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Reigning SRX Series champ Tony Stewart wins at South Boston

Reigning SRX Series champion Tony Stewart earned his first victory of the season Saturday night at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

Hamlin wins Nashville NASCAR Cup pole in rain-shortened qualifying

A timely rain shower canceled the final round of NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Saturday at Nashville and Denny Hamlin was the beneficiary.

2022 NASCAR Cup Nashville qualifying results

Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

A look back on Bruton Smith's life, and his impact on NASCAR

There is little coincidence NASCAR’s rise in popularity in the 1980s and 90s came at the same time Bruton Smith was rattling off some of his biggest accomplishments.

Why seeing the whites of driver’s eyes is F1 and NASCAR’s biggest difference

As a Daytona 500 winner and long-time follower of Formula 1, Team Penske NASCAR Cup driver Austin Cindric is well qualified to judge the differences between the two series.

Mixed results from Martinsville NASCAR tire test

Two of the drivers that participated in this week’s Goodyear tire test at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway said they saw mostly mixed results.

Martin Truex Jr. confirms 2023 Cup return with JGR

After much speculation, Martin Truex Jr. will not yet be ending his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Bubba Wallace fastest in NASCAR Cup practice at Nashville

Bubba Wallace led the way in Friday’s lone NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway.

2022 NASCAR Cup Nashville practice results

The lone NASCAR Cup Series practice session of the weekend at Nashville Superspeedway has concluded with Bubba Wallace atop the time sheets.

Stenhouse signs contract extension with JTG Daugherty Racing

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has signed a new deal that will see him return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2023.

NASCAR Cup Series on pace for record-breaking 2022 season

There’s been a fairly strong consensus so far this season that the Next Gen car has produced some exceptional racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. But what do the statistics say?

"The ball is rolling" to land Helio Castroneves a NASCAR ride

Fresh off a stock car win last weekend in the SRX Series, IndyCar Series star Helio Castroneves has plans in the works to make his NASCAR debut as well.

Supercars star explains 2023 NASCAR plan

Supercars star Brodie Kostecki is looking to dovetail a partial NASCAR Cup Series programme with his Australian commitments next season.

2022 NASCAR at Nashville - Start time, how to watch & more

NASCAR returns from a rare off-weekend for Round 17 of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season at Nashville Superspeedway.

Chase Briscoe: "I feel like we have our speed back"

Chase Briscoe may not yet feel like a championship contender in the NASCAR Cup Series but his performance of late has shown vast improvement.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bruton Smith dies, aged 95

Legendary businessman and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bruton Smith has died.

NBC set to cover 'heavyweight fight' to make NASCAR playoffs

As NBC kicks off broadcasting its half of the NASCAR season this weekend at Nashville, its top analysts believe the best may yet to come from the Next Gen car in the Cup Series.

NASCAR star Clint Bowyer involved in deadly accident

Clint Bowyer was involved in a fatal accident that resulted in the death of a 47-year-old woman.

How Trackhouse and Suarez played the mavericks of NASCAR

After years of struggling to get a foothold in NASCAR Cup's rank and file, Daniel Suarez threw his lot in with the brand new Trackhouse team last season. As the team builds in force, Suarez has been repaid for his faith with his long-awaited first Cup win. Here's how he rose from "rock bottom" - and what his win means long-term.

NASCAR's exclusive club of international race winners Sonoma
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NASCAR's exclusive club of international race winners

Daniel Suarez made history as the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race when he took the checkered flag last weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Larson team penalized, three suspended over loose wheel Sonoma
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Larson team penalized, three suspended over loose wheel

The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team has been penalized for losing a wheel during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

Marks: Suarez 'wanted to prove he belonged' in NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma
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Marks: Suarez 'wanted to prove he belonged' in NASCAR Cup Series

Trackhouse Racing co-owner Justin Marks never doubted Daniel Suarez would become a NASCAR Cup Series winner because he never doubted Suarez’s desire.

Suarez on first Cup win: "I wasn't going to give up here" Sonoma
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Suarez on first Cup win: "I wasn't going to give up here"

Daniel Suarez has come too far and come too close to realizing his NASCAR dreams that he was not about to give up.

