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Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he had to win to advance into the third round of NASCAR’s championship playoff. Anything but a victory would have ended his title …

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SPRINT CUP Vickers wins Talladega pole TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR’s new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, as two full-time teams failed to make today’s race. Drivers admitted when they arrived at Talladega they didn’t understand the format, and it showed because there were no clear strategies throughout the field. Ricky …

Drama at an extreme as Sprint Cup approaches cutdowns at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The crazy, white-knuckle race is coming – ahead of schedule, it seems. NASCAR promised chaos the moment it unveiled its new elimination-based Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But that was supposed to occur during the all-or-nothing finale in Homestead, when four drivers would be given one race and one race only to …

Gordon sets qualifying mark at Michigan

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Jeff Gordon broke the Michigan International Speedway qualifying record yesterday, taking the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race with a speed of 206.558 mph. Speeds at MIS have been climbing ever since the two-mile oval …

NASCAR bars drivers from exiting cars after wrecks

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper – one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers. “I guess the one experience that comes to mind …

Column: Waiting to hear from Tony Stewart

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Plenty of people have weighed in on the tragic events last weekend at a short track in New York. A few were there. Many weren’t. But there’s only one person who really knows what happened: Tony Stewart. Until …

Stewart to sit out Sunday race in Michigan

Friday, August 15, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track. Stewart …

NHMS offering free NASCAR tickets to Market Basket employees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering free NASCAR tickets to Market Basket employees in the middle of a bitter dispute about company leadership. The speedway announced yesterday it is inviting workers to the Sept. 21 Sylvania 300 with the hopes of boosting morale. A limited number of …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tennis Serena Williams, Federer, Murray advance in Cincy MASON, Ohio – Top-seeded Serena Williams won an opening match that was as close as it gets, rallying in both tiebreakers to move on at the Western & Southern Open. …

Stewart found his roots on sprint tracks

Monday, August 11, 2014

When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America. When he triggered a 15-car accident a month later at an upstate New York race track that …

Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen, stamps ticket to Chase

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – AJ Allmendinger’s journey is almost complete. With a new contract, sponsor extensions and a solid one-car team at JTG Daugherty Racing, Allmendinger became a winner in Sprint Cup for the first time on a …

Ambrose aiming to save season with win at The Glen

Saturday, August 9, 2014

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Eleven drivers have at least one Sprint Cup victory and are locked into the Chase for the championship. Marcos Ambrose wants to make it an even dozen. Next stop, the Cheez-It 355 tomorrow on …

Gordon retains Drive to End Hunger as primary sponsor

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will have Drive to End Hunger back on the hood of his No. 24 Chevrolet in 2015. Hendrick Motorsports announced yesterday that AARP and AARP Foundation’s nationwide campaign to address the problem of older adult hunger will return as a primary sponsor …

National Guard to pull out of NASCAR and IndyCar

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The National Guard said yesterday it will end its sponsorship of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and IndyCar’s Graham Rahal, but it is not clear when that goes into effect. Hendrick Motorsports said in a statement it has a contract through 2015. “We have not …

Success for Earnhardt Jr., Gordon a dream scenario for NASCAR

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was Jeff Gordon’s championship to lose just a week ago after his record fifth win at the Brickyard. Then Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed a season sweep at Pocono and now he’s the guy to …