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Column: IndyCar and Pocono must make tough marriage decision

Aug. 19, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

The same message is repeated at least once a year — after a frightening crash, an injury, the death of a driver — that racing at high speed anywhere is inherently dangerous. Scott Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula One driver, broke three vertebrae on a hard landing during qualifying last weekend...

DiBenedetto falls short of win but earns immense respect

Aug. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — When his sponsorship dried up early last season, Matt DiBenedetto took the unique step of making a social media video asking for funding ideas. Denny Hamlin was among those who saw the clip and then donated $5,000 to his fellow competitor. The gesture brought more attention to...

Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil DiBenedetto's upset bid

Aug. 17, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort. Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions Saturday night...

The Latest: Denny Hamlin wins at Bristol

Aug. 17, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local): 10:45 Denny Hamlin has raced to his fourth victory of the season by holding off Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway. DiBenedetto finished a career-best second just days after learning Leavine Family...

Reddick drives from last to 1st to win Bristol

Aug. 16, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late. Reddick, the Xfinity Series points leader and defending series champion, had to start last in the field because his car failed...

Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs

Aug. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner turned a lap at 129.230 mph in his Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday's qualifying session. His...

IndyCar at Pocono Raceway faces uncertain future

Aug. 16, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — IndyCar and Pocono Raceway could be headed toward another split. The track has no deal for the open-wheel series to return for an eighth straight year in 2020, and another break could be on the horizon after Sunday's race. IndyCar returned to Pocono in 2013 after a 24-year absence for...

Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol

Aug. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR's playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible. Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer, in the 16th and final qualifying spot and in a freefall the past two...

Investigators: Earnhardt's plane bounced, went off runway

Aug. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday. "It's just the grace of the good Lord that a vehicle didn't get struck by...

Top-seeded Brett Moffitt wins NASCAR Truck playoff opener

Aug. 15, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Brett Moffitt pulled away on a restart with three laps to go and won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series' playoff opener Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to earn a spot in the Round of 6. Moffitt finished 0.743 seconds ahead of 17-year-old Chandler Smith for his 10th...