NASCAR to run Xfinity race on Indy road course for 1st time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — 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 course.

Kyle Busch brings the Rowdy show to the Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fresh from a holiday trip to the Bahamas, NASCAR’s newest two-time champion raced back to the track to open the new year. Kyle Busch stepped out of his comfort zone at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, pulling on a white helmet adorned with his nickname

Chase Elliott gets 2nd most popular NASCAR driver award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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.

NASCAR goes back to its roots with a huge Nashville blowout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch toted his championship trophy all over Nashville for photo opportunities. He opened his celebratory week with an appearance on WWE’s “Raw,” then joined industry heavyweights for a NASCAR-themed night at the Grand Ole Opry. There are burnouts on Broadway and a Wednesday night party

NASCAR punishes 4 teams for tampering with season finale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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)

Johnson ready to end NASCAR grind and move on with life

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — 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,

7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson to retire after 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is the latest NASCAR superstar to climb out of his car, with the seven-time champion announcing Wednesday that 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing. The winningest driver of his era will have a 19th season in the No. 48 Chevrolet and once

Harvick fails to rally overmatched Ford in NASCAR finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ford v Toyota flopped for the blue oval at the track. Kevin Harvick was the lone Ford driver in the championship field, outnumbered by three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers and their Toyotas. Harvick led the first 20 laps in the No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing but

Gibbs wins 5th NASCAR title in season dedicated to late son

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs won the first race, the last race and more than a dozen in between. His most dominating season in 28 years as a NASCAR team owner culminated with his fifth Cup Series championship. This one had to be more special than the others. Gibbs dedicated the

Sticky Situation: Hamlin’s title run ends with tape gaffe

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin’s failed championship run came down to the tale of the tape. Hamlin’s air of confidence came across the team radio when he boasted the race “ain’t (bleepin’) over” as he made a late push to the lead. But then it was, his Toyota stuck on pit