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Cops: Ex-Racer's Dad, Stepmom Died in Murder-Suicide

Robby Gordon's father allegedly strangled wife

(Newser) - The father of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon strangled his wife, then shot himself in their Southern California home, police said Thursday. The deaths of Robert Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57, were an apparent murder-suicide, Orange Police Lt. Fred Lopez said a day after the bodies were found . No... More »

Ex-NASCAR Driver, Daughter Jumped After NC Concert

Mike Wallace says 3 men assaulted him, grown daughter after Rascal Flatts show

(Newser) - A former NASCAR driver and his grown daughter found themselves in a fight Friday night with three men outside a Rascal Flatts concert, police in Charlotte, NC, confirm to USA Today Sports . Mike Wallace, 57, had just left the PNC Music Pavilion with his family when a verbal spat went... More »

NASCAR Driver in Huge Tobacco-Smuggling Bust

Derek White faces 7 charges

(Newser) - Seven hundred Canadian and US officers were involved in almost 70 searches Wednesday that led to the largest tobbaco-smuggling bust in North American history, NBC Sports reports. Almost 60 people were arrested, including NASCAR driver/owner Derek White, who turned himself in Wednesday after hearing about a warrant out for his... More »

Danica Patrick Fined $20K for Actions After Crash

She was angry after another driver caused her to spin out

(Newser) - Danica Patrick's wallet is $20,000 lighter because she began walking toward another driver who caused her to crash. NASCAR imposed the fine Thursday after Sunday's crash, in which Kasey Kahne caused Patrick to spin into the wall at the AutoClub 400, reports ESPN . After exiting her car,... More »

NASCAR Tracks to Fans: No More Confederate Flags

People are asked not to display them

(Newser) - Last week, NASCAR's chief said he didn't want his sport associated with the Confederate flag. Today, the tracks on which the cars race seconded that by asking fans not to display the flag during races, reports NBC Sports . The joint statement is issued as a "request" to... More »

Latest to Back Away From Confederate Flag: NASCAR

Chairman says he's doing everything he can to remove it from races

(Newser) - Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events. "We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag," France told the... More »

Driver Withdraws From Race: His Car Got Stolen

NASCAR's Travis Kvapil can't compete this weekend in Atlanta

(Newser) - When Travis Kvapil got the call today, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. "They said there was trouble with the car," Kvapil said. "I thought we could figure it out when we got in the garage area. They're like, 'No,... More »

Joey Logano Wins White-Knuckle Daytona 500

Roger Penske driver brings career back to life

(Newser) - Joey Logano, the driver who seemed washed up at 22 years old, has won his first career Daytona 500. Logano took the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining today. Once out front, his Ford was stout and he seemed to have the race in... More »

NASCAR Suspends Top Driver Over Domestic Abuse

That means no Daytona 500 for Kurt Busch

(Newser) - One of NASCAR's biggest races runs tomorrow, but one of NASCAR's biggest names will not be there when the Daytona 500 begins. The sport suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely yesterday over allegations that he beat and choked his then-girlfriend last fall, reports ESPN . The move came after a Family... More »

NASCAR's Kurt Busch: My Ex Is a Hired Gun

Claim about Patricia Driscoll makes waves at domestic violence hearing

(Newser) - At first it sounded like a typical domestic-violence hearing: protection orders, unstable behavior, alcohol, and depression. Then NASCAR driver Kurt Busch shook things up, announcing that his ex, Patricia Driscoll—who alleged he had smashed her head into a motor-home wall—was actually a trained assassin who traveled the world... More »

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 »

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