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ken squier becomes 1st broadcaster to make nascar hall


charlotte, n.c. — ken squier has become the first broadcaster to be inducted into nascar's hall of fame.squier worked nascar's flag-to-flag network television debut in the 1979 daytona 500. he was introduced by dale earnhardt jr., who is transitioning from racing into broadcasting, and inducted by vermont gov. phil scott.squier is the co-founder of the motor racing network and a longtime voice of nascar. he had co-founded mrn in 1969 before moving to television. he's also credited with helping develop the sport's first "in-car camera" that is still used in telecasts today.red byron, nascar's first champion, was the first honoree inducted friday night.






gibbs, penske, allison among nascar hall of fame nominees


daytona beach, fla. (ap) — championship team owners joe gibbs and roger penske as well as the late davey allison are among five new nominees for the 2018 nascar hall of fame class.nascar announced the additions wednesday. three-time late model sportsman and 1956 modified champion red farmer and 2000 nascar champion bobby labonte also are new to the 20-person nomination class. they join 15 holdovers from last year.gibbs has nine car owner championships in nascar’s top two series. penske has four car owner titles in the top two series. allison won 19 times in nascar’s premier series, including the 1992 daytona 500.the returning nominees are buddy baker, red byron, ray evernham, ray fox, ron hornaday jr., harry hyde, alan kulwicki, hershel mcgriff, larry phillips, jack roush, ricky rudd, mike






gibbs, penske, allison among nascar hall of fame nominees


daytona beach, fla. — championship team owners joe gibbs and roger penske as well as the late davey allison are among five new nominees for the 2018 nascar hall of fame class.nascar announced the additions wednesday. three-time late model sportsman and 1956 modified champion red farmer and 2000 nascar champion bobby labonte also are new to the 20-person nomination class. they join 15 holdovers from last year.gibbs has nine car owner championships in nascar's top two series. penske has four car owner titles in the top two series. allison won 19 times in nascar's premier series, including the 1992 daytona 500.the returning nominees are buddy baker, red byron, ray evernham, ray fox, ron hornaday jr., harry hyde, alan kulwicki, hershel mcgriff, larry phillips, jack roush, ricky rudd, mike stef






nascar’s 1st champion inducted into hall of fame


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — nascar’s first champion has been inducted into the hall of fame.red byron was the first inductee in friday night’s ceremony. he was introduced by reigning nascar champion martin truex jr.byron was nascar’s first crowned champion in the modified series and in 1948 the strictly stock series, which is now called the monster energy nascar cup series.byron served in the united states army air corps in the pacific during world war ii. he suffered a severe injury to his left leg while flying in a combat mission and later had to wear a specially created steel leg brace while racing.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.most read sports storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.his induction was done by nascar hall of fame executive director winston kelly






patrick heads into nascar homestretch with few options


dover, del. — danica patrick says there has been some discussion with other nascar teams about continuing her career next season.patrick also says she refuses to rule out a return to indycar. but she understands both options are long shots and one of nascar's more popular drivers could be heading toward the final seven races of her career, starting with dover on sunday.patrick announced this month that she would not return to the no. 10 ford for stewart-hass racing because sponsorship has dried up.she says winning the pole for the 2013 daytona 500 was a nascar career highlight. she has no career top-five finishes in 182 career cup starts.patrick credited her entire nascar career to team owner and three-time champion tony stewart.






