The regular season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has reached its midpoint, with 13 races completed and 13 to go before the championship Chase begins.
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks after topping Martin Truex Jr. in Friday's qualifying at Dover International Speedway.
The series is running its sixth race of the season on Friday at Dover International Speedway. On the following day, Jones will celebrate his 19th birthday. He's scheduled to compete in the Xfinity race at this track on Saturday.
Those drivers who qualified for Dover based on their finishes at Charlotte include: Regan Smith (fourth-place finish), Darrell Wallace Jr. (fifth), Daniel Suarez (sixth) and Ty Dillon seventh. Wallace and Suarez are rookies in the series this year.
Truex, who hails from Mayetta, New Jersey, is having the best start of his 10- year career in the series, as he currently sits second in the point standings (41 points behind leader and defending series champion Kevin Harvick). He has scored 11 top-10 finishes in 12 races this year, including a second-place run in the March 8 race at Las Vegas.
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Buescher passed Elliott for the lead on the last restart with just two laps to go to win the 259-lap race at Iowa. He claimed his second career victory in the series. His maiden win occurred last August on the Mid-Ohio road course.
Waltrip has the most wins in the 600-mile event with five.
Jeff Gordon will join Fox Sports in 2016 to serve as a race analyst full-time for the television network's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as he will team with play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst Darrell Waltrip in the booth.
Matt Kenseth will start on the pole for a Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time after winning Thursday night's qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 -- NASCAR's longest race of the season.
Terry Labonte, a two-time Cup Series champion, and Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive chairman Bruton Smith were among those selected into the 2016 class of inductees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team avoided penalties but did receive a written warning from NASCAR on Tuesday for altering the side skirts on their car during last Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race while Greg Biffle will roll off second after they were the top-two drivers in qualifying, held prior to the race.
Drew Herring put the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the pole for Sunday's 3M 250 Xfinity Series race after topping the qualifying charts at Iowa Speedway.
Greg Biffle won the first 20-lap segment of Friday's Sprint Showdown, while Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag for the second 20-lap segment to advance into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Paul Menard will start on the pole for Friday night's Sprint Showdown -- the 40-lap preliminary event for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race -- after topping the qualifying charts at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the first time in Friday's practice session for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway since he suffered injuries in an accident at Daytona International Speedway nearly three months ago.
Five drivers will attempt the Charlotte/Iowa combo this weekend. Three of them -- Brandon Jones, Erik Jones and John Wes Townley -- are entered in the truck race, and the remaining two -- Landon Cassill and Chase Elliott -- are entered in the Sprint Showdown (the preliminary event for the all-star race), which is scheduled for Friday, just prior to the start of the truck event.
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This race now features five segments for a total of 110 laps. Segments 1 through 4 are 25 laps each, and the final is a 10-lap shootout to the finish.
Charlotte is the third 1.5-mile track on the series schedule this season. Crafton has won the first two races on a mile and a half -- Atlanta and Kansas.
Now that Kyle Busch has been medically cleared to race, the big question is whether NASCAR should give him both a medical and top-30 in points waiver to become eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
After being sidelined for nearly three months due to injuries he suffered in an accident at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch is scheduled to return to racing in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano claimed his Sprint Cup Series-leading fourth pole of the season after topping the charts in Friday's qualifying for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway.
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This is his 23rd and final season in NASCAR's premier series.
Matt Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, is atop the point standings but holds just a two-point lead over Tyler Reddick and a six-point advantage over Erik Jones. Crafton took over the top spot in the standings following his second-place run in the March 28 race at Martinsville.
Richard Childress Racing lost its final appeal of penalties assessed by NASCAR to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team for altered tires used on Newman's car in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
The first major accident in Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway occurred in the early going and involved 15 cars.
Jeff Gordon claimed his 80th career pole in the Sprint Cup Series in Saturday's qualifying for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kevin Harvick (Las Vegas and Phoenix), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta and Texas), Joey Logano (Daytona), Brad Keselowski (Fontana, California), Denny Hamlin (Martinsville), Matt Kenseth (Bristol) and Kurt Busch (Richmond) have all won a race this season and therefore virtually guaranteed themselves a spot in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Of the 45 drivers on the entry list for Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300, three of them have won a previous Xfinity race at Talladega: Joey Logano (2012), Regan Smith (2013) and Elliott Sadler (2014).
