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Kevin Harvick raises his trophy as he celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

New Chase a smashing success – but questions for the future linger

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Start with the fact – this year, the Chase for the Sprint Cup got it right. Whether you were a supporter of the Sprint Cup’s first experiment with an elimination-based playoff system, or someone building up a year’s worth of resentment for the new format, you can’t argue that it worked. The two best drivers, from start to finish, were Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick. They were the ones who most deserved the championship. And there they were, in the season finale at Homestead, with every shot to bring it home. It was a success. No doubt. But it begs a question. Did the new …

Harvick’s journey to Sprint Cup title a joyous, happy one

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career. Harvick had changed into shorts and a T-shirt, and wandered through the infield at Homestead-Miami …

A look at Harvick’s year-by-year climb to No. 1

Monday, November 17, 2014

Races Final Year won rank 2001 2 9th 2002 1 21st 2003 1 5th 2004 0 14th 2005 1 14th 2006 5 4th 2007 1 10th 2008 0 4th 2009 0 19th 2010 3 3rd 2011 4 3rd 2012 1 8th 2013 4 3rd 2014 5 1st …

Chase for the Sprint Cup standings

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In with wins 1. Joey Logano, 3,088 3. Kevin Harvick, 3,081 Next in points 2. Kyle Busch, 3,082 4. Ryan Newman, 3,077 5. Carl Edwards, 3,076 6. Jeff Gordon, 3,074 7. Denny Hamlin, 3,073 8. Kasey Kahne, 3,057 9. Matt Kenseth, 3,056 10. Brad Keselowski, 3,038 11. Jimmie …

Harvick moves into third round with win at Charlotte

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick moved into the third round of Sprint Cup’s championship playoff with a victory last night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where tempers flared after the race and two drivers had to be restrained from …

Goodyear’s refusal to accept blame after tire woes wearing thin

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It’s impossible to be perfect, to always get everything right and never fail at all. To listen to Goodyear officials, the company never, ever comes up short at the race track. It sure sounded …

Logano wins at Kansas to advance in title race

Monday, October 6, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – So many drivers studied NASCAR’s new championship Chase format and singled out the second round as the one they feared the most. The difficult three-race stretch of Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega will knock four …

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for. A grand jury that heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including accident reconstruction …

NASCAR sets testing ban that includes Daytona 500

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR announced a new rules package yesterday that will ban all private testing in 2015, including the annual Daytona 500 test, and levy the stiffest penalty possible on any team caught conducting its own sessions. …

Team Penske in command of the Chase after two races

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As Brad Keselowski flaunted his fast car by leading session after session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took a good-natured swipe at his teammate by asking him via Twitter to slow down. The …

Check on the Chase

Monday, September 22, 2014

CHECK ON THE CHASE In with wins Keselowski (Chicago) Logano (NHMS) Points race The bottom four drivers after next week’s race will be eliminated from title contention. Harvick 3rd, 2,090 Johnson 4th, 2,080 Ky. Busch 5th, 2,077 Earnhardt …

Logano warms to NHMS after Chase race victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

LOUDON – Joey Logano is the first to admit New Hampshire is far from his favorite place to race. The New England native won his first-ever Sprint Cup race at the Magic Mile in 2009 – albeit a …

Crazy afternoon at Loudon scrambles the Chase field

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The moment the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format was unveiled, it came with a certainty: With eliminations looming, the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would get crazy. As expected, the Sylvania 300 was …

Johnson chasing down his own high standards

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the Chase set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s …

With warmer temps, Gordon turns fastest practice lap

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – Maybe there’s hope for beating Brad Keselowski today after all. The winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and pole-sitter for this afternoon’s Sylvania 300 was the fastest car again at yesterday’s morning practice, but …