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Kyle Busch (18) celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race and the season title Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Darryl Graham)

Kyle Busch completes comeback to win first Cup title

Sunday, November 22, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in Victory Lane with the championship trophy. Busch completed the ultimate comeback Sunday night by winning his first career Sprint Cup title just nine months after a serious crash at Daytona nearly ended his season. He crashed into a concrete wall the day before the …

Jeff Gordon by the numbers

Saturday, November 21, 2015

297,997 miles driven 24,920 laps led 1992 year of first race 796 consecutive career starts 474 top-10 finishes 325 top-5 finishes 151 career winnings (in millions) 93 wins 81 poles 44 years old 24 years competing (also his car number) 23 years competing as a full-time driver 17 short-track victories 13 wins in …

Gordon chases fifth championship before retirement

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – It’s a Hall of Fame career that includes four championships, 93 victories and more than $150 million in winnings. He’s got a beautiful family, a reputation as one of the good guys and a popularity that transcends NASCAR. Now Jeff Gordon has a chance to write the ultimate Hollywood ending …

Gordon wins wild one at Martinsville to earn spot in championship finale

Monday, November 2, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – As the adoring crowd lingered in the darkness at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon took a moment to soak it in. In a 23-year career that is one long highlight reel, his victory Sunday overwhelmed the …

Earnhardt Sprint Cup’s only bright spot after Talladega ending

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Thank goodness Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed dignity in defeat after he was bounced from NASCAR’s playoffs. The class shown by NASCAR’s most popular driver in not criticizing the outcome was the one positive takeaway from …

NASCAR announces five-year deal with all tracks; NHMS keeps July and September dates

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will hold two Sprint Cup races next year – and for the next several seasons as well. NASCAR announced Monday that it came to agreements on five-year deals with its national series tracks, ensuring that there will be no races taken from any of …

Logano wins Talladega with controversial finish

Sunday, October 25, 2015

TALLADEGA, Ala. – As Joey Logano made his third straight trip to Victory Lane, questions swirled about reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick’s late-race tactics. Several competitors accused Harvick of intentionally causing a race-ending caution Sunday at Talladega …

Logano spins out Kenseth late, wins at Kansas Speedway

Monday, October 19, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Joey Logano kept peeking around Matt Kenseth as the laps ticked away at Kansas Speedway, the two of them in entirely different situations in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Logano had nothing …

Humdrum race nonetheless puts big-name drivers on brink of Chase for Sprint Cup elimination

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – It was a sloppy race at Charlotte Motor Speedway no matter how you slice it. As Joey Logano drove away from the field to earn an important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship victory, three …

Logano races into 3rd round of playoffs with Charlotte win

Sunday, October 11, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – Joey Logano has been to Victory Lane four times this season, and all four trips required him to beat reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick. The latest win, Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …