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Carl Edwards,right, and Cole Whitt, left, lead Kevin Harvick into the first turn during the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

After Brickyard dud, NASCAR has to head back to the drawing board

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one …

Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole, with Tony Stewart fourth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top starting spot. But he then had to see if two-time race winner and Indiana native …

NASCAR Notebook: Racing hopes for another home run as new packages get second test at Brickyard

Friday, July 24, 2015

The first experiment worked. Now we’ll see if the second one is just as big a hit. At one of auto racing’s sacred grounds, no less. The Sprint Cup heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, one of the biggest events on the schedule, and the racing will be under a …

NASCAR notebook: Harvick’s advice a wise idea for Sprint Cup

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kevin Harvick’s been so good this year, even his ideas have stood out among his competitors. The defending Sprint Cup champion and current points leader had some sage advice when asked how he could improve NASCAR, with a …

Jeff Gordon to drive pace car in Indianapolis 500

Thursday, April 30, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Gordon will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 next month. The four-time NASCAR champion is retiring at the end of this season. He has a background in open-wheel racing, but Gordon has never …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in Sprint Cup’s Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make …

Sprint Cup top 5s

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Top 5 race 1. Denny Hamlin, Toyota 2. Brad Keselowski, Ford 3. Joey Logano, Ford 4. Matt Kenseth, Toyota 5. David Ragan, Toyota Top 5 points 1. Kevin Harvick, 263 2. Logano, 239 3. Martin Truex Jr., 231 4. Keselowski, 206 5. Kasey Kahne, 193 Race winners: Harvick …

Motorsports notebook: Elliott’s Sprint Cup debut a reminder that the future is here

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the thought didn’t occur to you when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon arrived last year or when Jeff Gordon announced his coming retirement before this year, it should set in when Chase Elliott climbs into his car …

Leading off: Leading off

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Motorsports NASCAR racer Larson taken to hospital after fainting MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chip Ganassi Racing officials said Kyle Larson was taken to a hospital as a precaution after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway yesterday. Chip Ganassi said Larson fainted at Chevy Stage in the fan …