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Stewart to miss start of Sprint Cup season with broken vertebra

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday and he had surgery Wednesday, the team said. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been determined, but SHR said he is …

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing is unsure of the extent of his injuries. A team spokesman told the Associated Press that Stewart was injured in a non-racing accident on Sunday. He is being evaluated in an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities. …

Smith delights crowd during off-the-cuff NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bruton Smith, the colorful chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., delighted the audience with an off-the-cuff speech Saturday while accepting his place in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, touching on everything from his building of Charlotte Motor Speedway to his unwavering support of Coca-Cola. Smith, who owns eight tracks that host 12 …

Kenseth loses final appeal to overturn NASCAR suspension

Friday, November 6, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – His appeals rejected, Matt Kenseth defiantly vowed Thursday to race as he always has and accused NASCAR of “unfairly” making an example out of him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over …

Kenseth set for appeal of NASCAR two-race suspension for wreck

Thursday, November 5, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing will have their appeal of NASCAR’s two-race suspension heard on Thursday. NASCAR said the National Motorsports Appeals Panel scheduled the appeal for Thursday morning at the NASCAR R&D Center …

NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for two races for wrecking Logano

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Looking to squash any notion that the drivers are running amok on the track, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for two races Tuesday for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in an act of retaliation that dramatically changed …

NASCAR faces decision whether or not to tolerate ‘wild west’ culture

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Matt Kenseth steered Joey Logano into the wall, the crowd roared its approval as a veteran driver delivered old-school payback. The thunderous ovation continued at every replay. This is NASCAR’s version of the “wild …

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 …