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Spring Cup driver Chase Elliott talks to a crew member prior to qualifying at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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 at Martinsville for today’s STP 500. The youth movement that has been growing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series isn’t slowing down, and …

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 area. He said Larson was awake and alert and was aware of where he was …

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 derailed by a late debris caution. Then Kurt Busch was twice denied a trip to …

Earnhardt, Hamlin fail inspection after pole qualifying

Sunday, February 15, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The cars of Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin failed post-qualifying inspection for the Daytona 500 pole. Earnhardt and Hamlin will have to start at the rear of their respective qualifying …

All eyes on Jeff Gordon finale in No. 24

Saturday, February 14, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Through driver changes, network shuffles, a new championship format and NASCAR’s push to reinvent itself, the one constant for more than two decades has been Jeff Gordon behind the wheel every week of the …

Speedweeks schedule in Daytona

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Today Daytona 500 pole qualifying (FOX, 1:30 p.m.) Thursday Budweiser Duels (FS1, 7 p.m.) Friday Truck Series qualifying (FS1, 4:45 p.m.) Truck Series race (FS1, 7:30 p.m.) Saturday XFINITY Series qualifying (FS1, 12:15 p.m.) XFINITY Series race (FS1, 3:30 p.m.) Sunday Daytona 500 (FOX, 1 p.m.) …

Kenseth wins Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Saturday, February 14, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Kenseth won the exhibition Sprint Unlimited, a crash-filled kickoff to the NASCAR season. Kenseth, who was winless in 2014, had one of the strongest cars in the field, and he pulled away on a restart with four laps remaining to claim the win. …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alpine Skiing Maze captures women’s combined title; Vonn does not finish BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on soft snow – a cartwheel in ski boots. Her skiing wasn’t too bad, either. Maze …

Elliott headlines five drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks. “Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” was …

Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season. The announcement yesterday was expected because Elliott is the reigning Xfinity Series champion and one of NASCAR’s most promising …

NASCAR’s France lauds Chase’s popularity, confirms no changes to playoff format

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which Chairman Brian France said yesterday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among …

Four-time Sprint Cup champ Jeff Gordon ending career after ’15

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year …

NASCAR driver Busch says ex-girlfriend is trained assassin

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DOVER, Del. – The NASCAR driver known as “The Outlaw” testified yesterday he believes his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world who once returned to him in a blood-splattered gown. “Everybody on …

Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sprint informed NASCAR it won’t extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. “Sprint has long benefited from the unprecedented level of brand integration …

Harvick finally climbs to NASCAR’s summit

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Two years ago, Kevin Harvick was evaluating his life. He and his wife, DeLana, had welcomed a son, their only child. They’d sold their race team and began to prioritize what really mattered to their …