Update: Hemric eager to rep North Carolina in No. 8

Sports 02/13/19, 10:24

The Latest on NASCAR media day for the Daytona 500 (all times local):10 a.m.Daniel Hemric hopes his surprise run in time trials for the Daytona 500 is just one of many highlights in his rookie season.Hemric advanced into the final round of single-car qualifying and landed fifth on the timing ...

Place your bets: NASCAR pushes its chips on sports gambling

Sports 02/12/19, 11:23

Brendan Gaughan is the son of a casino magnate and has long grasped the allure of throwing down a few bucks to wager on a sporting event.Heck, Gaughan once bet on himself in Las Vegas to win the 2004 Daytona 500. Gaughan got a stern talking to from NASCAR back ...

Texans star J.J. Watt to serve as Daytona 500 grand marshal

Sports 02/11/19, 15:01

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will serve as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, making him the first NFL player to give the command for drivers to starts their engines before NASCAR's most famous race.Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Monday, six days before the 61st running of "The ...

Column: Hendrick sends statement with sweep to open Daytona

Sports 02/11/19, 14:29

Rick Hendrick was telling the truth when he insisted this year was going to be much improved from last season, the worst in team history.He moved personnel and split up seven-time NASCAR Cup champions Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. He had a Navy SEAL deliver an inspirational speech to all ...

Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal

Football 02/11/19, 13:49

Martin Truex Jr. was just one of many Philadelphia Eagles fans bummed when Nick Foles' pass deflected off a receiver and was intercepted to end a playoff push toward a second straight Super Bowl."They had a shot," Truex said. "Without that interception, I think they could have pulled it off."The ...

Johnson triggers wreck, then wins Clash at Daytona

Sports 02/10/19, 17:24

Jimmie Johnson triggered a wreck that wiped out nearly the entire field at Daytona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-shortened exhibition Clash on Sunday.The seven-time Cup Series champion failed to win a race last season for the first time in his career but a dose of aggression ...

Byron wins Daytona 500 pole, puts Hendrick up front again

Sports 02/10/19, 13:46

William Byron has won the pole for next week's Daytona 500, giving Hendrick Motorsports the top starting spot for the fifth consecutive year.Byron and teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for "The Great American Race" during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. They edged the other two ...

NASCAR tosses car chiefs for 3 drivers before Daytona 500

Sports 02/10/19, 12:58

NASCAR has ejected the car chiefs for Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon through the Daytona 500 for repeated inspection failures before qualifying for the race.The drivers also were docked 15 minutes from the final Cup practice before next Sunday's race. NASCAR has cracked down this season on inspection ...

Harrison Burton wins ARCA race in Daytona debut

Sports 02/09/19, 18:44

Harrison Burton won the ARCA Series season opener in his first career race at Daytona International Speedway.Burton turned 18 in October to meet the age requirement to race on the biggest and fastest NASCAR-sanctioned tracks. His first crack at Daytona came Saturday in what is considered the kickoff of the ...

Grudge Match: Bowman set for Corvette race vs. Hendrick

Sports 02/09/19, 17:30

The most anticipated race for Hendrick Motorsports this season is still on the table: team owner Rick Hendrick vs. 2018 Daytona 500 pole winner Alex Bowman.Bowman and Hendrick have let a scheduled drag race between them in their Corvettes linger for a year. Hendrick joked last year he was ready ...

Truex and Wallace top Daytona speed charts in rainy 1st day

Sports 02/09/19, 17:20

Chase Elliott took blame for the first crash of NASCAR's new season on a blustery day at Daytona International Speedway that was shortened by rain.Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed chart in his debut for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Bubba Wallace jumped to the top of Saturday's second session before ...

Architect of Jimmie Johnson’s success starting over in 2019

Sports 02/08/19, 09:58

Chad Knaus got his first big break at Hendrick Motorsports when he was picked to build a team from scratch around a rookie driver who had yet to prove he belonged at NASCAR's top level.The driver was Jimmie Johnson.Once Johnson was paired with Knaus as crew chief, the duo took ...

Hendrick vows rebound from worst season in team history

Sports 02/06/19, 11:41

Rick Hendrick worked too hard building NASCAR's top organization to tolerate mediocrity. If his teams had simply been average last season he might not rate it as one of the worst in team history.The Hendrick cars were pretty bad —seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson failed to win for the first ...

Alonso turns focus to final leg of motorsports’ Triple Crown

Sports 01/28/19, 14:20

Fernando Alonso raced into retirement from Formula One dedicated to winning the final leg of motorsports' version of the Triple Crown. The Indianapolis 500 is the missing piece on his resume, one he intends to add in May.But Alonso has been considering his future for quite some time, and his ...

Racing result secondary to Zanardi’s journey to Daytona

Sports 01/27/19, 17:20

Alex Zanardi's Rolex 24 at Daytona was problem-plagued, perhaps even forgettable.That was just fine for one of the most beloved figures in motorsports, who found the racing to be secondary to the adulation and affection he received in his return to North America."I'm proud of the quotes, the comments, the ...

Alonso anchors victory in first Rolex 24 stopped for rain

Sports 01/27/19, 14:57

Fernando Alonso is the third Formula One champion to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona following his role as anchor for Wayne Taylor Racing in the rain-shortened endurance event.Alonso drove the Cadillac DPi to the lead in each of his three stints at Daytona International Speedway. His final pass was ...

Alonso drives past Castroneves to lead at Daytona

Sports 01/26/19, 21:09

The Fernando Alonso retirement tour got off to a rousing start as he charged to the lead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.Alonso powered past three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves to put his Cadillac DPi into the early lead in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. Once ...

Zanardi’s special steering wheel slows his drive at Daytona

Sports 01/26/19, 18:28

Alex Zanardi was full of nervous energy as he waited his turn to drive in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.He expected to pull out of the pits and race as hard as possible in his long-awaited return to North America.But his steering wheel didn't work.Neither did the backup and the ...

Update: Zanardi has early problem with steering wheel

Sports 01/26/19, 16:26

The Latest on the Rolex 24 at Daytona (all times local):4 p.m.:Alex Zanardi's first stint in the Rolex 24 at Daytona had a brief hiccup when his steering wheel didn't lock into place when he got into the BMW.Zanardi is racing for the first time without his prosthetics and for ...

Rolex 24 roars around a festival for sports car lovers

Sports 01/25/19, 14:14

The Corvette Corral is just inside the fourth turn and the Ferris wheel lifts fans 150 feet above Daytona International Speedway. The party in the infield at the Rolex 24 at Daytona includes a wine-and-cheese event, a parade of historically significant cars and collectors from all over the world.Those roaring ...

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