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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Stewart to make return to racing Sunday, speak today

Friday, August 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart … 0

Motorsports notebook: Star-studded Gibbs lineup deserves comparisons to Hendrick

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the second straight year, the homestretch of the Sprint Cup’s regular season involves the possibility of a new power on the rise. The worst-kept secret in NASCAR was finally made open Tuesday when Carl Edwards made it official he was joining Joe Gibbs Racing, giving the owner his first four-car stable. He’ll join Chase regulars Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, … 0

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when 16 drivers line up in Chicago with hopes for a championship, he’ll be one of … 0

Stewart deserves all the time he needs to cope with Ward incident

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss. None of those studies offer a clean timetable on when the roller coaster of … 0

Larson quickly exits car after it catches fire

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kyle Larson hesitated ever so slightly before getting out of his car after crashing into the wall. A new NASCAR rule announced Friday orders drivers to stay in their cars after accidents until they’re told to get out. But there are exceptions for emergency situations, … 0

Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan – which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. … 0

A look at the race for the Chase with 3 races left

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Drivers who’ve qualified by winning, and drivers still on the bubble to make the 16-car Chase field with three races remaining. 3 wins: Jeff Gordon (816 points), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (813), Brad Keselowski (733), Jimmie Johnson (686) 2 wins: Joey Logano (714), Kevin Harvick (687), Carl Edwards (679) … 0

Motorsports notebook: It’s time for common sense to prevail in NASCAR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. was less than a week old when NASCAR made the obvious move. No leaving the car during cautions, the auto racing body ruled Friday. If there’s smoke or a … 0

Gordon sets qualifying mark at Michigan

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jeff Gordon broke the Michigan International Speedway qualifying record yesterday, taking the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race with a speed of 206.558 mph. Speeds at MIS have been climbing ever since the two-mile oval … 0

NASCAR bars drivers from exiting cars after wrecks

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper – one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers. “I guess the one experience that comes to mind … 0

Column: Waiting to hear from Tony Stewart

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Plenty of people have weighed in on the tragic events last weekend at a short track in New York. A few were there. Many weren’t. But there’s only one person who really knows what happened: Tony Stewart. Until … 0

Stewart to sit out Sunday race in Michigan

Friday, August 15, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track. Stewart … 0

NHMS offering free NASCAR tickets to Market Basket employees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering free NASCAR tickets to Market Basket employees in the middle of a bitter dispute about company leadership. The speedway announced yesterday it is inviting workers to the Sept. 21 Sylvania 300 with the hopes of boosting morale. A limited number of … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tennis Serena Williams, Federer, Murray advance in Cincy MASON, Ohio – Top-seeded Serena Williams won an opening match that was as close as it gets, rallying in both tiebreakers to move on at the Western & Southern Open. … 0

Stewart found his roots on sprint tracks

Monday, August 11, 2014

When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America. When he triggered a 15-car accident a month later at an upstate New York race track that … 0