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Hendrick and Childress to establish common Chevrolet engine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing will combine to establish one common Chevrolet engine specification. Chevrolet is the only original engine manufacturer in NASCAR with two organizations building and supplying powertrains. Both Ford and Toyota have streamlined engine...

Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, announces during a news conference, Wednesday, Spet. 30, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn., that the NASCAR Cup series auto race scheduled at the track for March 28, 2021 will be run on dirt. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

NASCAR at long last adds schedule variety with 2021 changes

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After two decades of the same left turns at the same tracks over and over again, NASCAR finally upended its stagnant calendar with a 2021 schedule that is as radical as the sport has ever seen. Three new venues. A dirt race for the first time in more than 50 years. And a whopping six...

Kentucky Speedway says it's off NASCAR's schedule

Sep. 29, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Speedway has lost its spot on NASCAR's schedule, the racetrack said Tuesday night ahead of NASCAR's announcement of venues and dates for next year. Kentucky held its first Cup Series race in 2011 and has hosted a tripleheader in recent years with races in NASCAR's Cup, Xfinity...

FILE  - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, file photo, Chad Knaus, crew chief for driver Jimmie Johnson, looks out over the track from their pit during the NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 auto race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Chad Knaus will move off the pit stand and into a management role with Hendrick Motorsports, ending his crew chief career after seven championships. Hendrick on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, announced Knaus will move to vice president of competition. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NASCAR championship-winning crew chief Knaus gets VP job

Sep. 29, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chad Knaus will move into a management role with Hendrick Motorsports after the season, ending his crew chief career after a record-tying seven NASCAR championships. Hendrick on Tuesday announced Knaus will become vice president of competition. He will replace Jeff Andrews, who has...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Kyle Busch, left, and Kurt Busch, right, greet fans as they are introduced before a NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Busch family hobby came full circle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Kurt finally won for the first time in his career Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. The victory came about 24 hours after his nephew, Brexton Busch, won his first race at a track in North Carolina. The 5-year-old son of reigning Cup champion Kyle is being developed by Tom Busch, who molded his own two sons into NASCAR champions. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Column: Busch family hobby goes full circle at home in Vegas

Sep. 28, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The racing bug hit the Busch family long before the NASCAR champion brothers were born. Their father attended the first Daytona 500 in 1959 with his parents, and later, while working as a mechanic at a Las Vegas car dealership, he decided to try racing at the local short track. Tom Busch...

Kurt Busch celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Kurt Busch ends 0-for-21 skid to finally win at home track

Sep. 28, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two decades of heartbreak at his home track finally ended for Kurt Busch when a little bit of luck fell his way at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch happened to be the leader when a late caution Sunday night jumbled the field and put him in control of his 0-for-21 losing streak in his...

Chase Briscoe poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Briscoe grabs 8th win of season in Xfinity playoff opener

Sep. 26, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chase Briscoe routed the field in the Xfinity Series playoff opener for his eighth win of the season, the number he’s said should earn him a promotion to NASCAR's top level. Briscoe, in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, won all three stages Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,...

Denny Hamlin, left, and Kyle Busch talk before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR champion returns home mired in 29-race losing streak

Sep. 26, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Busch is in a terrible slump, winless this Cup season and his 15-year streak of at least one victory a year in danger. The reigning Cup champion struggled to contain his frustration after finishing second last week at Bristol to title favorite Kevin Harvick and his losing streak was...

Austin Hill poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Hill rebounds with win at Las Vegas to advance in playoffs

Sep. 26, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Austin Hill, the regular-season Truck Series champion, rebounded from a poor opening race of the playoffs with a victory Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hill had dropped from first in the standings — where he'd been ranked since the second race of the season — to...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020 file photo, Justin Haley celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Daytona International Speedway  in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are Made Here” division of NASCAR and it fits this year's playoff class well.    (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Xfinity Series playoffs begin with drivers seeking Cup rides

Sep. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ross Chastain opened this week preparing for the start of the Xfinity Series playoffs and celebrating his promotion to the Cup Series. He is one of the lucky title contenders – he knows where he will be driving next season. The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are...