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Driver Denny Hamlin speaks with a crew member during practice for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

New Chase format means Cup drivers don’t have to put health on the line

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials. That bravado – foolishness? – in drivers is no more. Denny …

Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there yesterday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing streak by holding off Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on one final restart in NASCAR’s …

Only shove by Harvick this time at Texas comes on the track

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The only shove by Kevin Harvick in Texas this time came on the track. With 20 laps left in the Duck Commander 500 won by Jimmie Johnson, Harvick tapped the rear of Joey Logano’s car to push past the defending race winner. “You knock them out of the way, …

Elliott headlines five drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks. “Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” was …

Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season. The announcement yesterday was expected because Elliott is the reigning Xfinity Series champion and one of NASCAR’s most promising …

NASCAR’s France lauds Chase’s popularity, confirms no changes to playoff format

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which Chairman Brian France said yesterday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among …

Four-time Sprint Cup champ Jeff Gordon ending career after ’15

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year …

NASCAR driver Busch says ex-girlfriend is trained assassin

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DOVER, Del. – The NASCAR driver known as “The Outlaw” testified yesterday he believes his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world who once returned to him in a blood-splattered gown. “Everybody on …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Logano, Hamlin, Newman all fall short in finale

Monday, November 17, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joey Logano’s championship bid ended in the pits on a miserable stop. Denny Hamlin coughed up his shot on a gamble that went bust. Ryan Newman’s ferocious rally from an early deficit was one spot …