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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

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

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Plus

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future

Johnson laments "bittersweet" final year in NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson said it "still stings" that his full-time NASCAR Cup career ended with a "bittersweet" final year, but was pleased to bow out with a fifth place at Phoenix

Phoenix NASCAR: Elliott produces recovery charge to take Cup title

Chase Elliott recovered from a pre-race penalty to dominate the NASCAR Cup Series finale at Phoenix and clinch his first Cup drivers' title

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

The major players in NASCAR Cup's season finale at Phoenix

As the world's attention has been drawn towards Phoenix this week looking for any inkling as to which way the results of that race in the state of Arizona will go, there is also the small matter of the NASCAR Cup Series weekend finale

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

Elliott into playoff finals with NASCAR Cup Martinsville win, Harvick out

Chase Elliott booked his place in the NASCAR Cup playoffs final with victory at Martinsville, as regular season champion Kevin Harvick was eliminated in a thrilling conclusion to the race

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

How Larson made his way back into NASCAR after suspension

Following his use of a racial slur during an iRacing event, Kyle Larson was suspended from NASCAR and let go by Chip Ganassi Racing. Seeking redemption, Larson was signed by Hendrick Motorsports for 2021 - but is he fully rehabilitated?

Busch takes first 2020 NASCAR Cup win in heavily-delayed Texas race

Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch secured his first win of the 2020 season in the heavily-delayed Texas race, having perfectly executed an aggressive fuel strategy

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

Texas NASCAR race postponed for a third time

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas has been postponed for a third time, after attempts to dry the circuit for a hoped restart were again scuppered

NASCAR Cup race at Texas delayed again to Tuesday after wash-out

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas has been further postponed to Tuesday afternoon following a wash-out on Monday

NASCAR Cup round at Texas postponed to Monday following rain

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas has been postponed until Monday following persistent rain that left cars able to run only 45 racing laps

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

Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin's NASCAR Cup team named 23XI Racing

Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin's new NASCAR team will be known as 23XI Racing, and the team will field the No. 23 Toyota Camry with driver Bubba Wallace in 2021

Jones to replace Wallace at Richard Petty Motorsports for 2021 NASCAR Cup

Erik Jones has signed for Richard Petty Motorsports to replace Bubba Wallace in the famed #43 car for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series

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

Kansas NASCAR: Logano secures championship race spot with victory

Team Penske's Joey Logano became the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to secure a place in the championship-deciding race with victory at Kansas, fending off late pressure from Kevin Harvick

NASCAR Charlotte: Elliott wins with Kyle Busch eliminated from Playoffs

Chase Elliott scored his third NASCAR Cup Series win of the season at the Charlotte Roval, as reigning champion Kyle Busch was eliminated from the Playoffs

Bowyer to retire from NASCAR after 2020 season

Clint Bowyer will retire from racing in the NASCAR Cup Series and switch to commentating with FOX Sports after his Stewart-Haas Racing contract expires at the end of the season

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

NASCAR explains Talladega penalties, defends yellow line rule

The latest NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race ended in controversy at Talladega with NASCAR officials defending the yellow line rule at the centre of the debate

NASCAR Talladega: Hamlin prevails in photo-finish after investigation

Denny Hamlin survived a post-race investigation to win the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega, edging out Matt DiBenedetto in a photo-finish during the third period of overtime

COTA to join NASCAR Cup schedule in revamped 2021 calendar

The NASCAR Cup Series is set to make its first appearance at the Circuit of the Americas next year as part of a major calendar shakeup featuring increased road racing

NASCAR Las Vegas: Kurt Busch takes playoffs wins in overtime

Kurt Busch became the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to book his spot in the next round of the Playoffs with victory in overtime at Las Vegas

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

NASCAR Bristol: Harvick holds off Busch for victory

Kevin Harvick held off Kyle Busch to take his ninth win of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway as the NASCAR Cup Series round of 12 places were decided

NASCAR Richmond: Keselowski dominates to secure fourth win of the season

Brad Keselowski has secured his place in the Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his fourth win of the season at Richmond

Wallace to quit Richard Petty Motorsports at end of 2020 NASCAR season

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace confirmed reports on Thursday that he would leave Richard Petty Motorsports, releasing a statement on social media

NASCAR Darlington: Harvick wins opening race of Cup Series playoffs

Kevin Harvick won the opening round of the 2020 NASCAR Cup playoffs at Darlington as long-time race leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott hit the wall late on

Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy Plus

Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy

The last season of a retiring NASCAR great has shown promise, and may have resulted in another playoff push without small issues outside his control. 2020 won't be the year Jimmie Johnson would have wanted, but it won't be what he is remembered for

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

Byron credits plan "to be aggressive" with securing NASCAR playoff spot

First-time NASCAR Cup Series winner William Byron has credited a ploy "to be aggressive" with helping him qualify for the playoffs in the regular season final round at Daytona

Johnson "did all we could" to make NASCAR playoffs

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said he "did all we could" after missing out on the playoffs in his final full-time season

Byron claims first NASCAR Cup win at Daytona, Johnson misses play-offs

William Byron clinched his first NASCAR Cup victory at Daytona as a late race crash denied seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson a place in the playoffs

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

NASCAR Dover: Harvick wins, Johnson grabs third despite penalty

Kevin Harvick claimed his seventh NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2020, clinching the regular season title with a race to spare

NASCAR Dover: Hamlin leads Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3

Denny Hamlin led a 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing in the first race of the Dover NASCAR Cup Series double-header

Johnson to run Earnhardt, Petty livery tribute at NASCAR Throwback weekend

Jimmie Johnson, competing in his final full-time year in the NASCAR Cup Series, will run a livery paying homage to both Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt at the Throwback weekend

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

Elliott beats Hamlin in NASCAR Cup's first Daytona road course race

Chase Elliott secured his second victory of the season in the first ever NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona road course, fending off Denny Hamlin after a late restart

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

Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR Plus

Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR

Comparing Porsche's 919 HYBRID LMP1 to NASCAR is motorsport's equivalent of apples and oranges, but this weekend one of Weissach's top works aces will pit his skills against the regulars and revive the tradition of the 'road-course ringer'