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NASCAR Rolls Out First Electric Race Car

$1.5M prototype hums rather than roars

(Newser) - Part of the experience of a NASCAR race is hearing the engine roar, the rumble of each car's approach and the zip of it whizzing past at more than 150mph. On Saturday in Chicago, NASCAR unveiled its first electric race car, which doesn't thunder when the grand marshal...

Another Road-Rage Incident, NASCAR-Style
Fight Costs
Him $75K

NASCAR Driver's Fight Costs Him $75K

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. penalized for starting scrap with Kyle Busch after their race

(Newser) - NASCAR has fined driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 for picking a fight with Kyle Busch after their race over the weekend, reports the AP . Stenhouse's father, who joined in the melee, was suspended indefinitely, while Busch received no penalty. The fistfight came after they tangled in the race...

Road Rage, NASCAR-Style
Road Rage, NASCAR-Style

Road Rage, NASCAR-Style

Driver Joey Gase throws his bumper at another driver's car

(Newser) - For the record, the NASCAR driver who threw his bumper at a rival's car is the one accusing the other of "not having his head screwed on right." The strange incident unfolded over the weekend during the NASCAR Xfinity Race at Richmond Raceway in Virginia, reports CBS...

NASCAR Track Might Actually Have a Moonshine Cave Beneath It

Large open area found underneath North Wilkesboro Speedway in NC

(Newser) - "We'd often hear stories of how an old moonshine still was operated here on the property under the grandstands," says a VP at Speedway Motorsports about North Carolina's North Wilkesboro Speedway. CBS Sports calls it an "urban legend," but it turns out those stories...

NASCAR Driver Penalized for Wearing 'Concerning' Glove

Joey Logano wore webbed glove, possibly as an aerodynamic blocker, during qualifying rounds

(Newser) - NASCAR on Saturday displayed a clearly altered glove that Joey Logano wore in qualifying rounds at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where aerodynamic-deflecting alterations were so obvious it looked as if he was wearing part of an amphibious costume. The black glove for Logano's left hand had webbing made of an...

Rain Stalls Daytona 500
Daytona 500 to Wait a Day

Daytona 500 to Wait a Day

The last one-day postponement was in 2012

(Newser) - NASCAR has postponed the season-opening Daytona 500 until Monday because of two days of rain at Daytona International Speedway. The race was scheduled to begin Sunday afternoon but amid heavy doubts that the green flag would wave on time, if at all. The final practice for the event was canceled...

NASCAR Hall of Famer Once Got Out of His Car to Fight
Cale Yarborough Once Got
Out of His Car to Fight

Cale Yarborough Once Got Out of His Car to Fight

NASCAR Hall of Famer was the first to win three straight Cup titles

(Newser) - Cale Yarborough, considered one of NASCAR's all-time greatest drivers and the first to win three consecutive Cup titles, died Sunday. He was 84. NASCAR announced the death of the Hall of Famer and South Carolina native. No cause was given, the AP reports. "Cale Yarborough was one of...

One Week After This Crash, NASCAR Driver Is Back

Ryan Preece will be racing in South Carolina this weekend

(Newser) - Ryan Preece has been cleared to race in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina after a frightening crash at Daytona a week ago. "I'll see you at Darlington," Preece said in a social media video posted Friday by his Stewart-Haas Racing team. "I'...

NASCAR Driver Suspended Over George Floyd Meme

Noah Gragson apologizes after liking post that mocked the late Floyd

(Newser) - Driver Noah Gragson has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club after liking an insensitive meme with a photo of George Floyd's face, per the AP . "I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media," Gragson posted Saturday. "I understand the...

Jimmie Johnson's In-Laws Die in Murder-Suicide

Police say Terry Janway killed husband, grandson at Oklahoma home

(Newser) - NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has pulled out of this weekend's NASCAR Cup Series race in Chicago after a horrific family tragedy. His in-laws and their grandson, Johnson's nephew, died in an apparent murder-suicide at their Oklahoma home Monday night, police say. Police say Terry and Jack Janway, the...

