LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blunt Larson will try to be a bit more delicate with his words in the future.
Kyle Larson personally apologized to team owner Rick Hendrick this week after jokingly saying...
The Latest: Jeff Gordon inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony (all times local):
Jeff Gordon has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The four-time NASCAR champion was the headliner of this 10th class and was elected by 96 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility. Gordon ranks third on the all-time list with 93 career victories.
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.
Kurt Busch and sponsor move to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2019
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch and sponsor Monster Energy will move to Chip Ganassi Racing next season for Busch's 20th season in NASCAR.
The partnership announced Tuesday is a one-year contract for Busch to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet with primary sponsorship from Monster. It is believed the one season as teammate to Kyle Larson will be Busch's final year of fulltime NASCAR competition.
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.
Larson denied appeal of rules violation from Talladega
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kyle Larson's appeal of a rules violation from last week's race at Talladega was denied Friday, a big blow to the Chip Ganassi Racing driver's chances of advancing in NASCAR's playoffs.
Larson was docked 10 points, crew chief Chad Johnston fined $25,000 and car chief David Bryant was suspended for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway after officials determined the team used unapproved metal tabs in violation of NASCAR's policy for repairing damaged vehicles.
Kyle Larson facing playoff elimination after NASCAR penalty
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been docked 10 points by NASCAR for a rules violation that could bring an end to his championship chances.
Dover becomes only track to allow sports betting on property
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Bradley Saucier and Joshua Merrill made the trip from Maine to watch this weekend's NASCAR races at Dover. They had bags full of NASCAR merchandise, wore hats and shirts supporting their favorite drivers and came prepared to spend on their new favorite accessory: betting slips.
All bets were on at Dover International Speedway on Saturday when it opened its on-site kiosk and became the only track that allowed sports gambling on its property.
The Latest: Brad Keselowski wins NASCAR playoff opener
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR playoff opener at Las Vegas (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has earned his third consecutive victory by winning the playoff-opening NASCAR race at Las Vegas, persevering through a wreck-filled afternoon and roaring away from the field in overtime.
Keselowski excelled on the final restart and secured team owner Roger Penske's landmark 500th victory across all competitions.
Brad Keselowski puts aside struggles with Darlington win
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski took nearly the entire season to break through to victory lane. Kyle Larson will have to wait a little bit longer.
Team Penske with big weekend at Darlington Raceway
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Watch out Big Three, Team Penske is coming on strong.
Penske racers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finished first and second in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night in a powerful performance that gives them confidence of being a factor in the upcoming playoffs in couple of weeks.
Brad Keselowski’s late move in the pits wins Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski provided perhaps the biggest throwback at the Southern 500 — giving Team Penske its first victory at Darlington Raceway in 43 years.
"This is probably the biggest win of my career," said Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR champion.
Keselowski beat leader Kyle Larson out of the pits — "It couldn't have been more than 10 feet," Keselowski said — with 22 laps to go, then pulled away on the restart to sweep the weekend at Darlington.
The Latest: Keselowski sweeps weekend with Southern 500 win
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest from NASCAR racing at Darlington Raceway on Sunday (all times EDT):
Brad Keselowski beat leader Kyle Larson out of the pits with 22 laps to go, then pulled away on a restart to win the Southern 500 and sweep the weekend at Darlington Raceway.
Keselowski took the Xfinity race Saturday when leaders Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick wrecked late. This time, Keselowski and his crew took advantage on the final caution to move in front with a fast pit stop.
Denny Hamlin on the pole for Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin will look to end a yearlong drought in NASCAR's top series when he starts on the pole for the Southern 500.
Hamlin has not won since taking the checkered flag at Darlington Raceway a year ago. He showed his Darlington touch might be back when he turned the fastest lap in qualifying, and then finished fourth in the Xfinity race Saturday.
The Latest: Kurt Busch wins Bristol for 6th victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest from NASCAR's race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local):
Kurt Busch has won the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway to steal the spotlight from his younger brother.
Busch's victory was his first of the season and sixth career Cup win on the Tennessee bullring. He raced Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer hard on a late restart to grab the lead and hung on to earn a spot in the playoffs.
Larson takes Xfinity Series event for 1st win at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Larson capitalized on Kyle Busch's early exit to win the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, his first victory ever at the track he calls his favorite.
