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Alex Bowman cleared to return for Phoenix NASCAR Cup finale

Alex Bowman has been medically cleared to return to action in next week’s NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

Bubba Wallace beats Hamlin, wins Kansas Cup race Kansas II
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Bubba Wallace beats Hamlin, wins Kansas Cup race

For the second consecutive week, the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs produced a surprise winner as Bubba Wallace held off Denny Hamlin to win at Kansas Speedway.

Tyler Reddick beats Logano for Cup pole at Kansas Kansas II
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Tyler Reddick beats Logano for Cup pole at Kansas

Playoff driver Tyler Reddick backed up his speed from practice and won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Kvyat: After F1, I can't see anything cooler than NASCAR

Daniil Kvyat doesn’t view a move to NASCAR as a career reset or restart but for now it will be his primary focus.

Ex-F1 racer Kvyat to make NASCAR Cup debut at Indianapolis this weekend

Ex-Red Bull Formula 1 racer Daniil Kvyat will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the Indianapolis Road Course this weekend, the first of three races with Team Hezeberg.

Justin Allgaier wins wreck-marred New Hampshire Xfinity race New Hampshire
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Justin Allgaier wins wreck-marred New Hampshire Xfinity race

After numerous leaders experienced issues, Justin Allgaier won a wild, wreck-marred NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday at New Hampshire.

Busch Light invests $10 million in female NASCAR driver program

Long-time sponsor Busch Light is investing in a new program to help promote and develop women drivers in NASCAR.

Stewart-Haas lands new primary sponsor for Chase Briscoe

Stewart-Haas Racing has landed a new multi-year primary sponsor for 2021 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year Chase Briscoe.

Todd Gilliland lands full-time NASCAR Cup drive with Front Row Motorsports

Front Row Motorsports has promoted Todd Gilliland to the NASCAR Cup Series alongside Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, and added Zane Smith to run Trucks as part of its 2022 season driver lineup.

NASCAR confirms practice and qualifying return for 2022 national series
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NASCAR confirms practice and qualifying return for 2022 national series

All three NASCAR national series will return to holding a qualifying session in 2022 and most weekends will also see a return to practice.

NASCAR signs off Next Gen car, chassis released to teams this week

Following the results of a review of crash test data by an independent panel of experts, NASCAR will be releasing Next Gen car chassis and car parts to Cup teams this week.

NASCAR Truck racer tests positive for COVID, will miss Atlanta

NASCAR Truck Series driver Kris Wright has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR to require Hailie Deegan to take sensitivity training

NASCAR on Monday penalized driver Hailee Deegan for using a slur during a live broadcast of an iRacing event.

Kyle Larson returns to NASCAR with Hendrick in #5 car
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Kyle Larson returns to NASCAR with Hendrick in #5 car

Suspended driver Kyle Larson will not only return to NASCAR competition in 2021, but he will do so with one of the sport’s most successful teams.

NASCAR believes Michael Jordan can be a ‘player’ in racing, too
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NASCAR believes Michael Jordan can be a ‘player’ in racing, too

Michael Jordan’s NASCAR Cup team doesn’t even have an official name yet but its impact across the sport is already being felt far and wide. And NASCAR believes this is just the beginning of enormous possibilities.

How the 2021 Cup Schedule may forever change NASCAR racing Prime
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How the 2021 Cup Schedule may forever change NASCAR racing

NASCAR clearly followed through on big changes to its 2021 Cup Series schedule, including a trio of new road course venues, but more work lies ahead.

Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan to field Cup team for Bubba Wallace
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Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan to field Cup team for Bubba Wallace

NASCAR Cup Series star Denny Hamlin confirmed Monday night he will be involved in fielding a team in 2021 along with NBA legend Michael Jordan that will feature Bubba Wallace as its driver.

Austin Dillon tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Daytona

Austin Dillon has become the fourth NASCAR driver who has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s race on the Daytona Road Course.

NASCAR releases remainder of 2020 schedules, including playoffs

NASCAR unveiled the remainder of its 2020 schedule on Thursday which keeps the 10-race Cup Series playoff schedule as-is and adds Xfinity and Truck series races.

Jimmie Johnson medically cleared to resume racing in NASCAR

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will return to competition this weekend at Kentucky Speedway after being cleared by his doctors.

