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Kurt Busch does a burnout as he celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

Sunday, April 26, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR’s sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend. Now he has made a trip to Victory Lane, where Busch hoped his victory yesterday at Richmond International Raceway will help him close one of the messiest …

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? …

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 …

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 …

Harvick wins Homestead to claim first championship

Monday, November 17, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was no trick to Kevin Harvick’s first Sprint Cup championship. Competing for the title against three other drivers, he seized his opportunity with a relentless dash through the field in the closing laps of …

NASCAR set to crown first-time champion at Homestead

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR’s …

Chairman believes Chase format has improved NASCAR

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – After a wild playoff round filled with brawls and go-for-the-throat racing that left NASCAR’s biggest stars out of title contention, chairman Brian France said yesterday the series would “be delighted” if winless Ryan Newman defied …

Winless Newman on cusp of Cup championship

Friday, November 14, 2014

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ryan Newman is the underdog – minus the darling – of Sprint Cup’s final four, making a mockery of the revamped playoff format that was supposed to put a premium on winning. He is the …

Homestead sold out for Sprint Cup’s Chase finale

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NASCAR’s season-ending championship race has sold out all of its grandstand seats. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer said all premium seating has also been sold out for Sunday’s finale. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman …

Format crushes Gordon’s bid for 5th title

Monday, November 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR’s new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had one of the best seasons …

A quick look at the four drivers who made the final Chase

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Joey Logano 5 wins, 16 top 5s, 22 top 10s Denny Hamlin 1 win, 7 top 5s, 17 top 10s Kevin Harvick 4 wins, 13 top 5s, 19 top 10s Ryan Newman 0 wins, 4 top 5s, 15 …

NASCAR’s Kurt Busch facing assault investigation

Saturday, November 8, 2014

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and the police in Delaware said yesterday they are investigating. The Dover Police Department said the allegations were brought to the department Wednesday. …

France felt Keselowski’s move at Texas was fine

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR chairman Brian France, who for at least two years has pushed for racing to become more of a ‘contact sport,’ believes Brad Keselowski did nothing wrong in the way he raced Jeff Gordon in …

Hendrick to pay $185,000 in fines for crew members

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne …

NASCAR penalizes 6 Hendrick crew members for fight

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from NASCAR for their post-race altercation at Texas, but two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl. …