Cup Series after 2016, the two companies announced today.

Monday 12/15/2014
Vickers has second heart surgery
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 11:20 pm

CHARLOTTE — NASCAR driver Brian Vickers underwent surgery to repair a hole in his heart for a second time, and the recovery period will cause him to miss the start of the 2015 season.

Friday 11/07/2014
Kurt Busch accused of domestic assault
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:10 pm

DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and police in Delaware said Friday they are investigating.

Monday 10/27/2014
Earnhardt wins at Martinsville Speedway
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 8:50 am

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. roamed around Martinsville Speedway as a child, soaking in the sights and the sounds and the smells while his dad collected six of the treasured grandfather clocks awarded to the winner....

Sunday 10/26/2014
Tony Stewart nearly pulls off win at Martinsville
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 1:50 am

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Tony Stewart let his crew chief set the final strategy in the closing laps Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, where the decision not to take tires put him in contention for his first victory of the year....

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