Automobile racing

FILE - This is a Nov. 11, 2018, file photo showing NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto in Avondale, Ariz. DiBenedetto says he was told by Leavine Family Racing that he will not be back for a second season with the team in 2020. DiBenedetto is a career-best 23rd in the points standings. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
August 15, 2019 - 1:35 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt DiBenedetto has been told by Leavine Family Racing he will not be brought back for a second season with the NASCAR team in 2020. DiBenedetto called it "devastating news" in Thursday social media posts. He's enjoying the best season of his career while driving the No. 95...
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FILE - At left, in a Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Johnny Sauter celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. At right, in a July 27, 2019, file photo, Ross Chastain celebrates in victory lane after winning a NASCAR Truck Series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. Brett Moffitt, Ross Chastain, Austin Hill, Johnny Sauter, Stewart Friesen, Tyler Ankrun, Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton are competing in the NASCAR Truck Series playoffs. (AP Photo/File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:14 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — This was supposed to be the breakout year for Ross Chastain, whose hard work caught the eye of a sponsor who promised to fund the eighth-generation watermelon farmer in the best ride of his career. Chastain was moving up to a competitive car in the Xfinity Series with a true...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, driver David Ragan waves to fans while walking through the garage area during a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, that Ragan will step away from full-time NASCAR competition after this season. Ragan will continue to race on a part-time basis in NASCAR and other series at his desire.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
August 14, 2019 - 2:39 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan plans to scale back his racing schedule starting next season. Ragan said Wednesday in a statement from Front Row Motorsports that he will race on a part-time basis in 2020 in NASCAR and other series. The 33-year-old Ragan cited his desire to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012, file photo, driver Tony Stewart throws his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car after the two collided during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. The track forever marketed itself as a raging tempest for drivers to lose their cool and explode in aggressive anger. Jeff Gordon once shoved Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart threw a helmet, middle fingers are the common form of communication, and tempers are typically teetering right at the boiling point. (Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)
August 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It was 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte to win a Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt was chasing the trophy — the playoffs didn't exist, no stages, no bonus points — and The Intimidator simply wanted the victory. Labonte had...
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August 12, 2019 - 7:34 am
MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) — Red Bull Racing has demoted Pierre Gasly after just 12 races of the Formula One season and promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen. The team says French driver Gasly will return to Toro Rosso while it uses the next nine races "to evaluate Alex's...
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Kevin Harvick's son, Keelan, runs with the winners flag after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 11, 2019 - 9:43 pm
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is so confident in his talent and team he doesn't get excited when he wins. "It's more of an expectation," Harvick said. He raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his career and his second in less than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to win at...
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Jimmie Johnson, center, talks with Clint Bowyer, left, during practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 10, 2019 - 4:56 pm
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — NASCAR Cup Series drivers are pushing limits on the track and pointing fingers off it as tensions rise with just four races left before the playoffs. Kyle Busch was summoned to the NASCAR hauler at Michigan International Speedway to talk with officials along with William...
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August 10, 2019 - 1:48 pm
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Austin Cindric won the pole for the second straight year ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday. He took the Team Penske Ford on a fast lap of 96.506 mph on the 13-turn, 2.258 mile course. The race later in the...
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Ryan Blaney waits during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 09, 2019 - 8:38 pm
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson's feud with Ryan Blaney is showing no signs of slowing down, heading into the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway Johnson still wants Blaney to apologize for making contact from behind going into a turn nearly a week ago at Watkins Glen. The...
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Brad Keselowski qualifies for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Keselowski won the pole position. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 09, 2019 - 6:28 pm
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. The Team Penske driver, who has three Cup victories this year, was the fastest Friday in qualifying with a lap of 190.471 mph around the 2-mile oval. Kevin Harvick will start...
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