Speaking quietly and his voice trembling, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York three weeks ago.
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There’s a scene in the iconic stock-car movie “Days of Thunder” that takes place the night before the big race — the Daytona 500, if memory serves — in which Robert Duvall talks to Tom Cruise’s car. Duvall was cast as crusty crew chief Harry Hogge; Cruise as brash young driver Cole Trickle.
Kurt Busch craned his neck toward a monitor and studied the Indianapolis 500 practice results. He didn’t seem happy with his final practice speed, roughly 3 mph off the pace and not good enough in the Andretti Autosport backup he was forced into after wrecking his own, faster car this week.
Jay Beasley knew he had a lot to take in this season, and he was right. But now he comes off his best finish, a fourth-place showing Saturday in the Casey’s General Stores 150 at Newton, Iowa. So maybe the Las Vegan is beginning to show real promise in his rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit.
How NASCAR drivers with Las Vegas ties performed.
The rolling kitchen is among the 14 Freightliners that the seven teams of Don Schumacher Racing use to travel the NHRA Mello Yello Series circuit. The convoy will hit 24 locations across the country from February to November.
Kyle Busch won another race at Auto Club Speedway in California Sunday. He suggested that Harry Hogg from “Days of Thunder” should get an assist.
How local drivers fared in the various NASCAR series.
A NASCAR race is more than a mere sporting event where the action happens only between the flutter of a green flag and the flurry of confetti upon a victor.
At least one NASCAR fan remains livid at Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials after he and thousands of other race fans who attended Sunday’s Kobalt 400 race were not allowed to leave a locked parking lot until an hour after the race was over.
Jonathan Goldsmith, the debonair actor from the TV beer commercials, was the guest of Richard Petty’s NASCAR team at the Kobalt 400. He said he drives his father’s 1994 AMC Jeep, and that he would would be driving the No. 6 car in the race.
NASCAR almost fell over while taking a deep bow over Brad Keselowski’s exciting victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. But at least one commentator suggested the rule changes weren’t responsible for Dale Earnhardt Jr. running out of fuel on the last lap.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway met and surpassed high expectations, and even the unpredictable March weather played nice for a city of racing fans and the drivers they support.
Driving like a man who was racing to the hospital for the birth of his child, Paul Menard placed third in the Kobalt 400 on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Las Vegan’ Dylan Kwasniewski signed a contract with Chip Ganassi Racing to be a developmental driver. That puts the 18-year-old on a possible path for an eventual Sprint Cup deal.
It was about halfway through the Kobalt 400 on Sunday afternoon when the Performance Racing Network announcer’s voice crackled over the speakers in the media center. He reported that he was back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, that the race was being dominated by Kevin Harvick, that only 16 cars were on the lead lap.
In the world of Dale Earnhardt Jr., running out of gas is a public embarrassment, especially when it happens on the final lap, which allowed Brad Keselowski to surge past him and win the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Brad Keselowski wins the Kobalt 400 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs out of fuel on the last lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR champion driver Jimmie Johnson raced in Las Vegas as a youngster. He has won the Cup race four times at the local speedway.
Las Vegas sports books had a lot to think about Saturday when the trio of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers looked extremely sluggish during the final two practice sessions before today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dylan Kwasniewski said he thought he had a top-10 car, but going into the wall for the second day in a row ended any chances of a triumphant return to Las Vegas.
The idea behind talking to Brian Vickers was to point out that not long ago he was one of NASCAR’s brightest young stars, and then he nearly died — twice — from blood clots in his lungs and legs.
Brad Keselowski seized the lead from Kyle Busch on lap 163 following a restart of Boyd Gaming 300 and led the rest of the way, holding off Busch down the stretch to claim his first victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.