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FILE - Ed Jones sits in his car during practice for an IndyCar Series auto race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, in this Saturday, July 7, 2018, file photo. Ed Jones will return to IndyCar after a one-year absence for a second stint driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Jones is a British citizen born in the United Arab Emirates who currently lives in Miami. He was sidelined all of 2020 because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Ed Jones returns to IndyCar after sitting out 2020

Jan. 27, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Ed Jones was good enough as an IndyCar rookie to earn an immediate promotion to one of the top teams in racing. When it didn't work out, his career in the American open wheel series came to a sudden end. Jones got a second chance Wednesday when Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan signed him to return to the...

From left to right, Chase Elliot, Pipo Derani, Mike Conway and Felipe Nasr celebrate in Victory Lane after winning a qualifying race for the Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The No. 31 Wheelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi will have the pole position for the Rolex 24 hour race. (AP Photo/David Graham)

Column: Elliott and Johnson seek depth by dabbling at Rolex

Jan. 25, 2021 6:14 PM EST

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is special enough that it doesn't need a pair of NASCAR champions to boost its appeal. The race is for the best in the world, in the finest performance vehicles, in front of auto enthusiasts celebrating the start of the racing season. The Rolex doesn't need Chase Elliott or Jimmie Johnson....

Filipe Nasr, of Brazil, drives the Wheelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi during a qualifying run to win the pole position for a race to determine positions for the Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Action Express gives Chase Elliott a Rolex 24 milestone

Jan. 24, 2021 5:19 PM EST

Action Express Racing put one of its two Cadillacs — the one featuring NASCAR champion Chase Ellott — on the pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a first-of-its-kind qualifying race for the crown jewel endurance event. The No. 31 Cadillac DPi will be driven next week in the twice-round-the-clock...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Peter Bevacqua, then CEO of the PGA of America, speaks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. NBC will shut down the NBC Sports Network at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Bevacqua announced the move Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in an internal memo to staff. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021

Jan. 22, 2021 6:40 PM EST

The NBC Sports Network, which is best known for its coverage of the NHL and English Premier League, will be going away at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua announced the channel's shutdown on Friday in an internal memo to staff. “At the conclusion of 2021, we have decided that the best...

FILE - Ty Dillon during fist bumps with fans during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., in this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo. Ty Dillon landed a Daytona 500 ride with Gaunt Brothers Racing in a pairing of a driver and team both trying to rebuild in 2021. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Dillon lands Daytona 500 ride with rebuilding Gaunt Brothers

Jan. 19, 2021 11:10 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ty Dillon landed a Daytona 500 ride with Gaunt Brothers Racing, a pairing of a driver and team both trying to rebuild in 2021. Dillon spent four seasons driving for Germain Racing but lost his ride when lack of sponsorship led the team to close. Gaunt Brothers last year ran its first...

FILE - Singer-songwriter Luke Combs speaks in the press room after winning awards for male vocalist of the year and song of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, in this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, file photo. NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert featuring country music star Luke Combs. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NASCAR to hold pre-race Daytona 500 concert with Luke Combs

Jan. 19, 2021 10:24 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert — the first big performance at a track during the pandemic — featuring country music star Luke Combs. Combs, who performed virtually for NASCAR's season finale in November,...

FILE - NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Tony Stewart poses for pictures prior to the induction ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., in this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, file photo. Tony Stewart wants to set the record straight about two misconstrued recent business decisions. Fans have been critical of Stewart since the Truck Series was dropped from Eldora Speedway and because he didn't sign Kyle Larson to his NASCAR team. Stewart is adamant that he tried to sign Larson but couldn't get partner approval on the driver suspended for using a racial slur. And he insists he dropped NASCAR after he felt slighted that Bristol Motor Speedway was given a Cup race on dirt. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Column: Stewart balances personal bliss, professional angst

Jan. 18, 2021 6:16 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart is angry — what else is new? — and wants the record set straight regarding recent business decisions. He also is in love — wait, who? Smoke? — and five months away from his 50th birthday finds himself happier in his personal life than ever...

FILE - Pitbull performs prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Ariz., in this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo. New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner for an organization making its debut next month at the Daytona 500.  “Mr. Worldwide” joins NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as celebrity owners entering NASCAR this year. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Mr. WorldWide to NASCAR: Pitbull joins Trackhouse ownership

Jan. 15, 2021 5:04 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — “Mr. Worldwide” is coming to NASCAR. Pitbull has become an ownership partner in new NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing, set to make its debut next month at the Daytona 500. Trackhouse made the Friday announcement with a video on Twitter in which the Grammy winner is...

FILE - Members of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets kneel around a Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Friday, July 31, 2020, file photo. As the NBA neared its restart in late July, its players vowed to keep the calls for social justice reform at the forefront in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)

Athletes act: Stars rise up against racial injustice in 2020

Dec. 30, 2020 1:31 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the NBA neared its restart in late July, its players vowed to keep the calls for social justice reform at the forefront in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The basketball stars weren't the only athletes to act. In a most unusual year already thrown...

FILE - A U.S. postal worker delivers packages, boxes and letters Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, along her route in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, just three days before Christmas.  Some Christmas gift-givers discovered their presents didn't arrive in time for the holiday despite ordering weeks ahead. The U.S. Postal Service says it faces

'Unprecedented' mail volume delays Christmas gifts

Dec. 25, 2020 4:12 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Some who mailed holiday presents weeks early this year found they didn't act early enough as Christmas arrived with their gifts stuck in transit. The U.S. Postal Service said on its website that it was “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee...