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Jimmie Johnson gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships – six of them, more than anyone …

Rain at Dover washes out qualifying; Kenseth on pole

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DOVER, Del. – For a driver on the brink of championship elimination, Kevin Harvick might have the biggest target at Dover. The mission is clear: Knock out Harvick, knock out a champion. “Everyone in this Chase knows they are the biggest threat for the championship,” four-time champ Jeff Gordon said. “If they get …

Column: Retirement will give Tony Stewart freedom he seeks

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart picked his way through the crowd surrounding a red carpet at Chicagoland Speedway to make his way to the pre-race driver meeting. Dance music blared from two large speakers at the front of the tent, celebrities and other dignitaries sat in special seats and fans craned their necks …

NASCAR Notebook: Racing hopes for another home run as new packages get second test at Brickyard

Friday, July 24, 2015

The first experiment worked. Now we’ll see if the second one is just as big a hit. At one of auto racing’s sacred grounds, no less. The Sprint Cup heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, …

Heavy rains and sprint car race give Eldora tight turnaround

Monday, July 20, 2015

ROSSBURG, Ohio – As the sun came up over Eldora Speedway, track general manager Roger Slack carefully debated a contract with the head of the World Racing Group. Heavy rains had wreaked havoc on the schedule for the …

Late charge puts Kyle Busch in Victory Lane once again

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – Kyle Busch thought his shot at a second straight win was over when he pitted from fourth to fix a potential loose wheel with 57 laps left during Sunday’s 5-hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor …

Earnhardt still itching for a New Hampshire win

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in Sunday’s 5-hour Energy 301. He sounded like he finished 35th. “I’m more concerned that we didn’t have speed,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. “We ran fifth, but I didn’t like …

A look at who’s in line to make the Chase

Sunday, July 19, 2015

4 wins Jimmie Johnson (646 points) 3 wins Kyle Busch* (247) 2 wins Kevin Harvick (734), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (655), Kurt Busch (576) 1 win Joey Logano (665), Martin Truex Jr. (628), Brad Keselowski (603), Matt Kenseth (578), Denny Hamlin (552), Carl Edwards (487) Top 16 on points …

NHMS delivers; you just had to wait

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – For 200 laps, it felt as if those new aerodynamic packages that everyone in the NASCAR world has been raving about couldn’t make their way down Route 106 and into New Hampshire Motor Speedway fast enough. …

Ray Duckler: Furor over the Confederate flag comes to NASCAR

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Race cars backfire now and then. So does public relations strategy. I saw it, felt it and lived it Saturday along Route 106, near New Hampshire Motor Speedway, home of Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 301. NASCAR, the governing body …

25 years at Loudon – NHMS becomes a New England racing gem

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It was a little less than 26 years ago that the construction started on the small road course in Loudon right alongside Route 106. Out of humble origins of dirt, tractors and backhoes grew grand visions in Bob …

Irrelevance something new for Stewart

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – It’s been a rough year for Tony Stewart, a weekly struggle in which nothing goes right before the race and nothing goes right during it. That in itself isn’t the shock; Stewart hasn’t finished higher than …

Hamlin an unpopular winner in Xfinity race at NHMS

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – Denny Hamlin didn’t make many friends during Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But after racing his way to his first victory at the Magic Mile and second Xfinity Series win this season, …

NHMS notes: Not all accidents happen on the track, just ask Bowyer and Gordon

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – A miscue during a seemingly innocuous practice session generated the most buzz at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. Clint Bowyer was driving through the garage area during the morning practice when he bumped into Jeff …

Tony Stewart’s slide

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Since winning his third Cup championship in 2011, Tony Stewart’s career has hit hard times. 2011 5 wins, 1st overall 2012 3 wins, 9th overall 2013 1 win, 29th overall 2014 0 wins, 25th overall 2015 0 wins, 28th currently …