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NASCAR star Kyle Busch to try his hand at Rallycross racing

NASCAR star Kyle Busch is expanding his motorsports interests, planning to compete in an off-road racing event in Phoenix next month.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to run 2022 Martinsville Xfinity Series race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will again one run NASCAR Xfinity Series race next season, this time at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Multiple NASCAR suspensions following Kansas penalties

NASCAR issued several penalties on Tuesday – including multiple suspensions – for issues arising out of last weekend’s Xfinity and Cup races at Kansas Speedway.

Dale Jr. on NASCAR Next Gen: "It just does everything better"

A trio of former NASCAR stars took their turn driving the Next Gen car on Tuesday and all seemed impressed with their experience.

Team Penske in danger of being locked out of Championship 4

One race remains for NASCAR Cup Series drivers to lock themselves into the Championship 4 and it looks like Team Penske’s drivers may have to fight amongst themselves for the final spot.

Larson takes Kansas Cup win in emotional day for Hendrick Kansas II
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Larson takes Kansas Cup win in emotional day for Hendrick

Kyle Larson’s remarkable season continued as he held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott at Kansas to win his ninth NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.

Earnhardt, Stewart, Bowyer to test NASCAR Next Gen car

Three former stars of the NASCAR Cup Series – two of them members of the Hall of Fame – are set to take part in a Next Gen test this coming week.

Ricciardo “would have cried” if he’d heard Earnhardt’s comments

McLaren ace Daniel Ricciardo admits he would have cried if he’d heard Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s response to him driving the ex-Earnhardt Sr. 1984 Chevrolet NASCAR at Circuit of The Americas.

Hamlin: NASCAR needs an "F1-style approach" to race weekends Kansas II
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Hamlin: NASCAR needs an "F1-style approach" to race weekends

NASCAR Cup Series star Denny Hamlin says he’s been paying more attention to Formula One racing and thinks NASCAR could benefit from how it showcases its product on race weekends.

Chase Elliott on his NASCAR playoff status: "We'll be alright" Texas II
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Chase Elliott on his NASCAR playoff status: "We'll be alright"

Beset by troublesome tire issues, Chase Elliott managed a solid finish at Texas but saw his position in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs take a hit.

Byron is out of the NASCAR playoffs but "here to stay"

William Byron was already out of NASCAR Cup Series playoff contention but he believes his team’s performance Sunday at Texas spoke volumes for the future

Late-race setbacks for several playoff drivers at Texas

All eight drivers remaining in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs were running on the lead lap and without any major issues for most of Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, but that would not last.

Larson locks himself into Championship 4 with Texas Cup win Texas II
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Larson locks himself into Championship 4 with Texas Cup win

Kyle Larson – one of the clear favorites to win the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship – gained the opportunity to do so with a victory Sunday at Texas.

What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Texas Texas II
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What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Texas

The Round of 8 begins at the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway with the championship finale just one month away.

Liberty University inks sponsorship extension with HMS, Byron

Liberty University and Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to a new five-year sponsorship deal of HMS’ No. 24 NASCAR Cup Series team and driver William Byron.

Ricciardo to demo Earnhardt NASCAR Cup car at US GP after Brown bet

Daniel Ricciardo will get to drive one of Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR Cup cars at the United States Grand Prix, after winning his Formula 1 bet with boss Zak Brown.

Logano after Next Gen Roval test: "You can line us up and go"

Yes, there are heat and steering issues still to be worked out, but after two days of testing the Next Gen car on the Charlotte Roval, Joey Logano said he could be ready to race it.

Tony Stewart to join NHRA as team owner in 2022
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Tony Stewart to join NHRA as team owner in 2022

NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart is branching out into yet another form of motorsports, fielding two entries in the NHRA next season.

NASCAR suspends crew chief of Cup playoff driver Kyle Busch

NASCAR on Tuesday suspended the crew chief of Cup Series playoff driver Kyle Busch for an issue stemming from last weekend’s race at the Charlotte Roval.

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

Next Gen car changes coming as a result of NASCAR crash test Charlotte II
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Next Gen car changes coming as a result of NASCAR crash test

NASCAR’s Next Gen car will receive new parts and pieces as soon as next month based off data from a crash test at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway conducted on June 30.

NASCAR's explanation of no-call on Elliott bumper falls short

Once again on Sunday, NASCAR disregarded its standard operating procedure when it came to making a call against a high-profile driver and its explanation falls woefully short.

William Byron's NASCAR playoff chances end "at a full rage" Charlotte II
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William Byron's NASCAR playoff chances end "at a full rage"

There was only one way William Byron was going to advance in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and that was a win – and he almost did.

Elliott wishes Harvick a 'merry offseason' after Roval run-in Charlotte II
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Elliott wishes Harvick a 'merry offseason' after Roval run-in

Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick came together once again Sunday, three weeks removed from their run-in at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Larson rallies to win chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval Charlotte II
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Larson rallies to win chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval

Kyle Larson’s team did a masterful job keeping his No. 5 Chevrolet running and Larson rewarded them with a victory Sunday at the Charlotte Roval.

Ty Dillon to rejoin NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 with GMS Racing Charlotte II
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Ty Dillon to rejoin NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 with GMS Racing

Ty Dillon will return to fulltime competition in the NASCAR Cup Series next season with GMS Racing.

NASCAR Euro team to join Cup Series in 2022, Villeneuve to test

The owners of a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series team are going to begin a venture into the Cup Series beginning in 2022.

What time and channel is the NASCAR race at the Charlotte Roval

The Round of 12 concludes with what is sure to be a chaotic cutoff race at the Charlotte Rova.

Chase Elliott says a third Roval win 'very much within reach' Charlotte II
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Chase Elliott says a third Roval win 'very much within reach'

A victory on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval course each of the past two seasons has proved extremely valuable in Chase Elliott’s recent NASCAR Cup Series playoff runs.

Has NASCAR 21: Ignition game bucked the Madden NFL cover curse?

In the world of sports video games, a jinx theory has emerged that players who appeared on the cover of the NFL’s Madden series goes on to have a woeful season. So, you can imagine the outcry of fans of Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace when NASCAR 21: Ignition put them all three of them on the cover of the reinvented game this year!

Former Le Mans class winner Joey Hand to make Cup debut

Veteran sports car racer Joey Hand will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the Charlotte Roval this weekend.

Bubba Wallace: "We're here. We're a winner" Talladega II
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Bubba Wallace: "We're here. We're a winner"

Bubba Wallace had been oh-so-close to a NASCAR Cup Series victory during his relatively brief career on a few occasions, but he also knew close wasn’t good enough.

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

Brad Keselowski may have 'let one slip away' at Talladega

Brad Keselowski watched Bubba Wallace use a block to protect his lead and had a way to get around him but thought he had more time.

Hamlin: Wallace's victory "more special" than my own Talladega II
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Hamlin: Wallace's victory "more special" than my own

NASCAR drivers by nature are selfish – always looking for ways to win a race – but on Monday, Denny Hamlin was happy to celebrate another’s victory.

Bubba Wallace wins rain-shortened Talladega Cup race Talladega II
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Bubba Wallace wins rain-shortened Talladega Cup race

When the rain came, Bubba Wallace was leading the way and earned his first NASCAR Cup Series victory.

NASCAR red flags Talladega race with Bubba Wallace leading

Bubba Wallace stands on the verge of his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series victory, as Monday’s rain-delayed Yellawood 500 at Talladega was red-flagged for more rain when he was leading.

Sunday's Talladega NASCAR Cup race postponed until Monday

Due to persistent rain and impending darkness, Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega has been postponed.

Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley shot and killed
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Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley shot and killed

Former NASCAR Xfinity and Truck series competitor John Wes Townley was killed in a shootout Saturday night, according to the Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) Police officials

What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Talladega Talladega II
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What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Talladega

The Round of 12 heads to the unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway where just about anything can and will happen.

Alex Bowman: NASCAR Cup playoffs 'a little frustrating' so far

This is not how Alex Bowman envisioned the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs playing out – starting each round having to dig out of a big hole.

