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Chase Elliott crosses the finish line as he wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

RTA could help NASCAR and teams communicate better on key issues

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying. NASCAR refused to allow the use of cooling boxes, so teams had jerry-rigged a system that created a dangerous on-track situation for the drivers. NASCAR summoned the crew chiefs … 0

Logano’s fury justified after wreck caused by Shepherd at NHMS

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Joey Logano spoke with a tone soaked in frustration and anger, using it whenever he could to convey a point he was determined to have heard. This wasn’t heat-of-the-moment emotion from the Penske driver. Logano’s fury had built over time, and he was convinced he had a point. Logano was speaking after his … 1

Drew Bonifant: In NASCAR this year, winning isn’t everything – but it helps

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brad Keselowski was leaving the rest of the field in his impressive wake, but one of the people calling his victory had some reassurance for the drivers behind him. “You don’t always have to get to Victory Lane to make it a successful day,” TNT commentator Wally Dallenbach said during the broadcast. Several … 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

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

College football Mariota will return to Ducks EUGENE, Ore. – Quarterback Marcus Mariota announced that he will return to Oregon for his junior season. There had been speculation that Mariota might declare himself eligible for the NFL. Following … 0

Johnson fighting for his due among the greats

Sunday, November 17, 2013

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson is up almost every day by 5:30 a.m., the easiest time of day to do his training. He runs five days a week, logging up to 40 miles on foot, swims two days … 0

Crafton wins NASCAR Truck Series championship

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Partial celebration Matt Crafton’s season finale was far from a stress-free drive. Crafton won the NASCAR Truck Series championship even before the green flag dropped last night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With a nearly insurmountable 46-point lead over Ty … 0