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  1. NHRA Phoenix: Hagan (Funny Car) stays perfect for 2015; Schumacher (Top Fuel), Brogdon (Pro Stock) also win

    Feb 22, 2015, 9:00 PM EST

    Sunday's NHRA winners at Phoenix (from left): Matt Hagan, (Funny Car), Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel).

    Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) were the big winners in Sunday’s CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals in Chandler, Ariz.

  2. Tony Schumacher sets NHRA Top Fuel No. 1 qualifying record

    Feb 21, 2015, 10:14 PM EST

    Tony Schumacher earned a record 77th No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the NHRA national event in suburban Phoenix. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    Tony Schumacher set a record with the 77th No. 1 qualifying position of his career during Saturday’s final qualifying for Sunday’s final eliminations of the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Phoenix.

  3. Danica Patrick adamant she’s not leaving NASCAR for F1: ‘I wouldn’t go anyway’

    Feb 21, 2015, 2:35 PM EST

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    Danica Patrick has made it very clear that she is not considering a move from NASCAR to Formula One. “I wouldn’t go anyway,” she says.

  4. NHRA: Schumacher sets career-low ET, C. Force and Enders-Stevens also lead way in qualifying near Phoenix

    Feb 20, 2015, 10:52 PM EST

    Defending Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher ran a career-low elapsed time in the first of two days of qualifying for the NHRA event in suburban Phoenix. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    Tony Schumacher, Courtney Force and Erica Enders-Stevens were top qualifiers in the first round of the NHRA race in Chandler, Ariz.

  5. NHRA: Shawn Langdon and Alan Johnson Racing hope for strong Phoenix run to keep racing going forward

    Feb 19, 2015, 5:50 PM EST

    Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon (foreground) won the NHRA season opening Winternationals two weeks ago in Pomona, Calif. (Image courtesy Ron Lewis/Alan Johnson Racing)

    Buoyed by winning the season opener at Pomona, Alan Johnson Racing hopes to muster enough sponsorship and other funding to continue racing after this weekend’s race in Chandler, Ariz.

  6. Grant Enfinger dominates to win second straight ARCA season opener at Daytona

    Feb 14, 2015, 6:20 PM EST

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    Grant Enfinger dominated en route to his second straight ARCA Series season-opening win in Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

  7. NHRA: Langdon (Top Fuel) earns storybook Winternationals win; Hagan (Funny Car), Line (Pro Stock) also triumph

    Feb 8, 2015, 11:01 PM EST

    Sundays winners in the NHRA Winternationals (from left): Shawn Langdon, Matt Hagan, Jason Line. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    Shawn Langdon pulled off a storybook finish to win Top Fuel in the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Also winning were Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock).

  8. City may seek voter approval of financial incentives for potential racetrack near Denver

    Feb 8, 2015, 9:29 PM EST

    (Image courtesy of city of Aurora, Colorado)

    The city of Aurora, Colo., is expected to bring to voters in 2016 a proposal that would allow financial incentives for construction of a future racetrack that could one day host NASCAR events.

  9. Confirmed: Jeb Burton to drive No. 26 Sprint Cup car for BK Racing

    Feb 8, 2015, 5:32 PM EST

    Jeb Burton (Getty Images)

    Jeb Burton tells NBCSports.com he will be driving at Daytona in the Sprint Cup Series for BK Racing.

  10. Marcos Ambrose rebounds in second day of Supercars test

    Feb 8, 2015, 2:39 PM EST

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    After a mediocre 15th place showing in the first day of a two-day V8 Supercars test in his native Australia, former NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose rebounded to record the fifth-best lap in the final day of the test.

  11. NHRA: Courtney Force (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) join Langdon as Winternationals No. 1 qualifiers

    Feb 7, 2015, 11:09 PM EST

    Courtney Force is the No. 1 qualifier for Sunday's final eliminations of the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) will enter Sunday’s final eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Winternationals as No. 1 qualifiers in their respective classes.

  12. (Updated with video) Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon makes quickest run in NHRA history: 3.700 seconds

    Feb 7, 2015, 10:12 PM EST

    Shawn Langdon recorded the quickest elapsed time in NHRA history Saturday, covering the Auto Club Raceway dragstrip in 3.700 seconds. (Photo courtesy Alan Johnson Racing/Ron Lewis)

    Top Fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon recorded the quickest elapsed time in NHRA history Saturday during qualifying for the season-opening Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

  13. Bristol Motor Speedway seeks fans to design historic trophy

    Feb 7, 2015, 8:23 PM EST

    (Image courtesy Bristol Motor Speedway)

    Bristol Motor Speedway is reaching out to NASCAR and college football fans to enter a contest to design the winner’s trophy for next year’s historic Battle At Bristol football game.

