CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. gave team owner Joe Gibbs another reason to celebrate at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Truex overcame an early flat tire after hitting the wall, then broke...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart and friends are heading to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside his former car owner Joe Gibbs and...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch was not surprised he dodged a fine from NASCAR for ranting about its current rules package.
Busch's expletive-riddled assessment after Monday's...
Stewart-Haas inks Toco Warranty as new sponsor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing announced a partnership with Toco Warranty that will make the company a primary sponsor of Clint Bowyer's No. 14 Ford Mustang for four races this...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart headlined the six new nominees eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
Joe Gibbs’ eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — J.D. Gibbs, eldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, was remembered as the visionary behind the stellar career of several NASCAR stars following his death from complications a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Gibbs' death Saturday. He died Friday.
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.
Chevrolet updating the Camaro and Silverado in NASCAR
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Chevrolet will update the Camaro SS Coupe raced in the Xfinity Series and its Silverado used in the Truck Series for NASCAR competition next season.
The Camaro is getting its third update since its 2013 debut. The Silverado is being altered for the first time since 2014.
The most notable changes to both vehicles will be to the upper front fascia, fenders, hood and tail regions, which will all be updated to mirror the new production models.
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.
Only on AP: Tony Stewart reconsidering return to Indy 500
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart is reconsidering a return to the Indianapolis 500 in part because of injuries Robert Wickens suffered in an IndyCar crash.
Stewart has been consistent in his desire to run at least one IndyCar race on an oval, preferably at Pocono Raceway, to acclimate himself to the car before he entered the Indianapolis 500. Wickens suffered severe injuries in an Aug. 19 crash at Pocono that included a thoracic spinal fracture and a fractured neck.
Almirola advances in NASCAR playoffs with Talladega win
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Tony Stewart hired Aric Almirola because he believed the journeyman would win races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short.
The boss made sure to keep Almirola's spirits high every chance he got, including a pre-race pep talk Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Chase Briscoe wins Xfinity race on weird Charlotte roval
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe is climbing his way through Ford Racing's development system by racing any kind of car on any kind of track. That exposure gave the Indiana native the wherewithal to attack the new roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway as if it was America's favorite dirt track, the one owned by hero Tony Stewart.
Hamlin looking to his Darlington touch for NASCAR playoffs
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — About the only time Denny Hamlin's had difficulty at Darlington Raceway came when he was trying to impress the brass at Joe Gibbs Racing.
He and Tony Stewart tested at the track "Too Tough To Tame" about 15 years ago and Hamlin remembers tagging the infamous and troublesome wall some 19 or 20 times, "where we didn't have any sheet metal on the side and had worn completely through," he said.
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.
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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford will celebrate its iconic muscle car next year when it races the Mustang in NASCAR's top Cup Series.
The 2019 Mustang for NASCAR competition was unveiled Thursday at the Ford Motor Company World Headquarters. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart drove a Mustang onto a stage for the reveal with all 13 Ford Cup drivers were in attendance.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Tony Stewart is considering a return to the Indianapolis 500 next year.
Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion and Indiana native, grew up chasing a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won twice there in NASCAR's Brickyard 400, but was never able to win the Indy 500.
He last entered the event in 2001. Now retired from full-time racing, Stewart said Thursday he'd like another crack at the Indy 500. But he has one caveat: Stewart will only drive a competitive car.
Truex chasing title as NASCAR’s current king of the road
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has a chance to join former NASCAR greats Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart as kings of the roads.
Truex is seeking his third consecutive victory on a road course in NASCAR's stop Sunday at Watkins Glen. The 11-turn, 3.4-mile circuit joins Sonoma (California) Raceway as the only two true road courses on the Cup schedule.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and NHRA legend Don Schumacher are among seven people chosen for induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
The 2019 class was announced Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Tony Stewart returns to race in upstate New York
DUNDEE, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is returning to upstate New York to race for the first time in nearly four years.
Stewart and his All Star Circuit of Champions are scheduled to compete at three tracks, starting at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee near Watkins Glen on Friday night. They'll also visit Stateline Speedway near Jamestown in southwestern New York on Saturday and conclude the three-race visit on Sunday evening at Weedsport Speedway in central New York.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing has added information technology provider ITsavvy as the primary sponsor for the No. 14 car driven by Clint Bowyer for races at Richmond and Phoenix later this season.
The company will also serve as an associate sponsor for the rest of the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule under terms of the multiyear partnership announced Friday.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was flanked by his Stewart-Haas Racing team on the victory lane stage when a photographer yelled at the group, "What are you holding up?"
"Four!" they shouted in unison.
Harvick, team owner Tony Stewart and the rest flashed their fingers Four Horsemen-style and let out a "Wooo!" before they uncorked the champagne and sprayed anyone in their sights.
The checkered flag collection keeps growing at SHR, and Harvick is leading the way.
Tony Stewart, Ward family settle wrongful death lawsuit
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family against the former NASCAR champion for his role in the death of their son on a dirt track in New York more than three years ago.
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car has apparently reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the former NASCAR star.
According to a notice posted in federal court records on Monday, Judge David Hurd set an April 12 settlement hearing in Utica, New York.
The Latest: Clint Bowyer snaps 190-race winless streak
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway (all times local):
Clint Bowyer has earned his first Cup victory in over five years as Stewart-Haas Racing continued its strong start to the NASCAR season.
Bowyer snapped a 190-race winless streak with his victory Monday at Martinsville Speedway. It was his first win driving for SHR, the team he joined as Tony Stewart's replacement last year.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has a victory, Aric Almirola should have won the Daytona 500 and Clint Bowyer is running well again — signs that Stewart-Haas Racing finally may have adjusted to its switch to Ford.
SHR would admit that last year was an off year, its first driving the Fusion after an exclusive Chevrolet partnership. But the team seemed far closer to its expected pace in the Daytona 500, where 2017 winner Kurt Busch and Almirola had chances to win in the closing laps.
NY judge: Racer’s family can pursue claims against Stewart
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star.
In a 28-page ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd dismissed Stewart's counterclaim and said the case was best left to a jury. Hurd concluded it was inappropriate at this early stage of the case to draw factual conclusions from competing evidence in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.
Homestead, Fla. — As Kyle Busch walked off the stage following the final race of the year, a NASCAR official told the driver he would see him next season.
Column: NASCAR finale a respite from exodus of stars
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — As Kyle Busch walked off the stage following the final race of the year, a NASCAR official told the driver he would see him next season.
The Latest: Ganassi has spoken to Patrick about 2018 races
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local):
Team Chip Ganassi says he has spoken to Danica Patrick about possibly allowing her to drive for him in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500.
Patrick announced her retirement from full-time racing Friday but added that she will do the "Danica Double" in 2018.
Aric Almirola named Danica Patrick’s replacement at SHR
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Aric Almirola's path to Stewart-Haas Racing took 10 years and included one of the worst days of his racing career.
Almirola was a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing back in 2007 and had a chance to earn his first career victory while filling in for Denny Hamlin in an Xfinity Series race at Milwaukee. Only the sponsor wanted Hamlin in the car, and Almirola had to get out in the middle of a race he was dominating.
Tony Stewart hints he may run some NASCAR events in future
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart hasn't ruled out a return in some form to NASCAR, perhaps in the Xfinity Series or at Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course.
Darian Grubb named crew chief for William Byron in 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Veteran crew chief Darian Grubb will lead rookie William Byron when he steps up to NASCAR's top level next season with Hendrick Motorsports.
Grubb will be crew chief for Byron and the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro team. Byron will make his Cup Series debut in 2018 and compete for rookie of the year.
Grubb led Tony Stewart to the 2011 Cup championship and has 23 Cup wins, third among active full-time crew chiefs.
