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FILE - In this July 27, 2014, file photo, Jeff Gordon celebrates after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Gordon says he will retire as a full-time  driver after 2015 season. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

Four-time Sprint Cup champ Jeff Gordon ending career after ’15

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him. NASCAR’s most charismatic driver, the man behind the wheel of the famed and sometimes feared No. 24, had decided it was time to call it quits on one of the most successful careers in motorsports history. The four-time champion conferred with Rick Hendrick, the only team owner he has had over 23 years of Sprint Cup racing, and settled on a date. The 43-year-old Gordon …

NASCAR driver Busch says ex-girlfriend is trained assassin

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DOVER, Del. – The NASCAR driver known as “The Outlaw” testified yesterday he believes his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world who once returned to him in a blood-splattered gown. “Everybody on the outside can tell me I’m crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw …

Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sprint informed NASCAR it won’t extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. “Sprint has long benefited from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports,” …

Harvick finally climbs to NASCAR’s summit

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Two years ago, Kevin Harvick was evaluating his life. He and his wife, DeLana, had welcomed a son, their only child. They’d sold their race team and began to prioritize what really mattered to their …

Earnhardt wins record 12th most popular award

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. extended his run as NASCAR’s most popular driver with his 12th consecutive win. Earnhardt was presented with the NASCAR Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award at last night’s season-ending awards ceremony. Earnhardt last year broke a tie with 16-time winner Bill Elliott …

New Chase a smashing success – but questions for the future linger

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Start with the fact – this year, the Chase for the Sprint Cup got it right. Whether you were a supporter of the Sprint Cup’s first experiment with an elimination-based playoff system, or someone building up a year’s …

Harvick’s journey to Sprint Cup title a joyous, happy one

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career. …

A look at Harvick’s year-by-year climb to No. 1

Monday, November 17, 2014

Races Final Year won rank 2001 2 9th 2002 1 21st 2003 1 5th 2004 0 14th 2005 1 14th 2006 5 4th 2007 1 10th 2008 0 4th 2009 0 19th 2010 3 3rd 2011 4 3rd 2012 1 8th 2013 4 3rd 2014 5 1st …

Logano, Hamlin, Newman all fall short in finale

Monday, November 17, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joey Logano’s championship bid ended in the pits on a miserable stop. Denny Hamlin coughed up his shot on a gamble that went bust. Ryan Newman’s ferocious rally from an early deficit was one spot …

Harvick wins Homestead to claim first championship

Monday, November 17, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was no trick to Kevin Harvick’s first Sprint Cup championship. Competing for the title against three other drivers, he seized his opportunity with a relentless dash through the field in the closing laps of …

NASCAR set to crown first-time champion at Homestead

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR’s …

Chairman believes Chase format has improved NASCAR

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – After a wild playoff round filled with brawls and go-for-the-throat racing that left NASCAR’s biggest stars out of title contention, chairman Brian France said yesterday the series would “be delighted” if winless Ryan Newman defied …

Winless Newman on cusp of Cup championship

Friday, November 14, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ryan Newman is the underdog – minus the darling – of Sprint Cup’s final four, making a mockery of the revamped playoff format that was supposed to put a premium on winning. He is the …

Homestead sold out for Sprint Cup’s Chase finale

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NASCAR’s season-ending championship race has sold out all of its grandstand seats. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer said all premium seating has also been sold out for Sunday’s finale. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman …

Format crushes Gordon’s bid for 5th title

Monday, November 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR’s new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had one of the best seasons …