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Four-wide pass lifts Truex to second Coca-Cola 600 victory

May. 27, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Maybe it should be called the four-wide slide. Whatever you want to name it, Martin Truex Jr.'s pass with four laps to go in the Coca-Cola 600 led to one of the best finishes in the 60-year history of the race — and injected some much-needed excitement back into NASCAR's longest...

Truex overcomes early problems to win Coca-Cola 600

May. 27, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

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 to the front on a wild final restart and won the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in four seasons Sunday night. It...

The Latest: Larson crashes, collects Dillon at Coca-Cola 600

May. 26, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local): 10:30 p.m. NASCAR All-Star race winner Kyle Larson has crashed at the Coca-Cola 600 with 84 laps left, taking out Austin Dillon. Larson was in the middle of the track when he clipped Clint Bowyer, sending his No. 42 Chevrolet ...

Tyler Reddick powers to Xfinity race victory at Charlotte

May. 25, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Reddick won the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday after taking the lead for good on a restart with 15 laps to go. The defending Xfinity champion led 110 of 200 laps to win for the second time this season and the second time in three races. He finished...

Guthrie's barrier-breaking career celebrated in ESPN film

May. 25, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Janet Guthrie did not receive a warm reception when she arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 43 years ago. The former aerospace engineer had become a race car driver — unheard of during her era — and Guthrie wanted a spot in the Indianapolis 500, the biggest race in the...

Most drivers want NASCAR's longest race to remain 600 miles

May. 25, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — With a furrowed brow NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip scoffed at the notion that the Coca-Cola 600 race is too long and should be shortened by, say, maybe a hundred miles or so. "Is that what some thirty-something said?" the 72-year-old Waltrip said to The Associated Press. Well, as a...

Online video of GOP House candidate may target super PACs

May. 24, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a sign that rich flows of untraceable money are expected to influence the election for a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant after earlier allegations of ballot fraud, a cleanly produced video of the Republican candidate has been posted online for use by supportive outside...

Byron hopes strong qualifying runs translate to first win

May. 24, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — William Byron knows how to qualify. Now, he is looking to prove he can win at NASCAR's highest level. The Charlotte native would love nothing more than to win his first Cup Series race at his home track of Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600. He has put himself in a...

Slain North Carolina student gets Purple Heart, Bronze Star

May. 24, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A University of North Carolina-Charlotte student who was killed when he tackled a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom has been posthumously awarded military honors. Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. The Charlotte...

Byron becomes youngest ever to capture Coca-Cola 600 pole

May. 23, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The hometown kid is starting out front in NASCAR's longest race. Charlotte native William Byron became the youngest driver ever to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. The 21-year-old Byron, who grew up a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway, turned a lap of 183.424 mph in his...