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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012, file photo, workers paint a logo on the grass near the front stretch during preparation for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Concord, N.C. Sprint informed NASCAR it won't extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. "Sprint has long benefitted from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports," Steve Gaffney, vice president of marketing for Sprint, said in a Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, statement.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sprint informed NASCAR it won’t extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. “Sprint has long benefited from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports,” Steve Gaffney, vice president of marketing for …

Harvick finally climbs to NASCAR’s summit

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Two years ago, Kevin Harvick was evaluating his life. He and his wife, DeLana, had welcomed a son, their only child. They’d sold their race team and began to prioritize what really mattered to their growing family. Harvick wanted two things: to be happy, and to race for championships. So …

Earnhardt wins record 12th most popular award

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. extended his run as NASCAR’s most popular driver with his 12th consecutive win. Earnhardt was presented with the NASCAR Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award at last night’s season-ending awards ceremony. Earnhardt last year broke a tie with 16-time winner Bill Elliott for most consecutive years as winner. Only 17 drivers have won the most popular driver …

Crazy afternoon at Loudon scrambles the Chase field

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The moment the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format was unveiled, it came with a certainty: With eliminations looming, the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would get crazy. As expected, the Sylvania 300 was …

Johnson chasing down his own high standards

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – It’s Jimmie Johnson’s favorite time of the year. But with the second race of the Chase set to begin, Six-Time has the tone of the kid whose birthday party isn’t quite up to his expectations. “It’s …

With warmer temps, Gordon turns fastest practice lap

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LOUDON – Maybe there’s hope for beating Brad Keselowski today after all. The winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and pole-sitter for this afternoon’s Sylvania 300 was the fastest car again at yesterday’s morning practice, but …

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 …