Earnhardt to drive pace car at Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.
Earnhardt will drive the Corvette Grand Sport Official at Indianapolis Motor...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Alex Bowman quite literally had his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in his sights, ticking off the laps in his No. 88 Chevrolet at the front of the pack at Kansas...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will work his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday as part of his expanding role with NBC Sports. The retired NASCAR superstar is also slated to cover his...
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a longtime employee at JR Motorsports alongside her daughter Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died following a battle with...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NBC Sports will use retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. in its inaugural broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 next month.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive in Darlington Xfinity race
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Dale Jr. will race at NASCAR's track dubbed "Too Tough To Tame."
Earnhardt Jr. announced Friday he'll compete at Darlington Raceway's Xfinity Series race on Aug. 31...
Michael Annett wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Annett stretched the Speedweeks streak of first-time winners to three with a victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Annett won for the first time at NASCAR's national level, a career that spans 345 races in three series. He gave JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister and sister and Rick Hendrick, its fourth in five years at Daytona
Daytona 500 announces 4th consecutive sellout
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is a sellout for the fourth consecutive year.
Daytona International Speedway announced Saturday that all reserved grandstand seats have been purchased for the 61st running of "The Great American Race."
Track president Chip Wile says "this is a tribute to our fans."
Some specialty tickets remain, including access to premium hospitality areas, the infield and the pre-race concert featuring country singer Jake Owen.
Sam Bass, NASCAR’s paint-scheme artist, dies at 57
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sam Bass, a NASCAR artist who helped design paint schemes and program covers that illuminated an entire sport, has died. He was 57.
His wife, Denise, announced his death Saturday with a note on his official Twitter account. Bass suffered from kidney problems. Other details were not disclosed.
NASCAR moving away from restrictor plates, not pack racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There has been a string of goodbyes at Daytona International Speedway in recent years, from Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.
There is another one on tap Sunday: The Daytona 500 will be the final NASCAR race for restrictor plates, the horsepower-sapping devices reduce speed and were intended to improve safety at the nation's fastest tracks.
Texans star J.J. Watt to serve as Daytona 500 grand marshal
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will serve as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, making him the first NFL player to give the command for drivers to starts their engines before NASCAR's most famous race.
Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Monday, six days before the 61st running of "The Great American Race."
NASCAR needs new stars and Kyle Larson may save the sport
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's biggest stars have all moved on. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are television analysts while Tony Stewart is racing sprint cars again. Danica Patrick traded her firesuit for athleisure-wear while Carl Edwards just kind of disappeared.
Country music singer Jake Owen to perform before Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Country music singer Jake Owen will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500.
Owen will take the stage ahead of the 61st running of the "Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17.
A native Floridian, Owen featured Daytona Beach in his 2013 hit "Beachin.'"
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.
Johnson, Knaus reach checkered flag of championship pairing
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson walked into a Hendrick Motorsports family reunion on pit road. Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon chatted near the No. 48 car while Johnson's wife cradled crew chief Chad Knaus' baby boy.
They needed baby wipes as much as a checkered flag.
"It's all about this moment right now," Gordon said.
Tyler Reddick gives Earnhardt another Xfinity championship
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick opened Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first season in retirement with a victory and closed it with a championship.
Redskins plan to honor longtime reporter Rich Tandler
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins plan to honor longtime reporter Rich Tandler when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Tandler, who began covering the team as a blogger in 2004, died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 63. NBC Sports Washington, where Tandler worked since 2011, confirmed his death Wednesday.
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Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond; Earnhardt 4th
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not quite finished with racing.
The NASCAR fan favorite got back behind the wheel Friday night, led 96 laps and finished fourth in an Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. It was his first race since he retired from the Cup Series after last season and became a father earlier this year.
2 more NASCAR drivers stepping away from long schedule
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Two more drivers are headed to the checkered flag of their NASCAR careers and the laps are winding down for a golden age of racing.
