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Darlington Raceway is still a magical place for NASCAR racing

Darlington Raceway Logo Darlington Raceway LogoDARLINGTON, S.C.— By now, everyone has heard the rumors. When I left Darlington Raceway after Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500, I turned to a friend who has worked at the track for years and said what I always say: “See you next year.” The response I got was decidedly different this time. “I hope so,” he said. In the rumor mill, Darlington’s place on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is tenuous. That being the case, it was gratifying to sit in on a Saturday noon press conference at the venerable speedway, where track president Chip Wile and NASCAR president Mike Helton talked about plans for the 2015 event. No, Darlington doesn’t have a specific date for next year’s race. That won’t be set ... FULL STORY »

Conway, Ed Carpenter Racing Surprises With Win At Long Beach

(L-R) Carlos Munos of Colombia, driver of the #34 Andretti - HVM Dallara Chevrolet; Mike Conway of England, driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara Chevrolet; and Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet, celebrate their top three finish after the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13, 2014 on the streets of Long Beach, California. - Photo Credit: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sunday, April 13, 2014) - Long Beach could have a new king. Mike Conway won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second time in four years, becoming the unexpected winner of the 40th annual race. Ryan Hunter-Reay ... FULL STORY »

Kevin Harvick Becomes First Repeat Winner Of 2014 At Darlington

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images Welcome to the Chase, officially, Kevin Harvick. After a series of mishaps, misfortunes and mistakes lately for Kevin Harvick and his Stewart Haas Racing team, their stars perfectly aligned Saturday night at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway to win the Bojangles Southern ... FULL STORY »

Chase Elliott Thunders Back To Victory Lane At Darlington

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on April 11, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images “Unbelievable.” That is the one word Chase Elliott described in victory lane Friday night at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway as the JR Motorsports rookie used a last lap pass on Elliott Sadler to collect back-to-back victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ... FULL STORY »

Darlington Notebook Featuring Earnhardts, Viva Motorsports and Ryan Ellis

Jeffrey Earnhardt (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner / Getty Images) CATCHFENCE.com’s Darlington notebook features news and notes from Friday’s action for the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles Southern 500. Earnhardt and Earnhardt: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) met with ... FULL STORY »

Kevin Harvick’s Chevrolet SS Will Lead the Field to Green at Darlington

2014 NSCS Driver Kevin Harvick (Budweiser) stands in the garage area - Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images Harvick Earns his First Pole Award at "The Lady In Black" DARLINGTON, SC – For the second consecutive week a Chevrolet SS driver will lead the field down to the green flag for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  Kevin Harvick put ... FULL STORY »

Matt Kenseth’s strong start missing the one thing he needs

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2014 in Fontana, California. - Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Darlington Raceway has never been a forgiving race track, sending drivers into walls and challenging competitors with its tight turns and narrow straightaways. Then why is it that several former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions are hoping a race at Darlington ... FULL STORY »



Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2014 in Fontana, California. - Photo Credit: Getty Images
Is Jimmie Johnson already in the danger zone?
Posted 04.08.14
It's a foregone conclusion, isn't it? Jimmie Johnson will win one of the next 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races -- guaranteed. Right? Since the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was instituted in 2004, Johnson is the only driver to qualify for each of the 10 playoffs that have determined ...FULL STORY »
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: JR Motorsports poised for championship run
Posted 04.08.14
FORT WORTH, Tex. -- For Dale Earnhardt Jr. the driver, the number one item on his bucket list is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. For Dale Earnhardt Jr. the car owner, a NASCAR Nationwide Series title would be a perfect cap to the 2014 season -- and Earnhardt's JR ...FULL STORY »
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Todd Bodine Returns To NASCAR Competition At Darlington
Posted 04.07.14
Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine (@Team_Onion) will return to NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition this weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway for the running of Friday night’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. Bodine, the Chemung, New York native is slated to drive the No. 55 ...FULL STORY »
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil/Hertz Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Joey Logano passes Jeff Gordon on final lap for Texas win
Posted 04.07.14
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Joey Logano's "Final Four" at Texas Motor Speedway had nothing to do with the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship set for Monday night in nearby Arlington. Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon's decision to pit for four Goodyear Dual Zone tires during the final caution period of the ...FULL STORY »
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 5, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Stewart Wins Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Pole at Texas
Posted 04.05.14
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 5, 2014) - Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart recorded his first pole since 2012 as he won the pole position for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 in the new knockout qualifying format at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro ...FULL STORY »
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. - Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Chase Elliott drives away to first NASCAR Nationwide Series win
Posted 04.05.14
FORT WORTH, Tex. -- When Chase Elliott took the checkered flag in Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, cementing his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory, spotter Earl Barban had a message for him. "I want to see the best burnout ever," Barban told the 18-year-old son ...FULL STORY »
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Goodyear confident in tires for Texas races
Posted 04.05.14
FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Despite reservations expressed by a handful of drivers, both NASCAR and tire maker Goodyear are confident in the tires NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will have on their cars in Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Goodyear is bringing its multi-zone technology to Texas for ...FULL STORY »
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway
Chase Elliott Wins Nationwide O’Reilly Auto Parts 300
Posted 04.05.14
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 4, 2014) - Chase Elliott, the 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, needed just six starts in the Nationwide Series for his first career win as he captured Friday evening's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott (No. 9 NAPA ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Jimmie Johnson - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Jimmie Johnson hopes to enter ‘seventh’ heaven
Posted 04.03.14
Rain poured down while Michael Waltrip sat under a really big umbrella. Then, he got the word. He hopped up, and the newly crowned two-time Daytona 500 champion threw his hands in the air – surprised and relieved. The next race, Dale Jarrett won at Rockingham. It was his only top-five ...FULL STORY »


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