Supporters for Robert Yates in Hall of Fame hopeful this is the year
Robert Yates just about did it all in NASCAR on the team side of the business. His backers for the Hall of Fame hope Wednesday's vote finally puts the ailing former engine builder and team owner in.
The Bottom Line: Wrapping up All-Star weekend
Kyle Busch is the Mariano Rivera of Joe Gibbs Racing. The competition has to get better at places like Charlotte. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in a funk. Ricky Craven has some observations and ideas after All-Star weekend.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't going to panic, but he is concerned
With 15 races left in the regular season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking more and more like a long shot to make NASCAR's playoffs -- unless he can win. Does he still have it in him?
Stewart-Haas Racing and Nature's Bakery have tentatively settled their lawsuit over Nature's Bakery dropping sponsorship of Danica Patrick one season into the three-year deal. According to a court filing, they have executed settlement documents that require certain "deliverables" within the next 21 days. SHR must update the court of their settlement progress by June 23.
Ron Hornaday didn't even know until Tuesday that the NASCAR Hall of Fame vote was Wednesday. And now he is a member of the 2018 class. His reaction:
Robert Yates, who has been a NASCAR Hall of Fame voter himself, talks about how he handled himself during his career and what it means to him to be part of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class:
Evernham, Yates headline 2018 HOF class
Former car owner and engine builder Robert Yates is joined by Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday, Red Byron and Ken Squier in the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
NASCAR has announced the 2018 inductees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Robert Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier, and Ron Hornaday, Jr. The NASCAR Landmark Award recipient will be Jim France.
The 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class: Robert Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier and Ron Hornaday Jr.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Regan Smith will once again fill in for the injured Aric Almirola in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A replacement for future races has not been announced.
Regan Smith will continue to replace Aric Almirola this weekend while the Richard Petty Motorsports driver is out with a broken back. Almirola was injured in a May 13 accident at Kansas Speedway. Smith replaced him for the NASCAR Monster Energy Open all-star qualifying race Saturday, and RPM announced Wednesday that Smith would continue in the substitute role for the Coca-Cola 600 but didn't announce a driver beyond this weekend.
A panel of 54 members (including one combined fan vote) has selected the next five-member class to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with the new inductees being revealed at 6 p.m. today. There are 20 nominees on the ballot, and each panelist chooses five. The five nominees with the most votes earn spots in the 2018 class.
Macy Causey makes history with late-model win
Macy Causey won at the same track former NASCAR drivers Jeff and Ward Burton got their starts. She was hospitalized Monday with strep throat and dehydration, but was released Tuesday and should be ready for her next race June 3.
The sounds of a race car: Daniel Suarez fired up a NASCAR car at a Boys & Girls Club/The Salvation Army center in Charlotte:
Indy to host NASCAR's regular-season finale
NASCAR is moving its regular-season finale from Richmond to Indianapolis for 2018 as part of several schedule changes announced Tuesday.
NASCAR will move Indianapolis to its Cup regular-season finale in 2018, according to a post on its website. The first playoff round will consist of Las Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte, with the Charlotte "roval" (part oval, part road course) being used for that event. Dover will open the second round and the final six races of the playoffs will remain the same. The Chicagoland race moved to July.
Stewart stopped by IL trooper, issued warning
Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was stopped by an Illinois state trooper over the weekend for improper lane usage and issued a warning.
The same resin used to improve the groove at Bristol last month will be used this week on the high groove in the corners at Charlotte Motor Speedway as track officials and NASCAR attempt to improve the ability for drivers to use the upper lane during the race Sunday.
2018 NASCAR national series' schedules released
The Cup season kicks off with the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2018; Final regular season race at Indianapolis; Las Vegas kicks off the playoffs; Charlotte fall race to be run on the road course.
Off-road star Hailie Deegan set for NASCAR Next
Hailie Deegan, daughter of the most decorated freestyle motocross rider in history, is the first female to win an off-road championship. As part of the NASCAR Next Class, she's now venturing into stock car racing.
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Chip Ganassi Racing released a statement that Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Scott Dixon and former driver Dario Franchitti are fine after, according to police reports, being robbed at gunpoint in a Taco Bell drive-thru Sunday night. Two teenagers have been arrested on charges of robbery, according to Indianapolis police. The team statement: "Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are completely fine after being held up last night by two men at a fast food restaurant in Speedway, Ind. Thank you to everyone for all of your concerns about their well-being. However, we will allow the Speedway/Indianapolis police departments to handle the situation and while they conduct their investigation, we will refrain from making any further comments to allow Scott to focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500."
'Slugger' Labbe out as Dillon's crew chief
Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon will have a new crew chief starting this weekend as Justin Alexander will replace Richard "Slugger" Labbe.
Richard "Slugger" Labbe is leaving Richard Childress Racing and will be replaced by Justin Alexander as crew chief for NASCAR Cup driver Austin Dillon. Former JTG Daugherty Racing crew chief Randall Burnett will replace Alexander as crew chief for the RCR No. 2 car in the Xfinity Series.
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