7-time NASCAR champion Johnson gets new crew chief
On the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is moving on to another new crew chief in the hope of reversing a serious slide...
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Bubba Wallace is committed to getting a "champ stamp " of Richard Petty.
Wallace says he'll get a tattoo somewhere on his body of an autograph of Petty's signature...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace acknowledged going through some tough times, on and off the track, before breaking down in tears ahead of Saturday night's race at Kansas...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson posed for a photo with Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty from an appearance this weekend and wrote the caption "367 and counting."
Bobby Rahal to be honored for motorsports contributions
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time CART champion Bobby Rahal will be honored with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for his contributions to motorsports.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch has 200 NASCAR national series wins, the same number as Richard Petty, and the totals will never stack up equally into a pair of neat columns that make for an...
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Busch was dominating yet another race when a speeding penalty on pit road dropped him to the middle of the pack at Auto Club Speedway.
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Fontana (all times local):
Kyle Busch tied Richard Petty's NASCAR record with his 200th national victory across the...
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Cole Custer postponed Kyle Busch's historic 200th victory for at least one more day.
Custer held off Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway...
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — If Kyle Busch earns his landmark 200th victory across NASCAR's three major series this weekend in Southern California, don't expect him to do much to celebrate the...
AP Was There: Yarborough-Allison brawl mars ’79 Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty won the race. Who won the fight?
The 1979 Daytona 500 title may have gone to The King, but it is most memorable for the infield brawl between Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers, Donnie and Bobby. The tussle came after Yarborough and Donnie Allison wrecked while running 1-2 on the last lap of the race, giving Petty his opening.
AP Was There: Petty wins fight-marred 1979 Daytona 500
EDITOR'S NOTE __ Having grown up in Ohio, I had never seen a NASCAR race in person until the weekend of racing that climaxed with the Feb. 18, 1979, Daytona 500.
That's when, as an Associated Press sports writer newly based in Florida, I covered what would be one of the most memorable Daytona 500 races of all time. It ended chaotically, with a last-lap crash followed by a brawl that allowed the great Richard Petty to get a surprise victory.
Kyle vs. The King: Busch chases Petty for 200 NASCAR wins
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch had been sprayed with champagne and hoisted his winner's trophy last July at Pocono Raceway when fans sitting high above the stage shouted his name so they could snap a quick photo.
Busch craned his neck to oblige the requests and the signage on the premium seating structure was impossible to miss: the Richard Petty 200 Victory Circle.
Lackluster racing dampens expectations for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is shaping up to be a snoozer of a showcase.
Three exhibition races produced lackluster racing and little excitement beyond a pair of crashes Jimmie Johnson triggered. Now expectations are sinking in anticipation of Sunday's season-opening race and NASCAR has no plans to tweak the rules package, either.
Richard Petty, winner of a record seven Daytona 500s, was blunt Friday when asked if he thought Speedweeks had produced good racing.
Dillon, Wallace try and rekindle Daytona 500 magic
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dillon would fly home from another miserable race last year — say, a 35th-place finish at Talladega or a 37th at Chicagoland — and try and comfort himself with thoughts of when he was feeling sky high.
"Every time you have a bad race, you're justifying it," Dillon said. "Well, we won the (Daytona) 500, you know."
David Pearson, NASCAR’s Silver Fox, has died at 83
David Pearson, the NASCAR pioneer known as "The Silver Fox" for his cunning craft and a longtime rivalry with Richard Petty, has died. He was 83.
The Wood Brothers Racing team said Pearson died Monday night in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he was born and lived most of his life. Details were not immediately available.
Bubba Wallace has sights on blazing more trails in NASCAR
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bubba Wallace does not care about the way things used to be done in NASCAR, and he is not interested in how veterans believe he is supposed to drive.
The rookie behind the wheel of Richard Petty's iconic No. 43 has already defied odds by becoming the only black driver at NASCAR's top level. Reaching the pinnacle of the sport is just the start of what Wallace hopes to accomplish.
