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Carl Edwards celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Edwards races to first victory for new JGR team

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. — Even a master strategist like Joe Gibbs wasn’t sure his team made the right call. The Super Bowl-winning coach, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, had followed driver Denny Hamlin who was on top down the stretch in the Coca-Cola 600. But when Hamlin went to the pits to fix a wheel vibration, Gibbs saw team newcomer Carl …

Single duty: Kurt Busch brings double lessons to Charlotte

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – There’s no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch’s hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on the Coca-Cola 600. Busch will start 14th at Charlotte Motor Speedway tomorrow night in NASCAR’s …

Tony George’s push for softer walls likely saved Hinchcliffe

Friday, May 22, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing’s most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George. George watched replays of Hinchcliffe’s accident and came to only one …

New Chase format means Cup drivers don’t have to put health on the line

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard …

Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there yesterday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing …

Only shove by Harvick this time at Texas comes on the track

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The only shove by Kevin Harvick in Texas this time came on the track. With 20 laps left in the Duck Commander 500 won by Jimmie Johnson, Harvick tapped the rear of Joey Logano’s …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, April 3, 2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Woman says she made up allegations against ex-Alabama player TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her now says she made it up because she thought he was cheating on her. A deposition released yesterday by Tuscaloosa County District …

Newman’s race team penalized after manipulating tires

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team yesterday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup …

Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in Sprint Cup’s Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make …

Sprint Cup top 5s

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Top 5 race 1. Denny Hamlin, Toyota 2. Brad Keselowski, Ford 3. Joey Logano, Ford 4. Matt Kenseth, Toyota 5. David Ragan, Toyota Top 5 points 1. Kevin Harvick, 263 2. Logano, 239 3. Martin Truex Jr., 231 4. Keselowski, 206 5. Kasey Kahne, 193 Race winners: Harvick …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …