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Daytona 24 Hours LMP2 winner Kyle Tilley to make NASCAR debut at COTA

Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona LMP2 champion Kyle Tilley will make his NASCAR debut this season, competing in four Cup Series road course events for Live Fast Motorsports.

NASCAR Kansas: Kyle Busch takes first Cup win of 2021
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NASCAR Kansas: Kyle Busch takes first Cup win of 2021

Kyle Busch celebrated his birthday by becoming the latest winner of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season at Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR Talladega: Keselowski wins last-lap thriller

Brad Keselowski took his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series after beating Matt DiBenedetto on the final lap of the Talladega race.

NASCAR denies Jennifer Jo Cobb's planned Cup Series debut

NASCAR has put a hold on Jennifer Jo Cobb’s debut in the Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Richmond NASCAR Cup: Bowman snatches late win from long-time leader Hamlin
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Richmond NASCAR Cup: Bowman snatches late win from long-time leader Hamlin

Alex Bowman snatched the lead of the NASCAR Cup race at Richmond with 10 laps remaining from Denny Hamlin to claim his first victory of the season.

Jennifer Jo Cobb to make NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega

NASCAR veteran Jennifer Jo Cobb will make her Cup Series debut later this month at the Talladega Speedway with Rick Ware Racing.

Truex holds on to win rain-delayed Martinsville NASCAR Cup race
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Truex holds on to win rain-delayed Martinsville NASCAR Cup race

Martin Truex Jr became NASCAR’s first multiple race winner of 2021 in a rain-delayed Martinsville event that was postponed from Saturday.

Rain postpones NASCAR Martinsville race until Sunday

Heavy rain has forced this weekend’s NASCAR round at Martinsville to be postponed for a second consecutive day, with the Cup Series race halted after just 42 laps.

Why the Bristol dirt race didn't soil NASCAR's reputation

OPINION: The NASCAR Cup Series has been willing to experiment with new race formats over the past few years, adding more road courses to break up the plethora of oval courses. But its conversion of the Bristol Motor Speedway to Cup's first dirt race since 1970 was the biggest experiment of all - and, largely, it was a successful one

Dirt racing to remain in NASCAR Cup for 2022 at Bristol

Dirt racing will remain on the NASCAR Cup Series bill at Bristol into 2022, following Monday's race at the circuit - the championship's first dirt event since 1970.

Logano claims NASCAR Cup win in overtime on Bristol dirt track
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Logano claims NASCAR Cup win in overtime on Bristol dirt track

Joey Logano held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr during overtime for victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway, in the NASCAR Cup Series' first dirt race in over 50 years.

Bristol NASCAR Cup race on dirt postponed until Monday due to rain

Heavy overnight rain and persistent showers on Sunday around Bristol Motor Speedway have postponed the NASCAR Cup's first race on dirt for over 50 years until Monday.

NASCAR to use bias ply tyres for Bristol dirt race

NASCAR’s first Cup dirt race in more than 50 years will also feature a return to the use of bias ply tyres which will present a new challenge for the drivers to adjust to.

Blaney snatches lead from Larson to win Atlanta NASCAR Cup race

Ryan Blaney snatched the NASCAR Cup victory at Atlanta with eight laps remaining from Kyle Larson, whose tyres ran out of life in the dying stages of the race.

Truex triumphs at Phoenix for first NASCAR Cup win in 28 starts

Martin Truex Jr overcame a rough start to win his first NASCAR Cup race in 28 starts, triumphing at Phoenix Raceway.

Las Vegas win a reminder of Larson's NASCAR promise

OPINION: One race win will not stop people from bringing up Kyle Larson’s past NASCAR suspension, but it does point the conversation in another more racing-related direction.

Larson secures first NASCAR Cup win since return in Las Vegas

Kyle Larson claimed his first NASCAR Cup victory since his return to the championship following his suspension, winning out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to beat Brad Keselowski.

First NASCAR test at COTA prompts prediction of "epic starts"

NASCAR Cup champions Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr gave the Circuit of the Americas glowing reviews after their first test at the track.

