McCarter: Outlining the odds for NASCAR's Cup Series playoffs

Published Sep. 14 2017

If my Magic 8-ball didn't keep coming up "Reply Hazy" and "Ask Again Later," I'm convinced it would agree "Outlook...

Ambulance on pit road nearly ruins NASCAR's race

Published Sep. 10 2017

It was hardly NASCAR's finest moment when an ambulance clogged the entrance to Richmond's pit road in a freak incident...

Hamlin sweeps Darlington, rallies to Southern 500 win

Published Sep. 3 2017

Denny Hamlin overcame a bad miss of the pit road entrance to chase down Martin Truex Jr. with three laps...


McCarter: Drivers must earn their stripe at Darlington

Published Aug. 31 2017

The Darlington Stripe. Cale Yarborough. The egg-shaped oval. David Pearson. Ramsey's Pond. All those hokey 1960s movies where they went...

Jeremy Clements takes Road America for first NASCAR Xfinity win

Published Aug. 27 2017

A phone rang at the winner's podium just as Jeremy Clements was about to recap a memorable Sunday at Road...

Kyle Busch completes Bristol sweep with 20th win at track

Published Aug. 19 2017

It's Bristol Motor Speedway and Kyle Busch practically owns the place.

Truex wins fuel-mileage gamble at The Glen

Published Aug. 6 2017

Martin Truex Jr. won a fuel-mileage gamble, holding off Matt Kenseth on the final lap to capture the NASCAR Cup...

Mark McCarter: NASCAR tracks get creative with trophies

Published Aug. 3 2017

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., known before this season mostly as fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Danica Patrick's boyfriend, was the surprising...

Mark McCarter: NASCAR's silly season never ends now

Published Jul. 27 2017

Once upon a time, boredom and gossip on the NASCAR circuit created the "silly season" during the summer doldrums.

Kasey Kahne ends victory drought at marathon Brickyard 400

Published Jul. 23 2017

Kasey Kahne survived a crash-marred Brickyard 400 on Sunday for his first NASCAR Cup victory in nearly three years.

Hamlin ends Joe Gibbs Racing winless skid at New Hampshire

Published Jul. 16 2017

Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Larson over the final laps to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and send...

Mark McCarter: There's something special about the King

Published Jul. 6 2017

I have few autographed items, mostly because it's inappropriate and unprofessional to collect them while on the job.

Mark McCarter: In NASCAR, winning is always in style

Published Jun. 15 2017

GQ magazine, that arbiter of male fashion for those who know Tommy Hilfiger is a designer and not a former...

Mark McCarter: Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to familiar place

Published Jun. 1 2017

NASCAR driver Austin Dillon was sitting in a low-slung lawn chair under the awning of his motorcoach in the Talladega...

Mark McCarter: Racing gods are often unkind; just ask Almirola, Danica

Published May. 18 2017

Last Saturday night, Almirola hit something. Hit it hard. Having lost control of his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford...

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scores 1st career Cup victory with win at Talladega

Published May. 7 2017

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. used a strong Ford engine to blow past Kyle Busch in overtime at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday...

Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

Published May. 6 2017

Aric Almirola has earned the third Xfinity Series victory of his career by holding off a hard-charging pack in the...

Earnhardt flirts with pole before Stenhouse steals show

Published May. 6 2017

The farewell tour for Dale Earnhardt Jr. has officially started.

Logano says Penske pushes like every other race team

Published May. 5 2017

Joey Logano defended Team Penske as the "most professional" organization in auto racing Friday, one day after he was virtually...

McCarter: Keselowski enjoys the 'chess match' that is Talladega

Published May. 4 2017

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame had long closed for the day, though a large gaggle of gussied-up drivers and...

McCarter: Let's be happy for Junior in his decision

Published Apr. 26 2017

Yes, it's all a little melancholy right now, even a little bit scary if you're in the business of selling...

McCarter: Always exciting Bristol brings NASCAR back from break

Published Apr. 20 2017

You will doubtless hear a variety of this Sunday afternoon when Darrell Waltrip heists the microphone from Jeff Gordon for...

McCarter: Beware the No. 48

Published Apr. 13 2017

A spinout during a qualifying lap. Two speeding penalties on pit road in the same race. A spin during practice...