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Matt Kenseth talks to his crew in the garage as he waits for practice to begin for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Despite eliminations, consistency still paying off in Chase

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When NASCAR Chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward “the most worthy, battle-tested” driver with the Sprint Cup title. “Riding around and being pleased because the (previous) format rewards consistency, those days are going to be pretty much over,” France …

Earnhardt wins at Martinsville Speedway

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. won for the fourth time this season yesterday at Martinsville Speedway in an emotional victory a week after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Jeff Gordon was second, giving Hendrick Motorsports a 1-2 finish on the 10-year anniversary weekend of the fatal …

Gordon takes over Chase for the Sprint Cup lead

Monday, October 27, 2014

The eight remaining Chase contenders, with how they finished and current points: 1. Jeff Gordon, 2nd, 4,044 2. Ryan Newman, 3rd, 4,041 3. Joey Logano, 5th, 4,040 4. Matt Kenseth, 6th, 4,039 5. Denny Hamlin, 8th, 4,037 6. Carl Edwards, 20th, 4,024 7. Brad Keselowski, 31st, 4,013 8. Kevin Harvick, 33rd, 4,011 …

Keselowski, once again, backs up his brash personality with his performance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. …

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he …

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SPRINT CUP Vickers wins Talladega pole TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR’s new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, as two full-time teams failed to make today’s race. Drivers admitted when they arrived at Talladega they didn’t understand …

Drama at an extreme as Sprint Cup approaches cutdowns at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The crazy, white-knuckle race is coming – ahead of schedule, it seems. NASCAR promised chaos the moment it unveiled its new elimination-based Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But that was supposed to occur during the all-or-nothing finale …

Keselowski and Stewart fined after Charlotte

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR fined Brad Keselowski $50,000 and Tony Stewart $25,000 yesterday for their roles in the fracas at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the weekend. Both drivers also were placed on probation, with NASCAR saying the penalties …

Handling skirmishes a no-win task for NASCAR’s France

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Chairman Brian France has always been very clear about the action he wants to see in races. He loved the 2011 season finale when Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards waged a white-knuckle battle for …

Tempers flare at Charlotte as title hopes fade

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Kenseth, usually so calm and composed, lost his cool and attacked Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If Kenseth is fighting, then tempers are certainly running quite high. They reached a boiling point in …

Chase for the Sprint Cup standings

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In with wins 1. Joey Logano, 3,088 3. Kevin Harvick, 3,081 Next in points 2. Kyle Busch, 3,082 4. Ryan Newman, 3,077 5. Carl Edwards, 3,076 6. Jeff Gordon, 3,074 7. Denny Hamlin, 3,073 8. Kasey Kahne, 3,057 9. Matt Kenseth, 3,056 10. Brad Keselowski, 3,038 11. Jimmie …

Harvick moves into third round with win at Charlotte

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick moved into the third round of Sprint Cup’s championship playoff with a victory last night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where tempers flared after the race and two drivers had to be restrained from …

Goodyear’s refusal to accept blame after tire woes wearing thin

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It’s impossible to be perfect, to always get everything right and never fail at all. To listen to Goodyear officials, the company never, ever comes up short at the race track. It sure sounded …

Logano wins at Kansas to advance in title race

Monday, October 6, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – So many drivers studied NASCAR’s new championship Chase format and singled out the second round as the one they feared the most. The difficult three-race stretch of Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega will knock four …

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for. A grand jury that heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including accident reconstruction …