MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski gave Team Penske and the new Ford Mustang its third Cup victory through the first six races of the season by routing the field at Martinsville...
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has won at Martinsville Speedway for his second victory of...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time in his 19-year NASCAR Cup Series career.
Harvick turned a lap in 29.914 seconds Friday in his...
Byron wins Daytona 500 pole, puts Hendrick up front again
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — William Byron put Hendrick Motorsports in a familiar position: on the pole for the Daytona 500. His bigger goal is to make the starting spot pay dividends for the NASCAR powerhouse.
The 21-year-old Byron and 25-year-old teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for "The Great American Race" during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. They comprise the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history.
NASCAR tosses car chiefs for 3 drivers before Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has ejected the car chiefs for Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon through the Daytona 500 for repeated inspection failures before qualifying for the race.
The drivers also were docked 15 minutes from the final Cup practice before next Sunday's race. NASCAR has cracked down this season on inspection failures and will disqualify race-winning cars that break the rules.
Truex and Wallace top Daytona speed charts in rainy 1st day
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott took blame for the first crash of NASCAR's new season on a blustery day at Daytona International Speedway that was shortened by rain.
Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed chart in his debut for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Bubba Wallace jumped to the top of Saturday's second session before weather brought an early end to NASCAR's Cup Series practice.
Rosters were needed to track all the offseason changes and new faces preparing for the season-opening Daytona 500.
Elliott, Harvick, Hamlin, Newman in 1st wreck at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman have been involved in the first wreck of Speedweeks.
The four Cup Series drivers crashed Saturday during the opening practice for the exhibition Clash race at Daytona International Speedway. The race is slated to start Sunday afternoon.
Hendrick vows rebound from worst season in team history
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rick Hendrick worked too hard building NASCAR's top organization to tolerate mediocrity. If his teams had simply been average last season he might not rate it as one of the worst in team history.
Chase Elliott wins NASCAR’s most popular driver award
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chase Elliott has been voted NASCAR's most popular driver, ending a 15-year run for superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt presented Elliott the award during NASCAR's annual season-ending awards ceremony Thursday at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Earnhardt won the award for 15 consecutive years until his retirement last season. His streak fell one short of the record of 16 set by Chase Elliott's father, Bill Elliott.
Chase Elliott on a hot streak and eyeing NASCAR championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to stop losing races before he could find his way to victory lane.
It took probably a dozen defeats in NASCAR's Cup Series before Elliott stepped up on the road course at Watkins Glen to finally close out his first win. That August victory locked him into the playoffs, and he bookended the second round of the championship chase with victories at Dover and Kansas.
Chase Elliott wins for 2nd time in 3 NASCAR playoff races
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to win at NASCAR's top level. Now that he's got that handled, the son of 1988 champion Bill Elliott is chasing a title of his own.
Elliott won at Kansas Speedway on Sunday for his second victory in three races, cementing himself as a title threat late in a season in which mighty Hendrick Motorsports has lagged. He needed 98 career starts and maybe a dozen near-misses before he finally closed out his first Cup victory.
The Latest: Elliott wins at Kansas to roll into next round
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's elimination race at Kansas Speedway (all times local):
Chase Elliott has won at Kansas Speedway to take momentum into the third round of NASCAR's playoffs.
Elliott's victory Sunday bookended the second round of the playoffs, which he opened with a victory at Dover and closed with the win at Kansas. He was already locked into the third round of the playoffs.
Column: NASCAR must push its newest winners into superstars
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A race car driver can have all the personality in the world but skills not much better than an old moonshine runner. Or a driver might be the second coming of Richard Petty himself, then fail to transfer any of that on-track energy into a sponsor appearance.
Sometimes a driver is the perfect mix of talent and marketability, yet get stuck in mediocre equipment or a team on a slide. It's hard to build a fan base with a car that can't compete.
Elliott uses Dover win to earn berth in next playoff round
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott had been burdened by lofty expectations that come as the son of a Hall of Fame driver and the replacement of a four-time NASCAR champion.
As the close calls and frustrating finishes mounted, and wins eluded him, the 22-year-old Elliott could feel the pressure tighten each time he slipped into the No. 9 Chevrolet.
The Latest: Elliott wins NASCAR playoff race at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway (all times local):
Chase Elliott pulled away in overtime and earned an automatic berth into the next round of NASCAR playoffs with a win Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
Elliott was the surprise winner in a race that had been dominated by Stewart-Haas Racing drivers. But when a slew of issues took Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer late, Elliott was there in the No. 9 Chevrolet to pounce.
The Latest: Kyle Busch wins fall race at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway (all times local):
Kyle Busch passed Brad Keselowski with 38 laps to go and held off hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond.
Busch won for the sixth time in his career on the 0.75-mile oval of Richmond Raceway, and for the first time in the fall.