wallace takes ‘huge step for nascar’ as 4th black cup driver


darrell wallace jr. used to steel himself against racial insults spewed at him in the lower levels of racing and he survived sponsorship woes that slowed his advancement through nascar.wallace persevered in a sport that seemed long reserved for whites. this weekend at pocono raceway in pennsylvania, he will take the wheel of the no. 43 ford — the same number made famous by hall of famer richard petty — and make history as just the fourth black driver to race in nascar’s top cup series.“this is a huge step for nascar, the whole sport in general, for bringing diversity to its top tier level of nascar,” wallace said tuesday. “i’m glad to be leading the forefront of that right now. it just shows that we’re trying to bring in a new demographic. we’re trying to bring in a new face, get a younger






wallace takes ‘huge step for nascar as rare black cup driver


darrell wallace jr. used to steel himself against racial insults spewed at him in the lower levels of racing and he survived sponsorship woes that slowed his advancement through nascar.wallace persevered in a sport that seemed long reserved for whites. this weekend at pocono raceway in pennsylvania, he will take the wheel of the no. 43 ford — the same number made famous by hall of famer richard petty — and make history as just the eighth black driver to race in nascar’s top cup series.“this is a huge step for nascar, the whole sport in general, for bringing diversity to its top tier level of nascar,” wallace said tuesday. “i’m glad to be leading the forefront of that right now. it just shows that we’re trying to bring in a new demographic. we’re trying to bring in a new face, get a younger






wallace takes 'huge step for nascar as rare black cup driver


darrell wallace jr. used to steel himself against racial insults spewed at him in the lower levels of racing and he survived sponsorship woes that slowed his advancement through nascar.wallace persevered in a sport that seemed long reserved for whites. this weekend at pocono raceway in pennsylvania, he will take the wheel of the no. 43 ford — the same number made famous by hall of famer richard petty — and make history as just the fourth black driver to race in nascar's top cup series."this is a huge step for nascar, the whole sport in general, for bringing diversity to its top tier level of nascar," wallace said tuesday. "i'm glad to be leading the forefront of that right now. it just shows that we're trying to bring in a new demographic. we're trying to bring in a new face, get a younger






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nascar short-track star sam ard dies at 78


sam ard, a two-time champion of nascar's second-tier series, has died. he was 78.ard died sunday in south carolina. nascar called ard "a tough-as-nails racer" in a statement confirming his death.ard won titles in what is now known as the xfinity series in 1983 and 1984. he won 22 races in three seasons — just 92 career starts — and his average finishing position was an impressive fifth."no matter the track or the competition, he battled to the end," nascar said. "that fighter's mentality lasted throughout his life, and far beyond the confines of a race car."ard retired because of injuries suffered in the final race of the 1984 season. he suffered from alzheimer's disease and parkinson's disease for much of the last two decades, and his financial hardships made him the face of the difficult






wallace knows all eyes on him as rare black nascar driver


long pond, pa. (ap) — darrell wallace jr. woke up around 2:30 a.m. ready to race. hours later, he strode across the stage for driver introductions to a nice ovation from thousands of nascar fans, his little slice of race history ahead.wallace became just the eighth black driver to race in nascar’s top cup series when he started the no. 43 ford at pocono raceway. during the week he chatted with team owner and hall of fame driver richard petty and, like any rookie in his debut, tried to stay calm.“it’s just another race car. that’s how i’m treating it,” wallace said sunday. “i’m trying to prove to everybody that i belong here.”the 23-year-old driver had some issues early in the race — he was too fast on pit road and nearly missed his pit stall because he looked for the number he used in his






jimmie johnson can't quite pull off another comeback


james f. peltzkyle larson won the auto club 400 in overtime sunday to give him a sweep for the nascar weekend at auto club speedway in fontana.the 24-year-old californian also won saturday’s race in nascar’s second-tier xfinity series.sunday’s two-lap overtime finish in the monster energy nascar cup series...






logano forced to watch practice as part of nascar punishment


loudon, n.h. — joey logano was parked in nascar's penalty box.logano was forced to strap in, put on his helmet and sit on pit road in the no. 22 ford for the duration of a 50-minute cup series practice saturday at new hampshire motor speedway. nascar punished logano and his team penske team because the car failed inspection four times before friday's aborted qualifying attempt.nascar teams routinely hold cars for allotted periods of time during practice for various infractions. but nascar said it was the first time a cup driver was benched for the entire practice.logano sipped on his water bottle while inside the car on an 80-degree day."i had time for a lot of thoughts in there," logano said. "mainly, that it's a total joke. i don't know why it has to be on pit road. there's no reason to






yates, evernham lead nascar hall of fame class of 2018


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olympic sprinter ato boldon to bring fresh eyes to nascar


