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Pole-sitter Daniel Suarez, front right, and Brian Scott, front left, lead the field to start the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David Graham)

Austin Dillon wins Xfinity Series race at Daytona

Austin Dillon once stood in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway celebrating a Dale Earnhardt win with his grandfather and wondering if he would ever make it back to commemorate his own achievement. Richard Childress assured his grandson, "You'll have the opportunity one day, and you'll make it." Dillon proved ...

NASCAR meets with driver council for 2nd time about rules

The newly formed driver council met with NASCAR for a second time Saturday and it may have led to a new rules package for upcoming races at Indianapolis and Michigan. NASCAR has already said it will use a package with less downforce next weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and that same ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. walks along pit road at Daytona International Speedway prior to  NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing series qualifying, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for Sunday's race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather. Greg Ives instructed Earnhardt to go flat-out at the start of Friday's first practice session because the rules state the field will be set by practice times if a ...

Kyle Busch drives his backup car during a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Busch was involved in a crash earlier and had to go to his backup car for the second practice session. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wants grass removed from tracks

Kyle Busch has become the unwitting poster boy for NASCAR safety improvements. It's not a role he wanted. But now that it's been thrust upon him, he's not shying away from taking the lead on suggesting changes. The Joe Gibbs Racing star said Saturday he would like to see tracks ...

Late TV broadcaster Byrnes honored with Squier-Hall Award

Late television broadcaster Steve Byrnes has won the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence. NASCAR officials made the announcement Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Byrnes died in April after a long bout with cancer. He joined Fox Sports in 2001 and served as a pit reporter for its Sprint Cup ...

FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, people walk near the Trump National Doral Miami clubhouse during a golf tournament in Doral, Fla. NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said Friday, July 3, 2015, it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

NASCAR distances itself from Donald Trump after remarks

NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. "We looked at ...

In this June 30, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party in Bedford, N.H. Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Trump, who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as "not ...

Crew members for Greg Biffle repair damage to his car after he was involved in a wreck during a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Kyle Busch involved in multi-car crash in Daytona return

Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, where he returned Friday for the first time since he was injured at the track in February. Busch, who broke his right leg and left foot in a crash a day before the season-opening Daytona 500, spun nine ...

Race fans with an American flag and various other flags watch cars on the track from the top of a motorhome during a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Daytona adds soft walls, more asphalt after Busch's crash

NASCAR's most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday. Daytona International Speedway, in the final push of a $400 million renovation, has come close to covering the speedway in energy-absorbing SAFER barriers as track President Joie Chitwood vowed ...

NASCAR tracks unite, ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago. The facilities vowed to have the most "welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment." The statement was ...

Chevrolet becomes 3rd major sponsor of Daytona Rising

Chevrolet is the latest sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's redevelopment project. The American automaker announced a multi-year deal Wednesday to become one of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising, the $400 million facelift taking place at NASCAR's most famous track. Chevrolet will have naming rights to one of five fan ...

Daytona offers American flags in exchange program

Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property. Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for ...

A.J. Allmendinger (47) and Kurt Busch (41) make their through Turn 2 at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Kyle Busch grabs 1st win of season as comeback rolls on

After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. He repeated the routine the night before Sunday's race, all in an effort to minimize pain and give himself the best chance to pick up a much-needed victory. Just five races after ...

A number of flags, including a Confederate-themed one,  fly atop RV's in a campground outside the track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, June 26, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NASCAR chairman wants Confederate flag eliminated at races

Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events. "We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag," France told The Associated Press on ...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1962, file photo, Junior Johnson, center, of Ronda, N.C., poses in Victory Lane with his sister, right, and Ginger Pointevint, Miss Sun Fun U.S.A., as man dressed as a Confederate soldier holds a Confederate flag, after Johnson won the 13th Annual Southern 500 auto race at the Darlington International Raceway in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR  backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Perry Aycock, File)

NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs ban on Confederate flag

Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, called the Confederate flag "offensive to an entire race" Friday while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag ...

A.J. Allmendinger, center, greets Jeff Gordon, right, in the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. Allmendinger earned a spot in the championship race with a win on a road course. He'll try to do it again this year at Sonoma Raceway, the first of two road courses on the NASCAR schedule. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Allmendinger looks to pounce on NASCAR's 1st road course

AJ Allmendinger knows the stakes on Sunday: Win on the road course at Sonoma Raceway and he earns a spot in NASCAR's championship race. The year-old qualifying format almost guarantees a race winner a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, which Allmendinger capitalized last season. His ...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flags fly in the infield as cars come out of turn one during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR is backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in the wake of a massacre at a Charleston church, it said in a statement Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Though NASCAR bars the use of the flag in any official capacity, many fans fly the flag at their races.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

NASCAR joins fight against Confederate flag

NASCAR is the latest big company backing the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia.  >> Read more trending stories   NACAR posted this statement on its website that reads in part: As our industry works collectively to ensure that all fans are welcome at ...

Dark clouds move across the sky before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NASCAR distances itself from Confederate flag after massacre

Confederate flags are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats and beer. They fly over motorhomes. They adorn clothing. They are regular fixtures, just like Ford and Chevrolet, and that is unlikely to change any time soon. NASCAR probably would like to see them go ...

Kyle Busch (54) leads Darrell Wallace Jr. (6) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Michigan International Speedway, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Busch wins at Michigan in return to Xfinity Series

After a scary crash at Daytona left him with a broken leg and foot, Kyle Busch had to focus on some pretty simple milestones. "Obviously, the first step was just being able to stand up," he said. "Next step was being able to walk." Now Busch can check off some ...

Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and Kasey Kahne (5) through Turn 3 during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NASCAR drivers address potential midseason rules changes

Martin Truex Jr. has plenty of questions about the possibility of midseason rules changes aimed at creating better racing. "What's it going to be like?" the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver said. "Is it going to do what they think and what some of the drivers think it's going to do?" ...

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