NASCAR

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Barney Hall passes
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 11:09 am

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that Motor Racing Network must today convey the passing of our friend and colleague, long-time MRN anchor Barney Hall. For many of us in the racing and broadcasting industries, Barney was more than just ‘The Voice’ who brought us the NASCAR action each week on the radio. He was an inspiration, a teacher and mostly, a friend. Barney was a consummate professional whose style and honesty made him one of the most revered voices of the sport and perhaps the most trusted reporter of his day.

Friday 01/22/2016
Exum: Bubba Wallace ready to contend for first NASCAR title
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 1:05 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a sport dictated by performance, Northwest Cabarrus High School graduate Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. realizes it is time to shine in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.

Wednesday 01/20/2016
Exum: Playoff format revs up 2016 season for Xfinity and Truck series
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 1:29 pm

CHARLOTTE -  NASCAR delivered a shot in the arm to its two feeder system series Tuesday during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Tuesday 01/19/2016
NASCAR expands Chase format to other 2 national series
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 1:02 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is expanding its Chase format to include its feeder series.

NASCAR expands Chase format to its other two national series
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 12:44 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR is expanding its Chase format to include its feeder series.

Friday 11/06/2015
Clanton set for World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track
Updated: November 06, 2015 - 3:39 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Take it from Shane Clanton, racing is never easy at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the site of this weekend’s ninth annual World of Outlaws World Finals.

Sunday 10/11/2015
Logano dominates at Charlotte in Bank of America 500, advances
Updated: October 11, 2015 - 6:06 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - Joey Logano is moving on to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs.

DRIVEN: Concord’s Wallace wants to be known for one thing -- winning
Updated: October 11, 2015 - 1:17 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is doing all he can to determine whether he can compete in NASCAR. The color of his skin is not one of those factors.

Friday 10/09/2015
Harvick finally happy racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Updated: October 09, 2015 - 12:30 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- There was a time in his career when defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and defending Bank of America 500 race winner Kevin Harvick loathed coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
Concord racer thinks pink in honor of mother battling breast cancer
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 2:26 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - No, that won’t be Sharon Measmer behind the wheel of the No. 74 NASCAR Southern Modified Tour racer in the Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night.

Exum: Kyle Busch looks to be top contender as Chase heads to CMS
Updated: October 07, 2015 - 5:30 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - Twelve determined men.

Friday 10/02/2015
Stewart’s swan-song season will be uphill battle
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 11:59 am

CONCORD -- Earlier this year, I wrote a column bemoaning the fact that Tony Stewart hadn't held a news conference to discuss why his performance has dropped off considerably the past two seasons.

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Despite NASCAR retirement, Stewart still will compete on, off track
Updated: November 06, 2015 - 9:49 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Tony Stewart will never stop racing.

Stewart set to retire next year; Bowyer to replace him in No. 14
Updated: September 30, 2015 - 1:35 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – After days of speculation, Tony Stewart made things official during a press conference at Stewart-Haas Racing headquarters Wednesday: The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion announced he will retire after the 2016 season.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Haas F1 selects Frenchman Grosjean as driver
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 9:34 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Experience matters, especially in the high-stakes world of FIA Formula One racing.

Sunday 09/27/2015
Tony Stewart to retire? Romain Grosjean to drive Haas F1 in 2016
Updated: September 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - It looks to be a busy week around the Stewart-Haas Racing facility with the naming of the Haas F1 Team driver and the possible retirement of Tony Stewart as a driver after 2016.

Sunday 09/20/2015
Speed Thrills: NHRA and zMax Dragway are something to see
Updated: September 20, 2015 - 11:36 am

CONCORD, N.C. - Controlled chaos might be the best way to describe the fast-paced, breathtaking, need-for-speed, pulse-pounding odyssey that is the National Hot Rod Association.

Friday 09/18/2015
Life in the Force Lane: a Q&A with an NHRA legend
Updated: September 18, 2015 - 8:55 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NHRA legend John Force is fast.

Sunday 08/16/2015
Family affair: Venturini ARCA team a Cabarrus racing staple
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 5:37 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Venturini Motorsports’ racing roots run much deeper than the 22 years it has been based in Cabarrus County.

Monday 08/10/2015
Buddy Baker, NASCAR's "Gentle Giant," dies at 74 of cancer
Updated: August 10, 2015 - 8:08 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer. Baker was 74.

Wednesday 08/05/2015
Under the Hood: It's time to start truckin’ at The Dirt Track at CMS
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 1:46 pm

CONCORD, N.C. -- If the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series can run in the mud at Tony Stewart’s famed Eldora Speedway, it can certainly stir up the dust at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sunday 08/02/2015
Concord's Crouse among six Summer Shootout title winners
Updated: August 02, 2015 - 10:32 am

CONCORD – The 22nd annual Bojangles’ Summer Shootout crowned six champions at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday night.

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.

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