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Stewart-Haas aiming to dominate NASCAR playoff’s round of 8
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart passionately believed in Aric Almirola when others dismissed the racecar driver as a journeyman with nothing more to offer than the backing of a bacon company sponsor.
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 Sadler to stop racing full-time after season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Elliott Sadler won't race full-time in NASCAR after this season, ending a stretch of 21 years with a ride in one of NASCAR's top series.
Elliott is 43 and currently drives for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. He said Wednesday he'd like to spend more time with his two young children.
Kyle Busch wins 6th race of the season at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were in sync everywhere on the track but victory lane. When it was time to snap photos of the winners, some members flashed one finger, others held up six.
Yes, that's one for the win at Pocono Raceway and six for the total this season.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kurt Busch found another sport that suits him: The former NASCAR champion traveled to England to watch his wife play polo with a prince.
The 2004 NASCAR Cup champ hit the sights in London and cheered on wife Ashley during a charity polo match with Prince Harry. Ashley Busch is an accomplished polo player and was recruited to compete in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club with the Sentebale St. Regis team.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Bubba and the King are sticking together.
Richard Petty Motorsports has signed rookie driver Darrell Wallace Jr. to a two-year contract extension through 2020. More commonly known by his childhood nickname "Bubba," Wallace was second in the Daytona 500 for the highest finish for a black driver in the race.
"We like a little bit of what he's doing so I think we're going to hire him again for next year," Petty said Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Jeff Gordon's name is presented to panel of voters for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the debate should be short and simple.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. was a budding photographer his first few years at the track, snapping away with his Canon 60D to show an insider's view of NASCAR.
The hobby is on hold. Wallace fills his social media feeds with photos shot on his mobile phone. The fancy camera still has the lens cap on.
"I just don't have time for it now," Wallace said. "This Cup schedule, it takes all your time away."
Tim Clark watched NASCAR races from the grandstands at Richmond Raceway as a kid.
“I remember vividly I met Richard Petty, who was my ultimate sports hero,” Clark said. “I was too starstruck to even ask for an autograph. I just stood there with eyes wide open and my jaw dropped to the floor.”
Now it’s his job to bring the sport’s newest stars to fans, in the newest ways.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's Vegas race (all times EST):
Kevin Harvick raced to his second straight NASCAR Cup win with a dominant performance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, earning his 100th career win across the three national series.
Richard Petty cars, trophies to be sold at auction on May 12
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR legend Richard Petty says after "accumulating stuff" for 80 years, it's time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items.
Petty's iconic day-glow red and Petty blue 1974 Dodge Charger is going on sale at an auction on May 12 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, along with other cars, his 1981 Daytona 500 trophy and other items. Petty drove the '74 Charger to 31 wins, including his fifth Daytona 500 championship.
The Latest: Wallace overcome with emotion after historic run
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local):
Darrell Wallace Jr. sobbed in his mother's arms after he posted the best finish for a black driver in the Daytona 500.
Wallace was runner-up to winner Austin Dillon, and the emotion of the achievement hit the rookie driver inside the track's media center. Wallace, the son of a black mother and a white father, cried with his mother and then with his sister on the stage.
Wallace tops Daytona 500 speed chart in final practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first black driver to start the Daytona 500 since 1969 continues to blaze a trail at Speedweeks.
Darrell Wallace Jr. turned heads again Saturday at Daytona International Speedway and topped the speed chart in the final practice for NASCAR's season opener.
"A lot of stories, a lot of headlines being talked about," Wallace said.
Bubba Wallace set to make history as black driver in Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver's eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct.
Bubba at Daytona changed the game.
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. had driven the iconic No. 43 car to a third-place finish in a Daytona 500 qualifying race, setting off a celebration for Richard Petty Motorsports almost worthy of winning NASCAR's marquee race itself.
When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field rolls to the green flag for the start of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, it will be Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry family sedans versus... the Chevy Camaro ZL1 track beast. Doesn't seem like a fair fight.
For the first time in NASCAR Cup Series history, Chevy will officially enter its Camaro muscle car in America's premier racing league.
