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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.

The F1 fan engagement mentality that surprised a Daytona 500 winner

As a Daytona 500 winner and long-time follower of Formula 1, Team Penske NASCAR Cup driver Austin Cindric is well qualified to judge the differences between the two series.

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".

Supercars star Kostecki explains 2023 NASCAR plan

Supercars star Brodie Kostecki is looking to dovetail a partial NASCAR Cup Series programme with his Australian commitments next season.

How Trackhouse and Suarez played the mavericks of NASCAR

After years of struggling to get a foothold in NASCAR Cup's rank and file, Daniel Suarez threw his lot in with the brand new Trackhouse team last season. As the team builds in force, Suarez has been repaid for his faith with his long-awaited first Cup win. Here's how Suarez rose from "rock bottom" - and what his win means long-term

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.

Why Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t say no to a return to racing

When Kimi Raikkonen left Formula 1 for good, many expected it to be the end of his racing career. But the Finn never ruled out new adventures and with his interest piqued by NASCAR, here’s why he couldn’t turn down the opportunity presented by Trackhouse Racing

Raikkonen to make racing return in NASCAR at Watkins Glen

Kimi Raikkonen will make his first racing appearance since retiring from Formula 1 when he enters a NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in August.

The international stars Trackhouse should target for its NASCAR project

The Project 91 initiative announced on Tuesday by NASCAR Cup squad Trackhouse Racing aims to attract top international stars to stock cars. Autosport picks some drivers it should target.

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.

From Vice to F1: The story of Miami's other grands prix

Formula 1 might be visiting a new venue in Miami this weekend but the city has plenty of motorsport history from a diverse range of categories over the years

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.

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

RFK Racing loses NASCAR Cup appeal, big penalties upheld

NASCAR Cup team Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing has lost its appeal after being hit with significant penalties following last month's Atlanta race.

NASCAR Richmond: Clever tyre strategy earns Denny Hamlin win
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NASCAR Richmond: Clever tyre strategy earns Denny Hamlin win

Denny Hamlin used a clever pit strategy to run down leader William Byron on new tyres to clinch Toyota's first NASCAR Cup Series victory with the Next Gen car.

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 Next Gen “has to have hybrid” for Le Mans 24H entry, says ACO

NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car will have to race with hybrid engine technology for the first time at the Le Mans 24 Hours if Chevrolet lands the Garage 56 entry in 2023 as intended.

NASCAR, Hendrick plan 2023 Le Mans entry with modified Next Gen car

NASCAR plans to take its new Next Gen stock car, currently used in its Cup Series, to the Le Mans 24 Hours as a Garage 56 entry in 2023.

Kyle Busch: NASCAR action at revamped Atlanta is “going to be crazy”
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Kyle Busch: NASCAR action at revamped Atlanta is “going to be crazy”

NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Busch says Sunday’s race at the revamped Atlanta Motor Speedway is “going to be crazy” as he anticipates superspeedway-style racing on the 1.5-mile oval.

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.

Ex-Minardi F1 driver Tarso Marques to make NASCAR Cup debut

Former Minardi Formula 1 driver Tarso Marques is due to make his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series this season in an eight-race campaign with a Team Stange Racing Ford.

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.

Tim Cindric opens up on Austin’s Daytona 500 win and Blaney’s frustration

Team Penske president Tim Cindric says his son Austin’s Daytona 500 victory has lifted the pressure he was facing as a full-time Cup rookie driving one of the best cars in the field.

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.

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

"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.

Hamlin: Daytona 500 risks being “strung out” due to Next Gen draft

Three-time Daytona 500 Denny Hamlin believes this Sunday's NASCAR Cup season-opener could become “strung out pretty wide” during long green-flag periods.

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.

Villeneuve: Making Daytona 500 grid only topped by F1 and Indy victories

One-time Formula 1 world champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve says qualifying on merit for the Daytona 500 “ranks right after these big wins” at the age of 50.

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

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.

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

Biffle to attempt Daytona 500 comeback with NY Racing NASCAR team

NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle will attempt to make his Cup Series return later this month in the Daytona 500 with an NY Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

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.

Why Toyota wants to add NASCAR Cup teams – but not right now

Toyota is open to adding new teams to its NASCAR Cup Series roster of Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing – but will wait until Next Gen supply chain issues settle down before adding to its roster.

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.

Floyd Mayweather's NASCAR Cup team to enter Daytona 500

The Money Team Racing, owned by boxing Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather, is entering the 2022 Daytona 500.

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.