Recent rulings leave drivers wondering where the line is
If there's a line you can't cross when it comes to retaliation in NASCAR, drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. don't seem to know where it is. This week, it's the talk of the garage.
Passing of Pete Hamilton hits home for New Englanders
Pete Hamilton was a popular driver and a four-time winner at NASCAR's top level. His passing this week particularly hit home for Ricky Craven and fans on New England sports.
A pace-car ride at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway, Part 2, with Matt Kenseth driving the Toyota. Kenseth talks about the seams on the 2-mile track.
A pace-car ride at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway, Part 1, with Matt Kenseth driving the Toyota. It starts from coming off pit road and Kenseth describing the fast lane on the 2-mile track.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to give up the 18th starting spot and start at the rear of the field Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway because of a puncture in one of the tires he qualified on Friday. A new rule this year has drivers starting the race on the tires they qualify. Earnhardt will only be allowed to replace the punctured tire with a new tire; the other tires on his car will have been worn from the six laps of qualifying.
Putting a wrap on it; The Hendrick Motorsports crew of Chase Elliott has repaired the body of Elliott's car after he hit the wall in practice Saturday. Here they are putting the wrap on the car for the race this afternoon at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway.
Hamilton makes history as 1st black race director
Jusan Hamilton became the first African-American to serve as race director at a NASCAR national series event when he made his debut Saturday at the Xfinity Series event at Fontana.
Kyle Larson has finished second in the last three NASCAR Cup races. With a Cup car on the pole for the race Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway as well as a win Saturday in the Xfinity Series race, Larson explains why he is much more confident going into the race Sunday than in past Cup races:
Joey Logano said it felt good to have a clean side-by-side battle with Kyle Busch in the Xfinity Series race Saturday, nearly two weeks after their scuffle at Las Vegas. Logano finished second in the race and Busch in third behind winner Kyle Larson at Auto Club Speedway. Logano: "We raced the heck out of each other and raced clean and raced for a win and the lead. There's no issues. That's good. We raced each other like we typically do, and that wasn't a problem."
Larson holds off Logano to take Xfinity race
Kyle Larson held off Joey Logano to win the NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday. Larson, the Cup series points leader, is also on the pole for Sunday's race and looks for a sweep at Fontana.
Another car with a damage check: Kyle Busch's team checks his car after a spin in NASCAR Cup practice Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. At least six cars hit the wall in practice Saturday for a variety of causes. That could predict a treacherous event Sunday once the get to actually racing. Chase Elliott, who was among those with damage, posted the top speed in final practice before hitting the wall.
Sparks fly during repairs to the left rear of the car of Chase Elliott during final practice Saturday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. Elliott brushed the wall but is not expected to need a backup car for the race Sunday.
David Ragan will have to go to a backup car for the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway after a crash Saturday in practice. Ragan, set to start 27th, will have to start at the rear of the field Sunday.
Kevin Harvick slapped the wall in practice Saturday at Auto Club Speedway. His team will repair the car and not go to a backup.
TV time: Former NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and current drivers Danica Patrick and Jimmie Johnson voice characters in the popular Disney Junior animated series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" -- so they got a visit from Mickey on Friday at Auto Club Speedway in California.
Larson edges Hamlin to claim Fontana pole
Kyle Larson, who has finished second in the past three Cup races, claimed his second career pole on Friday at Auto Club Speedway.
Brad Keselowski will start third Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, not a bad spot considering he is without crew chief Paul Wolfe, who has been suspended for three weeks after the team failed rear alignment specifications after the race Sunday at Phoenix. Keselowski, when asked how the team mood is after the penalty, said: "I don't know if I really have a great read for it. Nobody likes the situation. It's one of those things that you can't do anything about so I guess you've got to kind of move on. [The penalty] is a huge deal. But that's the rule. It's our job to abide by the rules."
Kyle Larson, second in the last three races, will start from the pole Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway as he posted the top speed in the final round of qualifying Friday. Denny Hamlin will start beside him on the front row.
Joey Logano will have sticker tires to start the race Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway as his car never made it through tech in time for him to post a qualifying lap Friday. Because teams start the race on the tires they use in qualifying, that will be an advantage on some cars that have had five or six laps in qualifying. Would that be enough to get him into the top-10 by the end of the first stage at Lap 60? Logano: "Will I catch those guys on the first run? If our car is an animal, yes. Will it drive to the lead without a caution? No. We will have to have some cautions and good restarts and good pit stops. … It's going to affect us in the first stage most likely."
Joey Logano watches his car go through tech but was among the drivers who never made a qualifying lap Friday. Matt DiBenedetto, Gray Gaulding and Trevor Bayne also didn't get through tech before the first round ended. They will start at the rear of the field Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson won't participate in qualifying today after wrecking his primary car in practice. He likely will start 39th Sunday at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. Crew chief Chad Knaus: "I just felt it was wiser to get the car prepared correctly rather than qualify poorly. I wasn't comfortable putting Jimmie in a position where he would have to hustle a car that he hasn't turned a lap in yet. We are all the way out here on the west coast, and brought two race cars. If we were to crash this car, we would have to pull a car from a teammate and it would be a very difficult obstacle to overcome."
Ryan Blaney 'starstruck' taking pic with 'Star Wars' actress Daisy Ridley
Trying to play it cool, Ryan Blaney didn't even tell the "Star Wars" actress he's a NASCAR driver. "I was just trying not to sweat profusely and make a fool out of myself," he says.
Dale Jr. willing to talk new Hendrick contract
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had talks to have actual talks about remaining at Hendrick Motorsports beyond this season.
In response to Kurt Busch's counterclaim filed earlier today that requests millions in damages be awarded to him because his former agent Jon Caponigro and his law firm had a conflict of interest representing both Busch and teams Penske Racing and Andretti Autosport, the Caponigro law firm (which is suing Busch for alleged unpaid fees) released a statement Friday: "[These] allegations are outrageous and have no factual basis. It is a shame that, in an effort to avoid paying fees that are owed, Defendants instead have chosen to disparage the impeccable reputation of our clients who, for more than a decade, maximized Mr. Busch's career opportunities, financially and otherwise, often during times when Mr. Busch's conduct, both on and off the track, threatened his career."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels NASCAR should take action for driver misbehavior when the caution is out or after the race. Here is his idea for a penalty for Austin Dillon, who was not sanctioned for squeezing Cole Custer into the fence under caution last week at Phoenix:
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