NASCAR

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....

Saturday 10/25/2014
Darrell Wallace Jr. wins at Martinsville again
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 3:01 am

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Darrell Wallace Jr. made Saturday a tribute to the late Wendell Scott with a truck painted and numbered for the Hall of Fame inductee....

Harvick fastest in final practice at Martinsville
Updated: October 25, 2014 - 8:00 pm

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick paced the final practice session before Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway....

Patrick: Logano must continue to prove he's sorry
Updated: October 25, 2014 - 8:00 pm

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Things may not be as rosy between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano as Logano believes....

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Keselowski and Stewart fined after Charlotte
Posted: October 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR fined Brad Keselowski $50,000 and Tony Stewart $25,000 on Tuesday for their roles in the fracas at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the weekend.

Sunday 10/12/2014
Harvick moves into 3rd round with win at Charlotte
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 1:38 pm

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — It was fight night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick advanced into the third round of the championship and two drivers had to be restrained from brawling with Brad Keselowski.

Harvick won Saturday night to pick up an automatic berth into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, but the title hopes for Keselowski, six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr, were severely hurt.

It led to frayed nerves and explosive tempers after the race. Keselowski tangled with Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth on the track, and both Chase drivers attempted to confront the 2012 champion after the race. Hamlin was held back by crew members and only managed to throw a towel at Keselowski, but Kenseth tackled Keselowski from behind between two haulers and appeared to take a swing at the driver.

Crew members quickly pulled Kenseth off of Keselowski, and Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolffe appeared to have Kenseth in a choke-hold as he pulled him out of the melee.

"When you see Matt Kenseth mad enough to fight, you know that this is intense because that's way out of character for him," Harvick said. "Every moment matters in this Chase, and Matt Kenseth knew that that one particular moment could have been the end of his Chase."

Nobody agreed on who was to blame.

"It was really the safety. He was doing something with Hamlin, I had my seatbelt off, my (head-and-neck restraint) off and he clobbers me," Kenseth said. "The race is over, come back to pit road. If you want to talk about it like a man, go do that. But if you want to wreck somebody on the racetrack with people standing around, that's just inexcusable.

"There's no excuse for that. That's a champion and he's supposed to know better than that."

Hamlin also said Keselowski behaved badly and called him "desperate, obviously" to save his title hopes.

"He's just out of control," Hamlin said. "Matt was nearly out of his car and he just plowed into Matt and then ran into Tony (Stewart) and then went in through the garage and cleared out transmissions and did burnouts in the garage."

Keselowski cooled off in his Team Penske hauler before addressing the events. He said Kenseth "swung at my car" during the final caution to cause damage that ruined his race. He also said Hamlin "stopped in front of me and tried to pick a fight."

"I figured if we're going to play car wars under yellow and after the race, I'll join, too," Keselowski said. "Those guys can dish it out, but they can't take it. I gave it back to them and now they want to fight."

NASCAR met with Keselowski after the race and is reviewing audio and video of all the incidents.

It capped a terrible night for three of NASCAR's biggest stars: Keselowski, six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all go into next Sunday's elimination race at Talladega needing a victory.

Keselowski finished 16th, Johnson was 17th and Earnhardt was 20th — last in the 12-driver Chase field that will cut to eight next week. Earnhardt broke his shifter early in the race and it put him in a deep hole he couldn't climb from.

"The vibration broke the shifter in half," Earnhardt said. "The car wasn't handling well and the vibration was giving us problems."

Kenseth's rough night began before he even made it to the green flag when he was penalized for an unapproved change to his car. Then came the issues with Keselowski and he finished 19th.

Keselowski, the 2012 champion and most dominant driver of the first round of the Chase, also had a post-race issue with Stewart. He seemed to run into the back of Stewart after his issues with Hamlin and Kenseth, and Stewart backed his car up to crumple the front of Keselowski's Ford.

Watching the replay in the media center after the race, second-place finisher Jeff Gordon was clearly entertained. He put his arms in the air and yelled "Kenseth!" and thought Stewart's move was "awesome!"

"Obviously, there's some built up animosity towards Brad — I better hold the rest of my thoughts," Gordon said.

Keselowski said he understood Stewart's frustration.

"I rubbed into (Kenseth) and I think he gassed up and ran into Tony, and I don't think Tony knew what was going on so he's probably upset and he has every right to be," Keselowski said. "I'm sure when he sees the whole situation he'll understand."

Harvick, meanwhile, was celebrating in Victory Lane after leading a 162 laps but needing a two-lap sprint to the finish to win his third race of the year,

"This is the night that we needed to win. I didn't want to go to Talladega next week," he said.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Earnhardt believes he'll win Charlotte to advance
Posted: October 11, 2014 - 12:30 am

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — One bad race knocked three of NASCAR's biggest names to the bottom of the championship standings, and a repeat Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put the trio on the verge of elimination.

Friday 10/10/2014
Keselowksi wins Nationwide race at Charlotte
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 11:52 pm

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski thought he was in for a long night when a tire went down and he scraped the wall on lap 55 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Monday 09/29/2014
Stewart never considered quitting
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 10:02 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Tony Stewart is ready to stop being a recluse.

Friday 09/26/2014
NASCAR's Tony Stewart: 'This was 100 percent an accident'
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 10:49 am

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There were days when Tony Stewart couldn't get out of bed. It was a chore to take a shower, to leave his room. The television was on, he would stare at it, and have no idea what he was watching.

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Tony Stewart won't face charges in deadly crash
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not be charged with the death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, prosecutors said Wednesday in disclosing for the first time that the victim had enough marijuana in his system the night he died to impair his judgment.

Saturday 09/13/2014
At zMax, NHRA race fans hang out with sport’s stars
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

CONCORD, N.C. — Jack Beckman was 7 when he went to his first drag race in Orange County, Calif. and that memory has stuck with him.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
Johnson feeling 'much better' after dehydration
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports said Tuesday defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is feeling "much better" after suffering from dehydration at Richmond.

Saturday 09/06/2014
Life, racing simply are good for Earnhardt
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

Life, racing simply are good for Earnhardt

Gordon is back, but he says he never went away
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

Gordon is back, but he says he never went away

Harvick thriving with speed and resilience
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

Chicagoland Speedway, the first track in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, recently held a testing session. Roush-Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and others attended.

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