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Jimmie Johnson (48) beats Kevin Harvick (4), Jeff Gordon (24) and Denny Hamlin (11) out of the pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Johnson won the race. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

Only shove by Harvick this time at Texas comes on the track

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The only shove by Kevin Harvick in Texas this time came on the track. With 20 laps left in the Duck Commander 500 won by Jimmie Johnson, Harvick tapped the rear of Joey Logano’s car to push past the defending race winner. “You knock them out of the way, and that’s the chance you take when …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, April 3, 2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Woman says she made up allegations against ex-Alabama player TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her now says she made it up because she thought he was cheating on her. A deposition released yesterday by Tuscaloosa County District Court indicates “she made it up to get back at him for cheating on her …

Newman’s race team penalized after manipulating tires

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team yesterday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage that teams were drilling tiny holes in their tires to allow air to escape …

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. …

Outrage with Keselowski out of place in hyper-competitive Sprint Cup

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him. …

Gordon angry with Keselowski after Johnson’s win

Monday, November 3, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski’s face was puffy, and he took a couple quick drinks of water to wash the blood from his mouth. So close to a big playoff win, Jeff Gordon was left with a …

Despite eliminations, consistency still paying off in Chase

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When NASCAR Chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward “the most worthy, battle-tested” driver with the Sprint Cup …