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Jimmie Johnson gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships – six of them, more than anyone …

Rain at Dover washes out qualifying; Kenseth on pole

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DOVER, Del. – For a driver on the brink of championship elimination, Kevin Harvick might have the biggest target at Dover. The mission is clear: Knock out Harvick, knock out a champion. “Everyone in this Chase knows they are the biggest threat for the championship,” four-time champ Jeff Gordon said. “If they get …

Column: Retirement will give Tony Stewart freedom he seeks

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart picked his way through the crowd surrounding a red carpet at Chicagoland Speedway to make his way to the pre-race driver meeting. Dance music blared from two large speakers at the front of the tent, celebrities and other dignitaries sat in special seats and fans craned their necks …

Kenseth, Gibbs back on top after win at NHMS

Monday, September 28, 2015

LOUDON – Matt Kenseth wasn’t trying to make a pass for the lead during the waning stages of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. All the driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota really wanted …

NHMS notes: Fans give Gordon a fond farewell

Monday, September 28, 2015

LOUDON – The boos he often heard were long gone. There wasn’t even a trace of the vitriol he used to experience from one Sprint Cup crowd to another. Nothing but cheers came down from the stands at …

Newman cautious despite strong start to Chase

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – He was the Cinderella story of last year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, and he’s off to a better start this year. Time to start booking Ryan Newman’s spot in Homestead for the Chase finale? No …

Drew Bonifant column: How to approach the Chase? Depends on who you ask

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – There are 16 drivers eligible in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship – and by the sound of it, 16 different ways to approach the thing. “Consistency first,” Penske driver Joey Logano said. “We’ve seen …

Dillon dominates for Truck Series victory

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – In just his fourth Camping World Truck Series start in Loudon, Austin Dillon won the UNOH 175 on Saturday, taking the checkered flag from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We won everything this weekend,” …

NASCAR driver Erik Jones proving himself at every level on path to Sprint Cup

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – Erik Jones has heard the chatter. Teen sensation. Phenom. Rising star. And so on. “You hear it, and you see it,” the Camping World Truck Series driver said. “I try to ignore it more and more, …

Carl Edwards wins pole at New Hampshire for second Chase race

Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOUDON – Carl Edwards will start from the pole in his bid to give Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth straight victory. Edwards continued JGR’s dominance with a lap of 137.980 mph to win the Sprint Cup pole Friday …

Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers prepare for another pressure-packed weekend

Friday, September 25, 2015

Joey Logano stood in Victory Lane last September with a lobster in his hands and his name etched into the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, both results of his win in the Sylvania 300 …

Jeff Gordon to become NASCAR’s newest Iron Man

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Jeff Gordon takes the green flag for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he will set the mark as NASCAR’s new Iron Man. Gordon will be making his 789th consecutive start, passing Ricky …

Schilling to give invocation before Sylvania 300 at NHMS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Curt Schilling, a World Series MVP, three-time World Series champion and six-time All-Star, will deliver the invocation before the Sylvania 300 – the second race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 27. Schilling helped the Boston Red Sox erase an …

With his Chase hopes on the brink, Harvick needs to simmer down and heat up

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are not enemies. They have known each other since the early days of their careers, which began in California before the two crossed the country to North Carolina to take …

Hamlin rallies to earn victory in opening round of playoffs

Monday, September 21, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. – Denny Hamlin vowed to make it to the championship round of the Sprint Cup playoffs, and nothing so far is getting in his way. Not a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered playing basketball just days …