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Bubba Wallace (43) waits for the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Column: Wallace deserves a slot in NASCAR's All-Star race

Jul. 13, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bubba Wallace deserves a spot in NASCAR's All-Star race, a $1 million exhibition designed for race winners and previous champions of the event. Wallace doesn't qualify under those conditions, though he has four chances to make the 20-driver field Wednesday night at Bristol Motor...

FILE - In this June 26, 2006, file photo, Tony Stewart poses with the trophy after winning the Crown Royal IROC auto race in Daytona Beach, Fla. The IROC Series, where the best drivers from various disciplines raced each other in equally prepared cars, ran for 30 seasons before Tony Stewart won its final championship in 2006 and the series quietly went away.  Now Stewart, along with fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, has teamed with a group of heavyweights to bring an all-star circuit back in 2021. The Superstar Racing Experience plans a six-race, short-track series to air in prime-time on CBS in a Saturday night summer spectacular. (AP Photo/Paul Kizzle, File)

Stewart and Evernham team to recreate IROC as SRX All-Stars

Jul. 13, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Remember the old IROC Series, where the best drivers from various disciplines raced each other in equally prepared cars? It ran for 30 seasons before Tony Stewart won its final championship in 2006 and the series quietly went away. Now Stewart, along with fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer...

Cole Custer (41) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at Kentucky

Jul. 12, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer saw an opening and, with help from a friend, squeezed through for the most fulfilling moment of his young racing career. Custer became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday...

Sheldon Creed poses with the trophy after winning a weather shortened NASCAR Truck Series race Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Creed wins rain-shortened Trucks race at Kentucky Speedway

Jul. 11, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Sheldon Creed won the NASCAR Trucks Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway when rain washed out the final stage. The 22-year-old won for the first time in 37 series starts, taking the second stage just before the thunderstorm hit the track. “I sat in the hauler and...

Kevin Harvick, on far side of wall, celebrates with his crew after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Day trippers: Familiarity key for drivers at Kentucky oval

Jul. 11, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Speedway winners' club is exclusive — just five drivers have combined to win the first nine NASCAR Cup races. All have championships, with the 400-mile race providing a springboard to the title for Kyle Busch (2015), Brad Keselowski (2012) and Martin Truex Jr. (2017)....

Austin Cindric (22) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, July 10, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Austin Cindric completes Xfinity sweep at Kentucky Speedway

Jul. 11, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — In two nights, Austin Cindric went from the cusp of winning on ovals to showing his ability to dominate those layouts. As Cindric threw his hands in the air after his most impressive win, Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson threw punches at each other in the only real battle at Kentucky...

NASCAR clears Justin Allgaier to race after Xfinity wreck

Jul. 10, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — NASCAR cleared Justin Allgaier to race in Friday’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway afer he was released from a hospital for “non-racing related medical purposes.” The JR Motorsports driver was involved in a last-lap overtime wreck Thursday night with several...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, the Dixie Chicks, Emily Robison, left, Natalie Maines, center, and Martie Maguire arrive for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning country group, who recently changed their name to The Chicks, have a new album

How The Chicks dropped the word 'Dixie' from their name

Jul. 10, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When The Chicks decided to drop the word “Dixie” from the band's name, it was the culmination of years of internal discussions and attempts to distance itself from negative connotations with the word. The 13-time Grammy-winning trio made the switch last month, just...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Jimmie Johnson confused, frustrated after virus scare

Jul. 10, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is just as confused as everyone else about his plight with the coronavirus. A positive test caused the seven-time NASCAR champion to miss the first race of his career, and it was followed three days later by a negative test. He never suffered any symptoms and was...

Austin Cindric (22) celebrates winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Austin Cindric wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

Jul. 9, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Austin Cindric answered the nagging question of when he'll finally conquer an oval. In fact, he did it so well at Kentucky Speedway the issue now is whether an encore is possible. Cindric won the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Kentucky, charging past Chase Briscoe on an...