NASCAR announced Wednesday some important new procedural changes for the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season, all designed to strengthen the quality of the race fields and add to the intensity of the racing on track.

The 10-seat plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family that caught fire on Thursday "experienced (a) hard landing, bounced, (and) departed runway," the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday in its preliminary incident report.

It was 1999, and hunting buddies Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte, both champions in NASCAR’s foremost series, were planning their annual postseason trip. Then the night Race at Bristol intervened, and the hunting trip never happened.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs get underway Thursday night with the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway – the first of seven races that will crown the 2019 series champ.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: BASS PRO SHOPS NRA NIGHT RACE (500 laps, 266.5 miles around a .533-mile oval), Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, Tenn.

Austin Cindric claimed his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in as many weeks - earning an impressive 3.78-second win over Christopher Bell and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

A Michigan native, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and a man who closely follows the nuances of the sport, Team Penske's Brad Keselowski has long had the Michigan International Speedway winner’s circle on his to-do list.

Given that Joey Logano is a three-time winner at Michigan International Speedway -- not to mention the winner of the June 2019 race at the 2-mile track -- you might think the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion would be in favor of keeping things status quo.

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The last qualifier in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series time trials at Michigan International Speedway will be first to the green flag on Sunday afternoon.

Chase Elliott climbed out of his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Sunday afternoon after a hard-earned win on the Watkins Glen International road course and with a huge smile and wave immediately offered an apology for not being able to do a proper victory lap for the adoring and boister…

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: CONSUMERS ENERGY 400 (200 laps, 400 miles around a two-mile D-shaped oval), Michigan International Speedway; Brooklyn, Mich.

Nineteenth wasn’t what Jimmie Johnson wanted in his first race with Cliff Daniels as his crew chief, but solid runs in the first two stages of Sunday’s GoBowling at The Glen were enough to lift the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion into a tie for 16th in the series standings, the last spot eligible for the postseason Playoffs.

Chase Elliott spent the days leading up to Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race pooh-poohing questions about his first career victory in the series there a year ago. A year from now he'll be hearing similar questions after holding off Martin Truex Jr. to win again at the Watkins Glen International road course.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: GO BOWLING AT THE GLEN (90 laps, 220.5 miles around an 11-turn 2.45 mile permanent road course), Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, N.Y.

All the upsides of youth - high expectations and hard work - have produced a subplot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship run that both creates intrigue and promises a bright future.

Cliff Daniels, the race engineer who helped Jimmie Johnson win the 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, has been named as the new crew chief for Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team, the organization announced Monday.

Thanks to a fast No. 11 Toyota, a feel for fuel economy and a first-ever application of traction compound to the asphalt at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin rediscovered the magic at the Tricky Triangle that marked his spectacular debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2006.

Pocono Raceway on Saturday announced its NASCAR schedule for the 2020 doubleheader weekend. Next year's schedule will feature a longer weekend and shorter Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, but considerably more racing action at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

With only six races left to set the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff field, there are plenty of drivers looking for their first wins of the season and one – Daniel Suarez – racing for the first win of his career.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: GANDER RV 400 (160 laps, 400 miles around a 2.5-mile three-turn triangular oval), Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, Pa.

Kevin Harvick's bizarre 2019 season got less bizarre Sunday when the Stewart-Haas Racing driver finally got his first victory. It came when he held off Denny Hamlin over the final 30 laps in winning the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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