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Sunday's NASCAR race at Martinsville canceled by snow

For the first time since 1993, a NASCAR race was canceled because of snow.

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The STP 500 race at Martinsville Speedway was moved to Monday after snow continued to fall at the Virginia racetrack, NASCAR reported on its website. The Camping World Truck Series race, which was canceled after 23 laps Saturday, also resumes on Monday at 11 a.m. EDT, with the STP 500 expected to begin at 2 p.m.

Both races will air on FS1.

NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell tweeted that the decision was made for safety reasons.The last time snow postponed a NASCAR Cup race came in 1993 at Atlanta, ESPN reported.

Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole for the STP 500.

Famed NASCAR team owner Richard Childress shoots at home invaders

Richard Childress, the famed NASCAR owner who was team owner for the late Dale Earnhardt during his career, was the victim of a home invasion at his home in Davidson County, North Carolina on Sunday.

Three intruders tried entering Childress’ home through the front door. He responded by firing shots at intruders, which shattered glass and set off the home’s burglar alarm, according to WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

No one was hurt in the incident. Childress is offering a $10,000 award for information.

According to, Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said the state’s “Castle Doctrine” law gives residents the right to defend themselves against home invasions.

Grice said he talked to Childress after the incident, and paraphrased the racing legend saying, “the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”

Dale Jr., Amy Earnhardt expecting baby girl

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to be a dad.

The NASCAR driver and his wife, Amy Earnhardt, made Instagram posts announcing they are expecting a baby girl, according to

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“Excited to share the wonderful news that @mrsamyearnhardt and I are expecting our first child. A little girl!!!! We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet her,” Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, captioned his post Monday. Amy Earnhardt reposted the same image with his message and heart-eyed emojis.

The couple got married in a New Year’s Eve ceremony in 2016.

NASCAR: Country band Sawyer Brown revved up for Kentucky Speedway

His country music band, Sawyer Brown, has produced 51 top-100 hits so lead singer Mark Miller of Dayton knows how to bring a crowd to its feet.

And though Sawyer Brown will have Kentucky Speedway rocking with a pre-race concert on the front stretch Saturday, Miller knows – even with No. 1 hits like Step That Step, Some Girls Do and Thank God for You – it’ll be tough to match the thunder created when NASCAR drops the green flag on the Quaker State 400 about 90 minutes later.

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“The very first lap of a NASCAR race is pretty incredible,” Miller said. “When they’re all lined up and the power and the sound. If you’re not a fan and you go to an event you’ll become a fan on that first lap. It’s like the earth is crumbling with that sound.”

Miller attended Jefferson Twp. Elementary school and Trotwood-Madison Junior High before his family moved to Florida. Sawyer Brown formed in 1981 and the group has since played a number of sporting events from Super Bowl promotional events, Final Fours and NASCAR races.

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As for NASCAR, the band has performed at Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, among other tracks. Miller – who said his favorite drivers are now-retired Jeff Gordon and soon-to-be retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. – said Sawyer Brown has no plans on slowing down anytime soon, especially performing in front of crowds like at LVMS.

“Just when you’re singing the anthem there’s 200,000 people. The first one we did was in Vegas and we had to be helicoptered in,” Miller said. “It’s just wild to see how big of a deal those events are. We’ve done Super Bowls, thrown out first pitches and we’ve been to Final Fours. But we’ve never been to anything of the magnitude of a NASCAR race. We had no idea. It was a pretty incredible experience for us.

“Those kind of events are very festive anyway. People are in great moods and excited. The crowds were fantastic there. It’s a great venue.”

Among the fans in the crowd Saturday will be some of Miller’s family who live in the Miamisburg and Springboro areas. His daughter will also be there, filming her TV show Chasing Down Madison Brown. The travel show airs on RFD-TV, which is dedicated to the rural lifestyle.

“I’ll have a lot of family that will come down. It’s pretty special to get to play that close to home,” Miller said. “I always get a little more nervous when the family is there because I want to do good in front of them.”

Miller said he makes it back to Dayton about once a year and satisfies his cravings for two of Dayton’s classics: “I miss Mikesell’s potato chips and Cassano’s pizza.”

As for the pre-race concert, what can fans expect to hear Saturday?

“We love our fans. Our fans love to hear our hits so we play our hits,” Miller said. “If you’re a Sawyer Brown fan you’ll hear a couple hours of songs you know every word to. We’re not going to get up there and throw different stuff at you. We’ve been blessed to have 51 chart records. We’re going to fire off hit after hit. That’s what the fans want and that’s what we do.

“We can’t wait to play for lots of fans in Ohio and Kentucky. We’re excited about it.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to dad on what would have been his 66th birthday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a moment Saturday morning to pay tribute to his father on what would have been Dale Earnhardt’s 66th birthday.

