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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.
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.
CONCORD , N.C. -- Residing in Kannapolis definitely has its advantages for Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Keith Rodden.
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.
CONCORD, N.C. – Resilient is the perfect word to describe Leavine Family Racing.
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.
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.
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.
CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch is back and faster than ever.
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.
CONCORD, N.C. - There wasn't much racing action in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night.
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.
HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Fire destroyed four race cars and caused significant damage to a family racing shop near the Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday morning.
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.
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.
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.
CONCORD, N.C. – Some of racing’s biggest names will take the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway today at NASCAR Test Fest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Daniel Hemric will be racing full time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon announced his planned retirement as a fulltime driver at the end of this season.
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.
Sprint will end its sponsorship of the NASCAR Cup Series after 2016, the two companies announced today.
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.
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.
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....
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....
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....
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick paced the final practice session before Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway....
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Things may not be as rosy between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano as Logano believes....
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.
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.
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.
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.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Tony Stewart is ready to stop being a recluse.
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.
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.
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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports said Tuesday defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is feeling "much better" after suffering from dehydration at Richmond.
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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.