Larson has won four of the six Xfinity Series races he has entered this season. The latest victory came hours after he earned the pole for the Cup Series event Saturday night.
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.
- Wisconsin State JournalBrad Keselowski takes NASCAR weekend sweepSeptember 3, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsRucker, Woodhead among 6 chosen to Nebraska Football Hall of FameJuly 28, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsFour Huskers honored as part of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame ClassJuly 27, 2018
- Tribune-ReviewNASCAR driver Kyle Larson nabs Silver Cup win at LernervilleJuly 18, 2018
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Joey Logano wins Xfinity pole at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the Xfinity pole for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.
Logano led a Penske Racing sweep of the front row with a speed of 122.995 mph around the 2.45-mile natural terrain layout to edge teammate Brad Keselowski as Cup regulars took the top four spots. Kyle Larson was third and AJ Allmendinger fourth.
Xfininity regular Daniel Hemric, sixth in points, will go off fifth.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger isn't exactly sure how it happened. More than a month later he's still beating himself up over it, though.
"I just missed a shift," Allmendinger said Friday at Watkins Glen International. "It's something I've never really done before. It's still on my mind, for sure."
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.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four former Nebraska Cornhuskers and two former Chadron State Eagles will be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
The ex-Huskers entering the Hall are defensive end Mike Rucker (1995-98), punter Kyle Larson (2001-03) and offensive linemen Dan Schmidt (1974-76) and Bob Sledge (1986-88). Inductees from Chadron State will be running back Danny Woodhead (2004-07) and defensive end Casey Beran (1996-99).
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Haley started last and crossed the finish line first.
It would have been a stellar run in just his second Xfinity Series race — if only he could have kept two tires above the double-yellow line at Daytona International Speedway.
Kyle Larson was declared the winner of the Firecracker 250 on Friday night when Haley's late pass in overtime was ruled illegal.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. has a proposition for the two guys dominating the NASCAR Cup Series: Swap cars for a race and see what happens.
Vocalizing what's been obvious on the track all season, Wallace said Thursday the problem with the Chevrolets is, well, the Chevrolets.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson raced all over the track during an electric final lap. As Busch began to celebrate his dramatic victory, Larson gave him a thumb's up.
It was quite a finish, and they knew it.
Busch outdueled Larson down the stretch Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, earning his fifth victory of the season.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (all times local):
Kyle Busch has won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, holding off Kyle Larson on a wild final lap.
It was Busch's fifth win of the season and No. 48 for his career, matching Herb Thomas for 14th on the Cup Series' list.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Once Kyle Larson got to the top of the track, it was all over.
Larson used the high line Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway to pass Kevin Harvick and drive away to a dominant victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
"You can look at any track where you can run inches off the wall and I'll be faster than anybody," he said. "Once the lap times dropped off enough around the bottom I could move up there and go really fast."
NASCAR Cup drivers taking on road course in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The NASCAR Cup Series is ready to go racing in wine country.
Northern California's own Kyle Larson starts from the pole in the road course race in Sonoma. Defending champion Kevin Harvick starts sixth in a race that could be wide-open.
The track is just one of three road courses on the NASCAR schedule, and the 11 turns present a tough challenge for drivers used to going solely in an oval.
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.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Larson isn't jumping from NASCAR into full-time dirt track racing any time soon.
Larson said Friday that he didn't mean to minimize his commitment to NASCAR this week when he expressed his plans to race full-time in the World of Outlaws sprint car series "before I'm 40."
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — As a born-and-bred Northern Californian, Kyle Larson is quite familiar with the numerous twists and 11 turns on the vaunted Sonoma Raceway road course.
That doesn't make him much better at navigating them in a stock car.
Larson trying for 4 straight wins at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson is still seeking his first victory of the season.
He may have come to the right place.
Michigan International Speedway has been awfully good to Larson of late. He's won the last three NASCAR Cup Series races there, including two in 2017. He's ninth in the points standings this year, and although he's still winless, he has to be considered a threat Sunday.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway (all times local):
Martin Truex Jr. pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
Truex held off championship favorites Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick down the stretch and won for the second time this season.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR All-Star race (all times local):
Kevin Harvick continued his dominating season, winning the NASCAR All-Star race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway to take home $1 million.
Harvick won two of the first three stages and beat Daniel Suarez to the finish line to claim his second All-Star race victory. It came exactly 11 years after his first win in this event.