Jim Utter

Jim Utter

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Why NASCAR owes a debt of gratitude to late track mogul Bruton Smith

OPINION: There is little coincidence NASCAR’s rise in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s came at the same time Bruton Smith was rattling off some of his biggest accomplishments.

How NASCAR Cup is on pace for a record-breaking season in 2022

There’s been a fairly strong consensus so far this season that the Next Gen car has produced some exceptional racing in the NASCAR Cup. But what do the statistics say?

Castroneves eyeing NASCAR Cup opportunity after stock car win

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves has voiced his ambitions to contest the NASCAR Cup Series' showpiece Daytona 500, with the Brazilian saying "it would be very natural to try".

Suarez admits victory doubt before Sonoma NASCAR Cup breakthrough

Sonoma NASCAR Cup winner Daniel Suarez admitted that doubt crept in before securing his first top-class victory, but "knew I could race" with the traditional front-runners.

NASCAR Cup Sonoma: Suarez claims historic first win at Sonoma
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NASCAR Cup Sonoma: Suarez claims historic first win at Sonoma

Daniel Suarez became the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma, as the Trackhouse Chevrolet driver held off Chris Buescher to score his maiden victory.

Chastain apologetic for "terrible driving" in NASCAR Gateway race
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Chastain apologetic for "terrible driving" in NASCAR Gateway race

Ross Chastain was apologetic after an incident-filled race in the NASCAR Cup Series' inaugural visit to Gateway on Sunday and criticised his own “terrible driving”.

NASCAR Cup Gateway: Logano outduels Busch to win inaugural race
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NASCAR Cup Gateway: Logano outduels Busch to win inaugural race

Joey Logano emerged victorious in a back-and-forth battle with Kyle Busch in overtime to win the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Gateway oval.

NASCAR Cup Charlotte: Hamlin wins hectic Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte
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NASCAR Cup Charlotte: Hamlin wins hectic Coca-Cola 600

Denny Hamlin survived a chaotic, five-hour NASCAR Cup race that went into two overtimes to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

IndyCar to use 100% renewable race fuel from 2023

IndyCar will become the first US motorsport championship to run 100% renewable race fuel next season as part of a new deal with official supplier Shell.

NASCAR squad Trackhouse targets drivers from F1, IndyCar for new team

Trackhouse Entertainment Group has announced the start of a programme designed to expand its global reach by fielding a NASCAR Cup Series entry for international racing drivers.

NASCAR Cup Texas: Blaney wins contentious All-Star Race Texas
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NASCAR Cup Texas: Blaney wins contentious All-Star Race

Ryan Blaney thought he won a maiden NASCAR All-Star Race only to miss out under a caution and claw back the victory in overtime to claim the $1 million prize.

NASCAR Le Mans entry evoked fairness concerns by Toyota, Ford

Toyota and Ford executives have expressed concerns of fairness regarding Chevrolet’s Next Gen car entry in the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Hamlin "emotional" after Busch claimed win for his 23XI NASCAR team

NASCAR Cup driver Denny Hamlin says there has been no win he’s had that equals the emotions he experienced watching Kurt Busch triumph for his 23XI Racing operation in Kansas.

NASCAR Cup Kansas: Kurt Busch beats Larson and brother Kyle to win

Kurt Busch caught and passed his brother Kyle, then Kyle Larson to take his first NASCAR Cup Series win for 23XI Racing at Kansas on Sunday.

Byron labels Darlington NASCAR winner Logano an "idiot " after late clash
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Byron labels Darlington NASCAR winner Logano an "idiot " after late clash

William Byron branded Darlington Raceway winner Joey Logano an “Idiot” and a “moron” following a controversial clash in the closing stages of the NASCAR Cup race.

NASCAR Cup Darlington: Logano nudges Byron to grab victory

Joey Logano ran down William Byron and nudged him out of the way with one lap remaining to claim his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the 2022 season.

NASCAR Cup Dover: Elliott holds off Stenhouse to win rain-delayed race

Chase Elliott held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr to win Monday’s rain-delayed race at Dover, taking his first NASCAR Cup victory of the 2022 season.

NASCAR Dover: Remainder of race postponed until Monday due to rain

The remainder of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Dover has been postponed until Monday due to inclement weather.