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — ato boldon likes speed. and cars. nascar? well, the four-time olympic medalist is about to find out.the former olympic sprinter will join nbc sports group’s nascar broadcast team as a features contributor beginning next week. his nascar on nbc debut will be july 1 during coverage at daytona international speedway.it’s going to be an eye-opening experience for boldon, who in an interview with the associated press admitted he could name “maybe 10” nascar drivers. when asked to list them, he came up with three: the late dale earnhardt, dale earnhardt jr. and jeff burton, the retired driver and current nbc analyst.sam flood, executive producer for nbc’s nascar telecasts, isn’t worried.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“ato is a curious guy and i w






throwback nascar: darlington honoring late 80s, earnhardts


darlington, s.c. — nascar's vibrant, colorful — and sometimes combative — past was on full display friday during throwback weekend at darlington raceway.the sport celebrates and honors its history at its oldest superspeedway, leading up to the southern 500 on sunday night.race cars sported old, beloved paint schemes, nascar hall of famers mixed with current drivers and darlington rechristened one of its suite towers in the names of the late dale earnhardt and the retiring dale earnhardt jr."we're all about honoring the legends and heroes of our sport," darlington president kerry tharp said.and sometimes, remembering some notable dustups that are among the sports' richest and most beloved moments.as elliott sadler spoke to reporters nascar great donnie allison wandered in. sadler, who'll sp






the latest: forbes: hendrick tops nascar in value at $35om


daytona beach, fla. — the latest on daytona 500 media day (all times local):___10:45 a.m.forbes has released its list of most valuable teams in nascar, and hendrick motorsports again ranked highest.forbes estimated the worth of the hendrick team at $350 million, with little competition.joe gibbs racing ranked second at $225 million, and stewart-haas racing was third at $180 million.forbes estimated the top-10 teams in nascar are worth an average $137 million, which is down 7 percent from last year. the top-10 teams generated a total of $864 million in revenue and $50 million in profit last season.the full list can be found here .— jenna fryer___10:30 a.m.brendan gaughan is talking 'bout allen iverson.gaughan received a shoutout in iverson's basketball hall of fame induction speech last fal






nascar is ruining stock car racing, one rule change at a time


on tuesday, the wall street journal published an article examining the slide in nascar’s popularity. the piece highlighted several factors explaining why stock car racing has yet to recover from the slump caused by the 2008-09 economic crash: a less affluent audience base than other major sports; conflicts between track owners, racing teams, and the sport’s governing body; and power struggles among nascar executives.but to this longtime auto racing fan, nascar’s problems have simpler roots: gimmicky changes that have alienated stock car racing’s base of support, driving fans away from the stands—and the television.the daytona… 150?last week, i took solace at the prospect of the start of the nascar season, beginning with this sunday’s festivities at daytona. the season opener always represe






column: it takes a brawl for nascar to go mainstream


charlotte, n.c. — kyle busch had a gash on his forehead and blood running down his nose when he promised payback to joey logano. the two had a brief post-race pit road brawl that can be seen on tmz, the "today show" and, really, just about anywhere.the tussle shoved nascar into the watercooler talk monday alongside the ncaa tournament, and the reason why should be a wakeup call to every stakeholder in the stagnant sport because, like it or not, busch getting pummeled by logano's crew is the lasting memory of the race.nascar can make any format change under the sun, try gimmicks, slick marketing or the monster energy girls, but its mainstream audience wants drama. only racing fans know that a late caution nearly cost martin truex jr. the win, that brad keselowski lost the race because of a






