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Yates to be feted for NASCAR dedication

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It took four times on the ballot for Robert Yates to be elected to NASCAR's Hall of Fame. When he finally received enough votes, the championship-winning car owner and engine builder burst into tears.

"He gave up his life for this sport. That was his choice but that was what it takes to be great at something and he did that," said Doug Yates, who succeeded his father in their engine business. Read More...

Earnhardt skids off snowy road into tree

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree.

Earnhardt said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had just used his winch to help a sedan out of a ditch in snowy weather when he himself drove off the road and into a tree. Read More...

Earnhardt to work Super Bowl, Olympics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else.

Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he's got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch - his first brunch ever - with his wife and friends, then was convinced to get his first pedicure . Read More...

Junior interested in share of Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhard Jr. says he is interested in becoming a minority owner with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Earnhardt told The Associated Press he was not asked by local businessmen Felix Sabates to join a potential ownership group, but said he did contact Marcus Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, to say he'd be interested. Read More...

Ganassi expands DC Solar sponsorship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Chip Ganassi Racing has expanded its partnership with sponsor DC Solar, which will offer funding for both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray in the Cup Series.

DC Solar has worked with Ganassi for the last three seasons in the Xfinity Series. The energy company will also be an associate sponsor in IndyCar for Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon and Ed Jones. Read More...

Patrick now dating Packers QB Rodgers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Danica Patrick's heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers.

Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, confirmed Monday she is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Read More...

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