Robert Yates posthumously inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Yates lived long enough to hear his name announced as a NASCAR Hall of Famer.
Although he lost his battle with liver cancer five months after he was voted into the Hall, Yates was able to write his own acceptance speech for Friday night's ceremony. It was read by Dale Jarrett, a Hall of Famer who won the 1999 championship driving for Yates.
Petty has primary sponsor for Wallace’s full-time Cup debut
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports has a primary sponsor for the 2018 season debut of Darrell Wallace Jr. as the full-time driver in the iconic No. 43 car.
Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive for Richard Petty in 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. will become the first black full-time driver at NASCAR's top level since 1971 when he takes over Richard Petty's iconic ride next season.
The 24-year-old Wallace, more commonly referred to by his nickname of "Bubba," became the first black driver to race at NASCAR's top level since 2006 when he replaced an injured Aric Almirola earlier this year. At the time, Petty recalled, he wasn't sure he wanted Wallace as a replacement.
Earnhardt won’t judge athletes who don’t stand for anthem
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two NASCAR team owners who said they would fire employees who do not stand for the national anthem do not speak for the sport, star driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday.
Trump wants NFL owners to fire protesting players. Can they?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Several NFL owners locked arms with their players this weekend instead of taking a challenge from President Donald Trump to fire them for protesting during the national anthem. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty said he would get rid of anyone on his racing team who didn't stand.
Wallace faces uncertain future with Petty race team
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Aric Almirola joked that the reporters waving digital recorders in his face were more than he had after his lone Cup victory in Daytona.
Almirola only really had one question to answer: Where are you racing in 2018, Aric?
"I can't talk about next year. You know I can't," he said Friday.
Danica Patrick done at Stewart-Haas after ’17, future unsure
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Danica Patrick, the only female driver at NASCAR's top level, is likely at the end of her driving career after a sponsorship shake-up left her without a ride at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Danica Patrick done at Stewart-Haas after ’17, future unsure
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick, the only female driver at NASCAR's top level, is likely at the end of her driving career after a sponsorship shake-up left her without a ride at Stewart-Haas Racing.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch tossed his 2-year-old son in the air during his latest victory lane celebration.
He's taking baby steps toward catching The King.
Busch dominated yet again to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He won for the third time this season and 89th time in his career in the second-tier series. On Saturday night, he told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he plans to retire from the Xfinity Series when he gets to 100 victories.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Aric Almirola plans to return to action this weekend after missing two months of the NASCAR season with a fractured vertebra.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that Almirola would be back in the No. 43 car this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Almirola suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 vertebra - just above the middle of his back - during a fiery multi-car wreck May 13 at Kanas Speedway.
Richard Petty heard someone shout for the King to stop as his golf cart sped past rows of RVs parked at the Pocono Raceway infield.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has agreed to a three-year contract extension that keeps the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020.
Hendrick announced the deal Friday. The team also says Lowe's has signed an agreement to continue its primary sponsorship of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet through next year.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. woke up around 2:30 a.m. ready to race. Hours later, he strode across the stage for driver introductions to a nice ovation from thousands of NASCAR fans, his little slice of race history ahead.
Wallace became just the eighth black driver to race in NASCAR's top Cup series when he started the No. 43 Ford at Pocono Raceway. During the week he chatted with team owner and Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty and, like any rookie in his debut, tried to stay calm.
Darrell Wallace Jr. used to steel himself against racial insults spewed at him in the lower levels of racing and he survived sponsorship woes that slowed his advancement through NASCAR.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. will become the first black driver to race at NASCAR's top level since 2006 when he replaces injured Aric Almirola this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
Richard Petty Motorsports said Wallace, more commonly referred to by his nickname "Bubba," will be the replacement in the No. 43 until Almirola returns.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first childhood memories of Cup Series racing come from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He remembers watching his famous father Dale Sr. tear up the track. He ran plastic Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough cars down a nearby dusty hill. He recalls his days as a teenager, breaking into the track with buddies and hotwiring golf carts until they were chased off by approaching headlights.