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Kevin Harvick raises his trophy as he celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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 worth of resentment for the new format, you can’t argue that it worked. The two best drivers, from start to finish, were Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick. They were the ones who most deserved the championship. And there they were, in the season finale at Homestead, with every shot to bring it home. It was a success. No doubt. But it begs a question. Did the new …

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. Harvick had changed into shorts and a T-shirt, and wandered through the infield at Homestead-Miami …

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 …

A quick look at the four drivers who made the final Chase

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Joey Logano 5 wins, 16 top 5s, 22 top 10s Denny Hamlin 1 win, 7 top 5s, 17 top 10s Kevin Harvick 4 wins, 13 top 5s, 19 top 10s Ryan Newman 0 wins, 4 top 5s, 15 …

NASCAR’s Kurt Busch facing assault investigation

Saturday, November 8, 2014

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and the police in Delaware said yesterday they are investigating. The Dover Police Department said the allegations were brought to the department Wednesday. …

France felt Keselowski’s move at Texas was fine

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR chairman Brian France, who for at least two years has pushed for racing to become more of a ‘contact sport,’ believes Brad Keselowski did nothing wrong in the way he raced Jeff Gordon in …

Hendrick to pay $185,000 in fines for crew members

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne …

NASCAR penalizes 6 Hendrick crew members for fight

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from NASCAR for their post-race altercation at Texas, but two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl. …