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Smith's push for All-Star race package at 600 denied

May. 24, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith learned a long time ago from NASCAR Hall of Fame father Bruton Smith not to be afraid to try "new and crazy" things when it comes to auto racing. That's why the younger Smith lobbied NASCAR hard to use the same rules package for Sunday's...

Penske goes into motorsports' big weekend as a Hall of Famer

May. 24, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske spent three summers of his childhood at Culver Military Academy, where young boys gathered for eight weeks at a time to learn about leadership, teamwork, integrity and accountability. Penske looks back at those summers in Indiana and knows they helped lay the groundwork for...

Jeff Gordon calls NASCAR Hall of Fame selection 'surreal'

May. 23, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon didn't give much thought to NASCAR while racing sprint cars in Indiana as a teenager. He was too busy trying to get into open wheel racing. But when Gordon's career stalled, he headed South to try his hand at stock car racing and went on to win 93 Cup races — third...

As both a driver and an owner, Carpenter a factor at Indy

May. 23, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ed Carpenter made a major contribution to this year's Indianapolis 500 when he ensured Danica Patrick would have a car for her farewell race. Now Carpenter looks like a threat to steal the show himself — and what a story that would be. Carpenter is making his presence felt at Indy...

As retirement approaches, is Danica Patrick a Hall of Famer?

May. 23, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms earlier in the week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Jeff Gordon is the big name among the nominees for Wednesday's vote , but as Patrick's retirement...

Brickyard to toy bricks: Danica Patrick gets Lego statue

May. 22, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Danica Patrick drives her final race in the Indy 500 on Sunday, she'll certainly be the only competitor with a Lego statue in her image. While that won't help her win IndyCar's biggest race, it does speak to Patrick's popularity. Maybe she wasn't a rousing success behind the wheel in...

Jeff Gordon headlines nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame

May. 22, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Jeff Gordon's name is presented to panel of voters for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the debate should be short and simple. Yes, Gordon gets a slot. Gordon is on Wednesday's ballot for the first time and there should be zero discussion regarding his worthiness. The four-time NASCAR...

Trump honors Truex Jr. at the White House

May. 21, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is honoring NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing at the White House, praising Truex's vow to "never give up." Trump is paying tribute to Truex's championship on the South Lawn of the White House and admiring the No. 78 Toyota Camry....

Ford looks to snap 16-year Coca-Cola 600 drought

May. 21, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — It's been 16 years since Mark Martin won the Coca-Cola 600, and a Ford driver has not been to victory lane for the marquee event since. A Ford driver hasn't hoisted a Cup championship trophy since 2004, either. There have been some highlights during this past decade of mediocrity, but...

All-Star race shakeup goes well and NASCAR should try again

May. 20, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Something had to be done to NASCAR's annual All-Star race, which had stopped being special years ago. A bunch of drivers circled around Charlotte Motor Speedway in cars too difficult to pass for the lead, so whoever had the clean air raced to an easy $1 million prize. It was terrible...