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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.

Earnhardt: Next Gen introduction not comparable to Car Of Tomorrow

Dale Earnhardt Jr says the introduction of NASCAR's new Next Gen Cup car isn't comparable to the 2007 Car of Tomorrow as a "completely different car from the ground up".

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.

Harvick: NASCAR Next Gen Cup car ‘the same, but different’
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Harvick: NASCAR Next Gen Cup car ‘the same, but different’

Former NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick says the newness of NASCAR’s Next Gen car will quickly wear off and become “the same as all the other cars”.

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.

Richard Petty Motorsports sells majority stake in NASCAR Cup team

Richard Petty Motorsports has sold a majority interest of its NASCAR Cup Series team to Truck Series title-winning outfit GMS Racing.

Have a go hero: An ex-F1 racer’s ‘three-hour bar fight’ in NASCAR

There aren't many drivers that after reaching Formula 1 have tried their hand at NASCAR. But Jan Magnussen recalls his one-off outing at Sonoma in 2010 as one of the best of his long career

NASCAR brings back practice and qualifying for 2022

The NASCAR Cup Series and its Xfinity and Truck divisions will return to holding a qualifying session in 2022 and most weekends will also see a return to practice.

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.

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

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.

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.

Truex has "no idea how we finished fourth" in Martinsville NASCAR Cup round

Martin Truex Jr "had no idea" how he secured a fourth-place finish in the penultimate NASCAR Cup round of the season at Martinsville after facing multiple issues in the race.

Martinsville NASCAR: Bowman wins after spinning Hamlin, Championship 4 set

After a controversial clash with Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman held off Kyle Busch in a two-lap Martinsville restart to win the final NASCAR Cup Series race before the championship decider.

Hamlin tears into "hack" Bowman after on-track NASCAR clash

Denny Hamlin labelled Alex Bowman a "hack" after the pair collided in the race for the lead during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series cutoff race at Martinsville Speedway.

Kansas NASCAR: Larson takes win on emotional day for Hendrick

Kyle Larson’s remarkable season continued as he held off Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Chase Elliott at Kansas to win his ninth NASCAR Cup race of the season.

Hamlin: NASCAR needs "F1-style approach" to race weekends
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Hamlin: NASCAR needs "F1-style approach" to race weekends

NASCAR Cup star Denny Hamlin says he’s been paying more attention to Formula 1 racing and thinks NASCAR could benefit from how it showcases its product on race weekends.

Elliott "confused" by tyre issues in crucial Texas NASCAR race

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott was left "confused" by repeated tyre problems at Texas which dented his playoff hopes, but accepted the outcome could have been worse than seventh.

Texas NASCAR: Larson wins to secure final four playoffs place

Kyle Larson booked his place in the final four of the NASCAR Cup playoffs with victory at Texas, holding off Hendrick team-mate William Byron to the line.

Logano: Next Gen NASCAR ready to race on road courses

Joey Logano said he could be ready to race the Next Gen NASCAR car on the Charlotte Roval, despite heat and steering issues which are still to be worked out.

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

Why NASCAR's explanation of no-call on Elliott bumper falls short

OPINION: Once again on Sunday, NASCAR disregarded its standard operating procedure when it came to making a call against a high-profile driver and its explanation falls woefully short.

NASCAR to make Next Gen car changes after crash test

NASCAR’s Next Gen car will receive new parts and pieces as soon as next month based on findings from a crash test conducted earlier this year at Talladega.

Elliott wishes Harvick a "merry offseason" after Roval run-in

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott wished rival Kevin Harvick "a merry offseason" after their Charlotte Roval clash, which preceded a race-ending accident for Harvick that curtailed his title hopes.

Charlotte NASCAR: Larson rallies to win chaotic playoff race
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Charlotte NASCAR: Larson rallies to win chaotic playoff race

Kyle Larson survived a lost alternator belt to remain in contention before charging to victory in a chaotic NASCAR Cup playoff race at the Charlotte Roval.

NASCAR Euro team to join Cup Series in 2022, Villeneuve to test

The owners of a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series team will make the move into the Cup Series from 2022.

Keselowski let Talladega NASCAR victory "slip away"

Brad Keselowski says he let victory "slip away" at Talladega, after deciding to hold back a move on Bubba Wallace at Talladega before the NASCAR Cup race was rained off.

Former Le Mans class winner Joey Hand to make Cup debut

Veteran sports car racer Joey Hand will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the Charlotte Roval this weekend, driving Rick Ware Racing's Ford Mustang.

