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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Here's Why I'm Retiring ... ... Holds News Conference

4/25/2017 11:50 AM PDT
LIVE STREAM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to address the media for the first time since announcing he'll be retiring from NASCAR after the 2017 season ... and we're live streaming the whole thing.

There is speculation Dale Jr. will follow Tony Romo's lead and take a job as a race analyst -- we'll see if he addresses that when he goes live at 12 PM PT. 

Junior has competed in more than 600 races during his career -- but missed part of last season due to a concussion. Still, he's gunning for one last championship run before hangin' it up for good.

Stay tuned ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Pumping Brakes On Career ... After 2017 Season

4/25/2017 6:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is waving the white flag on his storied career -- announcing he'll retire from NASCAR after the 2017 season. 

The 42-year-old has racked up 26 wins (including TWO Daytona 500 victories) in 603 starts since turning pro in 1999.

He suffered a concussion back in 2016 that forced him to miss roughly half the season -- but he's since returned to the track and now the retirement tour begins.

Think Kobe Bryant ... but faster.

We recently got Dale Jr. out and talked about his recent marriage and the possibility of kids in his future ... and whether he would pass on the famous Dale Earnhardt name.

Mark Zuckerberg Rides Shotgun with Dale Jr. 'HOLY S**T!!!"

3/14/2017 4:29 PM PDT
Breaking News

Dale Earnhardt Jr. just made Mark Zuckerberg drop an S-bomb ... taking the Facebook creator on his first ride on a NASCAR track ... and it blew the billionaire's mind. 

Zuck hooked up with Dale Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Facebook Live -- and got his first taste of 160 mph speed!!! 

In the end, Zuckerberg called the ride an "amazing experience" ... and even got in the driver's seat for a few laps of his own. 

Like. 

NASCAR's Jeff Hammond Joey Logano Had It Coming

3/13/2017 2:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joey Logano should've been EXPECTING a fight with Kyle Busch this weekend ... especially after the way he was driving ... so says NASCAR analyst Jeff Hammond

Hammond was covering the Kobalt 400 for FS1 and says he loved the passion Busch showed when he confronted Logano after some "aggressive driving" on the track. 

Bottom line ... the whole "leave it on the track" mentality doesn't apply when you spin out a race car around 180 MPH. 

"In Joey's situation, you should expect that kind of a retaliation. You gotta be looking for it. Your head's gotta be on a swivel."

In fact, Hammond says MORE drivers should show the kind of passion Busch did. 

Hey, more fights? We're down! 

NASCAR Kyle Busch Fights Joey Logano After Kobalt 400 Spin Out

3/12/2017 6:39 PM PDT

Kyle Busch thought Joey Logano did him dirty during NASCAR's Kobalt 400 race ... so he went after the guy with fists after spinning out.

Busch rushed Logano and his crew on pit road Sunday after Logano appeared to have made Busch spin out in the race ... costing him a shot at victory. 

You can see Busch stomping over like he's on a mission, and that's when Logano's pit crew got involved.

Busch left the rumble fuming with a bloody forehead. Clearly he doesn't like being cut off. 

Shawne Merriman Buys NASCAR TEAM ... Wants Black Kids Racing

2/26/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman says he's taking on a new challenge as the owner of a NASCAR racing team ... telling us he LOVES the sport and wants to inspire black kids to love it too.

TMZ Sports spoke with Merriman who revealed he's part-owner of a NASCAR K&N team ... a regional series used to develop drivers. It's like the minor leagues ... a stepping-stone to get to the majors.

Why NASCAR? SM told us he's a HUGE racing fan, having caught the bug at a race some years ago ... and said he wants to do something to promote his passion to black youth.

"We thought NASCAR would be a huge deal for us, kinda going into a different demographic. There's not a whole lot of minorities looking to be into NASCAR."

Merriman says he thinks once black kids are introduced to the vroom-vroom life -- you might see more of them get involved with NASCAR ... maybe even choose that sport over the NFL or the NBA.

"It's just that exciting!"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. My Baby Won't Get My Name ... No Dale The 3rd

2/22/2017 6:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The last Earnhardt with the name Dale may have already rolled off the assembly line ... 'cause Dale Jr. tells TMZ Sports he will NOT name his future kid Dale Earnhardt III. 

The NASCAR superstar was out in NYC with his brand new wife, Amy Reimann, when we asked if they've talked about kids in their future. 

The good news ... Dale says they've already picked out a name but it won't be D3. 

Also ... does that mean they're closer to a kid than previously thought???

Happy whale watching faces!

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Kyle Busch Here's How I Met My Smokin' Hot Wife ...

2/10/2017 8:29 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Screw the bars and the online dating sites -- ya wanna find a smokin' hot lady, hit the RACE TRACK ... that's what Kyle Busch did. 

The NASCAR driver hit up Craig's in West Hollywood Thursday night with his fitness model wife, Samantha ... and they explained how fast cars brought them together almost 10 years ago!

Kyle also makes his prediction for Daytona 500 -- himself -- and tells us who he's most concerned about when he hits the track on Feb. 26. 

But enough of that ... check out the pics of Kyle's wife -- and  go buy a ticket to a NASCAR race already.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Races To the Altar On NYE ... Wins Trophy Wife

1/1/2017 11:55 AM PST

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished first in 2016 by getting  married to his longtime girlfriend before the clock struck 12 on NYE.

NASCAR's golden boy tied the knot Saturday night to Amy Reimann, who he got engaged to last June. The ceremony went down at Childress Vineyards in North Carolina, and Dale looks like he couldn't have been happier to ring in 2017 with a pair of wedding bands.

A big chunk of the NASCAR community was there too -- from Chocolate Myers and Danica Patrick to Bubba Wallace -- to wave in their star driver toward the finish line. Congrats!

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

12/1/2016 1:37 PM PST
Breaking News

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
Breaking News

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."