Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race early Monday morning, but the finish was marred by a terrifying crash that sent Austin Dillon’s car sailing into the catchfence at Daytona International Speedway.
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Las Vegan Kurt Busch will start from the pole position in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., but Kevin Harvick is the man to beat in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Harvick has won two straight races, including at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8.
Chris Trickle, 14, will run a full NASCAR Super Late Model schedule for the first time. He won one of his three races last season and is the next local driver to watch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring.
The former girlfriend of Kurt Busch said on Monday she was “stunned” that prosecutors declined to file criminal domestic abuse charges against the NASCAR driver after a commissioner ruled earlier she had likely been choked and had her head slammed against a wall.
Kurt Busch missed the first three races of the NASCAR season because of a suspension related to domestic violence accusations. He returned Sunday at Phoenix and challenged teammate Kevin Harvick for first place before finishing fifth.
Kevin Harvick, who won the Kobalt 400 last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will start from the pole position Sunday in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
NASCAR cleared the way Wednesday for Las Vegas native Kurt Busch to return to racing, and he sounded both vindicated and humbled by the process.
With no competition yellow flags or pickup trucks with mud flaps and big No. 3 decals on back to slow me down, I was able to spend 6 hours, 4 minutes taking in the sights and sounds of NASCAR Race Day.
March 1, 1998 — Inaugural Las Vegas 400, Mark Martin
In a city that has seen its fair share of successful one-man shows, Martin Truex Jr. turned in an impressive solo performance Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400.
Quotes from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, from drivers who did well to drivers who didn’t do so well.
Jimmie Johnson had the best car early, leading half of the first 90 laps.
Kevin Harvick, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, wins for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and moves into first in the points standings. He has finished first or second in six consecutive races.
Martin Truex Jr. is fifth in the standings after two races, and he will start eighth in today’s Kobalt 400. He liked his car so much on Saturday that Truex cut practice short early.
After qualifying; race 12:30 p.m. today
After a sometimes testy relationship with Richard Childress Racing, Kevin Harvick switched to Stewart-Haas and won the NASCAR championship. “I’m as happy as I’ve ever been,” he said.
If Brad Keselowski didn’t exist, NASCAR would have to invent him. Any sport needs a highlight-film villain so that fans can better identify the heroes.
Ticket sales for 2014 were down from 2013. But overall year-to-year revenue was slightly up, and restructuring debt to reduce it by $230 million during the past four years has helped, too.
It’s unusual for sports to pop up out of nowhere and become a regular staple on the Las Vegas odds boards, but NASCAR has created its own niche with the betting public, and that all occurred when a young kid from Vallejo, Calif., named Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994.
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