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

Hamlin: Wallace's Talladega NASCAR victory "more special" than my own

Denny Hamlin says he is "more happy" with Bubba Wallace's maiden NASCAR Cup victory at Talladega than with his own wins.

Talladega NASCAR: Wallace takes landmark win in rain-shortened race

Bubba Wallace scored his maiden NASCAR Cup Series victory in a rain-shortened race at Talladega, becoming the first African-American to win a premier level NASCAR race since 1963.

Talladega NASCAR Cup race postponed until Monday

Due to persistent rain and impending darkness, Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Talladega has been postponed to Monday.

Bowman: NASCAR Cup playoffs 'a little frustrating' so far

Hendrick Motorsports' Alex Bowman has been left "frustrated" by the way his NASCAR Cup Series playoffs have unfolded, after coming from behind to make it through the first round.

Toyota: Everybody will be learning on the go with Next Gen NASCAR

While the Next Gen NASCAR Cup car is on schedule for its 2022 debut, Toyota Racing president David Wilson says teams will still be learning it while racing next year.

Las Vegas NASCAR: Hamlin beats Elliott for victory
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Las Vegas NASCAR: Hamlin beats Elliott for victory

Denny Hamlin advances to the semifinal of the 2021 NASCAR Cup playoffs after scoring victory in Las Vegas ahead of defending champion Chase Elliott.

Bristol NASCAR: Larson grabs win after Elliott and Harvick tangle

Kyle Larson snatched a NASCAR Cup victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway's night race, arguably helped by Chase Elliott who stopped the win going to Kevin Harvick.

Could the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season be the best ever?

With a successfully revamped schedule in place and its Next Generation car set to hit the track, NASCAR is hoping to cash in on a promising 2022 Cup Series season.

NASCAR to run 2022 pre-season Clash at the LA Coliseum
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NASCAR to run 2022 pre-season Clash at the LA Coliseum

NASCAR has confirmed it will hold its annual pre-season exhibition Clash at the iconic Los Angeles Coliseum.

Richmond NASCAR: Truex overcomes start penalty to take victory

Martin Truex Jr started Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup race at Richmond with a penalty but ended it as the winner.

Why Hamlin's Darlington win was a significant statement

Denny Hamlin has all the makings of a serious contender for this season's NASCAR Cup Series championship, but his lack of a win prior to Darlington was a nagging point.

Darlington NASCAR: Hamlin beats Larson for dramatic playoff win
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Darlington NASCAR: Hamlin beats Larson for dramatic playoff win

Denny Hamlin picked a perfect time to earn his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

NASCAR's largest Next Gen car test to date set for Daytona

NASCAR will hold its largest test yet of its Next Gen Cup car next week at the Daytona International Speedway.

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Plus

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organisation - which underlines his enduring value

Daytona NASCAR: Blaney survives to win in wreck-marred finish
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Daytona NASCAR: Blaney survives to win in wreck-marred finish

A late-race shove sent Ryan Blaney to a second consecutive victory as he claimed top honours in Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup race at Daytona under caution.

Kurt Busch joins 23XI Racing as teammate to Wallace in 2022

23XI Racing will expand to two full-time NASCAR Cup Series teams next season and veteran Kurt Busch will drive the second entry.

NASCAR Cup Series boss steps down amid animal cruelty charges

The managing director of NASCAR’s Cup Series, Jay Fabian, will “step back” from his role as he faces felony and misdemeanour charges of animal cruelty.

Michigan NASCAR: Blaney vaults to victory after late restart push

Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney made it a seventh straight victory for Ford at Michigan International Speedway, taking his second NASCAR Cup victory of the year over William Byron.

NASCAR restores more COVID protocols to protect drivers

NASCAR has once again altered its COVID protocols to limit driver exposure, following a rise in reported cases across the US.

Indianapolis NASCAR: Allmendinger takes shock win after chaotic race

AJ Allmendinger, a part-time driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, ended up as the shock winner of the chaotic inaugural race on the Indianapolis road course.

NASCAR drivers bemoan loss of Indianapolis oval "crown jewel"
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NASCAR drivers bemoan loss of Indianapolis oval "crown jewel"

Joint NASCAR Cup points leader Denny Hamlin is among the drivers bemoaning the series swapping Indianapolis’s oval for the road course this year, saying it has “lost a crown jewel”.

Watkins Glen NASCAR: Larson keeps clear of Elliott for win

Kyle Larson returned to winning ways at Watkins Glen and took another step toward claiming the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season title.