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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012, file photo, workers paint a logo on the grass near the front stretch during preparation for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Concord, 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 benefitted from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports," Steve Gaffney, vice president of marketing for Sprint, said in a Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, statement.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

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,” Steve Gaffney, vice president of marketing for …

Harvick finally climbs to NASCAR’s summit

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Two years ago, Kevin Harvick was evaluating his life. He and his wife, DeLana, had welcomed a son, their only child. They’d sold their race team and began to prioritize what really mattered to their growing family. Harvick wanted two things: to be happy, and to race for championships. So …

Earnhardt wins record 12th most popular award

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. extended his run as NASCAR’s most popular driver with his 12th consecutive win. Earnhardt was presented with the NASCAR Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award at last night’s season-ending awards ceremony. Earnhardt last year broke a tie with 16-time winner Bill Elliott for most consecutive years as winner. Only 17 drivers have won the most popular driver …

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. …

A look at the race for the Chase with 3 races left

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Drivers who’ve qualified by winning, and drivers still on the bubble to make the 16-car Chase field with three races remaining. 3 wins: Jeff Gordon (816 points), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (813), Brad Keselowski (733), Jimmie Johnson (686) 2 wins: Joey Logano (714), Kevin Harvick (687), Carl Edwards (679) …

Motorsports notebook: It’s time for common sense to prevail in NASCAR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. was less than a week old when NASCAR made the obvious move. No leaving the car during cautions, the auto racing body ruled Friday. If there’s smoke or a …