NASCAR suspends crew chief of Cup playoff driver Kevin Harvick

NASCAR on Tuesday suspended the crew chief of Cup Series playoff driver Kevin Harvick for issues stemming from last weekend’s race at Las Vegas.

NASCAR pit decision by Hendrick Motorsports a "blown call"

The decision by Hendrick Motorsports teams not to pit under caution early in Stage 2 in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas changed the dynamic of the race.

Joey Gase transported to local hospital after Vegas crash Las Vegas II
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Joey Gase transported to local hospital after Vegas crash

Joey Gase has been transported to a local medical facility after a violent crash during the second stage of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Toyota's David Wilson on NASCAR Next Gen: "We're all behind"

While NASCAR’s Next Gen car remains on schedule for its 2022 debut, Toyota Racing president David Wilson admits teams will still be working on the car while racing it next year.

What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Las Vegas Las Vegas II
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What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Las Vegas

The Round of 12 is set to kick off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a triple-header event this weekend.

William Byron: "We learned a lot about ourselves" at Bristol

William Byron came precariously close to an early elimination from the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs but believes the experience will serve him well going forward.

Roush Fenway unveils one of Brad Keselowski's 2022 NASCAR sponsors
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Roush Fenway unveils one of Brad Keselowski's 2022 NASCAR sponsors

Roush Fenway Racing announced the addition of a new sponsor to its organization on Tuesday – one that will also serve as a primary for new owner/driver Brad Keselowski in 2022.

'Disappointed' Almirola among the four eliminated from playoffs Bristol II
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'Disappointed' Almirola among the four eliminated from playoffs

Aric Almirola was right on the edge of playoff advancement at Bristol Motor Speedway, but an ill-handling race car and older tires kept him from doing so.

Harvick says Elliott 'temper tantrum' cost him Bristol NASCAR win Bristol II
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Harvick says Elliott 'temper tantrum' cost him Bristol NASCAR win

Kevin Harvick was looking for his first win of the season, but Chase Elliott wasn’t going to make it easy.

Larson grabs Bristol NASCAR win after Elliott and Harvick tangle Bristol II
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Larson grabs Bristol NASCAR win after Elliott and Harvick tangle

With some unintentional help from an angry Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson stole a win at Bristol Saturday night that seemed like it belonged to Kevin Harvick.

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture entering Bristol

A dramatic night of short track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway will end with four drivers eliminated from the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. See where everyone stands ahead of the final race in the Round of 16.

23XI Racing reveals new NASCAR crew chief for Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing has announced some personnel changes at the team, including a new crew chief for Bubba Wallace.

What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Bristol Bristol II
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What time and channel is the NASCAR playoffs at Bristol

Four drivers are set to be eliminated from the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

Could the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season be the best ever?

With a successfully revamped schedule in place and its Next Generation car set to hit the track, NASCAR is hoping to cash in on a promising 2022 Cup Series season.

NASCAR shakes up playoffs in 2022 Cup Series schedule
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NASCAR shakes up playoffs in 2022 Cup Series schedule

NASCAR released its 2022 Cup Series schedule on Wednesday which features two new venues and a shakeup of its 10-race playoffs.

NASCAR to run 2022 preseason Clash at the LA Coliseum
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NASCAR to run 2022 preseason Clash at the LA Coliseum

NASCAR’s Next Generation car will get an early debut next season at a new venue.

Pair of Hendrick drivers face NASCAR playoff elimination

Only two races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the prospect of an all-Hendrick Motorsports Championship 4 already seems very unlikely.

Denny Hamlin "just needed a couple more laps" at Richmond Richmond II
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Denny Hamlin "just needed a couple more laps" at Richmond

Denny Hamlin is off to a stellar start to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs but he can’t seem to shake disappointment at Richmond.

Martin Truex Jr. overcomes penalty to win Richmond Cup race Richmond II
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Martin Truex Jr. overcomes penalty to win Richmond Cup race

Martin Truex Jr. started Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond with a penalty but ended it in Victory Lane.