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Driver Denny Hamlin listens a member of his team talks before practice, Friday, July 11, 2014 in Loudon, N.H., for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Race race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

NASCAR suspends Hamlin crew chief Grubb 6 races

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief yesterday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill were both suspended through the Sept. 6 race at Richmond. Grubb, the crew chief, was also fined $125,000. It strips Hamlin of two … 0

Harvick grabs yet another pole with big run at Indy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Kevin Harvick once again dominated a NASCAR qualifying session, setting a new Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record to win the pole for the Brickyard 400. Harvick turned a lap at 188.470 mph yesterday to claim his Sprint Cup Series-best fourth pole of the season. Harvick beat the track record of 187.531 … 0

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 … 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

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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

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