The Early Lead: NASCAR

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Austin Dillon to drive Dale Earnhardt No. 3 car

Son of famed racer, who was killed in a 2001 Daytona 500 crash, supports return of the number to racing.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austin Dillon, Auto racing, NASCAR

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Jimmie Johnson wins sixth Sprint Cup title, speaks to Donovan McNabb, Michael Jordan

McNabb had questioned whether drivers were athletes; MJ had joked about having only five titles.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:45 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jimmie Johnson, Michael Jordan, NASCAR

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/12/2013

NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne says he has MS, will keep driving

The 2011 Daytona 500 winner says he currently is symptom-free.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NASCAR, Trevor Bayne

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 11/11/2013

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson adds to Sprint Cup lead; Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson adds to his lead in the Sprint Cup standings with a third place finish at the AdvoCare500 in Phoenix.

By Kelyn Soong  |  12:27 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jimmie Johnson, kevin harvick, NASCAR, Sprint Cup

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/15/2013

NASCAR makes no major changes to 2014 Sprint Cup schedule

The one notable addition will be the NASCAR Air Titan track-drying system, which will be implemented at every Sprint Cup race to prevent lenghty delays.

By Kelyn Soong  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  daytona international speedway, Fox Sports, Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR, nbc sports, Sprint Cup, Steve O’Donnell

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Danica Patrick, Trace Adkins to co-host American Country Awards

NASCAR driver keeps expanding her brand beyond the racetrack.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Danica Patrick, NASCAR

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Woman who slapped Max Papis is banned, fined (video)

Mike Skeen's girlfriend, Kelly Heaphy, reacted angrily after race in Canada.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:58 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Max Papis, NASCAR

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Tony Stewart eyes Daytona 500 return

NASCAR driver, recovering from a broken leg, finds life on two wheels boring.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:04 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, NASCAR, Tony Stewart

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Tony Stewart breaks leg in wreck on dirt track in Iowa

Driver undergoes surgery to repair broken tibia and fibula.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:24 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, NASCAR, Tony Stewart

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 06/13/2013

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler killed in race

NASCAR drivers mourn loss of popular driver known as "LefTurn."

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jason Leffler, NASCAR

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Dick Trickle dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

Famed NASCAR driver was a short-track legend -- and a staple on ESPN's early broadcasts.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Dick Trickle, NASCAR

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/24/2013

NASCAR hits Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing hard

Engine fails to pass inspection after No. 20 car wins Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Joe Gibbs, Matt Kenseth, NASCAR

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at NRA 500

After sponsorship generated controversy, NASCAR take a closer look at tracks' arrangements.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Kyle Busch, NASCAR, NRA 500

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Denny Hamlin talks emotionally about crash, Joey Logano

Feud has percolated along since the Daytona 500, with Tony Stewart jumping in, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, NASCAR

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Jeff Gordon's test-drive viral video for Pepsi is fake

Of course it was fake, but it turns out be be even faker than imagined, thanks to Funny or Die's production company.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:44 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Jeff Gordon's Pepsi Max "Test Drive" goes viral (video)

NASCAR driver scares a salesman when he gets behind the wheel of a Camaro.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Denny Hamlin says he won't pay NASCAR's fine

Driver says he was just expressing an opinion the new Gen-6 car.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:43 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Danica Patrick divorcing her husband of 7 years

Danica Patrick announces that she and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:57 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danica Patrick, NASCAR

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Brad Keselowski wins Sprint Cup, now needs a date

Brad Keselowski wins Sprint Cup on points as Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer make peace in final race.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:35 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brad Keselowski, NASCAR, Sprint Cup

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 11/13/2012

NASCAR brawl results in fine for Jeff Gordon, spices up Sprint Cup finale

Jeff Gordon is docked $100,000 for his role in NASCAR brawl Sunday, a brawl that adds spice to the Sprint Cup finale Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:13 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 11/12/2012

NASCAR brawl overshadows Sprint Cup race

The excitement in Sunday's NASCAR race came from a brawl that included Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer and their pit crews.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, Sprint Cup

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. set to return, says you cant ignore concussions

NASCAR's most popular driver will return to the track at Martinsville on Sunday after taking two weeks off to deal with concussions.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:13 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least two races with concussion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least the next two races after suffering a concussion in Sunday's Talladega pileup.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:06 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 06/05/2012

NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch again for verbally abusing reporter

Probation and fines don’t seem to be doing the trick for one of NASCAR’s resident hotheads, who was suspended for one week after his outburst during a post-race interview.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:28 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)