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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 …

Sprint Cup drivers revved up about new aero package

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – Two days before another Sprint Cup race, some of NASCAR’s best were still talking about the last one. Much has been made and discussed about concerning the new aero package unveiled last week at Kentucky, which …

Despite tough early break, Kyle Busch is feeling fine about Chase chances

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – There’s a chance Kyle Busch’s season, as far as being a contender for the Sprint Cup championship, ended before it began. A broken leg suffered the day prior to the Daytona 500 left him with months …

Out of Gilford, Bernasconi lands top engineering role with Xfinity team

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LOUDON – On Saturday, Ryan Reed will try to drive his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford to Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series’s Lakes Region 200. How fitting. If he gets there, he’ll have a native of that …

NASCAR at NHMS preview: What to expect from racing weekend in Loudon

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Last year, change was the topic du jour as NASCAR made its annual summer trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There was a new playoff system in the Sprint Cup that drivers were striving for in midseason. There …

NASCAR takes positive steps toward brighter future

Monday, July 13, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – What a different NASCAR we have now. The sport so married to a dictator-style reign, so resistant to meaningful change and so slow to take a stance on anything that might alienate its fan base …

Rift forms between Earnhardt Jr., Patrick heading into New Hampshire

Monday, July 13, 2015

SPARTA, Ky. – The relationship between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick will need repairing before two of NASCAR’s most popular drivers head to this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A couple of on-track incidents late …

NBC receives positive reviews in return to NASCAR coverage

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NBC’s return to NASCAR coverage came with a big set of challenges: A three-hour rain delay and a caution-filled race that ended with a horrific last-lap crash nearly eight hours after the network began its …

Buddy Baker steps down from radio show with inoperable tumor

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker ssaid he has a “huge tumor” in his lung that is requiring him to immediately step down as co-host of his SiriusXM NASCAR show. The 74-year-old Baker won 19 races …

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

Monday, July 6, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life. …

Sprint Cup race delayed more than 3 hours by rain

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a rain delay of more than three hours, Sunday night’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway started after 11 p.m. As rain delayed his final race at Daytona, four-time Sprint Cup champion …

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wants grass removed from tracks

Saturday, July 4, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch has become the unwitting poster boy for NASCAR safety improvements. It’s not a role he wanted. But now that it’s been thrust upon him, he’s not shying away from taking the lead …

NASCAR tracks jointly ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

Friday, July 3, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago. The facilities …