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Chase Elliott wins again in Darlington

Posted at 12:01am on Apr. 12, 2014

Someone might think there is another fire in Dawsonville, Ga., this week but not to worry.

Your guide to the Southern 500

Posted at 11:37pm on Apr. 11, 2014

News and notes from NASCAR reporter Jim Utter

Keselowski and Logano have Penske riding high

Posted at 11:36pm on Apr. 12, 2014
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With early wins making each driver a near lock for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, Team Penske can focus testing attentions toward playoff-specific tracks.

NHRA brings drivers, teams home

Posted at 11:20pm on Apr. 10, 2014

The National Hot Rod Association will make its bi-annual stop at zMax Dragway this weekend. That means a lot of drivers and crew members won’t have far to travel to compete in the Four-Wide Nationals.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Southern 500 time, TV, facts

Posted at 11:16pm on Apr. 10, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Matt Kenseth’s victory last year in the Southern 500 was his third of a career-best seven victories in 2013. He enters this year’s race at Darlington Raceway winless in six starts.

Karting brings Verhagen family from Connecticut to Mooresville

Posted at 1:24pm on Apr. 8, 2014

After spending a summer in Mooresville, the Verhagen family decided it needed to move to Mooresville so they would be more centrally located for their sons’ kart racing. Now the two boys are on the KartSport North America team.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Chase Elliott is ‘the next big thing’

Posted at 11:41pm on Apr. 11, 2014
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he see’s a lot of Bill Elliott in Chase Elliott, who, Earnhardt says, is “going to become the next best thing.”

Looking back at the Duck Commander 500

Posted at 9:00pm on Apr. 7, 2014

Observations, notebook, key moments and more from Monday’s Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race.

Fast cars suffer bad luck at Texas Motor Speedway

Posted at 9:00pm on Apr. 7, 2014
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car caught fire, while equipment problems hurt Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

Joey Logano wins Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Posted at 9:00pm on Apr. 7, 2014
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Joey Logano – who finished 40th and seven laps down in his first Sprint Cup series race at Texas in 2008 – came full circle at the track as he held off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap overtime to claim an impressive victory in Monday’s rain-delayed Duck Commander 500.

Joey Logano wins Duck Commander 500 at Texas

Posted at 11:20pm on Apr. 10, 2014
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Joey Logano – who finished 40th and seven laps down in his first Sprint Cup series race at Texas in 2008 – came full circle at the track as he held off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap overtime to claim an impressive victory in Monday’s rain-delayed Duck Commander 500.

Rain forces Duck Commander 500 to be postponed until Monday

Posted at 11:12pm on Apr. 6, 2014
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Due to persistent rain showers and cold temperatures which hampered track drying efforts, Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway has been postponed until noon Monday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: New contenders arise each week

Posted at 7:20pm on Apr. 6, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Entering Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, there have been six different winners in the season’s first six races.

NHRA’s Four-Wide Nationals return to Concord

Posted at 12:45am on Apr. 6, 2014
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The National Hot Rod Association’s Four-Wide Nationals make their fifth pass at Concord’s zMax Dragway next weekend.

NASCAR: Tony Stewart knocks Brad Keselowski from Duck Commander 500 pole

Posted at 12:25pm on Apr. 7, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Tony Stewart waited until the very last moments of Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying session before making his last run and succeeded in knocking Brad Keselowski from the pole for Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Nationwide: Chase Elliott wins wins first in series

Posted at 12:29am on Apr. 5, 2014
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NASCAR Nationwide Series: Chase Elliott, son of former NASCAR Cup series champion “Awesome” Bill Elliott, held off an army of Sprint Cup series drivers to win Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory in the series.

Elvis impersonators at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted at 3:39pm on Apr. 5, 2014
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Elvis impersonators are competing in a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth in good Sprint Cup standing with 4 top-10 finishes

Posted at 8:41pm on Apr. 5, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup series: While it might seem that Matt Kenseth is off to a slow start this season, statistically speaking, that’s certainly not the case. Entering Sunday’s race, Kenseth is higher in the Sprint Cup series standings than he was one year ago.

