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NASCAR We're Monster Now ... New Sponsor Revealed

12/1/2016 1:37 PM PST
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If NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson wins a record-setting 8th championship next year ... he'll be spraying Monster Energy drinks instead of champagne.

Sources confirm to TMZ Sports ... NASCAR is set to announce Monster, owned by Coca-Cola, is its new title sponsor. The beverage replaces Sprint/Nextel, which had been top dog since 2004. Before that it was the Winston Cup Series.

No word yet if the championship for NASCAR's top series will be known as the Monster Cup, but that sounds kinda awesome to us.

NASCAR is scheduled to make the announcement Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

ESPN first reported the sponsor change.

Robby Gordon's Dad 911 Caller ... Looks Like Murder-Suicide

9/22/2016 5:33 PM PDT

A close family friend of Robby Gordon's father called 911 after entering the house and seeing 2 dead bodies, and immediately said it looked like a murder-suicide. 

The friend was very calm during the call -- he says he's a retired firefighter -- and says "Baja" Bob Gordon's body was in the bathroom and his wife, Sharon, was in the bedroom. He says he could see a rifle next to Bob's body.

As we reported ... a butcher knife was found near the wife's body. Police are investigating all angles of the case.

NASCAR & Hornets Offices Destroyed in Charlotte Riots

9/22/2016 8:22 AM PDT

NASCAR's Hall of Fame suffered heavy damage when the Charlotte protests turned into rioting and looting. 

Police put the area on lockdown after the crowds shattered windows in several buildings in Charlotte's NASCAR Plaza. The riots also hit the Charlotte Hornets team store.

Cops used tear gas to clear the area after one protester was shot and killed, but not by police. North Carolina's Governor has declared a state of emergency.

Steve Harvey Calls BS On NASCAR Lawsuit 'I Don't Even Like Fast Ass Cars!'

9/20/2016 8:03 AM PDT
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Steve Harvey says he has NO DESIRE to own a NASCAR team ... despite allegations in a new lawsuit -- saying straight-up, "I don't even like fast ass cars!"

We broke the story ... a racing exec is suing NASCAR and nearly all of its racing teams for more than $500 MILLION -- claiming he tried to team with Harvey to start a team last year, but NASCAR shot them down. The exec, Terrance Cox, claimed racists at NASCAR blocked the move. 

But Harvey says the whole thing is B.S. -- claiming he NEVER tried to start a NASCAR team ... and says Cox is lying about the whole thing. 

In fact, Harvey went on his radio show and says his relationship with Cox was only supposed to be about helping underprivileged youth ... but things turned weird, so Harvey backed away. 

"I don't want no damn race team," Harvey says ... "I wish [Cox] had some money so I could sue him but he ain't got none."

Steve Harvey Racist NASCAR Crushed His Speed Dreams ... Racing Exec Sues

9/19/2016 2:14 PM PDT
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Steve Harvey's bid to start a NASCAR team crashed and burned ... and at least one racing exec thinks it's because stock car racing honchos are racists.

Terrance Cox, the CEO of Diversity Motorsports, paints NASCAR as a stereotypical good ole boy network -- and says the league has shot down his numerous attempts to join its elite ranks.

According to a lawsuit, NASCAR even rejected a bid from Harvey last year. Cox says the comedian wanted to work with him to start a new racing team called "Steve Harvey Races 4 Education." Cox was down, but says NASCAR told Harvey it would never approve a team associated with Diversity Motorsports.

In the suit, Cox points out all 48 drivers in the league's top tier, Sprint Cup, are white ... and only one is African-American in its 2nd tier, Xfinity Series. 

Here's the kicker ... Cox is suing NASCAR and nearly ALL of its racing teams for $500 million!

Ironically, one of the teams he's suing is JTG Daugherty -- which is 10% owned by Brad Daugherty ... the African-American former NBA star.

A rep for NASCAR is adamantly denying the allegations ... telling TMZ Sports the company "embraces all individuals interested and involved in our sport, whether as partners, fans, competitors or employees, and there is no merit to this lawsuit."

"Diversity both on and off the track continues to be a top priority for NASCAR and its stakeholders. We stand behind our actions, and will not let a publicity-seeking legal action deter us from our mission."

NASCAR also vows to sue Cox for defamation. 

Robby Gordon's Dad Butcher Knife Found Near Wife's Body

9/16/2016 9:07 AM PDT

Cops investigating the possible murder-suicide of NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon's father say they've recovered a butcher knife near the body of Sharon Gordon ... TMZ has learned. 

Law enforcement tells us ... the knife was collected as evidence from the scene. Cops say the significance of its discovery is unclear at this moment.

The Gordon family's attorney, Steve Nichols, tells TMZ ... the family believes the knife played an important part in what led to Bob taking his own life.

Sources tell us the knife is a strong sign there may have been mutual combat between Robert "Baja Bob" and Sharon before their deaths.

Police have said Gordon strangled Sharon and then killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Nichols tells us there's never been a history of violence in the Gordons' long marriage. 

Robby Gordon's Dad Strangled Wife, Shot Himself ... Cops Say

9/15/2016 5:01 PM PDT

The father of NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon strangled his wife, Sharon, and then shot himself in a murder-suicide at their Orange County, CA home ... officials say.

