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Jimmie Johnson walks to his garage during a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Johnson chases dual legacy as NASCAR legend and model of fitness

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of NASCAR’s biggest winners, Jimmie Johnson wants his NASCAR family to join him in becoming big losers. By losing weight. By losing a defeatist attitude. By losing the excuses that prevent them from striving for improved physical and mental health. Johnson, a six-time NASCAR champion, has started a movement that could end with his fans …

Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500. His ubiquitous commercial – which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer – was about the only way Vickers stayed in the …

NASCAR’s new charter system shuts out storied Wood Brothers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been 10 years since the Wood Brothers completed a full Sprint Cup season, and they stopped trying to make it to the track each week in 2009. NASCAR’s oldest race team didn’t have the funds to keep up with the competition, and a scaled-back approach was what the …

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 …

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, …