Coca-Cola 600 sets (extra) stage for playoff push
Cup drivers, such as pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, can earn extra points during the 400-lap race at Charlotte thanks to NASCAR adding a fourth stage. And those same points could be what gets a team into the playoffs.
NASCAR will add more liquid resin to the upper groove overnight at Charlotte Motor Speedway as it hopes to create enough grip that NASCAR Cup drivers will be able to use that lane to maintain speed or pass cars in the lower lane. Cup drivers who competed in the Xfinity race Saturday did not see considerable difference. Brad Keselowski: "A little bit -- it's better than nothing." Considering temperatures will be cooler for the race Sunday night, the the track could race much different than Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Blaney and Dave Blaney became the first father-son combo to win an Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Ryan won Saturday at Charlotte. Six father/son combinations have won the series. The others: Eanhardts (Dale/Dale Jr.), Elliotts (Bill/Chase), Hamilton (Bobby/Bobby Jr.), Labontes (Terry/Justin) and Pearson (David/Larry).
After a second-place finish in the Xfinity race Saturday at Charlotte, Kevin Harvick said he felt he had more options throughout a run of what groove to drive. NASCAR had put some liquid resin in the upper grooves of the corners at Charlotte for additional grip to encourage drivers to try the upper lane.
Blaney starts last, wins Xfinity at Charlotte
Ryan Blaney passed Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go to win the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Ryan Blaney celebrates after winning Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Charlotte -- his fifth Xfinity win since 2012. Blaney said postrace, "we had a really awesome race car all day. It was nice to break through and get back to Victory Lane."
Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7, will start on the pole for today's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Christopher Bell, considered one of the top young talents in NASCAR, makes his Xfinity Series debut today for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Kyle Larson, the NASCAR Cup series points leader, was fastest in final practice Saturday at Charlotte. Ryan Blaney was second on the speed chart.
The team of Brad Keselowski works on cosmetic damage to his car after he caught the wall in practice Saturday afternoon. The team should be able to fix the car.
Members of the Evil Geniuses Halo team leave the NASCAR Xfinity Series prerace drivers meeting in Charlotte. They will give the command to start engines for the race today.
On Memorial Day weekend, Goodyear adds a message on its NASCAR tires:
Nature's Bakery will sponsor Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer for a total of four races as part of a settlement agreement between the snack company and Stewart-Haas Racing. SHR had sued Nature's Bakery in February after the company dropped its sponsorship of Patrick one year into the three-year deal.
Lingering effects of Aric Almirola's violent crash
Looking back at Aric Almirola's wreck, "it's no wonder that his back was hurt" appears to be a common undertone among drivers who are fully aware they could face a similar injury with a crash of that magnitude.
Honoring Hayden, two wheels at a time
Going for a 69-mile bicycle ride is Jimmie Johnson's way of paying tribute to his friend's life and also promoting safety for a sport that's popular within the NASCAR community.
New NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham is at the Indy 500 and still can't believe he got the call from the Hall on Wednesday. "When you start out racing you just want to race. You're just hoping to have a job. You never expect to ever be a part of something like this."
As kids play, Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks to the media about the playground his family and others have helped fund at Rescue Ranch, an animal rescue facility operated by NASCAR drivers Ryan and Krissie Newman. The playground is accessible for all youth, including those with special needs.
Button reveals NASCAR, Le Mans interest
Jenson Button has revealed he would be interested to race in NASCAR, while he also has a desire to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the future.
The Earnhardt Family Playground opened today at Rescue Ranch, an animal rescue facility operated by NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie. The playground, which provides another activity for school field trips to see the animals, is specifically designed to be accessible for those with disabilities.
Jimmie Johnson, an avid cyclist, talks about the dangers of cycling and the shared commitment needed from cyclists and motorists toward cycling safety. Johnson led a group of about 75 cyclists in a 69-mile tribute ride today for motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden, who died Monday from injuries suffered in a cycling accident.
Jimmie Johnson talks about what motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden meant to him. The seven-time NASCAR Cup champion helped organize a 69-mile tribute ride to his friend, who died Monday from injuries suffered in a bicycle crash. Several NASCAR drivers participated in the ride Friday, as well as professional cyclists, NASCAR crew members and others in the Charlotte racing community to honor Hayden as well as to promote safety awareness when it comes to bicycles.
A group of about 75 cyclists, including NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez leave on a 69-mile tribute ride to honor Nicky Hayden:
Texas bill would boost bids for NASCAR events
The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes NASCAR's All-Star Race and season-ending championship eligible for the state's Major Events Reimbursement Program.
SC Featured: Clauson's legacy lives on.
Indy 500 driver Bryan Clauson died in August 2016, but his legacy lives on in a 63-year-old Army war veteran. For the full feature, tune in to SportsCenter on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN.
Larson to start Charlotte race at back of field
Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson will be forced to start the Coca-Cola 600 at the back of the field Sunday after he failed to get through prequalifying inspection in time to make a qualifying lap at Charlotte.
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