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NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes passes away at age 56

Steve Byrnes

Steve Byrnes, a NASCAR television reporter and host for over 30 years, passed away on Tuesday from head-and-neck cancer at the age of 56. Byrnes began overing NASCAR in 1985 as host of TNN’s “Inside Winston Cup Racing.”  In 2001, he joined the NASCAR on FOX team as a pit reporter and hosted the weekday show “Totally NASCAR” on FOX Sports ...

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Danica Patrick sets female Sprint Cup record for top 10s

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Danica Patrick earned her sixth top-10 finish of her career Sunday at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Thanks to some timely cautions and avoiding trouble at the end, Patrick finished in ninth-place, the sixth top-10 of her career, setting a record for top-10 finishes by a female in the series. Janet Guthrie had five top 10s in 33 career starts. “I’m always proud of ...

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NASCAR penalizes Ryan Newman for tire tampering

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The No. 31 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for tampering with their tires during the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway. NASCAR docked Ryan Newman 75 points and suspended his crew chief Luke Lambert for six races and fined him $125,000.  He’s also been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Newman’s engineer Philip Surgen and tire technician James Bender ...

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Denny Hamlin ends Toyota’s 32-race winless streak

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday and ended Toyota’s 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 held off a late charge by Brad Keselowski in Sunday’s STP 500  for his 25th career race. Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan rounded out the top five, respectively. Harvick led a race-high 154 laps, but his streak of top-two finishes ended at eight. ...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains his method for dealing with angry drivers

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While some drivers resort to shoving and even throwing punches during post-race confrontations, NASCAR’s most popular driver deals with angry drivers by taking them to dinner. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke with Jeff Gluck of USA Today Sports in a wide-ranging interview recently and was asked what he does to deal with an angry driver. Q: What’s your preferred method of dealing ...

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Watch: Brad Keselowski passes Kurt Busch on final lap to win at Fontana

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Brad Keselowski somehow went from 18th place to victory lane after yellow flags started flying. A caution for debris allowed Keselowski to move up to sixth.  On a second flag, he took four new tires while Harvick and Busch got only two. Keselowski passed Kurt Busch on the final lap of a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish to win at Auto ...

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Kevin Harvick wins fourth straight at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick, the defending NASCAR champion, won his fourth consecutive race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday and his second straight victory this season. He opened this season with two runner-up finishes then won last week at Las Vegas. Harvick has won five of the last six races at Phoenix and a record seven overall. Jamie McMurray finished second, Ryan Newman ...

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NASCAR lifts Kurt Busch’s suspension

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NASCAR announced Wednesday that driver Kurt Busch has been reinstated, 12 days after he agreed to the sanctioning body’s terms and conditions necessary to restore his competition license. The decision comes six days after the Delaware Attorney General’s office declined to file criminal charges against Busch over an alleged incident of domestic violence. Busch can return to the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 ...

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Kevin Harvick wins Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick took home the checkered flag in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Martin Truex Jr. took second followed by Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin to round out the top five. Harvick led the most laps with 142 of 267 and beat Truex Jr. by 1.641 seconds. The defending NASCAR champion finished ...

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Danica Patrick ruined Jeff Gordon’s day

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Instead of starting as pole-setter, Jeff Gordon will have to start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the back of the 43-car field after damaging his car in the closing stages of the final practice session for the Kobalt Tools 400. Danica Patrick spun her car exiting Turn 2 in front of Gordon, who was ...

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