National Treasures Racing Arrives as NASCAR Season Takes Shape

By CARLOS MENDEZ Senior Staff Writer May means the NASCAR schedule is a third of the way complete, and another spring tradition — the All-Star Race. The annual showcase of the stock car racing's biggest names is Sunday, May 19, at North Wilkesboro Speedway. It's also time for Panini America's National Treasures Racing.  Denny Hamlin, reigning Daytona 500 winner William…

William Byron Wins Daytona 500 on Landmark Day for Hendrick Motorsports

NASCAR began its 76th season on Monday, and Hendrick Motorsports began its 40th. Both had reason to party. The stock car racing organization celebrated another running of the Daytona 500 after rain pushed it back a day, and HMS driver William Byron captured the checkered flag on the four-decade anniversary of his company's first race (Feb. 19, 1984). "Thankful for…

Logano Starting on Pole, on Track for Bounce-Back Year

            Two words went through Joey Logano's mind as a new NASCAR season dawned. "Fresh start. Fresh start," he said. He can add two like it. "Fast start. Fast start." The Panini America NASCAR Brand Ambassador, eager to make up for an unexpected Round of 16 exit in the playoffs a year ago, unleashed his…

Blaney Adds to Family Tree’s Roots as NASCAR Champion

The name Blaney has a long history in racing. Now, thanks to its latest generation, that history includes: NASCAR Champion. Ryan Blaney, 29, the son of former Cup Series driver Dave Blaney and the nephew of sprint car champion Dale Blaney and grandson of Midwest sprint legend Lou Blaney, won the 2023 premier series championship in stock car racing on…

It’s Go Time for NASCAR Championship 4 Drivers

There is no better lap to lead than the last lap. There is no better time to be hotter than the last race. It's time for both as four drivers vie for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series title on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell enter the season finale on the mile-long oval…

No Day at the Beach for Playoff Drivers in South Florida

The drivers left in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs take their talents to South Beach on Sunday, although they and the rest of the field really won't have much time for sandy frolicking. Instead, they'll line up in their 3,500-pound machines on Sunday for the green flag (1:36 p.m. CDT, NBC) at Miami-Homestead Speedway, site of the second race in…

Surprise Winner at ROVAL Celebrates as Playoff Rield Narrows to 8

The NASCAR playoffs have an interesting quirk. Anybody can take the checkered flag, whether they're in the playoffs or not. That explains AJ Allmendinger's emotional reaction after claiming victory at the ROVAL in Charlotte on Sunday, where the Round of 12 closed with the hybrid road/oval race that cut the postseason field to eight. "I hate crying right now, but…
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