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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Stewart to make return to racing Sunday, speak today

Friday, August 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart … 0

Motorsports notebook: Star-studded Gibbs lineup deserves comparisons to Hendrick

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the second straight year, the homestretch of the Sprint Cup’s regular season involves the possibility of a new power on the rise. The worst-kept secret in NASCAR was finally made open Tuesday when Carl Edwards made it official he was joining Joe Gibbs Racing, giving the owner his first four-car stable. He’ll join Chase regulars Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, … 0

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when 16 drivers line up in Chicago with hopes for a championship, he’ll be one of … 0

9 top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The top nine teams in NASCAR have for the first time formed a single entity to collaborate on initiatives and issues facing their sport. The Race Team Alliance was announced yesterday, and Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman was elected chairman. The goals of the … 0

France: NASCAR to discuss changes to 2015 schedule

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Chairman Brian France said “robust” discussion will go into setting the 2015 schedule. A revamped format to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship this season coupled with NBC taking over the second … 0

NASCAR to mull qualifying changes at plate races

Saturday, July 5, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – That strange qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway might end up being a one-time thing. NASCAR executive Robin Pemberton said rules could be tweaked to prevent teams from trying to scheme ways to post … 0

Gilliland lands pole for Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Friday, July 4, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – David Gilliland won the pole for the Sprint Cup race tonight at Daytona International Speedway after rain shortened qualifying. Gilliland’s top speed during a hectic, cat-and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322 mph. The top 24 drivers yesterday in the first knockout stage were supposed to … 0

Drew Bonifant: Road to the Chase is a road course for Ambrose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is the point in the season Marcos Ambrose has been waiting for. From the moment NASCAR announced the change to its Chase for the Sprint Cup format, putting an emphasis on wins rather than accumulated points, the … 0

Victory-starved no more, Earnhardt Jr. seeks a winning streak

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a long losing streak when he won at Michigan International Speedway two years ago. How much have times changed? A victory this week would give NASCAR’s most popular driver a winning … 0

Montoya: “I have a really good shot at winning” Indy

Sunday, May 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya stormed onto the national scene in 1999 as a brash and fearless rookie who didn’t hesitate to go wheel-to-wheel with the biggest names. The 23-year-old Montoya backed down from no one, didn’t hesitate … 0

NASCAR’s Scott, Elliott elected to Hall of Fame

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wendell Scott earned a second NASCAR first yesterday: He became the first African-American driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The late driver from Virginia was among the latest group of five … 0

Chase Elliott finally set to graduate high school

Friday, May 16, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa – For many veteran NASCAR drivers, balancing a career while raising kids is a huge challenge. Chase Elliott? He has risen to the top of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series while dealing with the responsibilities that come … 0

Keselowski shows again that he’s not playing nice

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s apparently beat-up Brad Keselowski day, and he’s okay with that. The 2012 NASCAR champion has pretty thick skin, so he can handle the barbs hurled his way since his poor showing Sunday at Talladega … 0

NASCAR should leave Mears and Ambrose without punishment after scuffle

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quick quiz: Who won the 1979 Daytona 500? The answer, of course, is Richard Petty. But very few people – if any – equate that race with “The King” grabbing the sixth of his seven … 0

Duel at the end, then fisticuffs in Sprint Cup race

Sunday, April 27, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – From perfect weather and a big crowd to a classic short-track finish and the fisticuffs afterward, NASCAR hardly could have asked for more from its first visit to Richmond International Raceway. Joey Logano emerged as … 0