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Kyle Busch places a winner's sticker on his car after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Kyle Busch grabs first win of season as comeback rolls on

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. He repeated the routine the night before Sunday’s race, all in an effort to minimize pain and give himself the best chance to pick up a much-needed victory. Just five races after returning from a broken right leg and …

Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday’s race at winding Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger earned the top starting spot during Saturday’s knockout qualifying with a lap of 96.310 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile course. It’s the first pole for JTG Daugherty Racing, which …

Gordon returns to California track where his racing career began

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RIO LINDA, Calif. – Controlling his emotions has never been easy for Jeff Gordon, who openly wept during milestone moments early in his career. Nearly three decades later, Gordon still finds himself struggling to hold it together and there have been plenty of touching tributes in the first six months of his final …

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 …