Turn 4: Biggest surprise of Cup season?
Through four races, who has surprised? Do drivers truly love the sport? Should Austin Dillon be penalized for Cole Custer hit? Which 1990s song would you pick for a driver? Our gang has at it.
Pit crew trainees aim to go over the wall
Former college athletes Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary both earned scholarships for NASCAR's Drive For Diversity pit crew development program.
Furniture Row hauler crew OK after accident
Furniture Row Racing's official race hauler was involved in a highway accident Thursday outside of Las Vegas. The team said the hauler's drivers were not injured, and the cars were not damaged.
As part of a program for employees, Toyota has brought all its motorsports athletes to its Torrance offices during the week it races at Auto Club Speedway outside Los Angeles. It also has done similar programs in Kentucky and has plans for the new offices in Texas.
NASCAR will use a new aerodynamic and horsepower package for the Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The package includes a restrictor plate, the 2016 larger spoiler and front splitter and the use of air ducts to allow air to flow out of the front wheel wells. The changes, for the Xfinity Series only, are designed to create more passing.
Stewart-Haas Racing will appeal the penalties levied to the Kevin Harvick team and ask for the one-race suspension of Rodney Childers to be deferred until an appeal is heard. Harvick's car was found to have an unapproved track bar slider assembly after his sixth-place run at Phoenix. Harvick also was penalized 10 points and Childers fined $25,000.
Keselowski, Harvick crew chiefs suspended
Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick were both docked points and saw their crew chiefs get suspended after their cars failed postrace inspections at Phoenix.
NASCAR has suspended Brad Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe for three races and Kevin Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers for one race for violations found postrace Sunday at Phoenix. NASCAR docked Keselowski 35 points and also fined Wolfe $65,000 for the fifth-place car of Keselowski failing postrace rear alignment measurements. Harvick, who finished sixth, was docked 10 points and Childers also fined $25,000 for an unapproved track bar slider assembly.
Four-time winner Pete Hamilton dies at 74
Pete Hamilton, who won Daytona and Talladega twice, has died at age 74.
A three-member appeals panel has upheld a 35-point penalty to AJ Allmendinger as well as a three-week suspension and $65,000 fine to crew chief Randall Burnett (he already has served two weeks). The JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 car was penalized for having three or more loose or missing lug nuts after the NASCAR Cup race earlier this month at Atlanta.
Dr. Racy Ryan is in, ready to soothe your NASCAR fears
Are you bewildered by the points situation? Do you fear change in the sport? Are you Team Kyle and your spouse Team Joey? NASCAR advice columnist Dr. Racy Ryan is here to help.
Kurt Busch takes a ride with Neil Everett.
Neil Everett takes Kurt Busch on a ride talking about the changes in NASCAR this season, the thrill of winning the Daytona 500 and the NHL coming to Busch's home town of Las Vegas.
Kyle Busch is using his fight with Joey Logano and his interview from outside he NASCAR hauler to raise money for the Kyle Busch Foundation. His "Everything 18 Great" shirt plays off his repeating "Everything is great" when asked questions Friday about their fight. Busch, who drives the No. 18 car, is selling the shirts for $22. Why $22? Logano drives the No. 22 car.
Rundown: Kyle Larson isn't first loser, he's the leader
Kyle Larson keeps finishing second in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and so far that's OK with him, because it means he's that much closer to winning ... often.
Brad Keselowski's fifth-place car failed the NASCAR tech station that measure weight and height requirements postrace Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. He faces a penalty of 10-to-40 points and crew chief Paul Wolfe faces a suspension of 1-to-3 races and a fine of $25,000 to $75,000. NASCAR would announce any penalties Tuesday or Wednesday.
Newman wins, but Busch-Logano still steal the headlines.
Ryan Newman was able to snap his 127-race winless streak, but it's Joey Logano's late crash with Kyle Busch leading that caused the race to go to overtime and dominate the headlines for another week.
Newman snaps drought with win at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman ends a 127-race winless streak by jumping out in front on an overtime lap to get the checkered flag at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert, make big break count at Phoenix
Ryan Newman didn't have the best car at Phoenix, but he had the best crew chief in Luke Lambert. Newman also had the skill to pull off an improbable win on old tires for Richard Childress Racing
Newman skips late pit stop, ends NASCAR Cup drought
Ryan Newman chose not to enter the pit road on a late caution and his gamble paid off as he held on for his first victory since 2013 in Sunday's Monster Energy race at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman gambled by staying out on a late caution to snap a 127-race winless streak as he captured the NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix Raceway.
With 50 laps left at Phoenix Raceway, Kyle Busch leads. It is not a surprise. He had the best 10-lap average in final practice Saturday. He has two fourths and a second in his last three Phoenix starts.
Chase Elliott won the second stage at Phoenix Raceway. Joey Logano, who won the first stage, fell back to 32nd on Lap 123 because of a penalty for speeding on pit road. He gained 10 spots before the end of the stage on Lap 150. The race is scheduled for 312 laps.
One of the reasons Phoenix Raceway will move the start/finish line to the Turn 2 area starting in November 2018 is because the current frontstretch grandstands are in the sun. These stands weren't full prior to the race but 100 laps into the event Sunday with temps in the 90s, many fans have left their seats. These grandstands will be torn down as part of the renovations with stands built in the area of the new start/finish line.
Joey Logano proved his winning the pole was no fluke as he dominated the first stage at Phoenix Raceway. Kevin Harvick, who has won five of the last seven races at Phoenix, went from 23rd to 13th in the opening 75 laps.
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch will be happy to return to racing today at Phoenix Racing after their fight last week at Las Vegas. Both have a shot to win. Logano won in November and sits on the pole today. Busch starts ninth, has finished no worse than fourth in his last three starts at Phoenix and posted the best 10-lap average speed in final practice Saturday.
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