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MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES THIS WEEK: NASCAR’s top series takes its last week off before the stretch run to end the season the Sunday before Thanksgiving. … There are two races left before the playoff field is set, and so far, nine of the 16 spots are spoken for. … Denny Hamlin won Saturday…MORE

Earnhardt says family ‘truly blessed’ after plane crash

Saying that he and his family are “blessed,” former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. released a statement via Twitter on Monday, four days after surviving a fiery plane crash in Tennessee. Earnhardt, 44, was flying to this past weekend’s NASCAR race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway when his private plane experienced a hard landing and…MORE

Suarez back in NASCAR Playoffs mix

He’s back. While much of the NASCAR community has been crunching numbers, making predictions and reviewing the statistical background of veterans Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson in an effort to figure out which two would earn the final positions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Daniel Suarez has quietly…MORE

Hamlin grinds out win at Bristol for fourth of season

If momentum means anything at all in auto racing, then Denny Hamlin may be on his way to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. In Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Bristol Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Hamlin elbowed his way past leader Matt DiBenedetto with 12 laps to go and went on to…MORE

Slayer removed as sponsor for NASCAR’s Yeley

The plug was pulled on Slayer’s plan to display the heavy metal band’s logo on NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley’s car this weekend. Yeley, who drives the No. 54 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing, announced Aug. 9 that Slayer would be his primary sponsor for the Monster Energy Cup Series’ Bass Pro Shops NRA Night…MORE

It’s Larson — no, it’s Hamlin on pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson played a late game of King of the Mountain in Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series time trials at Bristol Motor Speedway. After 38 drivers made qualifying runs, Hamlin was at the peak. Larson was the 34th driver to take to the track, and his impressive lap…MORE

FAA: Earnhardt plane experienced ‘hard landing’ before fire

The 10-seat plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family that caught fire on Thursday “experienced (a) hard landing, bounced, (and) departed runway,” the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday in its preliminary incident report. The accident occurred at the Elizabethton (Tennessee) Municipal Airport at approximately 3:40 p.m. local time. Photos published by local media outlets…MORE

DiBenedetto won’t return to LFR in ’20

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Driver Matt DiBenedetto learned this week that he will not be returning to the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota next year. “We have chosen to move in another direction for 2020,” LFR said in a statement on Thursday. “Matt has been an important part of our team this year, putting together…MORE

Earnhardt Jr. and wife survive small plane crash

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife were passengers in a small plane that ran off the runway and caught fire Thursday in Elizabethton, Tenn. Authorities said no one was killed. Earnhardt was taken to Johnson City Medical Center and treated for cuts and abrasions, according to Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford. The accident…MORE

NASCAR playoff race heats up at Bristol

Tight racing, hot tempers and amazing finishes typically characterize the annual Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway night race, and with playoff hopes on the line as the regular season nears its conclusion, it’s easy to expect all that high drama in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and…MORE

Johnson is down, but he’s not out of playoffs yet

Essentially before he even got a chance to contend, Jimmie Johnson was out of the winning mix at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Running hard and highly motivated with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs approaching, the seven-time series champ hit the wall, blew a tire and was in the pits only 15…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Johnson laments missed opportunity

Jimmie Johnson never really had a chance to show what he could do at Michigan International Speedway, and the early trouble he experienced in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 kept the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion squarely on the playoff bubble. On Lap 15 of 200, Johnson ventured up the race track, trying to…MORE

Harvick holds off Hamlin at Michigan

With 12 laps to go in Sunday Consumers Energy 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick received a very welcome message over his radio. It was crew chief Rodney Childers and the message was that he was two laps to the good on fuel mileage. The message/prediction turned out…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Johnson, Blaney still at odds

Jimmie Johnson felt he deserved an apology from Ryan Blaney. Ryan Blaney believes he deserves respect from the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. As of Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, neither driver had gotten what he wanted in the aftermath of an collision that sent Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet into…MORE

Logano applauds use of traction compound at Michigan

Given that Joey Logano is a three-time winner at Michigan International Speedway — not to mention the winner of the June 2019 race at the 2-mile track — you might think the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion would be in favor of keeping things status quo. But that’s not the case when it…MORE

Keselowski storms to Michigan pole

BROOKLYN, Mich. — The last qualifier in Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series time trials at Michigan International Speedway will be first to the green flag on Sunday afternoon. The final driver to make an attempt, after shadows started to shroud the track, Brad Keselowski covered the 2-mile distance in his No. 2 Team Penske…MORE

Elliott regaining stride as NASCAR’s playoffs loom

Chase Elliott climbed out of his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on Sunday afternoon after a hard-earned win on the Watkins Glen International road course and, with a huge smile and wave, immediately offered an apology for not being able to do a proper victory lap for the boisterous grandstand crowd. His car had run…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Johnson weathers collision, sees Playoff position improve

Nineteenth wasn’t what Jimmie Johnson wanted in his first race with Cliff Daniels as his crew chief, but solid runs in the first two stages of Sunday’s GoBowling at The Glen were enough to lift the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion into a tie for 16th in the series standings, the last spot…MORE

Elliott edges Truex for second straight Watkins Glen win

Chase Elliott spent the days leading up to Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race pooh-poohing questions about his first career victory in the series there a year ago. A year from now he’ll be hearing similar questions after holding off Martin Truex Jr. to win again at the Watkins Glen…MORE

Elliott leads Hendrick sweep of Watkins Glen front row

Chase Elliott isn’t racing differently on road courses. He’s just racing better. And on Saturday, Elliott returned to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International with a vengeance, taking a giant step toward another victory at the track that gave him his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win last year. Elliott covered the 2.45-mile layout in 69.287…MORE

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