Dale Jr.'s final ride: Sonoma
As the second half of the Cup season winds down, so do the number of tracks that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be driving at for the last time. Bob Pockrass takes a look at how NASCAR's most popular driver has fared on the California road course.
Riding a wave of motorsports momentum
Kyle Larson, the Cup series points leader, capped off his whirlwind week of winning sprint car races by leading the final practice at Sonoma Raceway.
Byron wins in Iowa for first Xfinity victory
Rookie William Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first series victory.
Kyle Larson, who grew up about 80 miles from Sonoma, says winning the pole for the race Sunday was special. He won the pole last week at Michigan, a 2-mile oval that obviously is quite different than the 1.99-mile Sonoma road course.
Jamie McMurray will start second beside pole-sitter/Ganassi teammate Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Sonoma. McMurray is seventh in the standings but is winless this year. He evaluates his season, especially with the success of Larson, who has two wins and leads the Cup standings.
Larson, McMurray make up Ganassi front row
Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray swept the front row in Saturday qualifying at Sonoma Raceway to give Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 start on the wine country road course.
Danica Patrick will have the third-best starting spot of her NASCAR Cup career Sunday at Sonoma as she qualified sixth on the 1.99-mile road course. Her 2013 Daytona 500 pole and her staring fourth for the 2014 600-mile race at Charlotte are her two best qualifying performances.
Kyle Larson won his second consecutive pole as he posted the best time in the final round of qualifying Saturday at Sonoma. His Chip Ganassi Racing teammate will start beside him Sunday on the 1.99-mile road course.
Edwards: 'I haven't even considered coming back'
Carl Edwards says he misses the people and misses getting behind the wheel occasionally, but he says "I haven't even considered coming back."
Brad Keselowski's car is being crew chiefed by engineer Brian Wilson this weekend at Sonoma as crew chief Paul Wolfe's wife gave birth Friday. Everyone is healthy, but Wolfe opted to skip the entire weekend to be with his family. Wilson has served as a substitute crew chief when Wolfe was suspended earlier this year for a postrace measurements violation.
Carl Edwards said he has had no talks about returning to a NASCAR Cup car in 2018. In Sonoma to fulfill a sponsor commitment, Edwards said, "I haven't even considered coming back."
Nemechek claims second straight trucks win
John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, taking the lead with six laps left Friday night at Iowa Speedway.
Attorneys for Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. did not reach a settlement during a scheduled settlement conference Friday. The judge in the case has yet to rule on summary judgment motions on whether waivers Ward signed prohibit many legal claims in the case, and that ruling could impact the tenor of future settlement negotiations.
The pits: Knaus loses race notes in laptop theft
Chad Knaus, the crew chief for Jimmie Johnson, had his laptop stolen in San Francisco, leaving him without the notes for this weekend's NASCAR race.
Simulator is 'now the new engineer'
More drivers are relying on racing simulators to prep for races, and while some claim there's room for improvement -- one driver got motion sickness -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. says they can be a valuable asset for the sport.
Turn 4: Too many debris cautions?
Is it us or has NASCAR gotten heavy-handed with the use of its yellow flags late in races? Should Aric Almirola rush to get back in the car? Love or hate the 3 p.m. starts? Our gang has at it.
The Xfinity Series winning car of Denny Hamlin at Michigan was found to have an illegal splitter structure, NASCAR announced Wednesday. Hamlin will keep the win but Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gabehart has been suspended two races and fined $25,000. The team was also docked 25 points in the owner standings and can't use the win to be eligible for the owner title.
Silly Season update: Keselowski staying put?
Will Penske renew Brad Keselowski? Who will replace Dale Jr. at Hendrick? Will Danica Patrick return to Stewart-Haas? Several big-name drivers at several big teams could make this coming offseason one of the most active in recent years.
Veteran road racer Boris Said will drive the No. 33 NASCAR Cup car in place of Jeffrey Earnhardt this weekend at Sonoma. Said gives the Circle Sport/TMG team a driver who has 16 career Cup starts on the Sonoma road course.
NASCAR marches on: 10 things that ain't gonna happen again
It's OK to be wistful for the past, to yearn for the days of yore. But Ryan McGee's done with that, and he has 10 things that aren't returning to NASCAR -- and alternatives to embrace -- again. Tune in, because you're missing a great time.
Kyle Larson just one young driver to get excited about
Kyle Larson won Sunday a week after another young driver visited Victory Lane. Ricky Craven has his eyes on five up-and-comers -- Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- and writes they are something to be excited about.
Former Daniel Suarez crew chief Dave Rogers, who took a personal leave of absence in March, has returned to work at Joe Gibbs Racing as technical director for its Xfinity Series operations.
NASCAR has moved its annual NASCAR Cup Series awards banquet from its traditional Friday night the week after Thanksgiving to Thursday night. The 2017 banquet will be Nov. 30 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The schedule for the events leading up to the banquet was not announced.
Tony Stewart wasn't happy Sunday at Michigan, where several cars – including two from Stewart-Haas Racing – wrecked following a debris caution with 15 laps left. Stewart tweeted: "It's a shame that so many drivers and teams day was ruined by the results of another "debris" caution towards the end of the race today." In response to a tweet that NASCAR officials reported debris on their radio, Stewart tweeted: "So you believe everything you hear on their radio. Wow you're gullible"
Road racer Billy Johnson will drive the No. 43 NASCAR Cup car this weekend on the road course at Sonoma for Richard Petty Motorsports. Darrell Wallace Jr. will return the following week at Daytona as Aric Almirola continues to recover from a broken back.
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