Hooters to sponsor Chase Elliott for 3 races in 2019-2021
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports and Hooters have reached a three-year agreement to extend the restaurant chain's primary sponsorship of Chase Elliott's No. 9 Chevrolet for three races per year in NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series.
The contract covers the 2019-2021 seasons. Hooters joined Hendrick as a two-race primary sponsor for Elliott in 2017.
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The Latest: And they’re off for Xfinity race at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America (all times local):
The green flag is out for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America.
Pole-sitter Matt Tifft has the lead after the first lap. Cole Custer started second while James Davison started third.
Kyle Larson takes NASCAR Cup pole at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Larson won his third pole of the season as he eyes his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the year.
Larson turned a lap at 127.792 mph Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chase Elliott was second at 127.665.
Kyle Busch was third on a track that he's mastered throughout his career. Busch will be seeking his eighth Cup victory at Bristol in Saturday night's race.
NASCAR’s Big 3 running strong entering Michigan race
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — NASCAR's Big 3 has essentially lapped the competition.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have combined to win 16 of 22 races and haven't allowed the field to win consecutive races with points at stake this year. Of the other 56 drivers who have started a race, only Clint Bowyer has won twice.
NASCAR goes back to business and away from France arrest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR needed 99 races for budding superstar Chase Elliott to finally win his first Cup race and didn't even get a full day to celebrate the milestone.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Like father, like son.
Mired in a confounding losing streak since the start of his NASCAR Cup career in 2016, Chase Elliott finally broke into the win column Sunday, holding off road course ace Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen.
The Latest: Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen (all times local):
Chase Elliott has won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish.
Truex ran second to Elliott for the entire final stage before beginning a steady close. It was a two-car race as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott turned a lap of 194.045 mph to win the pole at Daytona International Speedway and give sagging Chevrolet a much-needed boost.
Elliott, who sprained his right ankle earlier this week "horsing around in the pool," had won two poles at the Daytona 500. He starts from the top Saturday night as the Hendrick Motorsports driver goes for his first career win.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was the finish NASCAR banked on as the genesis of its ballyhooed youth movement.
Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 1-2 in the Daytona 500, a promising pair of 20-somethings behind the wheel of iconic car numbers that could excite old-school fans, yet a pair with enough social media savvy that might attract millennials to a sport in dire need of a spark.
JOILET, Ill. (AP) — Chase Elliott arrived at Chicagoland Speedway with a blister on his hand and a certain level of satisfaction.
The blister was the product of shifting with his right hand while driving with his left on a hot, sweaty weekend at Sonoma. The positive feeling stemmed from a gratifying fourth-place finish on a challenging road course that frustrated him in the past.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Larson proved again that he knows his way around Sonoma.
Larson claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race on his home track for the second straight year, turning a lap at 94.597 mph in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on Saturday.
Ford vs. Chevy was a one-sided matchup in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Ford vs. Chevrolet is always a subplot to watch when the top auto racers come to Michigan.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch tossed his son into the air at Texas. Clint Bowyer waited for his toddler to run toward him with open arms at Martinsville. Kevin Harvick rested his hands on his son's shoulders as they gazed at a trophy in Atlanta.
Hey, who says the young kids in NASCAR can't celebrate in victory lane?
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick had to race onto the track after finally passing through inspection just as the first round of qualifying was beginning for Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway.
By the time things were settled, Harvick had raced his way to the pole.
The Latest: Joey Logano wins for 3rd time at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local):
Joey Logano has won at Talladega Superspeedway for the third time.
Logano held off Kurt Busch on the last lap for his first win since last April at Richmond. But that time his car failed inspection, costing him a shot at the playoffs.
He was the only Team Penske to make it through a late 14-car accident without damage.
Logano was followed by Busch, Chase Elliott and pole sitter Kevin Harvick.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR has acquired the ARCA series, a launching pad for drivers looking to reach stock car racing's top level.
NASCAR vice chairman and executive vice president Jim France called the announcement Friday "a big moment for stock car racing in America."
Twelve of the 16 drivers in the Cup Series playoffs last year have logged starts in the Automobile Racing Club of America.
The Latest: Kyle Busch pulls away to win at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday night at Richmond Raceway (all times local):
Kyle Busch pulled away on a restart in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish and won his third consecutive race in NASCAR's Cup Series.
Busch, who started 32nd but quickly worked his way into contention, outran Chase Elliott and teammate Denny Hamlin for his fifth career victory at Richmond Raceway. The victory is his 46th overall.
Truex claims pole at Richmond; third of the season
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond Raceway, edging Chase Elliott.
The pole is the series-best third of the season for Truex, the 18th of his career and his first at the 0.75-mile oval.
It's also a nice turnaround after finishing 37th and 30th in the past two races. Before that, he'd had five straight top-five finishes.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Alan Gustafson for two races after Chase Elliott's car was found to have an illegal rear window during the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend.
Elliott was docked 20 points, and Gustafson was fined $50,000. The 20-point penalty drops Elliott from 15th to 18th in the Cup standings.