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Michael Waltrip Racing announced on Tuesday that David Ragan will drive the No. 55 Toyota for the remainder of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season, beginning with the May 9 race at Kansas Speedway.
Kurt Busch's win in Sunday's rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway was exactly what he needed after his recent NASCAR suspension and legal issues.
Persistent rain at Richmond International Raceway forced NASCAR officials to postpone Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400.
Joey Logano will start on the pole for Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 after topping Denny Hamlin in qualifying at Richmond International Raceway.
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Jones drove Hamlin's car to a 26th-place finish, with Hamlin being credited with that position. It was the first time Jones, who is 18 years old, competed in a Sprint Cup race.
Joey Logano, a Sprint Cup Series regular, led all 300 laps in the Xfinity race at Bristol, but Suarez, who started ninth, patiently made his way through the field and moved into contention to win this event in the late going. He ended up finishing 1.2 seconds behind Logano.
Steve Byrnes, a veteran anchor and reporter for FOX Sports' television coverage of NASCAR, died on Tuesday after battling head and neck cancer. He was 56.
Prior to Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, it had been a while since Matt Kenseth was in victory lane for a points race in the Sprint Cup Series.
Team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano wrecked and sustained heavy damage to their cars 19 laps into Sunday's scheduled 500-lap Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Matt Kenseth will start on the pole for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after beating Brad Keselowski for the top position in qualifying.
There have been 14 NASCAR national touring series races won by a driver under the age of 19, and Jones has 35 percent of those victories.
As part of the numerous scheduling changes for the 2015 Sprint Cup season, the spring race at Bristol was moved to April after it had been held in March for the past nine years.
The National Motorsports Appeal Panel upheld the penalties assessed by NASCAR to Richard Childress Racing No. 31 team for altered tires used on Ryan Newman's car in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway, but the panel lowered the points deduction and monetary penalty.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was happy with his third-place finish at Texas last Saturday, but he would have been much happier if he had won the race to virtually guarantee himself a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Poor weather conditions forced IndyCar Series officials to cancel qualifying for Sunday's second race in the weekend doubleheader at Detroit's Belle Isle Park.
Defending IndyCar Series champion Will Power won the pole position for the first race in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit weekend doubleheader after setting a new track qualifying record on the Belle Isle Park street circuit.
Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya arrived in Detroit on Thursday after his media tour in New York City on Tuesday and then Wednesday's appearance in Fort Worth, Texas, where the series will race on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.
After winning the Indianapolis 500 for the second time in his career on Sunday, Juan Pablo Montoya is aiming for his first championship in the IndyCar Series.
Dale Coyne Racing pit crew member Daniel Jang, part of Tristan Vautier's No. 18 crew, suffered a broken right ankle when he was hit by James Davison's car during a round of pit stops just past the halfway point in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
Sunday's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 began with a wreck involving Sage Karam, Takuma Sato and Ryan Briscoe on the opening lap, putting Karam out of the race.
IndyCar Series driver Carlos Huertas has been ruled out of Sunday's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 due to an inner ear problem.
Five drivers competing in this year's Indy 500 have won this race in the past -- Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya. Castroneves is the only one of those five that has won it multiple times. His third and most recent victory in the Indy 500 happened in 2009.
Ryan Briscoe is expected to replace injured driver James Hinchcliffe in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
The Indianapolis 500 has long been one of the biggest auto racing events in the world, but this year's race is being surrounded by safety concerns following several major crashes that have happened during practice.
James Hinchcliffe suffered an injury to his upper left thigh and underwent surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital after he was involved in a major wreck during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Monday.
Scott Dixon will start on the pole for the May 24th Indianapolis 500 after posting a four-lap average speed of 226.760 mph in Sunday's qualifying session, which had to be revised following Ed Carpenter's spectacular crash in morning practice.
Ed Carpenter escaped injury when he was involved in a frightening accident during Sunday morning's practice session for the Indianapolis 500.
Persistent rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday forced the postponement of qualifications for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 until Sunday.
Will Power continued Team Penske's streak of pole wins this season after topping the time/speed charts in Friday's qualifying for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Saturday's race at the IMS road course is the fifth event on this year's IndyCar schedule. There have been four different winners this season: Juan Pablo Montoya (St. Petersburg, Florida), James Hinchcliffe (NOLA Motorsports Park), Scott Dixon (Long Beach, California) and Josef Newgarden (Barber Motorsports Park). Newgarden became a first-time winner in the series.
