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NASCAR great Richard Petty to auction off his race cars including a $400k 1974 Dodge Charger

Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments.

The car is likely to be sold for near half-a-million dollars, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The auction is scheduled to take place this Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments
Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars. A painted portrait of Petty, which will also be auctioned this Saturday, is seen above

Majority Owners Explore Sale of NASCAR: Sources

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The majority owners of NASCAR, the company which operates the namesake U.S. car-racing series and other motorsport events, are exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The move comes as NASCAR grapples with an aging fan base, stricter safety rules and a competitive media landscape that have weighed on its popularity and made it less attractive to advertisers and sponsors.

The France family, which controls NASCAR, is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to identify a potential deal for the company, three sources said, cautioning that the deliberations are at exploratory stage and no agreement of any kind is certain.

The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.   READ MORE

Remembering Richard Petty’s staggering numbers in the No. 43

With Darrell “Bubba” Wallace set to driver the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Pocono Raceway, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the staggering statistics his car owner piled up while making the number one of the most iconic in NASCAR history.

Richard Petty drove the No. 43 to 192 of his record 200 victories in NASCAR’s top series.

Wallace will be making his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the car when he subs for the injured Aric Almirola in Sunday’s Pocono 400. Almirola continues to recover from a compression back fracture he suffered in a horrifying wreck at Kansas on May 13.

The numbers Petty compiled en route to his seven championships, which remains tied for most all time with the late Dale Earnhardt and current champ Jimmie Johnson, are mind-blowing.

Petty made 1,125 starts in the No. 43 across parts of five different decades. In addition to all the wins, he also posted 526 top-five and 676 top-10 finishes while winning 115 poles.   READ MORE

Bubba Wallace set to make history as black driver in Daytona

image from storage.googleapis.comDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver’s eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct.

Bubba at Daytona changed the game.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. had driven the iconic No. 43 car to a third-place finish in a Daytona 500 qualifying race, setting off a celebration for Richard Petty Motorsports almost worthy of winning NASCAR’s marquee race itself. 

The King strolled to the pits and hugged Wallace. The 80-year-old Petty wrapped his arm around Wallace , and they walked off smiling toward what each side hoped was the start of a fruitful alliance.

“I just had a guard walk me from pit road to the media center. His name is Richard Petty. I’ve never seen him so excited in my life,” Wallace said.

That Wallace can energize Petty may symbolize as much a true passing of the torch as NASCAR could want: Petty and his deep kinship with old-school fans and the 24-year-old Wallace, a video game playing, social media darling about to make history as the first black driver since 1969 in the Daytona 500.   READ MORE

Super Bowl Ratings Plummet to 8-Year Low - Puppy Bowl All Time Ratings High!

, Super Bowl LII will go down as one of the most entertaining championship games in recent memory. However, for the NFL, it will go down as the lowest-rated Super Bowl game in recent memory.

The Eagles 41-33 victory over the Patriots drew a 47.4/70 in metered markets. That’s down nearly three percent from last year’s thriller between the Patriots and the Falcons. It’s a 5 percent drop from the last time NBC had the big game in 2014, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks.

Looked at broadly, Super Bowl LII is the lowest-rated Super Bowl game since 2010, when the Colts and Saints, two smallish market teams, faced-off against each other:  Read More

World-class racing driver and team owner Dan Gurney Dead at 86

World-class racing driver and team owner who was the first to spray champagne in celebration
Dan Gurney at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 1967; the following month he was victorious at Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix

The American racing driver Dan Gurney, who has died aged 86, was said to be the rival most feared by the great Jim Clark. He was at the start of the most remarkable week of his career in the cockpit when, on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967, he mounted the podium at Le Mans alongside AJ Foyt, with whom he had shared the winning Ford GT40 Mk IV in the famous 24-hour race. Gurney was handed the victors’ usual bottle of champagne but, instead of drinking it, gave it a shake before aiming a spray of foaming liquid at the spectators gathered to acclaim his triumph, thus inaugurating a style of celebration that became universally adopted.

He is survived by his second wife, Evi Butz, a former Porsche public relations executive, whom he married in 1969, and by their two sons, Justin and Alex; by three sons, Daniel Jr, John and James, and a daughter, Lyndee, from his first marriage, to Arleo Bodie; and by eight grandchildren.


Ted Christopher, modified championship racer, dies in plane crash at 59


NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. - Modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in the woods in Connecticut on Saturday, NASCAR officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, but they didn’t release the names of the victims.

Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said Christopher, 59, and the plane’s pilot both died.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. Details of the plane’s itinerary were not immediately released.

The 59-year-old Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.  MORE

She accused a NASCAR champion of domestic violence and it ruined her life

Patricia Driscoll doesn’t scare easily. But as she stood in front of a conference hall of suits at a university in Vermont, talking about her work as the CEO of a defense contracting company, she couldn’t shake a feeling of dread every time an audience member checked their phone. What if they were googling her? And what if, during the Q&A portion of the program, they asked her about what they found on the first page of search results?

It’s moments like this when the 39-year-old mother regrets walking into the Dover Police Department two and a half years ago to file a domestic violence report against her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR star Kurt Busch.  

image from media.tmz.comWhen you used to look up Driscoll’s name, you’d likely find headlines about her work as the President of the Armed Forces Foundation, photos of her pre-race kisses with Busch, clips of her appearances on Fox News as a defense expert, and articles in which she discusses how to help veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

But that was before Busch allegedly strangled her and slammed her head against the wall of his trailer three times; before a simple hearing over a protective order turned into a media circus and she was publicly accused of being a trained assassin for the CIA; before the non-stop online harassment and death threats; before  ESPN’s multi-part investigation into her role at the AFF and her subsequent resignation; before she was federally indicted on eight counts of fraud and tax evasion. You know. Before.

Today, her search results on Google paint a scandal-plagued picture that follows her wherever she goes.   Read The Rest Here

This bootleg runner's son was in the passenger seat during the early days of NASCAR

When you think of NASCAR, it's likely you think of massive crowds, cars speeding past at over 200 mph and the corporate logos splashed on just about everything.

But the origin of the stock car race goes back to the late 1920s and 30s during prohibition when drivers navigated red dirt tracks in souped up cars running illegal moonshine from state to state for distilleries.

Bill Blair Jr. is the son of Bill Blair, a legendary bootleg runner who also was a professional racer and was one of the original drivers who raced with Bill France, the founder of NASCAR.

"The first cars that he raced were liquor cars," Blair Jr. explained. "You haul liquor at night, and on the weekend, they'd have the race and you'd use your liquor car."

Bill Blair Jr. grew up working on race cars with his dad and knows the history of NASCAR like the back of his hand.

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Bill Blair Jr. grew up working on race cars with his dad and knows the history of NASCAR like the back of his hand.

Daniel Pierce, an author and history professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, said the automobile was a major development for people in the moonshine business because it made it easier to transport their product. Bootleggers, he explained, quickly developed high-speed driving skills to evade law enforcement.  MORE

Auto Racing for the most part is losing fans

NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in his carNASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in his car (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Bob Barney

One does not have to be very attentive much to see that auto racing, especially NASCAR are losing fans in droves.  The decline started with the worldwide depression that occurred in 2008-2014.  As racing expenses grew, and the cost of tickets grew along side of it, fan base slowed.  Nascar can go all the way back to Dale Earnhardt's death to see when their audience began to dwindle.  

For example on the same night as the Virginia Tech-Tennessee game, a Nascar race at Richmond, Virginia, drew 2.7 million television viewers, less than half as many people as watched the football game. TV ratings for the Richmond race were said to be down 12% from the same race in 2015 and 44% from 2014.

On Sunday afternoon, butting right into the NFL, the 10-race Nascar playoffs open with a race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. You can buy a ticket on the start-finish line with a good view of the entire track on StubHub for $87. A ticket on the 50-yard line for the Bears-Eagles game at Soldier Field a night later will throw you back at least $170.

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The rise and fall of NASCAR:Why racetracks are removing hundreds of thousands of seats:

Once upon a time, stock car racing was a humble, homespun operation. Drivers were farm boys and shade tree mechanics who learned to race by outrunning the law on back-road moonshine runs. Their cars really were stock: They bought them from the local dealer, fixed them up in the parking lot before races, then went at it. The tracks were dirt ovals, carved out of country fields with a bulldozer. Fans stood at the edge of the track and went home coated in dust. But those days are long gone, replaced by big-budget reality. NASCAR’s tracks are all paved, and the drivers are millionaire stars. At Charlotte, glinting turbine helicopters hover down onto a concrete pad just outside the speedway, disgorging corporate honchos in golf shirts and custom loafers. Polished race team transporters, with hydraulic tailgates and several million dollars worth of tools inside, are lined up near the pits, and a video screen the size of a football field towers over the action. Read More

Dale Earnhardt would be 58 now and would probably not find much to like about stock-car racing. His death on Feb. 18, 2001, in a last-lap accident at the Daytona 500, led Nascar, and motorsports to a larger degree, into developments Earnhardt might have bristled at.

