Kyle Busch captures pole at Charlotte; Harvick starts last

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch is hoping his third career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway will help end a dubious drought at a track that has frustrated him for years. Kevin Harvick is probably just anxious to get back on the track. Busch took the pole Thursday night for the Coca-Cola-Cola 600 on Sunday, while NASCAR Cup Series points leader Harvick will begin in the rear. Busch has never won a Cup points race in his previous 28 starts at Charlotte, although he did win an All-Star race here. Article…

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Gordon, Roush, Penske headline NASCAR Hall of Fame class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jeff Gordon didn’t give much thought to NASCAR while racing sprint cars in Indiana as a teenager. He was too busy trying to get into open wheel racing. But when Gordon’s career stalled, he headed South to try his hand at stock car racing and went on to win 93 Cup races – third on the career list – and four championships while helping NASCAR move from a predominantly regional sport to the mainstream in the 1990s. Gordon was honored for his career achievements Wednesday when he…

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Danica Patrick to host 25th annual ESPYS in July

LOS ANGELES (AP) Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS. She will preside over the show honoring the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports on July 18. The show airs live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Patrick is set to retire from auto racing after competing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, where her fourth-place finish in 2005 is the highest by a woman. Article continues below … She will be the first woman to host the show. Previous hosts include…

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Kevin Harvick wins All-Star Race as domination continues | 2018 All-STAR RACE | FOX NASCAR

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Ford looks to snap 16-year Coca-Cola 600 drought

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) It’s been 16 years since Mark Martin won the Coca-Cola 600, and a Ford driver has not been to victory lane for the marquee event since. A Ford driver hasn’t hoisted a Cup championship trophy since 2004, either. There have been some highlights during this past decade of mediocrity, but coming up empty every year in the chase for NASCAR’s biggest prize got very tiring to the Ford group. ”Four years ago we got very serious about, `We don’t just want to be here, we want to…

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Daniel Suárez details how Kevin Harvick escaped him during final laps | 2018 All-STAR RACE | FOX NASCAR

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NASCAR adds quirky plate package to $1 million All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR’s annual All-Star race is a $1 million winner-take-all spectacle that has failed for years to live up to the hype. Radical rules changes have been implemented for Saturday night’s race – rules that might help NASCAR’s stars stop Kevin Harvick’s winning streak – and it is supposed to dramatically improve the action. ”I think it’s going to be intense. The draft will be big,” Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon said. ”It’s going to be what the All-Star race is supposed to be – a wild mess.”…

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