Justin Carroll vies for track title, spot in stock car contest

Posted at 8:59am on Apr. 4, 2014

Justin Carroll is seeking the late model track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway, but that’s not the Concord resident’s only focus. The high school junior is embroiled in a social media battle to hopefully land a spot in the second PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth among drivers penalized

Posted at 12:25pm on Apr. 7, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup: A dozen teams were docked 15 minutes of practice time Friday at Texas Motor Speedway for being late to the qualifying inspection line last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Stewart-Haas Racing proving doubters wrong with NASCAR Sprint Cup victories

Posted at 8:59pm on Apr. 4, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Is it possible the NASCAR team many thought a tinderbox ready to explode instead might be the most successful in the Sprint Cup Series? Through six races of the season, that’s certainly the case for Stewart-Haas Racing.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Duck Commander 500 time, TV, facts

Posted at 8:41pm on Apr. 5, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup: The spring NASCAR race weekend at Texas has a different schedule as a result of the NCAA men’s Final Four being played this weekend in nearby Arlington. Instead of the Cup race being Saturday night, the race was moved to Sunday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Petty cars show promise with strong runs

Posted at 10:10pm on Apr. 3, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty Motorsports registered a significant milestone last weekend in the Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway when both of its drivers, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola, finished among the top 10 for the second time in three races.

Charlotte AutoFair features cars from Elvs Presley

Posted at 6:20pm on Apr. 2, 2014

Elvis Presley’s 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III – the last car he drove before his death in August 1977 – is one of the stars of this year’s show at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Charlotte man restores Elvis’ last ride to Graceland

Posted at 10:39am on Apr. 3, 2014

On the night of Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley drove his beloved 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III to visit his dentist and then returned to Graceland, his home in Memphis.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. mosaic hits the road in Lake Norman

Posted at 11:24pm on Apr. 1, 2014
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A mural honoring NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will visit various Lake Norman locales to raise money for renovations to the historic Mooresville Depot.

Maryeve Dufault building stock car career in ARCA

Posted at 7:55pm on Apr. 2, 2014

Maryeve Dufault comes from a motorcycle racing family and funded her racing career by modeling. She has fallen in love with stock car racing and is now driving full time for Chicago-based Team Stange Racing.

NASCAR Trucks Series at Martinsville: Matt Crafton leads when it counts

Posted at 10:42pm on Mar. 30, 2014
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Matt Crafton grabbed the lead for the first time with 47 laps to go and held on to win the rain-delayed Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday night for his fourth career victory.

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville: STP 500 Race Rewind

Posted at 10:50pm on Mar. 30, 2014

Give NASCAR credit for offseason changes: There likely are a myriad of reasons that go into the final product, but clearly NASCAR has done something right in its offseason decisions regarding changes to its championship format in the Sprint Cup Series, aerodynamics and removing some restrictions on the set-ups of cars.

Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola finish in top 10 for Richard Petty Motorsports

Posted at 10:50pm on Mar. 30, 2014

Richard Petty’s wife’s death punctuates sad week for organization; Sunday’s competitive finishes by Marcos Ambose and Aric Almirola lighten the load a bit.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch holds off Jimmie Johnson to win STP 500

Posted at 10:50pm on Mar. 30, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch wins the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway for his first Sprint Cup Series victory since 2011.

Carolina Panthers, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Anna Kournikova – Scott Fowler remembers

Posted at 9:47pm on Mar. 29, 2014
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Panthers, Bobcats, NASCAR, Kobe Bryant, Cam Newton – on the occasion of his 20th anniversary at The Observer, Scott Fowler picks 20 of his most memorable sports moments of the past two decades.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon confident at Martinsville

Posted at 12:32am on Mar. 30, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville: The clock may be ticking on Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR career, but the time piece he is most interested in this weekend is a grandfather clock, which is given to the Martinsville winner.

NASCAR at Martinsville: Trucks race rained out; twinbill Sunday

Posted at 12:32am on Mar. 30, 2014

The NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway was rained out Saturday and will be made up as part of a rare doubleheader at the track Sunday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville: Sunday’s STP 500 preview

Posted at 12:25pm on Apr. 7, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville: Danica Patrick has often attributed her struggles in performance in the Sprint Cup Series to her inability to qualify well. On Friday, despite struggling in practice, she earned just her second top-10 start of her career.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Denny Hamlin lashes out at rumors at Martinsville Speedway

Posted at 8:07pm on Mar. 29, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Denny Hamlin confronts rumors about his eye injury that cost him a start last week at Auto Club Speedway, qualifies second for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kyle Busch wins pole for STP 500 at Martinsville

Posted at 8:07pm on Mar. 29, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kyle Busch is on the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin will start second, followed by Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

Young Waxhaw racer has quickly moved to the front of the pack

Posted at 11:39am on Apr. 8, 2014

Devin O’Connell was in kindergarten in Chatham, Mass., when he noticed a girl around his age involved in go-kart racing. Her dad owned his own full-sized modified car. At the age of 5, O’Connell was hooked.

NASCAR: Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson finding success early

Posted at 8:07pm on Mar. 29, 2014
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NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson isn’t afraid to admit he has a lot to learn. So far, though, the learning process certainly has been exciting to witness.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: STP 500 time, TV, facts

Posted at 8:07pm on Mar. 29, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson renew their burgeoning rivalry in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson won last year’s race.