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Kyle Busch stands for the playing of the national anthem before the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Busch and Elliott incident could spark new NASCAR rivalry

May. 21, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch is NASCAR's reigning Cup champion and the resident villain of the series. Chase Elliott has been voted most popular driver the last two years and is quickly building a loyal and rabid fan base. Their on-track tussle at Darlington Raceway this week very well might be the...

People leave the infield at Darlington Raceway after the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race was postponed because of rain Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Rain postpones Xfinity Series' return at Darlington

May. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Noah Gragson couldn't wait to get back to Xfinity Series racing at Darlington. Instead, he and the rest of the competitors will have to wait until Thursday after heavy rain postponed the series' first race since March, when the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports. “After...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 4, 1984, file photo, Firecracker 400 winner Richard Petty showers the crowd with champagne in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. It's weeknight racing at Darlington as NASCAR's comeback from the coronavirus continues with its first Wednesday race in 36 years on May 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jann Zlotkin, File)

Primetime: NASCAR set for first Wednesday start since 1984

May. 19, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Whenever Joey Logano doesn't cross the finish line first at a NASCAR Cup Series race, he says he tends to have the same thought: “Golly, I wish I could do that again.” The 2018 NASCAR champion and rest of the field will get to do it again: They will run the Toyota 500...

Kevin Harvick arrives in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Kevin Harvick looks to sweep NASCAR's return at Darlington

May. 19, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The win by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR's return to racing over the weekend was a bit predictable considering the enormous task teams are facing in a flurry of rescheduled events. The initial rollout of four Cup Series races over 11 days requires a grueling effort by teams, who are...

Alex Bowman (88) makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Column: NASCAR managed small miracle in problem-free return

May. 18, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening plan, which was a potential standard-setting moment for other professional leagues to follow in this new normal of sports. No plan is ever perfect and all the assistance from outside health officials couldn't protect...

A man stands in an otherwise empty grandstand at Darlington Raceway before the Real Heroes 400 NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

NASCAR fans outside Darlington: 'Time to hear the engines'

May. 17, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Tammy Gandy grew up around Darlington Raceway and remembers a time when the greats like Richard Petty would show up each year at her aunt’s house for some homemade biscuits. “He used to say there were none better,” Gandy said. And the sun-baked crowds, none...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, Aric Almirola heads for the track during a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice session at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR will resume its season without fans starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. As NASCAR speeds back to the race track during the coronavirus pandemic the series has a heavy responsibility to set a safety standard that doesn't slow the return of other sports.  (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

NASCAR putting its safety plan to test as racing restarts

May. 15, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Crew chief Chad Knaus won't get a look at the car Hendrick Motorsports built for Darlington Raceway until he gets to the track Sunday morning, a few hours before the race. Kurt Busch? He's already sat in his Chip Ganassi Racing car and met with his crew chief. The return to racing...

FILE - In this April 5, 2006, file photo, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, left, Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning, center, and Harold Brasington Jr. look out over Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Brasington Jr.'s father was the track builder. The 70-year-old raceway will host the return of NASCAR Cup Series racing, among the biggest events so far as sports makes a halting comeback from a global shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic. (John D. Russell/The Morning News via AP, File)

NASCAR's return latest chapter in Darlington's rich legacy

May. 15, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Harold Brasington III recalls riding around the infield at Darlington Raceway as a youngster with his late grandfather, track builder Harold Brasington, watching as his granddad said hello to the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt. The younger...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Matt Kenseth answers questions during NASCAR Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth will once again come out of retirement to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing as the replacement for fired driver Kyle Larson. Larson lost his job two weeks ago for using a racial slur while competing in a virtual race.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Matt Kenseth back to NASCAR as Larson replacement at Ganassi

Apr. 27, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth will again come out of retirement to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing as the replacement for fired driver Kyle Larson. Larson lost his job two weeks ago for using a racial slur while competing in a virtual race. Although Ganassi developement driver...

FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, drivers race at the NASCAR cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. IndyCar will race Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Michigan International Speedway, one of the most beloved tracks that long ago fell off the open-wheel racing schedule. The race will be aired on NBC Sports with Dale Earnhardt Jr., just announced as a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee and a driving force in the success of the iRacing phenomenon, making his IndyCar virtual debut. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Virtual racing brings success, complications for sponsors

Apr. 10, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The popularity of virtual motorsports racing on television has come with surprising success stories and occasional complications as race teams scramble to create value for sponsors and partners. IndyCar drivers participating in the series' online races represent their real sponsors and for the most part that is...