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Carl Edwards was victorious at Charlotte on Sunday night.

Carl Edwards raced his Bosch-equipped No. 19 Subway Toyota to victory in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCARSprint Cup Series  Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In recognition of the victory, Bosch Aftermarket NA is making a $1,000 contribution to Joe Gibbs’ Speedway Children’s Charities.  Thus far in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Bosch-supported teams have won ten races, garnering  a total of $10,000 to help their charities  carry out their missions.

Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) works to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports and Sonic Automotive, in memory of his late son, the goal of SCC is to ensure that every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.

Speedway Children’s Charities local chapters are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing issues dealing with children in their communities. Due to the unique conditions of every community, the issues Speedway Children's Charities address are determined locally. Challenges ranging from learning disabilities, broken homes, and childhood cancer are on the agenda for the local chapters of SCC and the numerous non-profit organizations they support.

“I can’t think of a better endorsement to the reliability and quality of Bosch parts than a 600-mile race,” said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “Bosch congratulates Joe Gibbs Racing on this week’s win. We’re proud that the Joe Gibbs Racing teams trust Bosch quality parts and systems to power them to the checkered flag, and we’re happy to lend support to a worthy charity like Speedway Children’s Charities.”

-- Press release courtesy of Bosch

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Kyle Busch will return to action this week after recovering from his injuries.

"I'm back," Kyle Busch posted this morning (Tuesday, May 12) on Twitter.

And with that, one of NASCAR's few remaining villains has returned, ready to compete in the All-Star race this weekend. 

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For racing fans who want to see how the Indy 500 grid shpes up, two days of qualifying action for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be shown live this weekend on ABC and ESPN3, ESPN’s live, multi-screen sports network, on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will be deciding the 33-car starting grid for the May 24 Indianapolis 500, which also will air live on ABC. The schedule:

Saturday, May 16:
11 a.m. -3 p.m.
ESPN3, WatchESPN

4-6 p.m., 
ABC

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Dale Earnhardt Sr. would have turned 64 today. His influence on NASCAR continues, and there will never be another like him in the sport.

Dale Earnhardt Sr. would have been 64 years old today.

He's a legend, perhaps the most beloved driver in NASCAR's long history.

Why? Because as tough as he was, he was just likeable. He was charming. Sure he acted like a jerk on track sometimes, but you could forgive him for it because of that charm.

None of today's drivers who have their share of haters -- Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, etc. -- can claim the type of charm Earnhardt had. So fans are less forgiving of them.

And none of them can claim his level of competitiveness either.

Earnhardt cared only about winning. If he didn't he wasn't happy. It didn't matter how much money he made or how many titles he won, he wanted to win every week, and would wreck his buddy to do it (ask Terry Labonte if you don't believe me).

Then he'd take you hunting in the offseason (and no, I don't believe Terry every took a shot at him, even after Bristol).

I was lucky enough to catch the end of Dale Sr.'s career -- the magic moments at Atlanta (75th win) and Talladega (76th and final win after an amazing run to the front on the bumper of Kenny Wallace over a stunning final two laps). I saw him win at Daytona after 20 years of trying. I saw his temper, as fiesty as ever, when he flipped off Kurt Busch in the early laps of the 2001 Daytona 500. I saw him race hard each and every week, until the end, and race with pride in his final race as his teammate and friend Michael Waltrip headed toward his first win.

Dale Earnhardt Sr. was who he was -- a great driver, a kind man to the fans (I've heard so many stories of how well he treated the people who rooted him on), and that's part of the reason his son is so popular; they see some of his dad's best traits in him and it lets them carry on rooting for the guy they thought would live forever.

I was at Daytona the day Earnhardt passed in 2001, writing sad words into a computer about how he had left this Earth.

But the reality is that he never really left the sport and his influence still lingers -- both in the safety measures he inspired and the driving styles of some of today's toughest competitors, who are no doubt channeling the Intimidator.

It's been 14 years since Dale left us, and there hasn't been another like him, nor will there be.

Matt Myftiu can be reached on Twitter @MattMyftiu. Follow AutoTechReviews on Twitter at @AutoTechReview.

 

 

 

 

 

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NASCAR has indicated it could give Kyle Busch a Chase waiver if he returns to competition this year and wins a race.

 

Normally I'm a defender of issues relating to NASCAR's Chase format.

As the old-fashioned crowd continue to scream, "Bring back the old points system, the Chase is garbage," ignoring the fact that championships were often sealed weeks in advance in boring fashion in past decades, I defend the Chase because it does provide a more exciting battle for the crown in the Cup series.


I love the "win and you're in" setup because it encourages drivers to battle harder during the regular season, and the four-man battle at Homestead is edge-of-the-seat exciting.


But I've finally found my area where I'm tired of NASCAR's tinkering, and that's with the Chase waivers.

Please stop, Brian France.

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Danica Patrick is looking to continue her success on NASCAR's short tracks when the Cup series goes to Richmond this weekend

Entering Saturday night’s Richmond 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Danica Patrick and her No. 10 GoDaddy

Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) have enjoyed quite a bit of success on short tracks thus far in 2015.

They scored a seventh-place finish at the .526-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway late last month. It was Patrick’s first Sprint Cup top-10 at a short track. Last weekend at the .533-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, she earned her second top-10 of the season – a ninth-place run at the high-banked short track. The effort marked the sixth top-10 finish of Patrick’s Sprint Cup career, setting the record for the most top-10 finishes ever by a female in Sprint Cup competition.
While the results have been great, the finishes haven’t come easy. They have been earned through a lot of hard work by Patrick and the members of her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team.

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Kevin Harvick, pictured at Fontana, will aim for a victory at Bristol this weekend.

Here are the thoughts of the Stewart-Haas Racing team drivers (Tony Stewart,  Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick) ahead of this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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DANICA PATRICK, Driver of the No. 10:

Do you like racing at Bristol?

“I do. I like Bristol. Obviously, it can be a little bit – the cars definitely got in a train last time we were here. It was tough. It was a little bit hard to pass. But like I said, that is why the bottom becomes important because, if you get stuck or even if you start on the bottom on a restart, if your car is turning, you can make that work, I think, for a little while. I think qualifying is going to be really important, so I’m definitely going to find myself doing a lot more qualifying runs – as many as possible before qualifying in the afternoon. But, I’ve liked Bristol since the first time I came here.”

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Michigan International Speedway will host a charity event on April 24

Brooklyn Ford is providing an opportunity to test drive a new vehicle at Michigan International Speedway as part of the Drive 4 UR Community program.

And you just might find your next car, all while supporting MIS Cares. The best part. It is free.

From 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, MIS welcomes back Drive 4 UR Community sponsored by Ford Motor Company. MIS and Brooklyn Ford have teamed up to present would-be new car owners an opportunity to drive a brand new Ford vehicle around the interior road course.

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