nascar off to a fast start, but ratings still sink


charlotte, n.c. — bad news first: the overnight television ratings for nascar's race in california were down. the ratings were down for phoenix, las vegas and atlanta, too. basically, nothing nascar does can stop this slide, it seems.so what's the good news?well, nascar really couldn't have asked for a better start to its season.five drivers won the first five races. the lead changed in the waning laps each time.kyle busch got into a fight on pit road that left him with a bloody gash on his forehead — generating all sorts of mainstream attention — and nobody was punished. similarly, austin dillon avoided any penalty when he wrecked cole custer in retaliation.danica patrick, for one, argued nascar did the right thing by withholding heavy-handed punishments."it makes for good tv," she said,






chase for championship: elliott a nascar title contender


joliet, ill. — kevin harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as nascar's next big stars and replacements for departed veterans jeff gordon, tony stewart and dale earnhardt jr. he suggested that only one prospect could truly hook a new generation of fans."nascar needs chase elliott to win," harvick said earlier this summer. "chase elliott is the tie to the traditional nascar fan. it's the only shot they've got with the traditional nascar fan. his dad. the history and heritage of the sport. there isn't anybody else in the lineup that i can think of."elliott hasn't yet reached junior-levels of popularity — or even danica patrick as she nears the stock car exit ramp — but the 21-year-old hendrick motorsports driver just might be the next one to carry the banner as nascar's






dale earnhardt jr. is wrong to call protests on company time a ‘right’


racing giant dale earnhardt jr. jumped into the political fray this week by posting a tweet opposing nascar owners who said they’d fire any employees who kneel during the national anthem.all americans r granted rights 2 peaceful proteststhose who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-jfk— dale earnhardt jr. (@dalejr) september 25, 2017hundreds of thousands liked his tweet, praising him for pushing back against nascar’s “racism” and defying owners who echoed donald trump’s call for the national football league to fire players who disrespect the flag. one of those owners was racing hall of famer richard childress, who has been earnhardt’s car owner for years. he said any protest will “get you a ride on a greyhound bus.”“anybody that works for me should r






dale earnhardt jr. is wrong to call protests on company time a ‘right’


racing giant dale earnhardt jr. jumped into the political fray this week by posting a tweet opposing nascar owners who said they’d fire any employees who kneel during the national anthem.all americans r granted rights 2 peaceful proteststhose who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-jfk— dale earnhardt jr. (@dalejr) september 25, 2017hundreds of thousands liked his tweet, praising him for pushing back against nascar’s “racism” and defying owners who echoed donald trump’s call for the national football league to fire players who disrespect the flag. one of those owners was racing hall of famer richard childress, who has been an earnhardt car owner for years. he said any protest will “get you a ride on a greyhound bus.”“anybody that works for me should






texas could make play for nascar all-star and finale races


austin, texas (ap) — state lawmakers have given texas motor speedway a big helping hand if the state’s premier stock-car track wants to lobby for nascar’s all-star race and season-ending championship.the texas legislature approved a bill thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state’s major events reimbursement program, the same fund that’s used to help attract big events such as the super bowl, the ncaa tournament’s final four and formula one’s u.s. grand prix. the two nascar events would fit right in, too.“they want to be able to go after those races, just like we try to court a super bowl or any other major sporting event,” said rep. tan parker, a republican whose district includes texas motor speedway in fort worth. “they will immediately go after them as best they can, an






gibbs, penske defend nascar as having bright future


daytona beach, fla. — joe gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending nascar during one of its shakiest periods in decades.the owner of powerhouse joe gibbs racing said nascar has a bright future and noted top-level companies would not participate if the sport was a sinking ship."you don't get the biggest and best companies in america involved in our sport, and going as hard as they are and re-upping and signing unless you've got a sport that brings value to the table," gibbs said saturday at daytona international speedway.the season opens sunday with the daytona 500, the showcase piece of nascar's 11-month schedule. in the buildup to this version of the super bowl, nascar has been under scrutiny for its leadership, a new sponsor that is mostly using models to market the series, and a






