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NASCAR planning in-season tournament in 2025, with opening race in Atlanta

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ATLANTA  Following the NBA’s lead, the NASCAR Cup Series plans a five-race, bracket-style tournament in the middle of the 2025 season, beginning with a night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The competition, which features a $1 million reward for the winner, is part of a new media rights agreement that includes TNT.

The Atlanta-based cable network will air all five races in the tournament, beginning with a 400-mile race in its home market on June 28, 2025.

“Next year, having $1 million on the line, that’s for sure going to be a goal before the season starts and something that you and your team strategize around,” Larson said. “I am looking forward to it. The summer months get boring. It’s not dull, although it does become repetitive. “You lose some excitement.”

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NASCAR planning in-season tournament in 2025, with opening race in Atlanta

Atlanta will host the inaugural tournament event, which has produced some of NASCAR’s most dramatic races since the circuit was reconfigured with more banking. The rest of the 36-race program will be released later.

Brandon Hutchison, president and general manager of the Atlanta track, stated that the venue was ready to offer racing after dark after being slated for two-day events this season. Receiving the first event of the new in-season tournament was a bonus.

“We have heard our fans loud and clear,” Hutchison stated. “We understand they wanted the night race back. We were overjoyed to even be able to consider giving it to them. Then, with TNT as a hometown broadcast partner, a home track, and the first season of the in-season bracket tournament in NASCAR history, we believe that June 28, 2025, will be a very exciting moment to be at Atlanta Motor Speedway.”

This season, the NBA introduced a competition that is based on in-season tournaments held by soccer leagues all over the world. The Los Angeles Lakers won the first event in December, defeating Indiana in a championship game hosted in Las Vegas.

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NASCAR planning in-season tournament in 2025, with opening race in Atlanta

The NASCAR tournament will include the top 32 drivers from three seeding races, which will be staged soon before the Atlanta event and aired on Amazon Prime.

The drivers will be paired in head-to-head contests based on seeding, with the victors moving on to the next round in a bracket-style similar to the NCAA basketball championships.

The number of competitors will be decreased to 16 for Race 2, followed by the quarterfinals in Race 3, the semifinals in Race 4, and the final in Race 5.

“There has never been a better time to be a motorsports fan, and this new, first-ever in-season tournament will add a new competitive dynamic to NASCAR’s summer race weekends,” said Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer of TNT Sports.

Hutchison stated that the Atlanta track will continue to hold two races in 2025; however, the full calendar is still pending.

This season, the 1.54-mile oval in suburban Hampton hosted the second points race of the year on Feb. 25 — a week after the Daytona 500 — with Daniel Suarez edging Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in a three-way photo finish.

The NASCAR playoffs will begin with Atlanta’s second race in 2024 on September 8. Next year, the race will be moved to the in-season tournament rather than the playoffs.

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NASCAR planning in-season tournament in 2025, with opening race in Atlanta

Denny Hamlin described the competition as “such a win for our sport and drivers” in a post on X, the social media platform that replaced Twitter. He playfully continued, “I’ll collect my $1 million royalty next season.”

Larson believes the tournament will be a much-needed pick-me-up during the summer slump.

“I think this bracket, or whatever you want to call it, is going to add a lot of excitement and more storylines,” he stated. “So I love it.”

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

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NEW YORK — Rick Tocchet was named NHL coach of the year Wednesday after leading the Pacific Division champion Vancouver Canucks to their second playoff appearance in nine years.

Tocchet appeared on 109 of 114 Jack Adams award ballots submitted by NHL Broadcasters’ Association members, receiving 82 first-place votes, according to the NHL. He became the Canucks’ third coach to win the award, following Pat Quinn in 1992 and Alain Vigneault in 2007.

Nashville’s Andrew Brunette finished second. He appeared on 57 ballots and received eight first-place votes. Winnipeg’s Rick Bowness finished third. He announced his retirement this month.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

“This really is a team award, and I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our staff and complete buy-in from the players,” Tocchet stated. “I am truly honored and humbled by this achievement and look forward to getting back to work this summer as we continue to work on improving our hockey team.”

In his first full season in Vancouver, Tocchet won the regular-season award two days after the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the Canucks in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.

