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Noah Gragson (9) drives to victory past Chase Briscoe (98) during NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday, June 1, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Gragson wiggles past Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Bristol

Jun. 1, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Noah Gragson squeezed past JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier with four laps remaining, a move that caused Allgaier to crash, and Gragson held on at Bristol Motor Speedway for his second win of the season. Gragson also won the season-opening race at Daytona to begin his second...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, Alex Bowman accepts the checkered flag from an official after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif.  Bowman has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with Hendrick Motorsports through 2021.  The announcement came Saturday, May 16, a day before NASCAR resumes its season at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.  (AP Photo/Will Lester, File)

Alex Bowman signs 1-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports

May. 16, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with Hendrick Motorsports through 2021. The announcement Saturday came the day before NASCAR resumes its season at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Bowman goes into the event already qualified for the playoffs as...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, empty grandstands are shown at Darlington Raceway after bad weather forced NSACAR to call off Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Darlington, S.C. Bad weather forced NASCAR to call off qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFinity series auto races. NASCAR will have a much different feel when it resumes this weekend as the two-man broadcast team for Fox will not travel to Darlington Raceway and instead call the race from a studio in Charlotte.(AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Safety protocols include Fox calling NASCAR race from studio

May. 13, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon thought his wife, a former model, was kidding when she asked the NASCAR Hall of Famer to color her graying roots. He realized she was serious after the third request, FaceTimed her regular stylist and took a crash course in mixing color. “Those are the types of...

FILE - In this  Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, Denny Hamlin smiles during an interview after he won the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hamlin closed NASCAR's iRacing Series virtual auto race with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Hamlin closes NASCAR's iRacing Series with another victory

May. 9, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR's iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. The Daytona 500 winner was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. Hamlin, who races...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, William Byron celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the second of two NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Byron has won NASCAR’s iRacing event at virtual Dover International Speedway. It is Byron’s third victory in the last four iRacing events created to provide NASCAR content during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

William Byron scores 3rd iRacing victory of NASCAR's series

May. 3, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron showed he's the sharpest gamer in NASCAR's iRacing Series with his third victory in four events. Byron passed Timmy Hill with seven laps remaining at virtual Dover International Speedway, where NASCAR was scheduled to actually race Sunday, to win yet again on the...

FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, drivers race at the NASCAR cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. With NASCAR set to return May 17, 2020, the iRacing Pro Invitational Series will likely go away. The NASCAR-backed iRacing Series, featuring the best sim racers in the field, will continue to run on digital platforms and six races will air on NBCSN during the series’ playoffs. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Checkered flag nears for pro drivers in virtual racing boom

May. 2, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

DOVER, Del (AP) — The moment in the virtual sun has arrived for simulated racing and the thousands of gamers who always wanted to race like Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon at NASCAR tracks from Dover to Daytona. Sports fans discovered over the last few weeks on national TV a not-so-hidden secret in the...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, William Byron celebrates after winning the second of the two NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race Sunday, April 19, 2020, by holding off Timmy Hill — the driver who moved him out of the way to win an earlier iRacing event — in a race finally low on dramatics. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Byron wins 2nd NASCAR virtual race in a drama-free event

Apr. 19, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week's edition of NASCAR virtual racing. William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race on Sunday by holding off Timmy Hill — the driver who moved him out of the way to win an earlier iRacing event...

FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson signs an autograph for a fan wearing a Martin Truex Jr. shirt before auto racing practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday, April 14, 2020, by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. Larson, in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and considered the top free agent in NASCAR mere weeks ago, is now stunningly out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder by the star. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Virtual racing drama dulls shine on popular NASCAR platform

Apr. 17, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Scott Dixon, five-time IndyCar champion and relatively new iRacing competitor, received a brief set of instructions from boss Chip Ganassi about the world of virtual racing. “I did get a text from him that said ‘Just lay low,’” Dixon said Friday. What...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, Acura Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, left, signs autographs before the Rolex 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Pagenaud won IndyCar's first iRace on an oval as he used strategy to win at virtual Michigan International Speedway. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Simon Pagenaud wins IndyCar's 1st virtual race on an oval

Apr. 11, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

IndyCar's virtual return to Michigan International Speedway mimicked the U.S. 500 at the start, when the current open-wheel racing stars mismanaged the green flag and triggered a spectacular crash. The accident in the opening seconds of the Chevrolet 275 iRacing event gave Saturday's latest event a throwback...

FILE - In this June 10, 2016, file photo, drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, and Jimmie Johnson talk before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. The mind-boggling success of virtual racing has put motorsports out front in the race to create competition during the sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “All of the race teams are trying everything they can to keep their sponsors and keep their employees,

Virtual racing puts NASCAR, IndyCar ahead in sports shutdown

Apr. 10, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

Get this: Some 1 million people have tuned in to watch professional racers play a video game on national television. Seriously. The mind-boggling success of virtual racing over the past month has put motorsports out front in the race to create competition while sports is shutdown because of the coronavirus...