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Happy Birthday dude,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his Instagram page alongside a photo of himself as a child with his dad.

It had already been quite a week for the younger Earnhardt. He announced Tuesday that he would be retiring at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season and he celebrated the creation of The Dale and Amy Earnhardt Activity Room at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, alongside his wife, Amy.

Besides Dale Earnhardt’s fans, fellow drivers and other members of the Earnhardt family also paid tribute to the NASCAR legend.

“Thinking about my pawpaw today on his 66th birthday,” Jeffrey Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt’s grandson, wrote on his Instagram page. “Some (heroes) wore capes, he wore a fire suit. Big inspiration in my life.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss rest of NASCAR season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday that he will miss the rest of the NASCAR season as he recovers from a concussion.

Earnhardt first began experiencing concussion-like symptoms in late July, and has since been undergoing treatment. He will not drive in NASCAR’s final 18 races of the season.

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“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season. To say I'm disappointed doesn't begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career," Earnhardt said on his website. "I'm 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me."

Earnhardt said he plans to return to action in February for the season-opening Daytona 500.

Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will continue to share seat time in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon will drive four races, including Sunday at Darlington Raceway, as well as Richmond, Dover and Martinsville. Bowman will finish the year with eight more starts.

Earnhardt missed two races during the 2012 season after suffering two concussions over a six-week period.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Rascal Flatts responds to brutal attack on NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace, daughter

Three people have been arrested in connection with an assault on former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mike Wallace and his daughter after a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Wallace posted a note on Facebook about the assault, which he said sent him and his adult daughter Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden to the hospital, ESPN reported.

Rascal Flatts responded to the incident on Twitter.

He sat down with WSOC-TV on Sunday evening to share his horrifying story.

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Wallace told WSOC that he was in the parking lot and said the question that prompted the attack was, “How did you like the show?”

According to Wallace, a group of people started screaming at him and then beat him up after he asked that question.

Wallace was at the show with his family and his daughter tried to help him, but she said the group then turned on her.

The 57-year-old said he suffered a concussion. His daughter was also rushed to the hospital after she tried to protect her father.

She said she can't comprehend the motives behind the fight.

“It scares us to think we can't even go to a concert together without someone going to attack you or what's going to happen next,” Wallace Van Wingerden said.

Wallace received 12 stitches and lost three teeth in the fight, but told WSOC his greater concern was for his daughter.

“I woke up. I see my daughter laying on the ground, which is devastating for a father,” he said. “I mean, that's the worst thing in the world.”

“We were told on site that CMPD at the PNC Theater, that they've dealt with this group on two or three separate occasions so far this concert season,” Wallace said. “The people this happened with are actual contractors with PNC. They're maintenance crews. Their company provides maintenance and yard landscaping services from what we're told.”

Three men were arrested in the assault, which happened at the PNC Music Pavilion: Paul Lucas, 29, Nathan Lucas, 22, of Indian Trail and Randolph Mangum, 24, of Monroe.

Nathan Lucas and Mangum were charged with misdemeanor simple assault, while Paul Lucas was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, according to police records. All were released after posting bond and will appear in court July 22.

“The physical side is going to heal,” Wallace Van Wingerden told WSOC. “The bruises are going to heal. There's doctors gonna fix things, but now it’s the emotional parts. You see these flashbacks knowing there are people out there.”

“It's a weekend we did not plan on having,” she said. “I could think of a lot better things to be doing on Father's Day, that's for sure.”

The eldest brother of the Wallace racing family, which includes Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace had 197 starts in his Sprint Cup career, his last coming in the 2015 Daytona 500.

He has competed in 17 Cup races in the past 10 years. His last full NASCAR season was in 2013 when he competed in the Xfinity Series, where he has four career wins in 494 starts.

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Tony Stewart to retire after 2016 season, reports say

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NASCAR's Tony Stewart will retire after the 2016 season, multiple news outlets are reporting.

According to The Associated Press, the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion will announce his retirement at a Wednesday news conference, said an unnamed source "familiar with Stewart's plans." Clint Bowyer likely will replace Stewart as driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017, ESPN reports.

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Stewart's team has not commented on news reports of the announcement.

Stewart, described by the AP as "a lock for NASCAR's Hall of Fame," has 48 Sprint Cup victories and 582 starts in 17 years. He won championships in 2002, 2005 and 2011. 

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But according to, which broke the retirement news, Stewart has "not been the same person" in recent years. In August 2014, Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., a driver who was walking on the track, at a race in upstate New York. Stewart faces a wrongful death lawsuit in the case. And in 2013, Stewart was injured in a crash in Iowa and missed one-third of the season.

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