Tocchet, 60, led a stunning turnaround in a Canucks club that finished with a 50-23-9 record, the third-most victories in franchise history, and improved from 22nd to sixth in the overall standings last year. Vancouver led the NHL with a plus-38 first-period goal difference and went 42-1-4 while leading after two periods this season, up from 21-1-4 the previous year.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

Tocchet had the advantage of gaining a head start in implementing his system and acquiring a feel for the Canucks after being hired in January 2023, when Bruce Boudreau was sacked with Vancouver at 18-25-3. The Canucks finished the season 20-12-4 under Tocchet, who was an NHL announcer before joining the team.

“Honestly, I don’t know if we would be in this situation. Who knows, but the 30 games were big for me,” Tocchet told The Associated Press last month, reflecting on the impact his departure as head coach last year had on Vancouver’s success this season.

Vancouver marks Tocchet’s third stop as a head coach. He previously spent four seasons with Arizona from 2017-21, during which time he went 125-131-34. He also went 53-69-26 with Tampa Bay from 2008 to 2010.

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Rick Tocchet Voted NHL’s Coach Of The Year For Guiding Vancouver Canucks To Pacific Division Title

Tocchet won two more Stanley Cups as an assistant coach in 2016 and 2017 after winning one as a player for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

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PARIS — Dominic Thiem, a two-time runner-up, was knocked out in the second round of qualifying at the French Open.

Otto Virtanen defeated Dominic 6-2, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and Dominic will miss his 11th and final appearance in the clay-court Grand Slam main draw.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

Dominic, who reached the Roland Garros finals in 2018 and 2019, revealed earlier this month that he will retire at the end of the year after struggling to regain peak form following a wrist injury.

Following his defeat, Dominic received a standing ovation during a goodbye ceremony, with chants of “Thank you Domi, Thank you Domi.”

Dominic, a former US Open champion, has plummeted to 131st in the rankings and failed to obtain a wildcard into the French Open. He didn’t keep a grudge.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

“I slowly built up a great, great relationship with the tournament, relationship with all of you guys, with all fans,” stated Dominic. “I’ve really enjoyed every single year of it.”

The 30-year-old Austrian won his only Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows in 2020. Dominic defeated Alexander Zverev in five sets, becoming the first man in 71 years to recover a two-set deficit in a U.S. Open final.

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2-Time French Open Runner-Up Dominic Thiem Loses In Qualifying In Final Roland Garros Appearance

Dominic also finished second at the 2020 Australian Open, reaching a career-high No. 3 ranking that year. He remained in the top five until June 2021, when he hurt his right wrist, which kept him out for nine months and has hindered his playing ever since.

Dominic has a total of 17 titles.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

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Concord, North Carolina – NASCAR penalized Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 on Wednesday for clashing with Kyle Busch following the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Stenhouse’s father, who participated in the fray, was suspended indefinitely.

Busch was not penalized for his actions during the Sunday night race

The two collided on the first lap, and Busch appeared to intentionally destroy Stenhouse on the second lap. Stenhouse put his damaged Chevrolet in Busch’s pit stall, forcefully mounted the spotter’s ladder, and spoke with Busch’s crew members.

Stenhouse then stormed to his carrier, allowing his car to be taken to the pits.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

He also hinted that he’d return after the race to confront Busch. The two exchanged brief words before Stenhouse, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, delivered a right hook to Busch, sparking a melee involving members of both teams. Stenhouse’s father, who has no association with the team, then confronted Busch, throwing fists.

On Wednesday, NASCAR banned Stenhouse mechanic Clint Myrick for eight races and engine tuner Keith Matthews for four races.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

Stenhouse has pledged to wreck Busch this Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Bring it,” Busch responded. “I suck as bad as you,” meaning that neither driver is having a fantastic season.

Neither driver has won any races this season. Busch is 13th in the points standings, while Stenhouse, a single-car team, is 26th.

Busch’s vehicle owner isn’t taking Stenhouse’s warning lightly, though. Richard Childress has threatened to fight Stenhouse if he gets near Busch’s car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Stenhouse Fined $75,000 By NASCAR, Busch Avoids Penalty For Post All-Star Race Fight

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest Cup Series race of the season, so Busch and Stenhouse will have plenty of time to catch up on the 1.5-mile track. They will undoubtedly keep a close eye on the feuding drivers.

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