KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick joked that the intra-team competition at Stewart-Haas Racing is marked by a whole lot of trash talk, and that Clint Bowyer usually says so much it's tough to...
Harvick wins pole at Richmond Raceway
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.
Harvick turned a fast lap at 124.298 mph Friday for the 27th...
The Latest: Hamlin wins at Texas despite 2 penalties
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):
Denny Hamlin overcame two penalties on pit road and won the NASCAR Cup...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Daniel Suarez has certainly never lost his confidence, and he's already feeling more relaxed and happier in his first NASCAR Cup season with Stewart-Haas...
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Drivers Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell were summoned to the NASCAR hauler after they were involved in a post-qualifying fight before practice Saturday for the Cup Series...
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Suarez threw Michael McDowell to the ground and both drivers had to be forcibly restrained Friday after they were eliminated while jockeying for position in the first...
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.
Suarez gets 2nd shot to show he can ride with NASCAR’s best
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Suarez will hit a reset on his career, getting a second chance to prove he can win at NASCAR's top level.
Pushed out of a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the top teams in the sport, Suarez found a soft landing at Stewart-Haas Racing. The SHR four-driver lineup combined for 12 victories last season and claimed half the spots in the round of eight in the playoffs.
Former NASCAR champs Busch, Kenseth set to move on in 2019
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR's driver carousel will spin long after the season finale.
Former Cup champions Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth, and Daniel Suarez, AJ Allmendinger, Regan Smith and Jamie McMurray are among the drivers certain to start next season with new teams or new roles.
NASCAR champion Truex moving to Gibbs with crew chief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. and his crew chief will move to Joe Gibbs Racing next season to remain in the Toyota organization after their race team folds in two weeks.
Truex won his first Cup title last year driving for Furniture Row Racing. Barney Visser had funded the team out of pocket for most of its existence but received relief help the last few seasons from sponsorship.
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.
Kyle Busch wins pole for Cup race at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
Busch, who won the Xfinity race on Saturday at The Glen, turned a fast lap of 126.925 miles per hour in the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing to easily best Kyle Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet (126.249).
"That was pretty good," Busch said. "We'll see how it goes if we can keep it up front."
Martin Truex Jr. will start third, Chase Elliott fourth and Daniel Suarez fifth.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Suarez is thrilled to be competing in the NASCAR All-Star race after struggling in his rookie season.
The 25-year-old Mexican driver raced his way into the $1 million race Saturday night along with Ryan Blaney and Clint Bowyer by winning stages of the qualifying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
They'll be joined in the 20-car field by Chase Elliott, the winner of a fan vote.
Kenseth wins pole for Sunday at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Matt Kenseth won the pole position for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
The 2003 series champion needed only four laps in three rounds of qualifying Friday, outrunning final-round qualifiers like Joey Logano, who was fastest in each of the first two rounds, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who made it to the final round, but will start 12th.
"I don't get a lot of poles so any time I get a pole, it's pretty special," Kenseth said.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joey Logano believes the evolving strategy of restarts has made it one of the most challenging aspects for a NASCAR driver.
Logano got plenty of chances to test his skills Saturday in the Xfinity race, and made all the right moves.
Logano pulled away from Kyle Larson on a restart with four laps left and held on to win his 21st race in the second-tier circuit.
Suarez carries Mexican banner into NASCAR’s top series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Suarez wore a suit but ditched the tie the first time he spoke at the White House. The classy, yet casual, attire seemed to fit the moment for a speech in front of about 150 Latino students not much younger than him.
The Latest: Mexico’s Daniel Suarez wants to inspire others
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all times local):
Daniel Suarez hopes he can inspire kids now that he's the only Mexican driver in the Cup series.
Suarez was a sensation in his native Mexico for becoming the first foreign-born series champion with an Xfinity Series title last November. He was promoted to drive the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing when Carl Edwards abruptly walked away.
Optimism in high gear at Daytona for NASCAR’s top teams
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR's top teams.
Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding rookie Daniel Suarez to the mix, evidenced by Denny Hamlin, Suarez, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch running 1-2-3-4 for much of the Clash at Daytona.
Arris bumps primary sponsorship on Suarez car to 22 races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Communications giant Arris has renewed its multi-year sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing and will serve as the primary sponsor for 22 races with Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 Toyota.
Suarez, who won the second-tier Xfinity Series championship last season, will replace the retired Carl Edwards this season. Arris was the primary sponsor for 17 races last season.
Suarez gets first run in Cup car at Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Suarez has driven a NASCAR Xfinity Series car to a championship and a rookie of the year award.