Buescher "ran out of steam" trying to chase down Suarez for win Sonoma
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Buescher "ran out of steam" trying to chase down Suarez for win

It’d been a rough two weeks for Chris Buescher but a near-victory Sunday at Sonoma nearly made up for all of it.

Daniel Suarez claims first career NASCAR Cup win at Sonoma Sonoma
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Daniel Suarez claims first career NASCAR Cup win at Sonoma

After having come close many times, Daniel Suarez finally has his first career win in the NASCAR Cup Series.

NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma race results: Suarez wins Sonoma
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NASCAR Cup Series Sonoma race results: Suarez wins

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season continues to produce surprising race winners.

NASCAR 'Clash' to return to Los Angeles in 2023 Sonoma
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NASCAR 'Clash' to return to Los Angeles in 2023

NASCAR's Busch Light Clash will return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2023.

Kyle Larson wins Sonoma pole in front row lockout for Hendrick Sonoma
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Kyle Larson wins Sonoma pole in front row lockout for Hendrick

Kyle Larson will pick up Sunday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway where he left off last season – out front.

Hendrick teammates lead NASCAR Cup practice at Sonoma

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott topped the lone NASCAR Cup Series practice at Sonoma.

NASCAR's Steve Phelps: "We're going to be bold and innovative"

Touting new venues, the Next Gen car and the success of new teams in the Cup Series, NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the sport will continue to do “the unexpected.”

NASCAR at Sonoma schedule, entry list and how to watch Sonoma
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NASCAR at Sonoma schedule, entry list and how to watch

NASCAR is back road course racing this weekend with Round 16 of the 2022 season at Sonoma Raceway.

NASCAR to let drivers "sort it out" after Gateway incidents

NASCAR appears to be leaning toward allowing driver Ross Chastain and those angry with him following his actions in Sunday’s race at Gateway to “sort it out” themselves.

Joey Logano relishes wins in "up and down" NASCAR Cup season

Joey Logano has won two of the last four NASCAR Cup Series races but he and his team still aren’t sure just how good they are this season.

Late restart cost Kyle Busch who welcomed "a shot at the win" Gateway
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Late restart cost Kyle Busch who welcomed "a shot at the win"

The circumstances didn’t prove ideal for Kyle Busch to win Sunday’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Gateway but there was a bigger picture to appreciate.

Ross Chastain: "I owe half of the field an apology" Gateway
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Ross Chastain: "I owe half of the field an apology"

Sunday’s inaugural NASCAR Cup race at Gateway started incident-free but when the action heated up, Ross Chastain found himself the focus of much of it.

Joey Logano outduels Kyle Busch for inaugural Gateway Cup win Gateway
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Joey Logano outduels Kyle Busch for inaugural Gateway Cup win

Joey Logano emerged victorious in a back-and-forth battle with Kyle Busch in overtime to win the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

NASCAR Cup Gateway race results: Logano wins

Joey Logano defeated Kyle Busch in NASCAR overtime at WWT Raceway, capturing his second win of the 2022 season.

Fords dominate Gateway Cup qualifying with Briscoe on pole Gateway
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Fords dominate Gateway Cup qualifying with Briscoe on pole

Chase Briscoe, who earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series win earlier this season, has now added his first career pole.

Harvick: Running Indy road course "terrible for our sport"

Kevin Harvick says it’s very difficult guessing how the Next Gen car will perform on different tracks but is adamant the NASCAR Cup Series should not be running the IMS Road Course.

Team Penske drivers dominate NASCAR Cup practice at Gateway Gateway
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Team Penske drivers dominate NASCAR Cup practice at Gateway

Joey Logano and his Penske teammates led the way in Friday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

NASCAR at Gateway schedule, entry list and how to watch Gateway
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NASCAR at Gateway schedule, entry list and how to watch

WWT Raceway will host the NASCAR Cup Series at Gateway for the very first time this weekend.