Nationwide and Alex Bowman sign extensions with Hendrick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nationwide signed a two-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports that will increase its sponsorship of Alex Bowman to 20 races beginning next season. Bowman also received a one-year extension from Hendrick that locks him with Nationwide through 2020.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Christopher Bell has been called the next Kyle Larson, a future Joe Gibbs Racing star and a young driver to pay attention to.
That's all still to come. For now, the Xfinity Series rookie is chasing NASCAR history.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Christopher Bell made history Saturday at Iowa Speedway — even though nearly everything that could go against him did down the stretch.
Bell moved back out front in overtime to win a wild NASCAR Xfinity series race on Newton's bull ring, becoming the first series regular with three straight victories since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1999.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Christopher Bell has been one of NASCAR's rising young stars for the past few years.
Over the past few weeks, Bell and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 car have been so hot that he is close to joining some pretty select company.
NBC Sports is going with an all-analyst lineup headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The network will use three analysts in the broadcast booth for next week's NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, the 15-time most popular NASCAR driver, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will be the only broadcasters for the July 22 race at the Magic Mile.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Erik Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward.
His first career Cup victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway was a needed breath of fresh air in a sport that has failed to see a supposed bumper crop of young talent emerge as bona fide stars.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaned toward the track in the broadcast booth and hollered like a NASCAR fan at home over a gripping final lap in his debut race.
Once Kyle Larson tried to swipe the lead from Kyle Busch with a daring pass at Chicagoland, Earnhardt could not harness his enthusiasm.
Earnhardt smiled and clapped his hands at the move and — in a flash — the retired NASCAR star had a signature call.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been pretty busy for a retired guy: Wife Amy gave birth to their first child, he hit the slopes in South Korea and raced scooters against Jimmy Fallon.
Junior Nation can keep tabs on Earnhardt's active lifestyle — from home restorations to Super Bowl sound bites — though his own podcast.
NBC Sports has banked on that fervent fan base to flock to its NASCAR broadcasts when Earnhardt makes his season debut Sunday at Chicagoland.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season.
Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro, Allgaier led 182 of 250 laps and survived an unlucky late caution by winning the restart.
Allgaier also won last month at Dover. He has seven career victories — but few of those runs were as dominant as the one Allgaier pulled off in the searing heat on Iowa's short track.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney tagged along with his dad to the track and raced scooters in what the kids called "mini-Pocono."
All grown up, he's figured out the real deal pretty well.
Blaney was tops again at the site of his lone NASCAR Cup victory, turning a lap of 176.897 mph to win the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, announced the birth of their first child Tuesday on social media.
Isla Rose Earnhardt was born Monday night, Amy Earnhardt tweeted , calling their daughter "the best dream ever." Earnhardt added: "Everyone was right. It's a new beginning. Now everything I do will be for her and Amy. So blessed."
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.
Kyle Busch pulls away at Richmond for 3rd Cup win a row
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory, celebrated, and then got yelled at by his boss.
Joe Gibbs, it seems, hadn't seen Busch climb into the crowd to acknowledge what appeared to be friendly fan.
"You did?" Gibbs said. "Oh my gosh! You should not do that. You run a risk."
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch is on a hot streak, the winner of the last two races in NASCAR's top series and the series points leader as he arrives at Richmond Raceway, where his four career victories are tops among active drivers.
But it's a race Busch didn't win here that drew a lot of attention this week.
It was 10 years ago on the 0.75-mile oval that Busch cemented his reputation as NASCAR's new villian.
Junior at peace with Daytona 17 yrs after Earnhardt’s death
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. made peace with Daytona International Speedway long ago.
Seventeen years after his dad's death, Earnhardt had only positive vibes Sunday at the famed racetrack where his father died. Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500.
Earnhardt ready to hit South Korea for NBC Olympics gig
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold.
Earnhardt departs Monday for South Korea to start his Olympics coverage for NBC Sports. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst, and he gets his next shot behind the mic next week after making his debut at the Super Bowl.
