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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, file photo, team owner Chip Ganassi, left, and 2003 IRL champion Scott Dixon, right, celebrate following the IRL Chevy 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Ganassi knew Dixon as a quiet kid in a paddock full of superstars when he hired him four races into the 2002 season.  (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Column: Quiet and calm Dixon closes in on 6th IndyCar title

Oct. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

Scott Dixon was a quiet kid with rosy red cheeks when he left New Zealand looking for a career racing cars. He had little to say off the track and relied on performance to separate himself in a paddock full of superstars. He won his third career CART Series start at tricky Nazareth Speedway but Dixon otherwise...

Chase Elliott drives into victory lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

COLUMN: Time is now for Elliott to race into title round

Oct. 12, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott again has a chance to take the next step in his young but quite celebrated career. He's back in the round of eight for a fourth consecutive year, once again trying to drive through to his first championship finale. Is he a true contender? The time has come for him to...

Kyle Busch walks around his car prior to the start of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Saturday at Brisol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

NASCAR champion Busch tries to stave off elimination

Oct. 10, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch, to be clear, was only venting when he said he'd be knocked out of the playoffs this round. The reigning Cup champion insisted he was frustrated and flippant when he wrote off his season. “I wouldn’t be continuing to go to the racetrack each and every week and...

In this Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Alex Bowman, left, and Jimmie Johnson talk on pit road before qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The most coveted seat in NASCAR went to Alex Bowman in a Hendrick Motorsports lineup shuffle to replace seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the iconic No. 48 Chevrolet. Bowman and crew chief Greg Ives will move from the No. 88 into Johnson's ride at the end of the season. The swap announced Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, makes Bowman just the second driver of the team created in 2001 specifically for Johnson. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Bowman looks to establish his own legacy in iconic No. 48

Oct. 7, 2020 2:34 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman had little interest in the iRacing phenomenon at the start of the pandemic because he is not very good at gaming. But most of NASCAR's drivers were doing it, so Bowman used it to show some personality. He spotlighted his dogs, posting pictures of them in his simulator...

FILE  - In this Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, car owner Rick Hendrick, front, stands on pit row with drivers Alex Bowman, left, and Jimmie Johnson before qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The most coveted seat in NASCAR went to Alex Bowman in a Hendrick Motorsports lineup shuffle to replace seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the iconic No. 48 Chevrolet. Bowman and crew chief Greg Ives will move from the No. 88 into Johnson's ride at the end of the season. The swap announced Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, makes Bowman just the second driver of the team created in 2001 specifically for Johnson. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Alex Bowman shuffled to the No. 48 to replace Jimmie Johnson

Oct. 6, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The most coveted seat in NASCAR belongs to Alex Bowman in a Hendrick Motorsports lineup shuffle to replace seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the iconic No. 48 Chevrolet. Bowman and crew chief Greg Ives, who won five championships with Johnson as his engineer, will move from the...

Denny Hamlin (11) races William Byron (24) and Matt DiBenedetto (21) to the finish line during the YellaWood 500 NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Talladega, Ala. Hamlin won. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Hamlin wins in 3rd overtime of Talladega's longest race

Oct. 4, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Denny Hamlin put himself in position to finally win in the playoffs by hanging at the back to avoid the carnage of the messiest and longest race in Talladega Superspeedway history. His sweeping three-wide pass in triple overtime Sunday brought an end to the sloppiest race of the...

FILE  - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, file photo, Chad Knaus, crew chief for driver Jimmie Johnson, looks out over the track from their pit during the NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 auto race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Chad Knaus will move off the pit stand and into a management role with Hendrick Motorsports, ending his crew chief career after seven championships. Hendrick on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, announced Knaus will move to vice president of competition. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NASCAR championship-winning crew chief Knaus gets VP job

Sep. 29, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chad Knaus will move into a management role with Hendrick Motorsports after the season, ending his crew chief career after a record-tying seven NASCAR championships. Hendrick on Tuesday announced Knaus will become vice president of competition. He will replace Jeff Andrews, who has...

Denny Hamlin, left, and Kyle Busch talk before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR champion returns home mired in 29-race losing streak

Sep. 26, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Busch is in a terrible slump, winless this Cup season and his 15-year streak of at least one victory a year in danger. The reigning Cup champion struggled to contain his frustration after finishing second last week at Bristol to title favorite Kevin Harvick and his losing streak was...

NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, Saturday 9/12/2020. Cars take the first turn amidst empty seats to begin a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (James Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Column: NASCAR's dizzying silly season will change landscape

Sep. 21, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There were two early warning signs that NASCAR was heading into its most unpredictable “silly season” in decades. Former series champion Brad Keselowski accepted a one-year extension with Team Penske and rookie Tyler Reddick renewed with Richard Childress Racing with...

Ross Chastain is introduced to the crowd before the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Chastain snags Ganassi Cup ride in busy NASCAR free agency

Sep. 21, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ross Chastain snagged one of the coveted open Cup seats on Monday in a promotion at Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 next season. This year marks a particularly active free agency period with heavy turnover expected among a limited number of rides. The No. 42 Chevrolet at...