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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 …

Custer’s first stand lands 16-year-old Truck Series driver in Victory Lane

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – Cole Custer didn’t know if there’d be time to recover after a questionable call on pit road with 27 laps left had him climbing out of a deep hole. The pole-sitter for yesterday’s NASCAR Camping World …

For NASCAR, race is on to tap into bracket hype

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway, along with its NASCAR partners, are betting on a bracket. This year, the NASCAR playoff chase, which rolls into Loudon today with the Sylvania 300, will take a play out of the college basketball playbook, introducing the NASCAR Perfect Grid Challenge. With $100,000 …

Truck Series driver Sauter finds major happiness in NASCAR’s minor leagues

Saturday, September 20, 2014

LOUDON – Johnny Sauter has seen plenty of them. They’re the young drivers who come up through the Camping World Truck Series, looking for a stepping-stone on their way up the NASCAR ladder. Darrell Wallace Jr. is one …

More at stake in Loudon race with new Chase format

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Loudon was always pivotal. Now, it’s even more important. Thanks to the changes to the Chase format for this season, calling New Hampshire an “all or nothing” stop in the …

Schedule for NASCAR weekend at NHMS

Friday, September 19, 2014

NASCAR weekend schedule WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17 5-7 p.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities Ride-alongs THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 11 a.m. – Camping World Truck Series haulers enter 1 p.m. – Whelen Modified Tour haulers enter 5:30-10 p.m. – WOKQ FanFest …

Logano defied the odds with career renaissance at Penske

Friday, September 19, 2014

For every Kyle Busch, there’s a Casey Atwood. For every Kyle Larson, there’s a Todd Kluever. For every young talent who shows enough in his first moments in the limelight to tell you he’s a certain star, there’s …

After cutting it close with Chase, Kahne hopes best is still to come

Friday, September 19, 2014

The last time Kasey Kahne stood in front of a group of New England reporters, he was hit with question after question probing at his wobbly Chase hopes, and had a tight smile ready for each one. Yes, …

Championship chases continue to take shape in NASCAR weekend at NHMS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Urgency at Loudon in September isn’t anything new. But there’s a new wrinkle for the fans showing up from all around New England and beyond to take in the Sprint Cup’s Chase for the Championship race on Sunday. …

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney …

Gibbs cars need to find speed to contend in Chase

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Joe Gibbs Racing got all three of its cars into NASCAR’s playoffs, but if something doesn’t turn around quickly, the organization won’t have a shot at winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kyle …

Keselowski routs Richmond field to grab top seed

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Brad Keselowski routed the field last night for his fourth win of the season, a victory that gives him the top seed in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski led all but 17 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NFL Jets practice player charged with assault after hotel fight FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets practice squad player Quincy Enunwa was arrested this week after being accused of fighting with another man at a New Jersey …