The bodies of 68-year-old Robert "Baja Bob" Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon were discovered Wednesday afternoon.

The Orange County Coroner’s Office describes the death of Robert as being consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the death of Sharon was a result of strangulation.  

Cops say a rifle was recovered inside the house.

We're told cops are conducting ballistics tests on the weapon to see if it was, in fact, the gun used in the murder-suicide. 

Story developing ... 

Robby Gordon 'This Is Devastating' ... 'The Truth Will Come Out'

9/15/2016 12:18 PM PDT
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1:55 PM PT -- The Orange County Coroner's Office says both autopsies are complete. An emotional Robby Gordon broke his silence on the death of his father and his father's wife in an apparent murder-suicide ... saying he's devastated and vows to get to the bottom of the deadly incident. 

"This is devastating," Gordon told The Orange County Register ... "[My father] taught so many and I want everyone to know what a good man he was."

The bodies of Robert "Baja Bob" Gordon and Sharon Gordon, were found at a home owned by the NASCAR driver Wednesday night. Cops say a rifle was found at the scene

Cops are not saying what they believe happened inside the home -- but Gordon told The OCR, "The truth will come out."

Gordon also held a news conference and thanked his friends in the racing community for the support. 

He added, "I'd like everybody to understand this is very tough. It's not only tough for me but tough for my sisters. And my sister that is Sharon's daughter, Haylee."

Robby Gordon Dad & Woman Found Dead In Driver's Home ... Possible Murder-Suicide

9/15/2016 6:23 AM PDT
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The father of NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon was found dead along with a woman believed to be his wife ... inside a Southern California home owned by his son. 

Officials say 68-year-old Robert Gordon -- aka Baja Bob -- was discovered inside the home on Wednesday. The body of 57-year-old Sharon Gordon was also found inside the home. 

Baja Bob was a famous off-road racer. 

Cops told CBS2 in L.A. they believe they are dealing with a murder-suicide. Investigators say they found a weapon inside the home. 

UPDATE -- Officers say a rifle was found inside the home. 

Tony Stewart Colin Kaepernick's a Dumbass (Update: Arian Foster Responds)

8/29/2016 2:48 PM PDT
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NASCAR legend Tony Stewart just fired a huge shot at Colin Kaepernick -- calling him a "dumbass" and an "idiot" over his National Anthem protest. 

"I'm sorry but @Kaepernick7 needs to learn the fact about police before running his dumbass mouth," Stewart said on Twitter.

"He has no clue what they go thru! #idiot."

Stewart is essentially echoing the sentiments of the San Francisco Police Officers Association -- which claimed the QB showed an "incredible lack of knowledge." 

So far, Kaepernick has yet to respond to Stewart or the SFPOA. 

3:04 PM PT -- Dolphins running back Arian Foster saw Tony's tweet and has responded -- saying, "How about attempting to educate him via your views instead of fueling hatred."

He added, "You can get ahold of him if you want."

Ex-NASCAR Driver Bryan Clauson Dies After Bad Crash

8/8/2016 5:54 AM PDT
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Bryan Clauson -- one of the top short-track dirt-car drivers in the world -- died Sunday following injuries sustained in a bad crash from a race on Saturday ... officials confirm. 

The 27-year-old was racing in the 39th Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas when he made contact with another car and flipped several times. His car was then slammed into by another car. 

Clauson was airlifted to a nearby hospital -- but died from his injuries the following day. 

Clauson's family issued a statement saying, "Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane."

"However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan's day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans."

Clauson had made 26 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. 

NFL's Marcell Dareus Drops NASCAR Knowledge Right On TMZ 'Expert'

7/17/2016 12:15 AM PDT

You're about to watch the greatest sack of NFL player Marcell Dareus' career ... his total takedown of a TMZ employee using his superior NASCAR knowledge.

Dareus appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show and opened up about his newfound love of NASCAR ... when our resident TMZ NASCAR know-it-all jumped in and began to riff with him.

Here's the problem ... dude didn't know what he was talking about and Marcell called him out on it HARD in front of the entire newsroom.

Check out the clip -- it's all in good fun, freakin' hilarious and features something you thought you'd never see in your life ... two black dudes talking about NASCAR.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Posts Gross Sandwich ... Internet Freaks Out

4/5/2016 10:54 AM PDT

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. just revealed to the world he happily eats mayonnaise and banana sandwiches ... and the world responded with appropriate disgust and shock.

Dale took to his Twitter account moments ago and posted a picture of the half-made mayo and 'nana monstrosity, with the caption "Making my favorite sandwich. I swear it's delicious. @Hellmanns."

Obviously no one believed him ... and the reaction in the Twittosphere was swift with Dale getting clowned mercilessly in his comments section. Here are some of the best.

"@DaleJr is this a cry for help?"

”@DaleJrIs this some sort of sick joke?"

"@DaleJr Perhaps South Carolina or Tennessee will welcome you and your shenanigans with open arms but that will not be tolerated here."

Different strokes for different folks we guess ... some strokes are revolting though.

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