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9:39 AM ET Associated Press TULSA, Okla. — Kyle Larson scored one of the biggest victories of his career by ending an 0-for-12 streak to finally win the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Larson passed Christopher Bell with 17 laps in Saturday night’s main event to end his frustrating streak of futility and deny Bell a
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12:48 PM ET Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Roger Penske already is making changes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It looks like more are on the way, too. On Wednesday, in his first major move since buying the iconic facility, Penske announced the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indy on July 4 will use the track’s road
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10:42 AM ET Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has changed the rules on its aerodynamic package for short tracks and road courses because the racing didn’t improve at those venues under rules introduced last season. NASCAR had been fairly adamant the rules package would remain unchanged but reversed course late last season when it
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7:30 PM ET Associated Press MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Team Penske has overhauled the crew chief assignments for all three of its Cup Series teams. Joey Logano, the 2018 NASCAR champion, will now be paired with Paul Wolfe; 2012 champ Brad Keselowski has Jeremy Bullins; and Ryan Blaney was assigned Todd Gordon. Keselowski and Wolfe had
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5:38 PM ET Junior Johnson, a bootlegger turned NASCAR Hall of Famer immortalized as the “Last American Hero,” has died, NASCAR announced. He was 88. NASCAR said Johnson had been in declining health and had entered hospice care this week. “Junior Johnson truly was the ‘Last American Hero,'” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said
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1:48 PM ET Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hailie Deegan, a rising 18-year-old star in motorsports, was named a development driver with Ford Performance on Tuesday in a deal that could fast-track her progression into a NASCAR national series. Deegan spent the last two years as part of Toyota’s crowded development field before the switch.
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7:31 PM ET Associated Press Bill Simpson, a pioneer in motorsports safety credited with creating equipment that saved too many drivers to count from death or serious injury, died Monday from complications of a stroke suffered three days earlier. He was 79. The Motorsports Hall of Fame, which inducted Simpson in 2003 for his long
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5:50 PM ET Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cole Pearn, considered one of the top crew chiefs in NASCAR, is leaving the sport to spend more time with his family. Pearn won the 2017 NASCAR championship with Martin Truex Jr. and guided Truex to the title race in four of their five years together, including
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9:30 PM ET Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chase Elliott‘s run as NASCAR’s most popular driver hit two consecutive years when he was voted as the sport’s top star. Elliott won the award last season, the first since Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired to end his streak of 15 consecutive years as winner. Earnhardt Jr. fell
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8:51 PM ET Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the
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8:43 PM ET Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joe Vaughn, a longtime volunteer and leader with the South Carolina-based Project HOPE Foundation that serves the autism community, won the ninth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award on Thursday night. Vaughn received the award and $100,000 donation to the Project HOPE Foundation during NASCAR’s season-ending awards
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9:02 AM ET Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — NASCAR has signed Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, Geico and Xfinity as its “premier partners” in a change to its traditional sponsorship model. The premier series starting next year will be known as the NASCAR Cup Series and not feature a title sponsor. Winston, Nextel, Sprint and most recently
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10:14 AM ET Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker will perform a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500 in February. It will be Rucker’s fourth appearance at Daytona International Speedway and first at the “Great American Race,” which will again serve as NASCAR’s Cup Series season opener. The 500-mile
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5:47 PM ET Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has fined three car owners $50,000 each and penalized their teams for manipulating the season-ending Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in an alleged scheme to collect a higher bonus payout. Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports), Rick Ware (Rick Ware Racing) and TJ Puchyr (Spire Motorsports)
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6:15 PM ET Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about Johnson was ever boring,
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1:07 PM ET ESPN News Services CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson sat down next to Jeff Gordon at a 2001 driver meeting and asked the champion if he had time to offer any career advice. Gordon was so impressed with the fellow California native that he encouraged Rick Hendrick to start a team built specifically
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