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Hard-working DiBenedetto celebrates career-best 4th finish

Jun. 24, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Matt DiBenedetto drove his way into the NASCAR Cup Series with meager funding and no glossy racing pedigree. He has spent 4 ½ years circling tracks in the back of the pack, attempting to will his underperforming, underfunded cars to unlikely results. Every week, DiBenedetto feels...

Break finished, NASCAR takes a Carousel ride at Sonoma

Jun. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Cup Series drivers had a rare break from their grinding schedule last week, and they're returning to competition at a NASCAR stop that sometimes feels like a vacation. Most drivers have spent the week enjoying wine tasting sessions and extravagant meals at the wineries and...

Kyle Larson claims 3rd straight NASCAR pole at Sonoma

Jun. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Not even a change in the course layout could halt Kyle Larson's qualifying dominance on his home track. Larson won the NASCAR Cup Series pole at Sonoma Raceway for the third consecutive year on Saturday, easily navigating the return of the Carousel turn to the wine country course....

Sonoma's new turn: NASCAR takes a ride on "The Carousel"

Jun. 21, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — This twisty road course in Northern California wine country already provided one of the NASCAR Cup Series' biggest challenges and best rides of the year. And now the drivers are also going for a ride on "The Carousel" this weekend. That's the name for a section of Sonoma Raceway that...

Cup race at Michigan postponed because of rain

Jun. 9, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The break in NASCAR's Cup Series schedule will have to wait at least an extra day. Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway was postponed because of rain. It was rescheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. EDT, the second time in just over a month that a Cup race has been pushed past...

Byron tops 173 mph and hits fast lap to win pole at Pocono

Jun. 1, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — William Byron turned the fast lap at Pocono in the latest sign that Hendrick Motorsports may have turned the corner and can stamp itself a NASCAR championship contender. Hendrick Motorsports was long the home of Hall of Famers and champions, from Jeff Gordon to Jimmie Johnson, and was...

Bubba Wallace hopes full sponsorship leads to better results

May. 31, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Bubba Wallace fought back tears as he thanked the billionaire who decided to back him. For a driver who long masked the pain in his personal and professional life, Wallace cut loose with genuine happiness. Wallace has been candid about his bouts with depression, the tears and turmoil...

Joe Gibbs remains NASCAR's power, but other teams find hope

May. 27, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. left no doubt at the Coca-Cola 600 that Joe Gibbs Racing remains the powerhouse team. Still, those chasing JGR have reason to be encouraged for the second half of the NASCAR season. Truex overcame a flat tire after hitting the wall early, then won a four-wide race on...

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 ...

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...