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Jimmie Johnson gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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 still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships – six of them, more than anyone …

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 are the biggest threat for the championship,” four-time champ Jeff Gordon said. “If they get …

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 the tent, celebrities and other dignitaries sat in special seats and fans craned their necks …

Sprint Cup notebook: Despite fast cars, Keselowski consistently falling short of Victory Lane

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Around this time last year, Brad Keselowski seemed to be winning without trying. Funny how things change. These days, it’s as if the former champion can’t buy those wins that once came so easily. “This point last year …

Kenseth takes pole at Michigan, Gibbs drivers sweep top 3

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Matt Kenseth won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three spots in qualifying Friday. Kenseth won with a lap of 197.488 mph in his No. 20 Toyota, with teammates Denny Hamlin and Carl …

NASCAR takes step to address heat concerns at Michigan

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR has addressed the heat issues that plagued last month’s racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a rules mandate for this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Drivers complained it was too hot in the cockpit …

NASCAR speed pioneer, Daytona 500 winner Baker dies at 74

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Buddy Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and at 6-foot-6 was NASCAR’s “Gentle Giant,” died Monday. He was 74. Baker died after a brief battle with lung cancer, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said. Baker left …

Logano wins at Watkins Glen, saves fuel this time

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano kept his foot on the gas pedal a little bit longer than usual after taking the checkered flag at Watkins Glen International, a huge cloud of smoke wafting toward Victory Lane. This …

Allmendinger, Kyle Busch ready to ride at Watkins Glen

Saturday, August 8, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – AJ Allmendinger knows all too well what’s at stake on the road course at Watkins Glen International. So, too, does Kyle Busch. Both drivers enter Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at the storied road course …

Stewart still struggling a year after Ward Jr.’s fatal wreck

Friday, August 7, 2015

As he ran out of gas on the final lap Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Tony Stewart wearily asked his team where he finished. Ninth, he was told. “Hell, I’ll take that,” he replied. It was a curiously calm …

Champion Harvick trades anxiousness for confidence

Thursday, August 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kevin Harvick knows things are much different for him now than a year ago, even though he’s almost in the same spot as 2014. Harvick had two victories and stood second in points after 21 …

My Turn: NHMS did take a stand on Confederate flag

Sunday, August 2, 2015

In response Jennifer Morris’s recent letter to the editor regarding Confederate flags during race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Monitor letters, July 25), we felt compelled to respond to some inaccuracies and perceptions. To clarify, at no time was there the sale of Confederate flags on speedway …

Gordon to wave goodbye to winless races in final season

Sunday, August 2, 2015

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon’s request for a low-key farewell tour has mostly been respected, though the four-time NASCAR champion has been feted with a parade, bourbon, an 18-liter bottle of …

After Brickyard dud, NASCAR has to head back to the drawing board

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The …

Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole, with Tony Stewart fourth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top …