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NASCAR matriarch Betty Jane France dies

Betty Jane France, mother of current NASCAR chairman Brian France and vice chairwoman Lesa France Kennedy, died Monday.

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Kyle Larson gets first win the right way

Kyle Larson could have won before now if he was willing to rough up another driver to do it. His first victory in 99 Sprint Cup starts Sunday at Michigan was by the book, writes Bob Pockrass.

Craven on Larson: 'I can't think of five drivers better right now' (1:40)
Larson wins at Michigan for first Sprint Cup victory (1:29)
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Sprint Cup standings

Kyle Larson's victory at Michigan made the Chase bubble a lot more jumpy to be on.

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Moffitt wins Trucks race with last-lap pass

Brett Moffitt, making his fourth NASCAR Truck Series start this year in the No. 11 Toyota, took the lead on the final lap to edge Timothy Peters and William Byron at Michigan on Saturday.

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Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne ready to dump the slump

Both Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle have earned reputations as Chase drivers, but both have been mired in slumps for much of the year. That doesn't mean they won't look for a late surge.

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Dale Jr. to miss at least two additional races

Alex Bowman will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and Jeff Gordon will replace him Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway.

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Stewart appeals insurance ruling in Ward case

Tony Stewart will appeal a ruling that his insurance company doesn't have to cover legal costs and claims by the family of Kevin Ward Jr. against the NASCAR driver.

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Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick brings back memories

It had been a long time since Busch beer had visited Victory Lane. Putting the old brand back there was enough to make Ryan McGee nostalgic, and put Harvick atop the Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

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Rundown: Big days at Bristol

Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher made big moves at Bristol to get some breathing room on the Chase bubble. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.

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Kevin Harvick's Bristol win gives him more swagger

It may not have been the typical Bristol night race, but Kevin Harvick felt just as good after winning the rain-delayed event late Sunday afternoon, writes Bob Pockrass.

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DFS NASCAR: Top drivers at Bristol

Matt Willis provides his picks for this weekend's race in Bristol, with all of the top-value drivers to use in daily fantasy.

Austin Dillon on the grooves at Bristol (0:46)
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Turn 4: Who has the best shot to win at Bristol?

Who has best shot to win a career sixth Cup race at Bristol? Which style of NASCAR racing do you enjoy most? Xfinity race in the rain good for business? Our crew delves into that and much more.

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Breaking down the Chase scenarios with four weeks to go

When Chris Buescher won at Pocono, he hadn't led a lap in another race all season. Now who can and can't jump into the Chase depends a lot on Buescher. Let's look at the scenarios.

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Ranking throwback paint schemes we'd like to see

As teams continue to unveil their Darlington throwback paint schemes, we revisit an idea from last year -- looking at the paint schemes that we'd love to see (but probably won't).

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Tony Stewart has confidence of 2011 for one last chase

With retirement in site, Tony Stewart is running as well as he has all season, which has some thinking he could crescendo like he did in 2011 when he won a title. But does he buy it?

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Stenhouse Jr. will honor Clauson at Bristol

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was able to pay tribute to friend Bryan Clauson last week, and he will get to pay tribute again to his friend this week in a stock car Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Clauson, 27, dies following midget car accident

Bryan Clauson died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a crash during a midget car race Saturday night at the Belleville (Kansas) High Banks. He was 27.


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Our heartfelt condolences to the NASCAR family on the loss of Betty Jane France. A trailblazer and true humanitarian, she will be missed.

Regan Smith @ReganSmith

Thoughts and prayers are with the entire France family this morning after the passing of Betty Jane.

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Betty Jane France, widow of former NASCAR Chairman Bill France Jr. and the mother of current NASCAR Chairman Brian France and Vice Chairwoman Lesa France Kennedy, died Monday. Serving as a NASCAR executive vice president and chairwoman of the NASCAR Foundation up until her death, Betty Jane France was an advocate for children's health care and served on the boards of numerous Daytona Beach area community service organizations. Lesa France Kennedy said: "She played a significant role in NASCAR's history, leading the charge to elevate the experience of our sport for the fans who love it, and her philanthropic efforts will forever remain a part of our sport."

Steve O'Donnell @odsteve

Heavy hearts for all of @NASCAR Rest in Peace Mrs. France. Thank you for your vision and charitable support! We will carry on the legacy

Ryan McGee @ESPNMcGee

It was also something back in the day to watch Betty Jane France walk into those men-only #NASCAR rooms & instantly class them up.

Kyle Busch @KyleBusch

Sad to hear of the passing of Betty Jane France. The entire France family is in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