NASCAR Cup driver Chris Buescher sidelined by COVID-19

Full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher will miss this weekend's race at WWT Raceway after testing positive for COVID-19.

What to expect when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Gateway Gateway
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What to expect when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Gateway

The NASCAR Cup Series will make its first visit to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sunday, the only new track on the 2022 schedule.

Denny Hamlin: "No domination in our sport right now"

Denny Hamlin’s roller coaster 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season hit another peak with his Coke 600 victory and he may finally have found the consistency that has eluded him.

NASCAR Championship Weekend will return to Phoenix in 2023

While the 2023 schedule has yet to be released, NASCAR confirmed Phoenix Raceway will continue to host NASCAR Championship Weekend next season.

Chase Briscoe on Coke 600: "I threw it away, plain and simple" Charlotte
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Chase Briscoe on Coke 600: "I threw it away, plain and simple"

Chase Briscoe isn’t afraid to make a daring late-race move for the win but for the second time this season he came up short.

Kyle Larson's "worst race" nearly ended with fairy tale win

As a testament to Kyle Larson’s ability, he had a legitimate chance to win a marathon Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night that earlier in the race he described as “the worst race in my life.”

Denny Hamlin wins dramatic Coke 600 with last-lap pass Charlotte
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Denny Hamlin wins dramatic Coke 600 with last-lap pass

Denny Hamlin survived a chaotic, five hour-plus race that went to two overtimes and won Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Buescher expects to be 'sore' after Coke 600 rollover crash Charlotte
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Buescher expects to be 'sore' after Coke 600 rollover crash

The 2022 Coca-Cola 600 was red-flagged after one car went rolling multiple times across the infield turf.

NASCAR Cup 2022 Coke 600 results: Hamlin wins Charlotte
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NASCAR Cup 2022 Coke 600 results: Hamlin wins

NASCAR's longest race was a dramatic slugfest ending in one spectacular finish.

Restart crash eliminates several contenders in Coke 600 Charlotte
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Restart crash eliminates several contenders in Coke 600

Several cars were collected in a restart crash just shy of halfway in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin takes Coke 600 pole as Toyota sweeps first two rows Charlotte
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Denny Hamlin takes Coke 600 pole as Toyota sweeps first two rows

Denny Hamlin led a Toyota sweep of the first two rows, winning the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Coke 600 qualifying results Charlotte
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NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Coke 600 qualifying results

Denny Hamlin leads a Toyota 1-2-3-4 in Coca-Cola 600 qualifying.

Larson fastest in Coke 600 NASCAR Cup practice, then wrecks Charlotte
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Larson fastest in Coke 600 NASCAR Cup practice, then wrecks

Kyle Larson ended up fastest in Saturday’s lone practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Coca-Cola 600, but it won’t do him much good.

NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Coke 600 practice results Charlotte
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NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Coke 600 practice results

The lone practice session for NASCAR's longest race ends with Kyle Larson atop the speed charts.

2022 NASCAR Coke 600 schedule, entry list and how to watch Charlotte
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2022 NASCAR Coke 600 schedule, entry list and how to watch

It's time for a NASCAR crown jewel with the sport's longest race -- 600 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Why Kimi Raikkonen couldn't say no to a return to racing

When Kimi Raikkonen left Formula 1 for good, many expected it to be the end of his racing career. But the Finn never ruled out new adventures and with his interest piqued by NASCAR, here’s why he couldn’t turn down the opportunity presented by Trackhouse Racing

Shell/Pennzoil expands Penske deal in NASCAR and IndyCar

Shell/Pennzoil has extended its relationship with Team Penske in NASCAR and greatly expanded its involvement in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Raikkonen to make racing return in NASCAR at Watkins Glen with Trackhouse
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Raikkonen to make racing return in NASCAR at Watkins Glen with Trackhouse

Kimi Raikkonen will make his first racing appearance since retiring from Formula 1 when he enters a NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in August.

The stars Trackhouse should target for its NASCAR Cup plan

The Project 91 initiative announced on Tuesday by NASCAR Cup squad Trackhouse Racing aims to attract top international stars to stock cars. Motorsport.com picks some drivers it should target.