Hamlin must complete NASCAR sensitivity training for tweet about Larson

Denny Hamlin has been ordered to complete sensitivity training by NASCAR, following a tweet directed at Kyle Larson after the Talledega Cup round.

NASCAR Talladega: Chastain gifted victory in wild final lap

Ross Chastain claimed victory at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup but received far more help than he expected in a wild final lap.

NASCAR Bristol: Kyle Busch inherits win after Briscoe and Reddick clash
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NASCAR Bristol: Kyle Busch inherits win after Briscoe and Reddick clash

Kyle Busch inherited his first NASCAR Cup win of the season after leaders Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick clashed on the final on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Martinsville: Byron holds off Logano to win in overtime

William Byron became the first repeat winner of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season after holding off a last-lap charge from Joey Logano at Martinsville.

Bowman "would have done the same" as Chastain in NASCAR COTA last lap

Circuit of the Americas runner-up Alex Bowman says he would have made a similarly aggressive final lap move to eventual winner Ross Chastain in Sunday's controversial NASCAR Cup Series race.

NASCAR COTA: Chastain earns first Cup win in last-lap chaos
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NASCAR COTA: Chastain earns first Cup win in last-lap chaos

Ross Chastain beat AJ Allmendinger and Alex Bowman in a last-lap battle to secure NASCAR Cup victory at the Circuit of the Americas - taking his and Trackhouse Racing's first win.

NASCAR Atlanta: Byron survives late onslaught to win Cup race

William Byron survived a wild race at Atlanta Motor Speedway to earn his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the 2022 season.

NASCAR Phoenix: Chase Briscoe surprises with first Cup win Phoenix
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NASCAR Phoenix: Chase Briscoe surprises with first Cup win

There’s no sophomore slump for Chase Briscoe as he won his first NASCAR Cup race Sunday in a three-lap shootout to the finish.

NASCAR Las Vegas: Bowman wins dramatic two-lap shootout Las Vegas
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NASCAR Las Vegas: Bowman wins dramatic two-lap shootout

A late caution provided a prime opportunity for Alex Bowman to storm to victory for Hendricks Motorsports, taking the NASCAR Cup win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Fontana: Kyle Larson wins after run-in with Elliott
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NASCAR Fontana: Kyle Larson wins after run-in with Elliott

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson held off a last-lap charge from Austin Dillon to win in Fontana, having also made contact with Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Chase Elliott in the closing stages.

How Cindric took a non-traditional path to NASCAR stardom

Austin Cindric's victory in last weekend's Daytona 500 has turned the Team Penske driver into NASCAR's newest star, but his road to the top has certainly been unconventional.

"Dejected" Wallace calls runner-up Daytona 500 finish "empowering"

A "dejected" Bubba Wallace has described finishing runner-up in NASCAR's Daytona 500 as "empowering" after missing out on victory in a photo finish.

Cindric beats Wallace in photo finish to win NASCAR's Daytona 500

Rookie Austin Cindric claimed a maiden NASCAR Cup Series win after pipping Bubba Wallace to victory at the season opening Daytona 500.

Hendrick signs Chase Elliott to five-year contract extension

2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott has signed a five-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports, taking him to the end of the 2027 season.

Logano takes blame for "dumb mistake" that caused Daytona duel shunt

Joey Logano took full responsibility for the late-race wreck that potentially cost him a win in the second Daytona qualifying race, labelling his block on Chris Buescher a "dumb mistake".

Keselowski, Buescher sweep Duels for RFK as Daytona 500 grid set

Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher took both wins for the newly-renamed RFK Racing outfit in the Daytona 500 duels, as non-charter entries Kaz Grala and Greg Biffle secured starting slots.

Larson takes Daytona 500 pole, Villeneuve guaranteed starting slot

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson qualified on pole for the Daytona 500 as Hendrick Motorsports swept the top three positions, while Jacques Villeneuve guaranteed himself a starting slot.

Busch Light invests $10m in female NASCAR driver programme

Long-time sponsor Busch Light is investing in a new programme to help promote and develop women drivers in NASCAR.

NASCAR officials hail "incredible" Clash debut for new Next-Gen car

NASCAR officials have hailed the first event for the Cup Series’ Next Generation racer as "an incredible day for the sport", following Joey Logano's victory in Sunday's Clash exhibition race.

