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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.

Harrison Burton to make NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega

Second-generation racer Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend, piloting a Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing.

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.

NASCAR testing rain tyres at Martinsville Speedway
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NASCAR testing rain tyres at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR has taken to the Martinsville Speedway to test a potential wet-weather option tyre provided by Goodyear to explore their feasibility on a damp oval track.

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.

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.

Reviewing Netflix's NASCAR sitcom The Crew

OPINION: The world of NASCAR has been brought to Netflix in its new sitcom The Crew. JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE takes a look..

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.

NASCAR Homestead: Byron charges through the pack to dominate

William Byron dominated the NASCAR Cup race at Homestead for Hendrick Motorsports to record his first victory of the season and ensure a playoff place

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

Keselowski: NASCAR will "reap what we sow" with extra road courses

Penske team-mates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are split over the NASCAR Cup series' increased road course intake, with the former believing the series must "reap what we sow."

Bell not "overly shocked" to claim first NASCAR Cup win

Christopher Bell says he is not "overly shocked" at winning his first career NASCAR Cup race on a road course, although he believes to win at Daytona "is quite surprising"

NASCAR Daytona road course: Bell passes Logano for first Cup win

Christopher Bell hunted down leader Joey Logano in the closing laps of the NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona road course to record his maiden at the 38th attempt

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

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt Sr looks ahead to 2001

The death of Dale Earnhardt Sr at the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. Days before his accident, in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine, 'The Intimidator' shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM

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

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

Hamlin laments lack of Toyotas on NASCAR Cup grid for Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin believes "a lack of numbers" in NASCAR Cup teams using Toyota machinery played a "big role" in the Daytona 500, potentially costing him a fourth victory

Daytona 500 winner McDowell "never lost hope" amid long win drought

Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell says he "never lost of hope" of winning in the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time after 18 years and 358 race starts

Daytona 500: Maiden NASCAR win for McDowell after fiery final-lap crash

Michael McDowell scored his first NASCAR Cup Series win in the heavily-delayed Daytona 500, after a fiery final-lap crash eliminated the leading Penske duo of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski

Jordan: Wallace has talent to "learn how to win" NASCAR Cup races

23XI Racing co-owner Michael Jordan says driver Bubba Wallace has the talent to "learn how to win" in the NASCAR Cup Series this year

Jones and Truex to start NASCAR Daytona 500 from the back

Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr are the latest NASCAR Cup drivers to be hit with a penalty before the Daytona 500, taking the number of drivers penalised to eight

NASCAR would be "surprised" to attract new OEMs without hybrid move

NASCAR president Steve Phelps says he would "surprised" if a new OEM opted to enter the top level of stock car racing without provision for an electric hybrid system

1990 Daytona winner Cope plans aggression on NASCAR swansong

One-time Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope says the NASCAR Cup regulars will "know I am there" in his final competition appearance on Sunday, 10 years after his last Daytona start

Remembering the 1981 Daytona 500: Richard Petty's last hurrah

Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have both won seven Formula 1 world championships, but only one man has conquered NASCAR's Daytona 500 seven times - Richard Petty. Four decades on, TOM HOWARD revisits The King's record-setting final win in 1981

NASCAR start time: What time does the Daytona 500 start?

Alex Bowman will lead the field to green in this weekend's NASCAR Cup season-opening Daytona 500. Here's how and when you can watch the race

Toyota optimistic of adding more teams to NASCAR Cup roster

Toyota Racing's NASCAR chief David Wilson has revealed he's in talks with two potential new team owners that are not currently involved in America's premier stock car racing series

Larson exceeded expectations during NASCAR suspension - Hendrick

Kyle Larson "did 10 times" what was expected of him during his suspension from NASCAR after using a racial slur in an i-Racing event, according to new boss Rick Hendrick

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

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

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

Daytona 500: Bowman claims pole for 2021 NASCAR season-opener

Alex Bowman claimed a second Daytona 500 pole position in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Cup season-opener, with team-mate William Byron securing a second Hendrick Motorsports front-row in three years

Busch takes unlikely NASCAR Clash race win ahead of Daytona 500

Kyle Busch scored an unlikely victory in the exhibition NASCAR Clash race on the Daytona road course, after last lap contact between leaders Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott

Larson "extremely grateful" over NASCAR return following suspension

Kyle Larson feels "extremely grateful" to be able to return to NASCAR, admitting he "never really thought I'd get another chance" following his suspension for using a racial slur

Daytona 500 "separate programme" to Cindric's other NASCAR races

Reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric says he has "compartmentalised" his Daytona 500 programme for Penske, describing his Cup debut as a "separate programme"

Hamlin explains split duties as NASCAR driver and 23XI team co-owner

Denny Hamlin has shed light on how he'll split his workload between racing for Joe Gibbs and be co-owner at the new 23XI Racing squad in the NASCAR Cup Series

Busch: New NASCAR Next Gen car needs venting and cooling development

Kurt Busch has pinpointed the exhaust system of the Next Gen NASCAR car currently undergoing testing as an area that needs development through its "venting and cooling"

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

Keselowski on his struggle to conquer NASCAR's Daytona 500

Brad Keselowski says his frustration level at not being able to win the Daytona 500 is "pretty extreme" after being involved in a spectacular series of wrecks in NASCAR's biggest race

Hamlin signs multi-year deal with Joe Gibbs Racing

Three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin will continue his involvement with the Joe Gibbs Racing team and sponsor FedEx after agreeing a new multi-year deal

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

Marks: NASCAR's next generation car delay to 2022 a "blessing in disguise"

Former NASCAR driver now team co-owner Justin Marks believes delaying NASCAR's next-generation Cup car until 2022 is a "blessing in disguise" for his new Trackhouse Racing squad

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

Pitbull becomes co-owner at Trackhouse Racing NASCAR Cup Series team

Grammy award-winning music artist Pitbull has secured an ownership stake in the Trackhouse Racing NASCAR Cup Series 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

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines Plus

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

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