Daytona 500 Winner Had 2-Word Note Taped in His Car

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins longest Daytona 500 in history

(Newser) - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has had a rollercoaster career in which he had to fight to keep a job, lost his seat at a NASCAR powerhouse team, and opened his 14th season mired in a five-year losing streak. To say this Daytona 500 was a milestone race was an understatement—for...

Danica Patrick on Breast Implants: 'Get Them Removed'

That's the NASCAR star's advice after her own 4-year ordeal

(Newser) - When Danica Patrick got breast implants in 2014, she thought it was her way "to have it all." Eight years later, the 40-year-old former NASCAR star is revealing the harm to her body she suffered as a result, and warning other women of the dangers. Patrick says she...

NASCAR Plans Race Through Downtown Chicago

Street race will mark NASCAR's 75th season next year

(Newser) - NASCAR will celebrate its 75th season with an unprecedented street race through downtown Chicago in yet another radical change to the once staid schedule. The Cup Series will race against the backdrop of Lake Michigan and Grant Park next July 2 in the debut race of a three-year deal with...

NASCAR Driver Stabbed to Death at Gas Station

Bobby East, 37, was killed in Westminster, Calif.

(Newser) - A 37-year-old NASCAR driver was stabbed to death at a gas station in California this week, and police killed his alleged assailant two days later, reports Fox News . Police in Westminster say Bobby East, who competed in the United States Auto Club division, was attacked at a gas station Wednesday...

Brandon (Yes, That One) Would Like a Word
Brandon (Yes, That One)
Would Like a Word
in case you missed it

Brandon (Yes, That One) Would Like a Word

NASCAR driver-turned-meme would rather focus on cars than politics

(Newser) - Even people unfamiliar with NASCAR know his name, or at least his first one. Brandon Brown is the 28-year-old driver who inadvertently became a political meme in October when his name turned into a slogan for opponents of President Biden. He's the "Brandon" of "Let's Go...

NASCAR Doesn't Want Anything to Do With 'Let's Go, Brandon'

President Steve Phelps seeks to distance company from political phrase criticizing President Biden

(Newser) - "Let's go, Brandon," an anti-Biden catchphrase , has caught fire in recent weeks in conservative circles. But one big company is now trying to distance itself, with a warning. "It's an unfortunate situation," NASCAR President Steve Phelps said Friday of the slogan, per the AP...

He's Just the 2nd Black NASCAR Driver to Do This

Bubba Wallace wins a race at the Cup Series level

(Newser) - The hard part wasn't dodging his way around a crash and then driving to the front of the field at Talladega Superspeedway. That was just instinct for Bubba Wallace. The challenge was the 45 minutes after Wallace took the lead, when the sky opened and he anxiously sat in...

Cops: Ex-NASCAR Driver Shot Dead After Attacking Wife

John Townley attacked Laura Townley, another man with hatchet, police say

(Newser) - Former NASCAR driver John Townley was shot dead in Georgia on Saturday night—but no charges have been filed against the alleged shooter. Police say the 31-year-old turned up at a home in Athens and attacked ex-wife Laura Townley and another man with a hatchet, NBC reports. The other man,...

Ex-NASCAR Driver Eric McClure Dead at 42
Ex-NASCAR Driver
Eric McClure
Dies at 42

Ex-NASCAR Driver Eric McClure Dies at 42

Few details have been released, and an autopsy is pending

(Newser) - Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure died Sunday, his family and the series said. He was 42. No details were given about his death, the AP reports. McClure had posted on social media as recently as Saturday. The Washington County sheriff's office said McClure's body was sent to Roanoke,...

Michael Jordan Debuts at Daytona
Michael Jordan
Starts New Sport

Michael Jordan Starts New Sport

NASCAR season opens with groundbreaking team that has Bubba Wallace at the wheel

(Newser) - Michael Jordan enters a new arena Sunday, as co-owner of a NASCAR team in the Daytona 500. He's new to the role—having spent his formative years playing basketball and baseball—but he's surrounded by experience, WCNC reports. Denny Hamlin, the co-owner, has won Daytona three times. And...

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