texas could make play for nascar all-star and finale races


austin, texas — state lawmakers have given texas motor speedway a big helping hand if the state's premier stock-car track wants to lobby for nascar's all-star race and season-ending championship.the texas legislature approved a bill thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state's major events reimbursement program, the same fund that's used to help attract big events such as the super bowl, the ncaa tournament's final four and formula one's u.s. grand prix. the two nascar events would fit right in, too."they want to be able to go after those races, just like we try to court a super bowl or any other major sporting event," said rep. tan parker, a republican whose district includes texas motor speedway in fort worth. "they will immediately go after them as best they can, and thi






column: nascar has too many distractions amid playoffs


charlotte, n.c. — it is two weeks into nascar's playoffs and there has been little to no talk about the actual racing.instead, nascar has been shrouded in one absurd drama after another:— encumbered finishes — you know, results that don't count toward the playoffs because the car was illegal.— ambulances that have gotten lost taking drivers to the care center.— a duct-tape scandal over the car of championship contender chase elliott. "tapegate" may or may not have been uncovered by reddit users.— the penalty that required joey logano to sit idly inside his car on pit road during an entire practice session at new hampshire.— a twitter spat between several title contenders because a ford driver claimed the toyota camp has a sizeable advantage. (maybe: toyota drivers have won the first two pl






blaney holds off harvick for first career nascar victory


long pond, pa. – ryan blaney held off kevin harvick down the stretch in a thrilling finish and won his first career nascar cup race sunday at pocono raceway.blaney won for the first time in 68 career starts and made it to victory lane, a day after serving as a reporter there for fox during the xfinity race.the 23-year-old blaney, son of nascar driver dave blaney and grandson of dirt track star lou blaney, delivered for the wood brothers, who have won at least one race in each of the past six decades, but none since trevor bayne won the daytona 500 in 2011.“it figures the one race we don’t have radio communication, we end up winning it,” blaney said. “maybe we should turn the radio off more often.”blaney was exhilarated following a frenetic final 10 laps when he needed to pass a blocking ky






trump 'proud of nascar' for protest-free new hampshire race


president donald trump lauded nascar on monday because no drivers, crew or team members protested during the national anthem before a weekend race at new hampshire motorspeedway."so proud of nascar and its supporters and fans. they won't put up with disrespecting our country or our flag - they said it loud and clear!" trump tweeted monday.the comments came one day after dozens of nfl players took a knee or otherwise protested during anthems across the country in the wake of trump suggesting teams could fire them for the gesture, which began last year as a way to raise the focus on social injustice.several nascar team owners and executives said sunday they wouldn't want anyone in their organizations to protest. richard childress, who was dale earnhardt's longtime team owner, said of protest






nascar creates traveling safety team for 2017 – the denver post


concord, n.c. — nascar will have a traveling safety crew starting this season, creating a consistent medical staff that drivers have been pushing for the last several years.the safety crew will come from american medical response and ensure that a physician and paramedics are in the safety vehicle at all monster energy cup events. amr will also provide a small group that will travel to each race, and a physician who will serve as nascar’s primary doctor.nascar has long relied on local emergency crews to treat drivers at crash scenes, which is the opposite of what many rivaling series use. indycar’s team is lauded as the best in the business, and is largely credited with saving james hinchcliffe’s life when he crashed during a 2015 practice for the indianapolis 500.






day becomes 1st israeli driver to race at nascar's top level


sonoma, calif. — alon day will become the first driver from israel to compete in nascar's top cup series this weekend at sonoma raceway.day will drive for bk racing in no. 23 toyota. the 25-year-old from tel aviv as named israel's 2016 "athlete of the year." earthwater limited will sponsor day's car at sonoma.day last week won the nascar whelen euro race in england on june 11 at brands hatch. he was planning to return to israel after that race, then got the call to race at sonoma."the week has gone by so fast," he said friday of the rapid change of plans.day also this year is running for the euro series championship with plans to race again in the monster energy cup series nascar race at watkins glen in new york.day is one of 11 drivers selected to the 2016-2017 nascar next class, which is






