It's Time Out For Sports. The CIAA tournament is back in town for its 75th anniversary and its 15th year in Charlotte. High school basketball playoffs begin Tuesday. And we're also going to talk about NASCAR.

NASCAR Had Paramedic In Newman's Car 35 Seconds After Crash

Feb 22, 2020
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LAS VEGAS — A paramedic was treating Ryan Newman inside his car 35 seconds after the ruined and flaming vehicle came to rest after a crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Daytona 500 Crash

Feb 19, 2020
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Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital on Wednesday, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors a day after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Terrifying Daytona 500 Crash Sends Ryan Newman To Hospital

Feb 18, 2020
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Newman has barrel-rolled his way through many terrifying crashes over his 20-year NASCAR career. This one, though, caused the sport to pause.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Junior Johnson, 'The Last American Hero,' Dies At 88

Dec 20, 2019
Junior Johnson
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Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson, the moonshine runner turned NASCAR driver described as “The Last American Hero” by author Tom Wolfe in a 1965 article for Esquire, died Friday. He was 88.

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Chalrotte's Felix Sabates is leaving NASCAR after 30 years as a team owner.

NASCAR is eliminating corporate names from the title of its top-level racing series starting in 2020. The series, previously known as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and before that Sprint Cup, will now be called just the NASCAR Cup Series. 

Hot Wheels track
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A team led by NASCAR driver Joey Logano set the Guinness World Record for the longest Hot Wheels track Thursday in Huntersville. 

7-Time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson To Retire After 2020

Nov 20, 2019
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Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing.

The winningest driver of his era will have a 19th season in the No. 48 Chevrolet and once again chase a record eighth championship. Johnson made the announcement Wednesday in a video posted on social media.

Melissa Harville-LeBron
Melissa Harville-LeBron

Melissa Harville Lebron is trying to make it in NASCAR as a team owner. She stands in out in one significant way: She’s an African-American woman in a sport dominated by white men.

It’s been a tough road. Her E2 Northeast Motorsports team has yet to qualify for a NASCAR Truck Series race since she received a NASCAR license more than a year ago. But Harville-LeBron will be recognized Friday evening for trying. She’ll be among women honored at the nationally syndicated radio program Café Mocha’s Salute Her award is at the Mint Museum. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway's Roval is a road course on and inside the traditional oval.

NASCAR's top-level playoffs return to Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, where drivers will battle it out on the 2¼ mile Roval, which includes parts of the regular oval, plus a twisting-turning infield course. It's one way the speedway has tried to boost excitement among fans in a sport where the audience is waning.


STERLING, Conn. — Modified stock car great Michael Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He was 61.

Gwendolyn Glenn

Martin Truex was the winner of NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 Sunday night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He overcame an early collision and made a four-wide pass on a restart with four laps to go to take the lead.  Truex also won the Coca Cola 600 in 2016.  He gave the Huntersville-based Joe Gibbs Racing a big victory after Gibbs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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NASCAR is trying to appeal to a broader audience beyond its traditional base, mostly made up of older, white southerners. One way the organization is trying to diversify its appeal is by recruiting young, diverse pit crew members.

The hometown kid is starting out front in NASCAR's longest race.

Charlotte native William Byron became the youngest driver ever to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. The 21-year-old Byron, who grew up a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway, turned a lap of 183.424 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet on Thursday night.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a longtime employee at JR Motorsports alongside her daughter Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 65.

The No. 14 car of driver Clint Bowyer slams into William Byron's car near the end of Sunday's Daytona 500. / NASCAR

Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville survived several crashes late in the race to win yesterday's NASCAR Daytona 500 in Florida. One of those wrecks in the final laps ended hopes of victory for 21-year-old Charlotte driver William Byron.  

When NASCAR's top racers start their engines Sunday for the season-opening Daytona 500 in Florida, a young Charlotte-born racer named William Byron will be in the pole position.

Byron drove his Hendrick Motor Sports race car just over 194 miles an hour last weekend to earn the top starting spot in NASCAR's most famous race. Afterward on FOX Sports, he gave credit to the crew that built his car.

"This thing's fast, it's obviously a lot of credit to the guys, so looking forward to next Sunday," he said.