Tyler Reddick needs 5 overtimes to win at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick needed five overtimes, a brief red flag and the closest finish in NASCAR history to take Dale Earnhardt Jr. to victory lane.
Reddick won the Xfinity Series' season-opening race by beating JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in a photo finish. The margin of victory was 0.000 seconds, breaking the mark set by Butch Miller when he beat Mike Skinner by 0.001 seconds to win the Truck Series race July 15, 1995 at Colorado National Speedway.
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Never before has one race displayed NASCAR's rapidly changing look more than this year's Daytona 500.
Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars difficult to drive and NASCAR's longtime most popular driver will watch from the sidelines.
NASCAR begins its season Sunday with the 60th running of "The Great American Race" and Alex Bowman on the pole.
Shifting gears: NASCAR’s young look on display for Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Never before has one race displayed NASCAR's rapidly changing look more than this year's Daytona 500.
Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars difficult to drive and NASCAR's longtime most popular driver will watch from the sidelines.
Drivers competing in the 2018 Daytona 500
The 40 drivers competing in the 2018 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:
No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
DRIVER: Alex Bowman
BORN: April 25, 1993
HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona
CREW CHIEF: Greg Ives
NOTEWORTHY: "Bowman the Showman" landed pole in return to 88. Bowman filled in for injured star Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 10 races in 2016, and Earnhardt stumped for Bowman to replace him after retirement.
Elliott picked to follow dad’s path as NASCAR’s most popular
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott won a popularity contest before he even won a Cup Series race.
Elliott was the overwhelming favorite to be crowned the sport's next most popular driver. Although the actual award will be handed out in nine months, fellow NASCAR drivers polled at Daytona 500 media day expect Elliott to be a slam-dunk winner.
"I think he's already won the 2018 most popular driver award," Hendrick Motorsports teammate and seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said.
Earnhardt honors father and connection to Goodyear in new ad
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ralph Earnhardt died in 1973, almost a full year before his grandson was born. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had seen photos of his grandfather and listened to stories about the first racer in the family, but he never felt as if he knew the man.
Goodyear to honor Earnhardt family in new Daytona 500 commercial
AKRON, Ohio — Goodyear will unveil its new television ad, featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr., during the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.
The "Make a Name" commercial will air on FOX, SiriusXM, NASCAR RADIO and Motor Racing Network.
An extended version is available to view on Goodyear's YouTube channel.
Hendrick Motorsports rolls into Daytona 500 with new look
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rick Hendrick threw a glamorous party last fall when he formally introduced his 2018 driver lineup.
It was a lavish car unveiling that used lasers, spotlights and an emcee to celebrate a Hendrick Motorsports roster that had undergone a dramatic makeover.
Each of the four drivers was paired with someone for the event. Chase Elliott was joined by his Hall of Fame father, Bill, who helped uncover the new No. 9 his son will drive this year in his honor.
Chipper Jones named honorary race official for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones will serve as an honorary race official for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
As part of his race-day duties, Jones will be introduced at the drivers' meeting, take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in a parade car and participate in question-and-answer sessions with fans.
Peyton Manning to lead field to green flag at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Peyton Manning is leading one more drive on a big stage.
The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Manning will be behind the wheel of the Toyota pace car and lead the 40-car field to the green flag to start "The Great American Race" on Sunday.
Alex Bowman puts No. 88 on the pole at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alex Bowman put a familiar car atop the Daytona 500 leaderboard.
Bowman won the pole for "The Great American Race" in his debut as the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, piloted until last season by NASCAR rock star Dale Earnhardt Jr. Six of Earnhardt's 17 career victories at Daytona International Speedway came in that car, including one of his Daytona 500 victories.
Earnhardt was a seven-time pole winner at Daytona, too.
At least 10 deaths from snow, ice and record cold in South
ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off a slippery overpass into a Louisiana canal.
Dale Jr. crashes in snowy weather after helping other driver
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree.
Earnhardt said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had just used his winch to help a sedan out of a ditch in snowy weather when he himself drove off the road and into a tree.