Despite win, Brad Keselowski’s future remains in doubt

Penske’s Brad Keselowski solidified his chance to win a second NASCAR Cup Series championship this season but his future remains much more in doubt.

Chase Briscoe: “I was emotionally a wreck, all over the place”

It was shaping up to be a big week for Chase Briscoe. It ended up one clouded with personal tragedy but ultimately lightened by victory.

NASCAR at Darlington will not start on time due to rain

Once again persistent rain in South Carolina is threatening to disrupt NASCAR’s continued return to live racing.

Rain threatens to halt NASCAR's return to action

Heavy rain has moved into the Carolinas and threatens to throw a roadblock into the continuation of NASCAR’s return to racing this week.

Bowman: Darlington speed proves Hendrick “strength”

Even a more than two-month break didn’t appear to slow down Alex Bowman.

What it was like to be a part of NASCAR’s racing comeback

I’ve spent more than 20 years covering NASCAR races and witnessed many of the sport’s darkest moments, but never with an instruction manual.

Alex Bowman gets 2021 Hendrick Motorsports contract extension

Alex Bowman on Saturday became the latest NASCAR Cup Series free agent to lock down a contract extension, just as the 2020 season is set to resume.

Police arrest man following bomb threats to Darlington Raceway

Darlington County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested a man accused of leaving threatening messages at Darlington Raceway.

"Burnt out" Bubba Wallace pulls out of Talladega eNASCAR race

Bubba Wallace, who earlier this month lost a real-world sponsor after abruptly quitting an eNASCAR race, has decided not to participate in this weekend’s event.

NASCAR remains on hiatus as N.C. governor extends order

NASCAR races remain on hiatus as North Carolina extended its stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

eNASCAR Heat Pro League gears up for second season
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eNASCAR Heat Pro League gears up for second season

The second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League gets underway Wednesday night with several new competitors and some competition changes.

North Carolina governor holds brake on NASCAR racing resumption

NASCAR’s desire to begin racing again next month without fans appears to have received a cool response from the North Carolina governor’s office.

NASCAR president praises fans, hopes to 'go green' soon

NASCAR President Steve Phelps shared an open letter to the sport’s fans on Tuesday thanking them for their passion and commitment during a difficult time.

Tifft hospitalized prior to first Martinsville practice

NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt Tifft was transported to a local hospital Saturday morning and will sit out all track activity today.

Hamlin wins, Elliott advances in double overtime at Kansas

Denny Hamlin held off Chase Elliott in double overtime to win Sunday at Kansas Speedway, which also saw Elliott squeak into the next round of the playoffs.

Chase Elliott to compete in Xfinity Series opener with JRM

For the fifth consecutive season, Chase Elliott will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener with JR Motorsports.

NASCAR: "We have a lot of work to do" despite positive test

NASCAR officials feel “pretty good” about the testing of its new aero package but don’t plan to declare any sort of victory.

Clint Bowyer on new aero rules: "We're all in this together"

Testing in NASCAR is typically a selfish endeavor, a driver and team working to make their car the fastest it can be. Las Vegas this week is a different story.

Sponsor Bass Pro Shops joins Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing

Martin Truex Jr. may have a new home in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but his ride will have a familiar look.

Corey LaJoie joins Go Fas Racing for 2019 season

Third-generation racer Corey LaJoie will compete fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series next season with Go Fas Racing.

NASCAR's Texas playoff race to receive WWE-style open

This Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is going to get a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)-style opening.

Timothy Peters: "The fire still burns deep" to race in NASCAR Trucks

Timothy Peters had no intentions of curtailing his full-time career driving in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but he didn’t have a say in the decision.

Roush Fenway taps Scott Graves as crew chief for Newman in 2019

Scott Graves will rejoin Roush Fenway Racing next season as crew chief for new driver Ryan Newman.

William Byron: Addition of Chad Knaus is "a huge honor and blessing"

At 20 years old and less than a year of experience in the NASCAR Cup Series, the prospects of working with a seven-time series champion crew chief might seem a bit intimidating for William Byron.

NASCAR Mailbag: Blocking in NASCAR

The team answers your fan questions in this week's edition of the NASCAR Mailbag.

NASCAR Roundtable: With Talladega ahead, who is in playoff danger?

On this week's edition of the NASCAR Roundtable, we take on the recent rules changes announced by the series, as well as Chase Elliott's return to the prominence and how Talladega will affect the playoffs.