When it's the month of May in the IndyCar Series, that can mean only thing -- Indianapolis.
Helio Castroneves claimed the pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, while his teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud qualified second and third to give Team Penske a 1-2-3 sweep in Saturday's qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park.
This will be the sixth time IndyCar competes at this 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course. Dixon, a three-time champion in the series, finished second in each of the first four races here from 2010-13. He placed third in last year's event.
Helio Castroneves will start on the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after setting a new track record in Saturday's IndyCar Series qualifying.
Heading into Sunday's 80-lap race at Long Beach, Montoya holds a 10-point lead over second-place and teammate Helio Castroneves, while Power, a Penske driver and defending IndyCar champion, is 14 points out of the lead. Hinchcliffe is 19 behind.
Severe weather conditions forced IndyCar Series officials to call off qualifying for the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana on Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Sunday's 75-lap event at this new 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course will be the first major auto race to be held in Louisiana since a 1955 IMSA GT event in New Orleans.
Reigning IndyCar Series champion Will Power claimed the pole for Sunday's season-opening race, while his teammates, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya, qualified second through fourth to give Team Penske a sweep of the first two starting rows.
IndyCar teams have been familiarizing themselves with the new aero kit in preseason testing earlier this month. In Friday's first practice session for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Team Penske driver and reigning series champion Will Power, in his Chevy-powered car, topped the time charts with a lap around this 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit in 1 minute, 1.4709 seconds (105.416 mph). His teammates, Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves, were second and third, respectively, on the charts. Jack Hawksworth, driving for A.J. Foyt Enterprises this season, was the quickest Honda driver, placing sixth.
Seven months after running its last race, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back on track with its 2015 season opener this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson gave Chip Ganassi Racing the victory in Sunday's 53rd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The IndyCar schedule for 2015 will feature a total of 17 races, highlighted, as always, by the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Team Penske announced on Monday that Simon Pagenaud will drive a new fourth car for the racing organization in the IndyCar Series, beginning with the 2015 season.
IndyCar Series rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin sustained injuries when he was involved in a serious multi-car accident during Friday night's final practice session at Auto Club Speedway.
Helio Castroneves won the pole position and earned a bonus point, while his Team Penske teammate and championship leader, Will Power, qualified 21st for Saturday night's IndyCar Series season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway.
Power currently holds a 50-point lead over Castroneves, while Pagenaud trails by 81 points. Castroneves earned a bonus point for winning Friday' qualifying at Fontana. Power qualified 21st, and Pagenaud placed 13th.
Will Power added a bonus point to his championship lead in the IndyCar Series by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway.
Power, who scored his 24th career IndyCar win but just his third on an oval, increased his points lead from four to 39 over Helio Castroneves, his Team Penske teammate, at Milwaukee.
Will Power will start on the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Series race after topping the charts in qualifying at The Milwaukee Mile.
With the Milwaukee Mile, Sonoma Raceway and Auto Club Speedway left on the 2014 IndyCar schedule, Power holds only a four-point lead over Helio Castroneves, his teammate at Team Penske.
Sebastien Bourdais dealt with wet track conditions and topped Josef Newgarden in the closing seconds of Saturday's qualifying to win the pole for the IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Helio Castroneves from Team Penske currently holds a 13-point lead over second-place and teammate Will Power. Castroneves has one victory this season, which came in the second race of the weekend doubleheader at Detroit in June. The week prior to Detroit, he was the runner-up in the Indianapolis 500, finishing only 0.06 seconds behind race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Persistent rain forced IndyCar Series officials to postpone Saturday's race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto weekend doubleheader until the following day.
Sebastien Bourdais will start on the pole for the first race in the Honda Indy Toronto weekend doubleheader after topping the charts in Saturday morning's qualifying.
Scott Dixon won the pole for Saturday's 300- lap IndyCar Series race, while his teammate, Tony Kanaan, qualified second to give Chip Ganassi Racing a sweep of the front starting row at Iowa Speedway.
Andretti Autosport has won five of the seven races at Iowa, including the last four (Tony Kanaan 2010, Marco Andretti 2011, Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012 and James Hinchcliffe 2013).
Juan Pablo Montoya will start on the pole in an IndyCar Series race for the first time after winning Saturday's qualifying for the Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway.