Racecars take the checkered flag Friday night at Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn.

Fired in Iowa for racist rant, racetrack announcer back to work in Minn.

Minnesota track promoter says announcer's racial comments have been taken out of context.
Sports
July 27

Indycar rookie Johnson aims for Indianapolis 500 run in 2022

IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson is hopeful of testing in August on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway as part of a path toward running in next year's Indianapolis 500.
Sports
July 27

NASCAR hiatus: Drivers would like to make it a regular thing

Kevin Harvick headed into NASCAR's two-week break during the Olympics delighted to be away from his own race car but with plans to be wrapped up in his young son's fledgling career behind the wheel.
St. Cloud
July 23
on track: Ashley Mehrwerth gave friend and fellow driver TJ Inderieden a smooch on the cheek after the trophy presentation on victory lane following h

Lifelong love of dirt racing leads Sauk Rapids man with Down syndrome to fans, trophies

TJ Inderieden is popular at Granite City Motor Park for his cheery attitude and love of racing.
Local
July 22

Iowa race track cuts ties with announcer after racist rant

An Iowa race track said Thursday that it will cut ties with an announcer who went on a racist rant against Black fans and athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality.
Sports
July 22

Jordan's first year in NASCAR a missed layup with Wallace

The 23XI Racing team posted a slideshow of the Bubba Wallace firesuit collection and asked fans to comment on their favorite. The designs were from business plucked straight out of Super Bowl ad space: Wallace was dressed by top companies in fast food, fantasy sports and auto insurance.
Motorsports
July 21
Helio Castroneves joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Castroneves happily joins elite club of four-time Indy winners

Helio Castroneves is taking his sweet time getting his mind around the spoils of winning his fourth Indianapolis 500.
Sports
July 20
Brad Keselowski

With eye on legacy, Keselowski buys a stake in Roush Fenway

Brad Keselowski is ready to begin the "next evolution" of his racing career.
Sports
July 20

IndyCar inks new NBC Sports deal, two races to run on Peacock

IndyCar announced an extension with NBC Sports on Tuesday that guarantees a majority of its races will be on the main network broadcast rather than cable, including a series-high 13 events on the flagship channel next season.
Sports
July 19

Column: Quirky SRX exceeded expectations in debut season

SRX exceeded all expectations, right?
Sports
July 19

F1 condemns racist abuse of Hamilton following crash

Mercedes, Formula One and its governing body the FIA issued a joint statement Monday condemning the online racist abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton.
Motorsports
July 18
Ernie Francis Jr. on Saturday night in Nashville. He came up to Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday and won for the first time this season.

Ernie Francis Jr. comes from behind to win at Brainerd International Raceway

The driver secured his 24th victory in Trans Am's top level on a weekend of tribute to Jed Copham.
Motorsports
July 18
An excited Aric Almirola celebrated after winning Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire.

Under darkness, Almirola pulls off shocker at New Hampshire

Aric Almirola carried the weight of a winless season while chasing a playoff berth that seemed implausible for a driver buried deep in the standings on a Stewart-Haas Racing program that had yet to take a checkered flag.
Motorsports
July 18
Lewis Hamilton celebrated on the podium after winning the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England, on Sunday.

Hamilton roars back to win British GP after Verstappen crash

Lewis Hamilton roared back from a first-lap incident that sent championship leader Max Verstappen to the hospital and overcame a 10-second penalty to win the British Grand Prix and reignite his title defense on Sunday.
Sports
July 17
Matt DiBenedetto

DiBenedetto could be out of Cup options after losing ride

Always a popular driver, Matt DiBenedetto won a fan vote this season that earned him the final spot in NASCAR's All-Star race. As for the rest of his racing career? Well, wins haven't come at all.
Sports
July 17

Verstappen wins historic sprint race to stretch title lead

Max Verstappen out-dragged Lewis Hamilton at the start of Formula One's experimental first sprint qualifying race to take the pole for the British Grand Prix and spoil the homecoming of the seven-time champion.
Motorsports
July 17
Ayden, Kristi and Alyssa Copham, in front of painting of their late husband & father Jed.

Reusse: Brainerd race track hopes for return to glory starting this weekend

There was a time when you could see actor Paul Newman race in northern Minnesota along with some of the world's best-known auto racers. Brainerd International Raceway wants to bring back that excitement.
Sports
July 16

Hamilton delights home crowd ahead of historic F1 weekend

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell thrilled their home crowd Friday night as the British drivers dazzled in Formula One's first attempt at a new sprint qualifying format.
Sports
July 16

SRX smashes its way to theatrical close of inaugural season

Tony Stewart was like everyone else in U.S. motorsports this week, frequently checking social media to see Paul Tracy's latest theatrics in a one-sided war against NASCAR golden girl Hailie Deegan.
Sports
July 15

Austin Cindric to drive Penske's iconic No. 2 next season

Austin Cindric will replace 2012 NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in Team Penske's flagship No. 2 Ford next season.
Sports
July 14
Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson lands extension, full sponsorship through 2023

Rick Hendrick gave Kyle Larson a second chance in NASCAR because Hendrick Motorsports had wanted him in its lineup for years. Now that Hendrick has his man, he has locked Larson down for two more seasons with full sponsorship.