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NASCAR Nationwide driver Chase Elliott looks over his ride after practice rounds at NHMS on Friday, July 11, 2014.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

Younger Elliott has a future to believe in

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The words leaked from his lips with little notice, likely because they were exactly what someone in his racing boots would be expected to say. Chase Elliott, after all, was 18 years old, never having raced a full season in a NASCAR national tour, making the sixth Nationwide Series start of his career, and yet there he was in Victory … 0

Race for the Chase – A look at the contenders to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup field

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JIMMIE JOHNSON Team: Hendrick Motorsports Wins: 3 Points: 596 Top 5s: 6 Top 10s: 12 Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2003, Sept. ’03, June ’10) Average finish at NHMS: 9.6 Last year at NHMS: 6th in July, 4th in Sept. Did you know? Last year he became the third driver with six … 0

As NASCAR crowds loom, state to test wood for bugs

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Hampshire’s forest rangers are cautioning visitors to this weekend’s NASCAR race: If you’re camping, buy the firewood locally or have a certificate showing it’s been heat-treated. They’re trying to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that has destroyed millions of ash trees during the past decade. It’s … 0

NASCAR’s task is duplicating Daytona 500 thriller

Saturday, March 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When the race finally resumed – some six hours after the Daytona 500 was brought to a water-logged halt – fans that made it to the finish were treated to one of the most intense … 0

Earnhardt Jr. answered pressure from fans with Daytona 500 win

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was a moment late in the Daytona 500 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a moment to catch his breath. It was clearly his race to lose and the tension ran thick through Junior … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NBA James has broken nose, might miss Bulls game MIAMI – LeBron James has a broken nose, and his availability for the Miami Heat tomorrow against Chicago will be a game-time decision. The Heat announced the diagnosis after James’s injury was evaluated yesterday. He missed the final 5:50 … 0

NASCAR’s Patrick reacts to Petty’s criticism

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick has a two-year-old photo of her in the car at Daytona, on the receiving end of two thumbs up from Richard Petty. “It’s a back shot of his butt sticking out,” Patrick … 0

NASCAR creates new “deterrence’ penalty system

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system yesterday that for the first time will define specific offenses with pre-determined penalties. The new “Deterrence System” classifies six different levels of penalties, with fines and point deductions increasing … 0

NASCAR creates winner-take-all championship format

Friday, January 31, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Say goodbye to the NASCAR era when a driver, fresh off a satisfying top-10 finish, climbs from the car and raves about what a good points day it was. Winning is all that matters under … 0

NASCAR’s championship format changes

Friday, January 31, 2014

Chase changes WHAT’S NEW: NASCAR yesterday announced a new elimination-style format for the Sprint Cup championship. WHO MAKES THE CHASE: Instead of 12, 16 drivers will make the Chase for the championship, which still includes the final 10 races of the year. A win in one of the … 0

Maurice Petty completes Petty clan in Hall of Fame

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Jarrett had no idea what crazy things Blake Shelton might say as the country music star inducted him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “It could have gone in a lot of different directions,” … 0

Drivers differ on proposed NASCAR format changes

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carl Edwards said NASCAR is taking the wrong approach in its effort to draw more fans to the race track. If NASCAR really wants to create better competition and higher interest in the sport, Edwards … 0

Jimmie Johnson supports overhauled Chase format

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson was stunned by the proposed changes to the championship format that NASCAR Chairman Brian France laid out in a phone call two weeks ago. The six-time champion did not believe he was being … 0

Danica Patrick excited by potential change to Chase for Sprint Cup

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The notion of a 16-driver field in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and a possible “win-and-you’re-in” format certainly got Danica Patrick’s attention. And it crystallized the game plan of her crew chief, Tony Gibson. No, NASCAR hasn’t announced the specifics of possible changes … 0

NASCAR moves to knockout qualifying format

Thursday, January 23, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR overhauled its qualifying process yesterday, switching to a knockout format similar to Formula One and IndyCar. Drivers and track owners applauded the change, saying it will bring excitement to what had been a somewhat monotonous and often meaningless event. “I’m all for anything … 0