His death on that warm, sunny afternoon in Florida stunned Nascar’s legion of loyal fans because Earnhardt, the seven-time Cup series champion known as the Intimidator, was regarded as invincible. But it also propelled the sport into American pop culture virtually overnight. Read More

Fans explain why they stopped attending NASCAR races:

Another headline touts reasons why Nascar fans are staying away, interviewing fans and their disgruntled attitude towards the sport they claim left them behind

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Dale Jr to Retire

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance / Batman Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release Tuesday morning that the 42-year-old driver plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season.

Earnhardt Jr. followed his late father, Dale Earnhardt, into the racing business and began his own professional career at the age of 24 back in 1999.

Over the course of his career, Earnhardt won 26 of his 603 starts and was named Most Popular Driver 14 times. He won the Daytona 500 twice and won two championships in back-to-back years in 1998 and ’99. MORE

NASCAR ends relationship with New London-Waterford Speedbowl following owner’s arrest for Human Trafficking

 HARTFORD -- NASCAR is ending their relationship with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl following the arrest of the facility's owner.

In a statement issued Thursday, NASCAR said they have terminated the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race sanction with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, effective immediately.

This includes canceling the Whelen Modified Tour 161 race scheduled for July 22 through July 29.

Bruce Bemer (Danbury Police)

Sources tell FOX61, the move is a direct result of the arrest of Bruce Bemer, 63, of Glastonbury.

On March 30, the FBI and Danbury police arrested Bemer, and two other men, in connection to a sex trafficking ring that operated out of Danbury and reached other cities. Police said Bemer was a client in the ring that targeted young men with mental health issues and forced them to perform sexual acts in exchange for money.

According to court documents, Bemer met with the victims dozens of times over the course of years and would on occasion meet them at the Speedbowl.


Veteran Sprint car driver David Steele, 42, is killed in horrifying crash

Sprint car veteran David Steele died during a race in Florida this weekend and the dramatic crash was caught on camera.

The crash involving the 42-year-old took place during the Southern Car Spring Shootout Series at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton on Saturday.

The shocking incident, which was captured on video, involved Steele's vehicle hitting a retaining wall. 

David Steele is pictured with his wife, Lynn Bunn Steele, in this Facebook photograph, died after his car crashed into a wall at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday 

Steele leaves behind three children. USAC series director Levi Jones said: 'He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad and husband he was'

Steele leaves behind three children. USAC series director Levi Jones said: 'He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad and husband he was'

Sprint car veteran David Steele died during a race in Florida this weekend. His vehicle is pictured on Saturday night at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton

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Brawl in the pit lane at NASCAR race: Kyle Busch

Things got heated on the NASCAR track when Kyle Busch furiously sucker punched Joey Logano after the race on Sunday.

Busch was angry with Logano after his No 18 spun out on the final lap of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. 

There was some contact with Logano's car that caused the wreck, and Busch was fuming after watching him finish fourth in the race.  

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Members of Locano's Team Penske crew quickly pulled their driver away when Busch charged toward him on pit row moments after the race finished


Video shows him walking down to pit road and launching himself at Logano's crew with his arms swinging.  

Members of Logano's Team Penske crew quickly pulled their driver away when Busch charged.

Officials had to drag Busch away from the mayhem. 

He was visibly fuming and had a bleeding cut on his forehead as he addressed Fox Sports.

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The rise and fall of NASCAR

Why racetracks are removing hundreds of thousands of seats

The infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway on race weekend is a universe unto itself. Here, you enter the Vatican of Internal Combustion, a microcosm ruled by the forces of V-8 power and flat-out speed.

Multicoloured race cars blast around the speedway’s steep grey banks at more than 330 km/h, and the infield resembles a cross between the Woodstock festival and aRoad Warrior set. Race fans, encamped here for days, arrive by the thousands in jumbo-sized motor homes, jacked-up Ford F-150s and old school buses with viewing platforms welded on top.

More photos: The fans of NASCAR

A fan drinks beer while biking around the infield during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


A fan drinks beer while biking around the infield during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Steel scaffolds and deer hunting stands rise from the crowd like minarets, each topped with a group of partiers. A black, hemi-powered Ram pickup truck rolls past, loaded with shirtless revellers and a stack of beer coolers. A Confederate flag flutters from one of the chrome-plated exhaust stacks and it brings to mind what one writer said after visiting a NASCAR race at Talladega: “It has not come to the attention of eastern Alabama that the civil war ended.”


