Kyle Busch criticism highlights NASCAR’s financial disparity

The massive divide between NASCAR’s heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch’s damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over the weekend. Busch rallied from an early incident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that dropped him two laps off the pace

Childress declines option on rookie Daniel Hemric for 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress Racing has declined to pick up the option on rookie Daniel Hemric for next season. Hemric is ranked 25th in the standings, did not make NASCAR’s playoffs and has just two top-10 finishes in 27 starts this season. The team said Tuesday that Hemric will

Column: Truex and Pearn find comfortable fit with Gibbs team

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Cole Pearn built a championship-winning team far from NASCAR’s hub in North Carolina, using their own approach in making a single-car organization one of the most dominant. Then Barney Visser shuttered his Colorado-based team and the driver and crew chief were nearly unemployed. “Out

The Latest: Truex wins NASCAR’s opening playoff race

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s opening playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Martin Truex Jr. has won the opening race of NASCAR’s playoffs to earn an automatic berth into the second round. Truex’s victory Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his series-best

Tyler Reddick stretches gas tank to a win in the desert

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyler Reddick stretched his final tank of fuel Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and wrap up the regular-season championship. Christopher Bell had the most dominant car but Reddick’s Richard Childress Racing team gambled on fuel strategy to beat Bell

Bowyer speeds to surprise pole for NASCAR’s playoff opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing surged into the opening race of NASCAR’s playoffs with a Clint Bowyer-led sweep of the front two rows at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing, meanwhile, struggled across the board in its preparation for Sunday’s opening playoff race. While SHR put its four Fords

Joe Gibbs has a heavyweight lineup in NASCAR’s playoffs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Gibbs has a powerhouse lineup leading the NASCAR playoffs, with four drivers laser-focused on winning the overall title. If there is a favorite in this 10-race tournament, it would be one of Gibbs’ guys. Only the championship isn’t decided on regular-season strength, and is instead a

Paul Menard retiring, Wood Brothers hires DiBenedetto

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paul Menard has decided to walk away from NASCAR’s top level after more than 460 races and Wood Brothers Racing is replacing him with Matt DiBenedetto in the iconic No. 21 Ford next season. After spending 16 years in the Cup Series, Menard said Tuesday he wants

Drivers left out of playoffs still fighting to achieve goals

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson made one thing perfectly clear when he walked out of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield medical center. He might be out of the playoffs but his season is not over. “I think everybody can see the performance is on its way up,” Johnson said Sunday after a