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FILE - In this July 27, 2014, file photo, Jeff Gordon celebrates after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Gordon says he will retire as a full-time  driver after 2015 season. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

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 in him. NASCAR’s most charismatic driver, the man behind the wheel of the famed and sometimes feared No. 24, had decided it was time to call it quits on one of the most successful careers in motorsports history. The four-time champion conferred with Rick Hendrick, the only team owner he has had over 23 years of Sprint Cup racing, and settled on a date. The 43-year-old Gordon …

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 the outside can tell me I’m crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw …

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 available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports,” …

Championship chases continue to take shape in NASCAR weekend at NHMS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Urgency at Loudon in September isn’t anything new. But there’s a new wrinkle for the fans showing up from all around New England and beyond to take in the Sprint Cup’s Chase for the Championship race on Sunday. …

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney …

Gibbs cars need to find speed to contend in Chase

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Joe Gibbs Racing got all three of its cars into NASCAR’s playoffs, but if something doesn’t turn around quickly, the organization won’t have a shot at winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kyle …

Keselowski routs Richmond field to grab top seed

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Brad Keselowski routed the field last night for his fourth win of the season, a victory that gives him the top seed in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski led all but 17 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NFL Jets practice player charged with assault after hotel fight FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets practice squad player Quincy Enunwa was arrested this week after being accused of fighting with another man at a New Jersey …

Atlanta headed for new late-winter NASCAR slot

Monday, September 1, 2014

HAMPTON, Ga. – Atlanta Motor Speedway’s slot in NASCAR’s schedule is going from Labor Day weekend to late winter. The move, however, does not leave AMS President Ed Clark cold. The track’s final Labor Day weekend Sprint Cup race was last night. Next year, Atlanta racing shifts to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Stewart deserves all the time he needs to cope with Ward incident

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss. None of those studies offer a clean timetable on when the roller coaster of …

Larson quickly exits car after it catches fire

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kyle Larson hesitated ever so slightly before getting out of his car after crashing into the wall. A new NASCAR rule announced Friday orders drivers to stay in their cars after accidents until they’re told to get out. But there are exceptions for emergency situations, …

Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. – It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan – which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. …