  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski unhappy with track’s ad

    Feb 7, 2015, 6:28 PM EST

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski took to Twitter to express their displeasure over an ad and related tweet designed to promote the upcoming Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

  15. Marcos Ambrose Supercar test woes: ‘I’ve got to get rid of that club foot and get the ballerina shoe on and I’ll be fine’

    Feb 7, 2015, 4:34 PM EST

    (Image courtesy Marcos Ambrose Facebook page)

    Marcus Ambrose struggled in the first day of a two-day “SuperTest” for V8 Supercars in Australia. But he’s confident he’ll do much better in the second day Sunday, all in preparation for the upcoming season.

  16. NHRA: Kalitta (Top Fuel), Johnson (Funny Car), Line (Pro Stock) lead way in first day of Winternationals qualifying

    Feb 7, 2015, 1:03 AM EST

    Doug Kalitta took the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel in Friday's first round of the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. (Image courtesy NHRA)

    Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) led the way in the first day of qualifying for the NHRA season-opening Winternationals Friday in Pomona, Calif.

  17. Multitasking: Drag racer tees up Funny Car and then tees off (video)

    Feb 6, 2015, 6:41 PM EST

    (Image courtesy Head Racing)

    Funny Car driver Chad Head combined his two big loves — drag racing and golf — in a rather unique way in a promotion earlier this week prior to the NHRA season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

  18. NHRA: Mysterious Al-Anabi Racing pullout gets some clarity

    Feb 6, 2015, 5:35 PM EST

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    The mystery of last month’s sudden pullout of NHRA competition by Al-Anabi Racing grew a bit more clear Friday during the first day of the season-opening Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

  19. For Kyle Busch, NHL is a lot like NASCAR: Instigating, fighting, knocking an opponent into the boards

    Feb 6, 2015, 3:56 PM EST

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    Comparing NASCAR and hockey might seem a stretch, but Kyle Busch and Arizona Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan did their part Thursday to bring the two sports together.

  20. Three new pit crew members, car chief named to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team

    Feb 6, 2015, 1:43 PM EST

    In addition to a new sponsor and crew chief, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet will have three new members on the pit crew, as well as a new car chief for the 2015 Sprint Cup season.

    Changes continue for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team in 2015. Three new pit crew members and a new car chief have been named to the No. 88 team.

  21. NASCAR America: AJ Allmendinger much more confident in 2015

    Feb 5, 2015, 9:21 PM EST

    AJ Allmendinger 2015 media tour

    On Thursday’s NASCAR America, A.J. Allmendinger reflected back on his success in 2014 and the resulting momentum he takes into 2015.

  22. Despite legal woes, Heartland Park Topeka insists it will host May NHRA race

    Feb 5, 2015, 9:13 PM EST

    (Image courtesy Heartland Park Topeka)

    Despite legal woes, Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas is going ahead with plans to host its annual NHRA race May 22-24.

  23. LeafFilter to sponsor Blake Koch for 2015 Xfinity season

    Feb 5, 2015, 8:25 PM EST

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    Blake Koch will have LeafFilter as primary sponsor of his No. 8 Toyota Camry in the 2015 Xfinity Series, it was announced Thursday.

  24. Canada’s Barrie Speedway sold/closed, NASCAR race events moved to nearby Sunset Speedway

    Feb 5, 2015, 7:49 PM EST

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      While the sun has likely set on Canada’s Barrie Speedway, it’s suddenly rising on nearby Sunset Speedway. Barrie Speedway, which has hosted racing events for 45 years, was sold two weeks ago and its new owners do not plan to continue holding races there. As a result, just a few weeks after releasing its 2015…

  25. The Race Doctor: Patrick Staropoli back in med school, but not giving up on racing dream

    Feb 5, 2015, 6:06 PM EST

    An aspiring doctor and racer, Patrick Staropoli won last spring at Irwindale Speedway in California. (Getty Images)

    While Patrick Staropoli is pursuing his M.D., he’d trade it in a heartbeat to be an N.D. — as in NASCAR driver.