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Column: Johnson more comfortable for 2nd IndyCar season

Jan. 24, 2022 14:16 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson does not care what you think about his career, his midlife racing crisis or his performance. He has been promoted from rookie, shed his status as a part-time driver and added the Indianapolis 500 to his list of challenges. After an...

Earnhardt brings Junior Nation into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Jan. 21, 2022 21:50 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver a record 15 times. He didn’t forget “Junior Nation” on his way into the Hall of Fame. “When I stumbled, you guys were right there ready to lift me back up,” Earnhardt said to...

Rolex 24: Derani and Nasr now rivals in 61-car Daytona field

Jan. 21, 2022 14:23 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There was a brief moment of nostalgia inside the Daytona 500 Club when reigning IMSA sports car champions Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr crossed paths, spoke briefly in Portuguese, then shared a warm embrace. The Brazilians were celebrating the championship...

SRX hires Hawk as CEO to grow budding motorsports property

Jan. 20, 2022 08:03 AM EST

Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham will have a boss in the second season of the Superstar Racing Experience, a made-for-CBS all-star summer series coming off a surprisingly strong debut. SRX on Thursday named Don Hawk its first chief executive, a day-to-day role with a job description...

Earnhardt Jr. matches his father as NASCAR Hall of Famer

Jan. 19, 2022 14:38 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized early he would never be a seven-time NASCAR champion like his dad. It was unrealistic to believe he would match the late Dale Earnhardt on the track. The Intimidator was tough as nails, didn't tolerate any nonsense and built a...

NASCAR veteran Aric Almirola to retire at end of 2022 season

Jan. 10, 2022 10:10 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR veteran Aric Almirola will retire from competition at the end of the 2022 season to spend more time with his young family. Almirola revealed his plans Monday to the employees at Stewart-Haas Racing at the same time Smithfield Foods announced its...

Martha Earnhardt, matriarch of racing family, dies at 91

Dec. 26, 2021 18:37 PM EST

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Martha Earnhardt, the matriarch of one of NASCAR's best-known families, has died. She was 91. Grandchildren Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller said in a statement that she died Saturday night. “As we grieve her loss and begin to...

Jimmie Johnson to run Indy 500 and full IndyCar schedule

Dec. 15, 2021 09:28 AM EST

Jimmie Johnson will enter the Indianapolis 500 next year and run a full IndyCar schedule. The seven-time NASCAR champion had been speeding toward the Indy 500 decision he finally announced Wednesday since he moved to IndyCar earlier this year. Johnson ran only the road and street...

NASCAR champion Larson among many conflicted by F1 finish

Dec. 14, 2021 13:35 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — NASCAR champion Kyle Larson's first Formula One race was the season finale and he is as conflicted as anyone over the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton on the final lap Sunday to win the...

COLUMN: Racing or entertainment? F1 teeters line at finale

Dec. 13, 2021 07:08 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The one thing Max Verstappen requested — over and over and over again — was that the race stewards not interfere with the Formula One title-deciding finale with any questionable or inconsistent calls. He didn't get his wish. ...