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In these photos taken in February 2013, qualifying drivers and their cars in the starting field for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race are shown at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They are, from top, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard. (AP Photo)

Check on the Chase

Monday, September 22, 2014

CHECK ON THE CHASE In with wins Keselowski (Chicago) Logano (NHMS) Points race The bottom four drivers after next week’s race will be eliminated from title contention. Harvick 3rd, 2,090 Johnson 4th, 2,080 Ky. Busch 5th, 2,077 Earnhardt Jr. 5th, 2,077 Gordon 7th, 2,070 Kenseth 8th, 2,057 Edwards 8th, 2,057 Allmendinger 10th, 2,056 Kahne 11th, 2,055 Newman 11th, 2,055 Hamlin 13th, 2,049 Biffle 13th, 2,049 Ku. Busch 15th, 2,047 Almirola 16th, 2,045 … 0

Logano warms to NHMS after Chase race victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

LOUDON – Joey Logano is the first to admit New Hampshire is far from his favorite place to race. The New England native won his first-ever Sprint Cup race at the Magic Mile in 2009 – albeit a rain-shortened event – but has struggled on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.058-mile circuit since, averaging … 0

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 living up to those expectations. And then things really got nuts. By the time the … 0

Younger Elliott has a future to believe in

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The words leaked from his lips with little notice, likely because they were exactly what someone in his racing boots would be expected to say. Chase Elliott, after all, was 18 years old, never having raced a full … 0

Race for the Chase – A look at the contenders to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup field

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JIMMIE JOHNSON Team: Hendrick Motorsports Wins: 3 Points: 596 Top 5s: 6 Top 10s: 12 Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2003, Sept. ’03, June ’10) Average finish at NHMS: 9.6 Last year at NHMS: 6th in July, … 0

As NASCAR crowds loom, state to test wood for bugs

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Hampshire’s forest rangers are cautioning visitors to this weekend’s NASCAR race: If you’re camping, buy the firewood locally or have a certificate showing it’s been heat-treated. They’re trying to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, … 0

NASCAR penalizes Kurt Busch for Daytona infraction

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway. Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 yesterday because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in Sunday’s rain-shortened and rescheduled … 0

Patriots’ Edelman to drive pace car at NHMS

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Julian Edelman does it all for the New England Patriots. A highly-productive receiver and return man since joining the team as a seventh-round pick in 2009, Edelman even saw action on defense in 2011. On Sunday, he’ll take … 0

NASCAR’s decision to cut Daytona race short a wise one

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

When the sky opened for a third time during the rain-rescheduled race at Daytona, and teams pulled out car covers to wait out the weather, it seemed the right time for NASCAR to put the Coke Zero 400 … 0

9 top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The top nine teams in NASCAR have for the first time formed a single entity to collaborate on initiatives and issues facing their sport. The Race Team Alliance was announced yesterday, and Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman was elected chairman. The goals of the … 0

France: NASCAR to discuss changes to 2015 schedule

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Chairman Brian France said “robust” discussion will go into setting the 2015 schedule. A revamped format to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship this season coupled with NBC taking over the second … 0

NASCAR to mull qualifying changes at plate races

Saturday, July 5, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – That strange qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway might end up being a one-time thing. NASCAR executive Robin Pemberton said rules could be tweaked to prevent teams from trying to scheme ways to post … 0

Gilliland lands pole for Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Friday, July 4, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – David Gilliland won the pole for the Sprint Cup race tonight at Daytona International Speedway after rain shortened qualifying. Gilliland’s top speed during a hectic, cat-and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322 mph. The top 24 drivers yesterday in the first knockout stage were supposed to … 0

Drew Bonifant: Road to the Chase is a road course for Ambrose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is the point in the season Marcos Ambrose has been waiting for. From the moment NASCAR announced the change to its Chase for the Sprint Cup format, putting an emphasis on wins rather than accumulated points, the … 0

Victory-starved no more, Earnhardt Jr. seeks a winning streak

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a long losing streak when he won at Michigan International Speedway two years ago. How much have times changed? A victory this week would give NASCAR’s most popular driver a winning … 0