Chase for championship: Elliott a NASCAR title contender
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as NASCAR's next big stars and replacements for departed veterans Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He suggested that only one prospect could truly hook a new generation of fans.
Veteran Grubb named crew chief for rest of Kahne’s season
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports has replaced driver Kasey Kahne's crew chief for the rest of the season.
The team named Darian Grubb the crew chief for Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet for the remaining nine races of the NASCAR season. Kahne is in the playoffs and finished 21st Sunday at Chicagoland.
Done, Dale: Junior’s final season ends without championship
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a stamp of approval from fans wanting to write letters to the retiring star, wishing him luck.
Jennifer Hoger has attended races at Chicagoland Speedway for 15 years and penned similar farewell notes to former NASCAR champions Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart in their retirement seasons. She stopped at the red mailbox with No. 88 on the door to drop off her letter:
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.
ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Matt Crafton's time racing on dirt tracks over the past year paid off at Eldora Speedway.
Matt Crafton won the Eldorda Dirt Derby on Wednesday night for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in more than a year.
The two-time series champion passed Stewart Friesen with 17 laps to go in the 150-lap race and won by 1.96 seconds in ThorSport Racing's No. 88 Toyota. Crafton won for the first time since May 2016 at Charlotte.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Thunder Road speedway says 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is coming to race in the Vermont Governor's Cup 150 on July 13.
It will be the first time the Las Vegas native visits the quarter-mile oval in Barre.
Busch will be driving a car prepared by four-time Vermont Governor's Cup winner Nick Sweet.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Lightning McQueen went to NASCAR's victory lane last week when Kyle Larson drove the "Cars 3" vehicle to a win.
The McQueen paint scheme has shifted to Clint Bowyer's car this week, and he's looking to keep the winning streak going.
"Hopefully, lightning strikes again," Bowyer said. "The kid (Larson) won in the Lightning McQueen scheme last week and it would be cool to take Lightning McQueen to victory lane again this week."
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — NASCAR is back at Sonoma Raceway and the defending race winner won't be part of the field on Sunday.
Tony Stewart, who scored the last of his 49 career victories here, is retired now and watches the Cup races as a team owner. He still plans to race this weekend.
Stewart will run at Calistoga Speedway in an event that is being largely promoted by Rico Abreu and his father, local businessman David Abreu.
SUN PRAIRIE — Tony Stewart finished fourth in an Interstate Racing Association winged sprint car on Thursday at Angell Park Speedway.
Too bad the former NASCAR Cup Series driver didn’t stick around and bring a late model to be included among the field of racers to drive on dirt for the first time in the history of the third-mile clay oval in Sun Prairie.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves watched from afar as NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart retired and Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he will step away after the season.
Castroneves is far from jealous. But he is definitely curious.
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was stopped by an Illinois state trooper over the weekend, but not for speeding.
Police spokesman Jason Bradley says Stewart was pulled over Friday for improper lane usage and issued a warning on Interstate 88 in DeKalb, roughly 65 miles from Chicago.
The trooper posted a photo with Stewart on Twitter, which was later taken down. Police are reviewing it to see if the trooper will face discipline for social media use during a traffic stop.
Balky elevator briefly slows NASCAR star Stewart
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was going nowhere fast when his elevator got stuck in a Wisconsin hotel.
Stewart was in Madison over the weekend to race at Angell Park Speedway on Sunday. It was shortly after midnight when the elevator carrying him and six others stopped at the second floor of the Staybridge Suites.
Tony Stewart has driven race cars at well over 200 mph and is a NASCAR champion, but he was no match for a balky elevator in Madison late Saturday night.
Stewart, who turned 46 on Saturday, was in town to race at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie on Sunday, and was at the Staybridge Suites, 3301 City View Drive, shortly after midnight, when the elevator he and about six others were in stopped at the second floor and wouldn't get moving.