nascar driver greg biffle won't race full time this season


daytona beach, fla. — nascar driver greg biffle won't race full time this season.biffle announced friday via twitter that he has accepted a recurring role as a guest analyst on nbc sports' "nascar america" show. he says his debut is march 1.he adds that "if the right opportunity arises, i may return to the driver's seat."biffle and roush fenway racing parted ways at the end of 2016 after 19 seasons, the last 14 in the cup series. biffle, who had driven the no. 16 ford since 2002, called it a "mutual agreement we started working on many months ago."the 47-year-old vancouver, washington, native won 19 races in nascar's top series and twice contended for the cup championship late in the season.






nascar driver greg biffle won't race full time this season


daytona beach, fla. — nascar driver greg biffle won't race full time this season.biffle announced friday via twitter that he has accepted a recurring role as a guest analyst on fox sports' "nascar america" show. he says his debut is march 1.he adds that "if the right opportunity arises, i may return to the driver's seat."biffle and roush fenway racing parted ways at the end of 2016 after 19 seasons, the last 14 in the cup series. biffle, who had driven the no. 16 ford since 2002, called it a "mutual agreement we started working on many months ago."the 47-year-old vancouver, washington, native won 19 races in nascar's top series and twice contended for the cup championship late in the season.






gibbs, penske defend nascar as having bright future


daytona beach, fla. (ap) — joe gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending nascar during one of its shakiest periods in decades.the owner of powerhouse joe gibbs racing said nascar has a bright future and noted top-level companies would not participate if the sport was a sinking ship.“you don’t get the biggest and best companies in america involved in our sport, and going as hard as they are and re-upping and signing unless you’ve got a sport that brings value to the table,” gibbs said saturday at daytona international speedway.the season opens sunday with the daytona 500, the showcase piece of nascar’s 11-month schedule. in the buildup to this version of the super bowl, nascar has been under scrutiny for its leadership, a new sponsor that is mostly using models to market the series,






gibbs, penske defend nascar as having bright future


daytona beach, fla. (ap) — joe gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending nascar during one of its shakiest periods in decades.the owner of powerhouse joe gibbs racing said nascar has a bright future and noted top-level companies would not participate if the sport was a sinking ship.“you don’t get the biggest and best companies in america involved in our sport, and going as hard as they are and re-upping and signing unless you’ve got a sport that brings value to the table,” gibbs said saturday at daytona international speedway.the season opens sunday with the daytona 500, the showcase piece of nascar’s 11-month schedule. in the buildup to this version of the super bowl, nascar has been under scrutiny for its leadership, a new sponsor that is mostly using models to market the series,






busch spoils elliott's run at dover for second straight win


chase elliott rubbed his head and leaned against his car, crestfallen as he replayed the final laps in his mind. jimmie johnson, his champion teammate, walked over to offer some encouragement and let elliott vent.“i anticipated them being cuss words,” johnson said, “and they were.”elliott had it, the first win in 70 career cup starts in his sight, the white flag about to drop.but the son of a nascar hall of fame driver simply could not find his way out of a thicket of traffic and kyle busch was ready to pounce. busch spoiled elliott's bid at his first career nascar cup series victory, taking the lead with two laps left to win sunday at dover international speedway.elliott, largely expected to lead nascar's next generation of stars, was in stunned disbelief that he let the lead slip away.“i






deus ex video game series reportedly going on hiatus


why it matters to you square enix continues to put extremely high sales expectations on its franchises, including the deus ex series, hurting the chance for sequels.last year’s deus ex: mankind divided was an excellent stealth-action game, telling a small-scale story with all the role-playing elements fans expect from the series, but it appears the game didn’t perform well enough for a sequel to get the green light. publisher square enix has reportedly put the series on hiatus, with developer eidos montreal moving on to other projects.eurogamer reported monday that sales for mankind divided were considered “underwhelming” by square enix. in the u.k., its early numbers were significantly worse than the previous game in the series, deus ex: human revolution. mankind divided was released in