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Driver Killed by Tony Stewart May Have Been High: Cops

Sheriff says levels were enough to 'impair judgment'

(Newser) - A grand jury in upstate New York today decided that NASCAR's Tony Stewart will not face charges in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward in August, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Maybe the more surprising part of today's news, however, is that the local DA revealed... More »

Sheriff: No Criminal Intent in Stewart Crash

Investigation continues after NASCAR's Tony Stewart hit fellow driver

(Newser) - As of now, the Ontario County sheriff in upstate New York doesn't expect to file charges against NASCAR's Tony Stewart after he struck and killed a fellow driver at a dirt-track event Saturday night, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . The investigation is continuing into the death of... More »

Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Race After Fatal Crash

Rep had earlier said it was 'business as usual'

(Newser) - Tony Stewart will withdraw from today's NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, reports the AP , in the wake of last night's fatal accident that killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr . in Western New York. It's a reversal for Stewart, whose rep had earlier this morning confirmed he would... More »

Race Car Driver Killed in Accident With Tony Stewart

NASCAR driver allegedly hit Kevin Ward in sprint car race

(Newser) - NASCAR champ Tony Stewart hit and killed a fellow race car driver last night on a dirt track in Western New York. As the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, after driver Kevin Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, he got out of his car to... More »

Pro-Pot Milestone: Ad Appears at Big Sports Event

Video at NASCAR race says marijuana way better than beer

(Newser) - USA Today takes note of a first for the pro-marijuana movement: A video extolling the benefits of pot will appear near the gate of a major sports event, in this case NASCAR's Brickyard 400. The ad, by the Marijuana Policy Project, will play on a video screen dozens... More »

Danica Patrick Shrugs Off Slam From (Male) TV Analyst

Kyle Petty says she'll never be a real race car driver

(Newser) - Danica Patrick might have a little extra incentive tomorrow when she races at Kentucky Speedway. It comes courtesy of former driver and current TV analyst Kyle Petty, who called her a "marketing machine" but not much of a driver, reports Auto World News .
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NASCAR Driver Dies in NJ Crash

Jason Leffler a longtime competitor

(Newser) - NASCAR driver Jason Leffler, 37, died yesterday in a racing crash, CNN reports. Leffler was driving in "Night of Wings," a New Jersey sprint car race not sponsored by NASCAR. His car flipped multiple times and hit a wall twice, a witness tells USA Today . He'd been... More »

Falling Fox Cable Hurts NASCAR Fans, Cars

3 hospitalized, Charlotte race delayed 27 minutes

(Newser) - Ten fans were injured and three hospitalized when a rope supporting an overhead TV camera fell from the grandstands and landed on the track surface during yesterday's NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, officials say. Fox Sports says the camera system consists of three ropes—a drive rope that... More »

Man Shoots Himself at NRA's NASCAR Race

Alcohol may have been involved

(Newser) - This probably wasn't the kind of visibility the NRA was looking for when it decided to directly sponsor its first NASCAR event. A 42-year-old racing fan shot himself in the head at the NRA 500 Saturday night in Texas, the New York Post reports. Kirk Franklin was in a... More »

NASCAR Crash: Badly Hurt Fans Upgraded to Stable

Driver Michael Annett released from hospital

(Newser) - Good news from Daytona Beach, Fla.: The two worst-hurt fans in yesterday's horrific NASCAR crash have been upgraded from critical to stable condition, the Charlotte Observer reports. One of them is an adult and the other a child; the child's injuries were initially considered life-threatening. In all, 28... More »

28 Fans Injured in Chilling Daytona Crash

Kyle Larson's car sends debris flying

(Newser) - More than two dozen NASCAR fans were injured today when large chunks of debris, including a tire, sailed into the grandstands when a car flew into the fence on a frightening last-lap accident in the second-tier Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. As emergency workers tended to injured fans... More »

Danica Patrick Wins Pole for NASCAR's Daytona 500

NASCAR racer marks biggest moment in her career

(Newser) - Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole today, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career. Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session and covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds,... More »

C'mon, Danica, Women Deserve Better

Patrick's sexist commercials are a step backward for women drivers: Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - The thing that Laura Helmuth loves best about auto racing is that it's the one sport in which women get to compete against men as equals. Which is why Danica Patrick's decision to become a "GoDaddy Girl" and make a "series of stupid, sexist ads"—... More »

Danica Patrick: Yep, I'm Dating Fellow Driver

Confirms her relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

(Newser) - Danica Patrick has raced right on back into a relationship: The NASCAR driver is dating fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., both of them confirm to the AP . "I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," said a giggly Patrick in a telephone interview. "I think I am... More »

Danica Patrick Divorcing

Driver splits with husband after 7 years

(Newser) - Racing's Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing, reports USA Today . "I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage," she wrote on Facebook of husband Paul Hospenthal, who is 17 years her senior. The... More »

1 Dead, 9 Hurt as Lightning Strikes NASCAR Raceway

Race was cut short, but bolt hit parking lot

(Newser) - A NASCAR fan was killed and nine others were injured yesterday when lightning struck the parking lot behind the grandstand of Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway. One of the injured was in critical condition. The race was called early because of stormy weather. A witness said that he and a friend... More »

After Fire, Rain, Matt Kenseth Wins Daytona 500

It was a crazy night involving lots of Tide laundry detergent

(Newser) - Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression. Rain, fire, and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history. And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title. The first Daytona 500 to... More »

Santorum to Daytona Driver: Race Like Me

Tony Raines is given the 'Santorum strategy'

(Newser) - Is Rick Santorum the role model for winning the Daytona 500? That's what he told NASCAR driver Tony Raines before tonight's race: Use the "Santorum strategy," the Republican presidential candidate said today on Fox News. "Hang back and let the other cars in front get... More »

Another Wealth Flub for Romney at NASCAR Race?

Democrats quick to use quote to accuse Romney of being out of touch

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's attempts to show he's just a regular guy continue to go awry. At an appearance at the Daytona 500 yesterday (which was rained out for the first time in history), Romney was asked by an AP reporter if he follows NASCAR. "Not as closely as... More »

Why Was First Lady Booed? She's 'Uppity': Limbaugh

'We don't like to be told what to eat,' Rush snipes at 'Moochelle'

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh once again has chosen his words for ultimate explosive effect, explaining that NASCAR fans booed Michelle Obama —whom he referred to as "Moochelle"—because they're sick of her "uppityism." We "don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s... More »

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