Kevin Harvick became the eighth different pole winner in as many Sprint Cup Series races this season after posting the fastest lap in the final round of Friday's knockout-style qualifying for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Friday night's 200-mile Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway after edging rookie Chase Elliott in qualifying.
Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was granted a Formula One license by the FIA on Friday.
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Elliott's win at Texas allowed him to overtake Regan Smith, his JR Motorsports teammate, and Trevor Bayne for the top spot in the Nationwide point standings. He became the youngest points leader in series history.
Last Monday, Joey Logano won at Texas -- a race delayed one day due to rain -- and joined Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Carl Edwards (Bristol), Kyle Busch (Fontana, Calif.) and Kurt Busch (Martinsville) as those drivers who have all but guaranteed themselves a position in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
After winning Monday's rain-delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway, Joey Logano is already looking ahead to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick had their race end early in Monday's rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Persistent rain at Texas Motor Speedway forced the postponement of Sunday's Duck Commander 500.
Tony Stewart will start on the pole for a Sprint Cup Series race for the first time in 19 months after edging Brad Keselowski in the closing seconds of Saturday's qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway.
In Thursday's practice sessions at Texas, Smith posted the third fastest lap overall at 179.850 mph, while Bayne was fourth overall on the charts at 179.653 mph.
Last Sunday, Kurt Busch won at Martinsville after rebounding from a pit-road incident with Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne early in the race and then passing Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 11 laps to go. Busch held off Johnson at the finish by just 0.26 seconds to snap an 83-race winless drought in Sprint Cup. He also joined his younger brother, Kyle, as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Keselowski as those drivers who have all but guaranteed themselves a berth in this year's Chase.
Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski wrote the next chapter in NASCAR's ongoing saga of "Boys, have at it" on Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Persistent rain at Martinsville Speedway forced the postponement of Saturday's Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race.
Kyle Busch won Friday's qualifying at Martinsville Speedway, while his teammate, Denny Hamlin, finished second to give Joe Gibbs Racing the front starting row for Sunday's STP 500.
After his win at Martinsville, Wallace celebrated with members of Scott's family, who live in nearby Danville, Va.
In three decades, Hendrick has accumulated 219 wins in NASCAR's premier series. Twenty one of those victories have come at Martinsville, a 0.526-mile oval, which is the shortest racetrack on the series' schedule.
Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, a seven-time champion in the sport, passed away on Tuesday after battling cancer for several years. She was 72.