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Max Angelelli, left, of Italy, and Jeff Gordon celebrate after winning the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Max Angelelli, left, of Italy, and Jeff Gordon celebrate after winning the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Jeff Gordon joins exclusive club with Rolex 24 victory

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon’s latest racing accomplishment won’t take up much room in his expansive trophy case. But it’s sure to get a prime spot. The retired NASCAR star joined an exclusive club Sunday by becoming the fourth driver to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500. Racing legends […]
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

    Earnhardt thrilled to be cleared for NASCAR return

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is nothing more tedious to a NASCAR driver than preseason promotional work, which can often be full-day photo shoots and interview sessions. It can be the most dreaded part of the job. Consider Dale Earnhardt Jr. the rare exception. His turn Wednesday at the Charlotte Convention Center was like the […]
  • Jimmie Johnson answers a question during a news conference at the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Drivers love new NASCAR format, fans get a look in a month

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At a crossroads with its core audience and eager to attract younger fans, NASCAR took a huge swing at shaking up its model with a progressive new format. The drivers seem thrilled with the changes. Ultimately, though, the only thing that matters is whether fans embrace the new model. Beginning with […]
  • FILE - This Feb. 21, 2016 file photo shows fans gathering on the grass in front of the grandstands of Daytona International Speedway before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR is dramatically changing its format for the upcoming season, cutting every race into stages that reward points in hopes of making every lap matter. The overhaul announced Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 assigns three stages to every race. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    NASCAR overhauls race and playoff format

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is taking a progressive approach to modernizing its series with a radical new format. It’s complicated and confusing to explain. But the panel that spent the last seven months on this overhaul promised it’s going to be the best thing to happen in NASCAR in a very long time. “Wait […]
  • Brennan Poole, driver of the No. 48 DC Solar Chevy for Chip Ganassi Racing, Jeff Carpool, DC Solar President and CEO and Bryan R. Sperber, Phoenix International Raceway President, announce a partnership between DC Solar and Phoenix International Raceway that begins in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Raceway)

    Phoenix International Raceway waves the green flag on sustainability

    DC Solar and Phoenix International Raceway are partnering to promote clean energy usage at the track.
  • Arizona racers return to desert roots at Phoenix International Raceway

    Michael McDowell, who was born in Phoenix and raised in Glendale, recently learned that he now owns a little piece of NASCAR racing history.
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    Rain ends Phoenix NASCAR race, 3 Sprint Cup Chase spots determined

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a rain-cancelled NASCAR race in Phoenix, and Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. advanced in The Chase.