FILE - In this July 12, 2020, file photo, Christopher Bell (95) drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Sparta, Ky. Leavine Family Racing, which owns the Cup car driven by Christopher Bell, announced Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, it had sold its charter and will exit NASCAR at the end of the season. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
August 04, 2020 - 12:40 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Leavine Family Racing has sold its NASCAR team but will finish the season with driver Christopher Bell. Team owner Bob Leavine made the announcement Tuesday, saying he could not risk his 41-year-old construction business by continuing to fund the team. Leavine is the second...
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Driver Brad Keselowski holds a giant lobster to celebrate his victory in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 02, 2020 - 7:59 pm
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — With about 70 laps to go in his back-and-forth battle against Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin radioed in to his team: “This is awesome racing.” Imagine how Keselowski felt. The 2012 Cup champion took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, beating Hamlin by 1...
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In this image provided by Jimmie Johnson Racing II, Inc., Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson poses with an IndyCar during testing with Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Indianapolis. Johnson is interested in competing in the IndyCar Series when he retires from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of this season. (Jimmie Johnson Racing II, Inc. via AP)
July 28, 2020 - 7:05 pm
Jimmie Johnson finally fulfilled his childhood dream of driving an Indy car with a test session Tuesday. When the seven-time NASCAR champion finished turning laps, he was sold on figuring out how to race next year in the IndyCar Series. “It only lit the fire more. I want to do this more than ever...
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In this July 7, 2020 photo provided by NASCAR, Rajah Caruth listens in the garage during the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The sport has renewed optimism that its diversity program can field a bumper crop of promising prospects. Caruth might the one who can help lead the way. (NASCAR photo via (AP)
July 28, 2020 - 10:49 am
Rajah Caruth liked the animated autos of “Cars” as a kid, got hooked on the race scene after a trip to the track and sharpened his driving skills as a teen via online racing. Caruth might one day earn his shot at inspiring the next generation of drivers. The 18-year-old Caruth is a NASCAR prospect...
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A security guard peers out from behind NHL-branded fencing at the entrance where players arrive at Toronto's Royal York hotel, which is acting as the "bubble" ahead of the return of the league's season following disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 27, 2020 - 7:18 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The list is for a player who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after being in close contact...
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July 25, 2020 - 5:21 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Maurice Petty, part of a stock car racing dynasty that includes father Lee and brother Richard and the first engine builder to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 81. Petty's family did not disclose the cause of death. No funeral arrangements...
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Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 25, 2020 - 12:46 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — There was no talk of championships when Denny Hamlin's team met during NASCAR's offseason to discuss goals for the upcoming year, even though that is just about the only thing he has yet to win at the sport's highest level. In fact, team owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Chris...
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany arrives to a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 25, 2020 - 9:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A few times each week, reporters sit in the White House briefing room to fire questions at the Trump administration's press secretary as she stands at a podium to respond. That visual, however, may be the only part of a time-honored government tradition that is familiar. Under...
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Denny Hamlin drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 23, 2020 - 11:21 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Denny Hamlin raced to his his series-leading fifth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season Thursday night, passing Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and holding off Brad Keselowski to make it back-to-back victories at Kansas Speedway. Hamlin had struggled the past three...
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A NASCAR official checks drivers as the race was red flagged for over 11 minutes due to an 11-car incident during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)
July 20, 2020 - 3:56 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch was hit with a wave of backlash when he griped about drivers who lack the experience to race at NASCAR’s top level. This was last fall, after the opening race of the playoffs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, when Busch ran into the back of Garrett Smithley, who was 12...
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