Logano edges Kyle Busch to NASCAR Clash win at LA Coliseum

Joey Logano survived a tough challenge from Kyle Busch to win the inaugural Clash race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as NASCAR's Nex-Gen era got underway.

Larson "surprised" by NASCAR Next Gen car similarity in Phoenix test

Defending NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson said he was "surprised" by the new Next-Gen car's familiar handling traits at Phoenix during its final test before making a racing debut.

Why Penske has faith in its 2022 NASCAR Cup rookie

There seemed little doubt about Austin Cindric’s ascension to the NASCAR Cup Series with Team Penske, not because of his familial connection with the organisation but due to his talent.

Villeneuve: Hamilton must “be aggressive” to reclaim F1 world title

Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Lewis Hamilton must get over his disappointment of losing the 2021 title to Max Verstappen and “be aggressive” to claim it back.

How "old school NASCAR" got Next Gen back on track

Getting the NASCAR Next Gen car to the point of on-track competition for the 2022 Cup season has been no easy task, but Toyota Racing president David Wilson credits NASCAR leadership for successfully navigating the rough waters.

One Daytona 500 winner's tradition may be altered this season

One tradition for the winner of the annual Daytona 500 may be at least temporarily halted this season – or just delayed.

Jacques Villeneuve set for NASCAR Daytona 500 entry

1997 Formula 1 world champion and 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve plans to take another shot at winning NASCAR’s Daytona 500.

Next Gen test at Daytona produced "pretty hard racing"

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Austin Cindric said that the first experience of drafting the new Next Gen cars at Daytona International Speedway featured “pretty hard racing for a test session”.

Earnhardt Jr to test NASCAR Next Gen car for Hendrick at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt Jr will get another test in NASCAR's new Next Gen car this week, but the retired two-time Daytona 500 winner has no plans for a Cup Series return.

Almirola to retire from NASCAR after 2022 Cup season

NASCAR Cup Series veteran Aric Almirola has decided to retire following the completion of the 2022 season.

Sage Karam to compete in NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022

IndyCar driver Sage Karam will continue his NASCAR development in the 2022 season with another part-time Xfinity Series schedule.

Rebranded Petty GMS team reveals 2022 NASCAR Cup plans

NASCAR Cup team Richard Petty Motorsports will be known as Petty GMS Motorsports in 2022 following the recent purchase of a majority interest by the GMS Racing Truck outfit.

NASCAR doesn't want Next Gen car to be "easy to drive"

NASCAR says it has welcomed feedback from drivers that its Next-Gen Cup Series car is harder to drive, saying it doesn't want the new-for-2022 machine to be easy to handle.

Gordon: NASCAR Cup winner Larson "a great champion"

Jeff Gordon had a Hall of Fame NASCAR career with Hendrick Motorsports, so he knows first-hand the talented drivers the organization can produce.

Truex: "Second hurts" after defeat to Larson in NASCAR title fight

NASCAR Cup Series runner-up Martin Truex Jr said it “hurts” to have finished second for a third time in four years after Kyle Larson's victory in the Phoenix championship decider.

NASCAR Phoenix: Larson beats Truex to win 2021 Cup Series title

Kyle Larson secured his first NASCAR Cup title with victory in Phoenix finale, his 10th win of the season after returning to the series following his suspension in 2020.

NASCAR Xfinity title decided by photo finish for Hemric

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was decided by a dramatic photo finish as Daniel Hemric pipped Austin Cindric by 0.030s to incredibly clinch his first series race win and title.

Why the odds may favour Truex in the NASCAR title fight

Martin Truex Jr may have been the last driver to get in the Championship 4 but his chances at a second NASCAR Cup title seem as good as any of his fellow challengers.

Hendrick: Larson believes he can drive and win "in anything"

Kyle Larson’s “comeback” story this season was impressive enough simply with his return to NASCAR racing – but he not only came back, he has been better than ever on the track.

Is JGR really the "underdog" in the NASCAR Cup Series title race?

Joe Gibbs Racing reckons it is the "underdog" in the 2021 NASCAR Cup title fight, as Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin battle against Hendrick's Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

NASCAR summons Kyle Busch to take sensitivity training

NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch has been summoned to sensitivity training after using an ableist slur in a post-race interview on Sunday at Martinsville.