Daytona chicane undergoes changes after driver criticism

NASCAR has made changes to the backstretch chicane of the Daytona International Speedway Road Course ahead of this weekend's racing following criticism by drivers

Memories of the day we lost NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt

On the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt Sr's death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, JIM UTTER reflects on his memories of NASCAR's darkest weekend

Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon secure Duel wins, Daytona 500 grid set

Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon claimed victories in the two 150-mile Duel races that set the grid for Sunday's Daytona 500, which formally begins the NASCAR Cup season

Newman: No memory of Daytona 500 NASCAR crash means no fear

Ryan Newman says he has no fear on his return to the Daytona 500 because he has no memory of his massive last-lap crash in last year's NASCAR Cup race

Grammy winning artist Pitbull sees NASCAR team ownership as "a higher calling"

Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Pitbull sees his new NASCAR team ownership role as a "higher calling" and an opportunity to "bring people together"

NASCAR outlines COVID-19 procedures for 2021 season

NASCAR's 2021 season will begin with many of the same COVID-19 protocols in place as last year with no clear sign when they will change

Logano excited to drive on diverse NASCAR Cup calendar with dirt race

NASCAR Cup champion Joey Logano is looking forward to the series' first dirt race since 1970 at Bristol, but is trying to keep his season preparation balanced

Bristol on schedule for NASCAR's long awaited dirt racing return

Bristol Motor Speedway is well on its way to bringing dirt track racing back to NASCAR's Cup Series for the first time in more than 50 years

Allmendinger to make Cup return on Daytona road course with Kaulig

AJ Allmendinger plans to make his first NASCAR Cup Series start since 2018 next month on the Daytona road course with regular Xfinity Series outfit Kaulig Racing

NASCAR Xfinity champion Cindric set for Cup debut at Daytona 500

NASCAR Xfinity champion Austin Cindric will aim to make his Cup series debut next month at the Daytona 500

McMurray makes NASCAR return for Daytona 500 with Spire

Jamie McMurray will make a return to NASCAR Cup competition, and will race in February's Daytona 500 for the Spire Motorsports team

New Larson NASCAR Cup spotter Monez dropped over social media posts

Kyle Larson has lost his new spotter Chris Monez at Hendrick Motorsports just days after being announced due to controversial social media posts

NASCAR hits speed targets at Daytona with its Next Gen Car during latest test

NASCAR has completed a two-day test at Daytona International Speedway with its Next Gen car earlier this week, focusing on hitting speed targets

NASCAR opts for F1 track layout for Circuit of the Americas round

NASCAR will use the 3.41-mile grand prix track layout when the series visits Circuit of the Americas for the first time in 2021

Daytona road course added to 2021 NASCAR schedule

NASCAR's 2021 Cup Series schedule has already undergone minor changes due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, which will include the return to the Daytona road course

NASCAR confirms limited fan attendance for 2021 Daytona 500

NASCAR will begin its 2021 season the way it ended 2020, with limited fans in attendance for the opener at the Daytona 500

NASCAR Next Gen Cup car feedback "wasn't as good" on Charlotte oval

NASCAR's 2022 Next Gen car received better reviews from its drivers on the Charlotte road layout than on the oval course, says senior vice president of racing innovation John Probst

Truex: NASCAR's Next Gen car "does everything a little bit better"

Martin Truex Jr says NASCAR Cup's Next Gen car "does everything a little bit better", having tested it along with Kurt Busch at Charlotte's 'roval' circuit

NASCAR president hails "extraordinary" full season during pandemic

NASCAR president Steve Phelps says it is an "extraordinary achievement" that all three of its categories have been able to complete a full season in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic

Harvick has been "punched in the gut harder" than NASCAR title loss

Kevin Harvick's career-best NASCAR Cup season still has one more race, but it won't include a chance at a second championship having been knocked out of title contention at Martinsville

Denny Hamlin pledges to be "hands on" owner in new 23XI NASCAR team

Denny Hamlin says he will be a "hands on" NASCAR team owner in his new venture with NBA legend Michael Jordan, taking inspiration from veteran owner Joe Gibbs

