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NASCAR promotes passing at Cola-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR is trying to inject some excitement into Charlotte Motor Speedway, where recent races have been relatively predictable, even dull: When a lead car breaks free from the pack, it's been nearly impossible to catch.

Nobody could catch Kyle Larson when he was running in clean air during the first two 20-lap segments of the NASCAR All-Star race last weekend. And pole sitter Martin Truex Jr. led 392 of 400 laps in last year's Coca-Cola 600. Those make for dominating performances, but don't necessarily translate to the racing fans want to see. Read More...

Harvick wins Charlotte pole; Larson last

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick was all smiles at qualifying Thursday night at Charlotte, while NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson was left bitter and frustrated heading into an important weekend of racing.

Harvick will start on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday after turning a lap of 193.424 mph on the 1 1/2-mile oval, while Larson will begin NASCAR's longest race at the rear of the field after his No. 42 Chevy failed to get through prequalifying inspection in time for him to make a qualifying lap. Read More...

Yates, Evernham lead NASCAR's HOF class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Robert Yates still remembers his college professor telling him he'd never make anything of himself.

It turns out his professor was wrong. Read More...

Many changes to 2018 NASCAR schedule

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR announced several changes to its 2018 schedule Tuesday, including new tracks for the final 11 races of the season.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will become the 26th race of the Cup season and the final chance to set next year's playoff field. The race will be run Sept. 9 and not be part of the summer schedule for the first time since it was added to the NASCAR schedule in 1994. Read More...

Texas may bid on All-Star, finale races

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) State lawmakers have given Texas Motor Speedway a big helping hand if the state's premier stock-car track wants to lobby for NASCAR's All-Star race and season-ending championship.

The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state's Major Events Reimbursement Program, the same fund that's used to help attract big events such as the Super Bowl, the NCAA Tournament's Final Four and Formula One's U.S. Grand Prix. The two NASCAR events would fit right in, too. Read More...

Stewart stopped by trooper, gets warning

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was stopped by an Illinois state trooper over the weekend, but not for speeding.

Police spokesman Jason Bradley says Stewart was pulled over Friday for improper lane usage and issued a warning on Interstate 88 in DeKalb, roughly 65 miles from Chicago. Read More...

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