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NASCAR sends its fans into a spin after launching scantily-dressed 'Monster Energy girls'

NASCAR fans have complained about the scantily-clad Monster Energy Girls on show at the start of the racing season.

Fans took exception to the revealing outfits worn by the models for the Daytona 500's new sponsor.

They claimed the tight leather tops made them feel 'uncomfortable' and were 'inappropriate' for family viewing.

Fans took exception to the revealing outfits worn by the Monster Energy girls
NASCAR fans claimed the girls were dressed inappropriately and needed to wear more clothes

One observer on Twitter said: 'NASCAR and Monster Energy need to rethink those uniforms for the girls if they don't want naughty jokes.'

Lynn Smith said: 'Wow! Sprint Cup girls were replaced with Monster Energy hookers! Really? NASCAR, the purpose of these girls is unnecessary, always has been!'

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Jimmy Johnson wins 7th Championship

TIES PETTY and Earnhardt

image from www.gannett-cdn.comHOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The people who had crowded into Jimmie Johnson's pit box erupted in cheers and tears, doling out high-fives and bear hugs as the driver clinched his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship.

Johnson could only muster a single sentence: "I don't even know what to say."

Fortunately, plenty of others were more than willing to do the talking.

Four-time champion Jeff Gordon, who stood on Johnson's pit box for the race's final laps, was among those grinning, shaking hands and also shaking his head. He knows about the significance of Johnson's run having competed against all three of NASCAR's seven-time champions from his first race (in 1992, which was Richard Petty's last) to years of competition with the late Dale Earnhardt to more recent seasons battling with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.

"I'm just in disbelief the way this race unfolded," a grinning Gordon said of the amazing three-lap race to the finish -- the only laps Johnson led all day after starting last in the 40-car field. "… Jimmie wanted that thing. He wanted that seventh championship and he got that seventh championship done. He deserves it. Just an amazing experience."

After the celebratory burnouts and champagne spray, Johnson took the stage to hoist what is now very familiar hardware to him. And drivers and friends stopped by to give NASCAR's greatest active champion his due.

Fellow championship contenders Joey Logano (who finished fourth) and Kyle Busch(who finished sixth) were among the first to seek him out.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport's 12-time Most Popular Driver, was among those who made a point to see his Hendrick teammate Johnson.

Mike Wallace fights back tears describing moment 'three men kicked his daughter and knocked her to the ground

Mike Wallace is speaking for the first time about the moment three young men allegedly attacked him and his family after a concert on Friday. The 57-year-old NASCAR veteran was leaving a Rascal Flatts show in Charlotte, North Carolina when he says that the three men approached him and said: 'How did you like the show?'  Wallace claims that the group then began screaming at him and his wife and daughter.   That was followed by the men repeatedly kicking and punching him in the head, leaving him with a concussion. He also lost three teeth and needed 12 stitches.  Those injuries were not as bad as what he saw after he came to in the parking lot though, and realized he was not the group's only victim.  The men also allegedly assaulted his daughter Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerdenon when she tried to stop the attack.

'I woke up. I see my daughter laying on the ground, which is devastating for a father,' said Wallace while fighting back tears in an interview with WSOC

'I mean, that's the worst thing in the world.'

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Awful: Mike Wallace (above with daughter Lindsey) was attacked by three men as he left a Racal Flatts concert in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday night
Unimaginable: Wallace (above) said in his first interview since the incident that the men asked him 'how did you like the show' and then began kicking and punching his head

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North Wilkesboro: Eerie pictures show the slow decline of an deserted NASCAR track

Pictures show the slow decline of an deserted NASCAR track in North Carolina

NEW These are the eerie scenes of an abandoned NASCAR track in Wilksboro, North Carolina which opened in the late 1940s and hosted the popular race events until the middle of the 1990s. The track, which is only around 1,000 metres long, used to host 40,000 fans for the high octane events. However, now the roadway is covered by grass while the stands are slowly getting covered by ivy.

Drag Racing Driver Ronnie Davis Killed In Weekend Crash, Journalist Badly Injured

A sudden crash during a drag race Saturday killed veteran driver Ronnie Davis, 66, and seriously injured a journalist.

Davis died on Sunday of his injuries, while photographer and writer Ian Tocher, 55, was injured and underwent surgery; he is now recovering, the Associated Press reported.

At the time of the crash, Ronnie was driving a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette during a qualifying run at the PDRA Spring Nationals at the Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina, the Richmond County Daily Journal reported.


He had just completed the final run when, as the AP described it, the Corvette “turned left and shot across the track in front rival Mark Malcuit’s car. Davis’ car cleared the right-side guardwall and barrel-rolled.”

At one point, Davis’ car shot into the right lane before being launched into the air and above a retaining wall. According to Bleacher Report, Ronnie finished the lap in lap “in 4.130 seconds at 178.19 miles per hour” before the wreck.


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Photo finish! Dramatic end to the Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 concluded in spectacular fashion Sunday with Denny Hamlin beating Martin Truex Jr by just 0.010 seconds and a lead of less than six inches — the closest finish in the history of the race.

Hamlin, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, slammed across the finish line just a foot ahead of Truex after a gripping race that saw favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr spinning out after catching a rough tailwind. 

It was Hamlin's first Daytona win, and possibly the most spectacular in the sport's recent history — a true photo finish that left commentators guessing even past the last moment.

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Danny Hamlin slams past the finish line just one foot and 0.010 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr, marking the closest win in the history of the race
Commentators were guessing right up to — and beyond — the last moment, as Hamlin, accidentally aided shortly before byStewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick, who had given him a push with his own car, zipped past the checkered flag
Third place was taken by Hamlin's teammate Kyle Busch
Victorious, Danny Hamlin celebrates his first Daytona win — and the closest in the history of the sport

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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart to announce he is retiring

A champion NASCAR driver is to announce he is stepping down from racing - a year after the crash which killed Kevin Ward.

Tony Stewart will say he is retiring from the sport following the 2016 season during a news conference at his team's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina on Wednesday, sources say.

The move follows a difficult year for the veteran driver whose racing accident on August 9, 2014 resulted in the tragic death of Ward Jnr.

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Tony Stewart (pictured at a press conference last year following the announcement he would not be indicted) will say he is retiring from the sport following the 2016 season at a news conference on Wednesday, sources say
Tony Stewart (pictured at a press conference last year following the announcement he would not be indicted) will say he is retiring from the sport following the 2016 season at a news conference on Wednesday, sources say
Suit: The parents of Kevin Ward Jr (right), a young driver who was struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car on an upstate New York sprint racing track, have maintained the NASCAR champion acted recklessly 
Suit: The parents of Kevin Ward Jr (right), a young driver who was struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car on an upstate New York sprint racing track, have maintained the NASCAR champion acted recklessly 

Clint Bowyer appears to be the most likely candidate to replace Stewart in 2017 after he was released from his contract with Michael Waltrip Racing - which folds at the end of the season, reported CBS News.

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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies in horror crash at Pocono Raceway

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after suffering a head injury at Pocono Raceway

Justin Wilson, 37, suffered a head injury on Sunday after debris broke off Sage Karam's car when he spun into the wall during the closing laps of the penultimate race in the IndyCar Series. The British former Formula One driver was swarmed by the safety crew after he was struck in the head and his car veered left and directly into an interior wall at the raceway in Pennsylvania. He went into a coma after the crash and died on Monday evening. He is pictured with his wife Julia and their two daughters, main, and inset his car can be seen veering off course. Read More....IndyCar driver and father-of-two Justin Wilson dies after suffering a head injury in horror crash at Pocono Raceway


NASCAR LEGEND BUDDY BAKER, 74, dies of cancer

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Buddy Baker won 19 races and ranks 14th in NASCAR history with 38 poles in his 700 career starts from 1959-1992. ISC Images & Archives/Getty Images



Buddy Baker, noted for a 34-year career in NASCAR's top series that produced 19 victories including the 1980 Daytona 500, died Monday morning from lung cancer. He was 74.

Buddy Baker won 19 races and ranks 14th in NASCAR history with 38 poles in his 700 career starts from 1959-1992. ISC Images & Archives/Getty Images

The 6-foot-6 Baker, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker, was known for his all-out style, one that allowed him to win four times at Talladega, four times at Charlotte, twice at Darlington and twice at Daytona. He ranks 14th in NASCAR history with 38 poles in his 700 career starts from 1959-1992. He had 202 top-fives and 311 top-10s.

In 1998, the "Gentle Giant" was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.

He finished in the top-10 in the standings five times with a best of fifth in 1977. He raced mainly for his family team at the start of his career and then for several car owners, including Ray Fox, Cotton Owens, Richard Petty, Nord Krauskopf, Bud Moore, Harry Ranier, the Wood Brothers and Danny Schiff.

Baker was the first driver to exceed 200 mph on a closed course when he did it in 1970 at Talladega Superspeedway.