Larson to return to NASCAR Cup Series with Hendrick in 2021

Suspended NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson will return competition in 2021, signing a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports

How Michael Jordan's new NASCAR team is already making waves

Michael Jordan's new NASCAR Cup team was only given its new name this week, but the impact of 23XI Racing is already being felt. As JIM UTTER explains, it could be just the beginning of enormous possibilities for NASCAR

NASCAR to lift suspension on Kyle Larson from 2021

NASCAR has announced suspended driver Kyle Larson will be able to return to competition from 2021

Chase Briscoe to replace Bowyer in Stewart-Haas NASCAR Cup Series line-up

NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader Chase Briscoe will move up to the Cup Series next season at Stewart-Haas Racing to replace the outgoing Clint Bowyer, Autosport has learned

TRD boss Wilson slams Toyota's "unacceptable" NASCAR Cup performance

Toyota's NASCAR boss David Wilson has labelled its record of eight wins in this year's Cup Series as "unacceptable", despite Denny Hamlin's title-challenging form

DiBenedetto gets one-year Wood Brothers extension, Cindric joins for 2022

Matt DiBenedetto will remain with the Wood Brothers in the NASCAR Cup Series next year, but will be replaced by Austin Cindric for the 2022 season

Suarez joins new Trackhouse NASCAR Cup team for 2021 season

Daniel Suarez will continue his career in the NASCAR Cup Series next season, driving for a new team owned by former driver Justin Marks

Bowman to take over retiring Johnson's #48 Hendrick Motorsports car in 2021

Hendrick Motorsports has gone in-house and chosen Alex Bowman to replace retiring NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson in the #48 machine in 2021

IndyCar, NASCAR set for 2021 Indianapolis double-header

IndyCar and NASCAR will once again combine for a double-header race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next season, but with an added twist

Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin form NASCAR Cup Series team for Wallace in 2021

NBA legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin have formed a team for 2021 that will feature Bubba Wallace as its driver

Chastain set for NASCAR Cup Series step in 2021 with Ganassi

Ross Chastain will finally get an opportunity next season to compete full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series after signing a deal to join Chip Ganassi Racing

Byron secures two-year NASCAR contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports

Fresh from his first NASCAR Cup Series victory, William Byron has secured a two-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports

NASCAR "happy with the speed" of Gen-7 car in Dover test

NASCAR has declared itself happy with the speed of the prototype Next Generation car now scheduled to be introduced for the 2022 Cup Series after resuming testing this week

Johnson's NASCAR playoff hopes in final season go down to Daytona

Despite one of his best finishes of the season at Dover, Jimmie Johnson will go into the final race to make the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs as an outsider

Larson requests NASCAR reinstatement but remains suspended

Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson has formally requested reinstatement to series, but remains indefinitely suspended for using a racial slur on a live stream

NASCAR Cup driver Dillon tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Daytona race

Austin Dillon has become the fourth NASCAR driver to have tested positive for COVID-19 and will now miss the race on the Daytona Road Course this weekend

The drivers rivalling Johnson for a NASCAR playoff spot

The race to make the NASCAR Cup Series playoff is hotting up, with seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson currently at risk of missing out on a spot in his final season

Two-time NASCAR Cup race winner Jones loses JGR drive for 2021

Erik Jones' tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series will come to an end after the 2020 season

Keselowski: Standard to reach NASCAR Cup Series "lowered significantly"

Brad Keselowski says negotiations over his future at Team Penske have been altered as the "bar" to reach the NASCAR Cup Series has "lowered significantly"

Obituary: NASCAR engine builder Maurice Petty - 1939-2020

Maurice Petty, an engine builder who propelled the Petty family dynasty to NASCAR success and younger brother of NASCAR legend Richard, has died aged 81

NASCAR Kansas: Hamlin holds off Keselowski for second win at Kansas

Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin held on for his second consecutive NASCAR Cup victory at Kansas Speedway, having grabbed the lead with 13 of 267 laps remaining