His first turn in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car was a lesson in power.
"It was quite a bit different," Suarez said. "There is more power in the Cup car, it is fast in the straightaway and slow in the middle of the corner. All of these people are truly professionals and they do everything right. I feel like it was a positive day and we learned some good things."
AP Sources: Edwards walking away from final year with Gibbs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is walking away from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
France won’t talk Trump support as NASCAR closes season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR chairman Brian France refused Sunday to discuss his political support of President-elect Donald Trump and quickly pivoted the conversation toward his own efforts at improving diversity in his sport.
El campeon! Daniel Suarez becomes NASCAR’s 1st foreign champ
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — El campeon!
Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series season finale and title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, becoming the first foreign champion in a NASCAR national series.
The 24-year-old Mexican bested fellow championship contenders Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones on a botched restart with three laps to go.
Sadler looks to cap career renaissance with Xfinity title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Elliott Sadler raced in NASCAR's inaugural Chase, competing with Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield and Jimmie Johnson for a shot at the championship.
Twelve years later, Sadler is back in another first-year Chase, this time in the second-tier Xfinity Series. He is still searching for the first championship of his NASCAR career.
Elliott Sadler gets interim crew chief for championship race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Elliott Sadler will have a new crew chief in the championship-deciding Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
Kevin Meendering was suspended one race by NASCAR because Sadler's car had two loose lugnuts after the race at Phoenix International Raceway.
JR Motorsports said Tuesday that Meendering picked race operations manager Mike Bumgarner to replace him in Saturday's finale.
Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race as inaugural Chase field is set
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch won for the 10th time in the Xfinity Series this season with a victory at Phoenix International Raceway on the night NASCAR's second-tier series' set its inaugural championship field.
The final four for next weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be a battle between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joe Gibbs.
Suarez wins Truck race at Phoenix, championship field set
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Suarez won the Truck Series race Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway, where four drivers advanced to the inaugural championship finale.
Johnny Sauter won a pair of races in this round of the playoffs to earn one of the berths next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Christopher Bell, two-time series champion Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters took the other three on points Friday.
Larson wins Xfinity in Texas, 4 title-chasing spots open
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — With all four spots in the chase for the Xfinity series championship open going into the final elimination race, Erik Jones won't need a season-best fifth victory to advance.
And he probably won't be racing for it either, with the focus shifting to points at the top of the standings after Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson won the Xfinity race at Texas on Saturday.
NASCAR returns to Mexico for 2017 with new sponsor PEAK
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will resurrect its series in Mexico behind new title sponsor PEAK, an automotive products company seeking to boost its profile.
The rebranded NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will mark its return with an exhibition race in Mexico City in December. The series plans to run a full championship schedule next year.
Kyle Busch wins third straight Xfinity race at Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kyle Busch continued his dominance of the Xfinity Series at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.
Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez continued their chase for a title.
Pulling double-duty this weekend, Busch led 150 of the 200 laps in a thoroughly dominant performance for his ninth series win of the season. It was also his third straight Xfinity win at Kansas, where he won in his Sprint Cup car for the first time this spring.
Elliott Sadler wins inaugural Xfinity Chase race at Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Elliott Sadler took the lead with four laps remaining and held off Daniel Suarez by 0.246 seconds to win the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Sadler pushed his No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevy Camaro from 15th with 50 laps remaining for his third series victory this season and the first spot in the eight-driver second round that begins at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 15.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — After creating the customary cloud of smoke before his third straight trip to victory lane at Watkins Glen International, Joey Logano was beaming.
"Confidence is high," Logano said Saturday after his second straight dominant performance in the Xfinity race at The Glen. "It's a great thing for Team Penske. We've been off to a rough start this year."
Just as he did a year ago, Logano started from the pole in the Zippo 200 and dominated,...
Joey Logano wins Xfinity pole at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Joey Logano has won his second straight the pole for the Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International.
Logano turned a track-record fast lap of 124.552 mph on Friday to edge Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski. The pole for Logano, the defending champion of the Zippo 200, was the 31st of his career, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for second place. It's also the fifth straight pole for Penske at Watkins Glen and marks the second straight year the...
Xfinity drivers eye Chase spots with Iowa win
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler are guaranteed spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Chase — as long as they start each of next nine races.
The rest of the series contenders need at least one win to ensure a playoff berth, which is why Saturday's stand-alone race in Iowa is so big for all of them.
Brad Keselowski is the only Sprint Cup regular in the field, so there might not be a better chance for a winless driver to grab a victory that...