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Spring Cup driver Chase Elliott talks to a crew member prior to qualifying at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car at Martinsville for today’s STP 500. The youth movement that has been growing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series isn’t slowing down, and …

Leading off: Leading off

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Motorsports NASCAR racer Larson taken to hospital after fainting MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chip Ganassi Racing officials said Kyle Larson was taken to a hospital as a precaution after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway yesterday. Chip Ganassi said Larson fainted at Chevy Stage in the fan area. He said Larson was awake and alert and was aware of where he was …

Questionable debris cautions have NASCAR scrambling to save face

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There’s no way to dance around the fact cautions for debris at Auto Club Speedway twice changed the outcome of the race. A race that at first should have been won by Matt Kenseth was derailed by a late debris caution. Then Kurt Busch was twice denied a trip to …

Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FONTANA, Calif. – While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place – until the yellow flags started flying. A …

While Harvick wins, Sprint Cup competition looks for a way to catch up

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – To the surprise of none, Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix. Now in a zone not seen in NASCAR in several years, Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers head to California amid a looming question: Can …

Harvick makes it four straight wins at Phoenix with a rout

Monday, March 16, 2015

AVONDALE, Ariz. – There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage. Dale Earnhardt had stretches …

NASCAR reinstates Kurt Busch, grants him waiver for Chase

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch was cleared yesterday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his …

So far, not so good for Sprint Cup rules changes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two races is just too early to form a definitive opinion about NASCAR’s new rules package, which was tweaked as part of a concerted effort to improve the racing. Has the 2015 rules package made …

Defending champ Harvick grabs 1st win of season at Las Vegas

Monday, March 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS – After winning the Sprint Cup championship in their first season together, Kevin Harvick and his team came up with a new set of goals this year. Near the top of the list was winning at …

Edwards looks to grab 1st win at Las Vegas for Gibbs

Sunday, March 8, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Only two races into his new job, Carl Edwards is quickly finding his footing at Joe Gibbs Racing. He left Roush Fenway Racing, where he spent the first 11 years of his career, to drive …

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Friday, March 6, 2015

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said yesterday. The decision by the state …

Suspended Busch agrees to NASCAR’s guidelines for eventual reinstatement

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of …

Follow-up weekend to Daytona 500 an all-around mess in Atlanta

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. …

Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself …