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Larson OK with not replacing Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kyle Larson, flashing his new Rolex watch, was unfazed Thursday after learning Chase Elliott was going to replace Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.

Many NASCAR fans have believed that Larson was the heir apparent to the four-time champion, a notion Gordon fueled with constant praise of the reigning Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year. Read More...

WTR stripped of 3rd place at Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Wayne Taylor Racing has been stripped of its third-place finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

IMSA issued a statement Friday saying Jordan Taylor violated the drive-time rule late in the endurance race that ended Sunday. Officials examined Taylor's time in the No. 10 Prototype and found he was behind the wheel more than four hours during a six-hour period. Read More...

Speedway GM faces lewdness charge

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) The executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of lewdness after police say they observed him and a 19-year-old woman in a parked car in Manchester.

Police said in a news release Thursday that officers were monitoring illicit activities on Jan. 21 when they saw a woman get into the passenger side of an SUV. They followed it into a parking lot. Arrested were 53-year-old Jerry Gappens and Kendra Johnson; it wasn't clear if the two had met before. Read More...

Stewart buys national sprint car series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart won't be back in a sprint car, by his own estimation, for "a very, very long time."

But the three-time NASCAR champion can't bear to be away from the grass-roots level of racing, and he has added another piece to his growing portfolio by acquiring the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series - one of the oldest, traveling sprint car organizations in the country. Read More...

Hall of Famer Pearson suffers stroke

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR Hall of Famer and former three-time Cup champion David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered on Dec. 9.

Pearson's family released a statement Wednesday that says he is "doing great and well on the road to recovery." The statement said the 80-year-old Pearson is "80 to 85 percent back to normal" and a full recovery is expected soon. Read More...

Hornish returns to Sprint Cup with RPM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Sam Hornish Jr. is finally back in the Sprint Cup Series after a four-year absence, in a ride Richard Petty Motorsports insists it is committed to fielding for the entire year.

RPM has 26 unsponsored races as it heads into next month's season-opener. Twisted Tea will sponsor the Daytona 500 and the July race at Daytona International Raceway, and team co-owner Andrew Murstein is willing to provide some funding through his Medallion Bank. Read More...

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