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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Stewart to make return to racing Sunday, speak today

Friday, August 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart … 0

Motorsports notebook: Star-studded Gibbs lineup deserves comparisons to Hendrick

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the second straight year, the homestretch of the Sprint Cup’s regular season involves the possibility of a new power on the rise. The worst-kept secret in NASCAR was finally made open Tuesday when Carl Edwards made it official he was joining Joe Gibbs Racing, giving the owner his first four-car stable. He’ll join Chase regulars Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, … 0

Biffle confident he’s hitting his stride as Chase approaches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEWINGTON – For Greg Biffle, being the anchor driver and veteran ushering in a new era at Roush Fenway Racing can wait. There’s a Chase for the Cup spot to secure first. And Biffle is confident that when 16 drivers line up in Chicago with hopes for a championship, he’ll be one of … 0

Chase Elliott turns his own passion for racing into wins

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Chase Elliott isn’t really sure what he has accomplished the last two weeks in becoming the youngest Nationwide driver with multiple victories. Elliott acknowledged he was still in shock over his first series win at … 0

Harvick wins from the pole in Southern 500

Saturday, April 12, 2014

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory last night, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end of the longest race in the track’s 65-year NASCAR … 0

Tires the talk of Texas

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for today’s race before a single lap had been turned. Goodyear’s multi-zone … 0

Johnson appreciates Hendrick links to Martinsville

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jimmie Johnson doesn’t dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway, and that’s more than understandable. He has won eight times at the track in 24 career starts. The first of them, however, … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tennis Murray, Djokovic to meet again at Key Biscayne KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Andy Murray heard a fan clamoring for a souvenir towel and tried to oblige by tossing one toward the courtside seats. His throw fell way short. That was about the only mistake Murray made yesterday … 0

Weather impossible to predict, but good scheduling can help

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Of the many things NASCAR can’t control, the weather is at the top of the list. NASCAR can’t make it be warm and sunny every race day and NASCAR can’t stave off rain showers or … 0

NASCAR to allow cool-down units on pit road

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Moving swiftly to address driver safety concerns, NASCAR yesterday banned cool-down laps and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road – the first major changes to the … 0

Dangers during qualifying have Sprint Cup drivers seeing red

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR would be hard-pressed to find many fans who don’t prefer the drama and intrigue of the new, knockout qualifying format over the old system of single-car runs. But the rules have created a wrinkle … 0

Keselowski to start on pole at Phoenix

Saturday, March 1, 2014

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brad Keselowski earned the pole at Phoenix International Raceway after making it through NASCAR’s new knockout-style qualifying yesterday. Keselowski had a fast lap of 139.384 mph, circling the mile oval in 25.828 seconds to earn a spot on the front row next to Joey Logano … 0

NASCAR’s task is duplicating Daytona 500 thriller

Saturday, March 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When the race finally resumed – some six hours after the Daytona 500 was brought to a water-logged halt – fans that made it to the finish were treated to one of the most intense … 0

Earnhardt Jr. answered pressure from fans with Daytona 500 win

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was a moment late in the Daytona 500 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a moment to catch his breath. It was clearly his race to lose and the tension ran thick through Junior … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NBA James has broken nose, might miss Bulls game MIAMI – LeBron James has a broken nose, and his availability for the Miami Heat tomorrow against Chicago will be a game-time decision. The Heat announced the diagnosis after James’s injury was evaluated yesterday. He missed the final 5:50 … 0