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  • NASCAR: Justin Grant wins final heat race to earn spot in Chili Bowl Erik Jones (20) does a burnout after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are two former sprint car stars who are on the outside looking in right now at the Super Bowl of Midget Racing. Neither NASCAR driver scored a top-three finish in Friday night’s qualifier, where the podium drivers earn automatic berths into the main event — the ...
  • NASCAR: Christopher Bell wins to keep Toyota perfect at Chili Bowl Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports / AP)   —    The sound of race car engines broke the winter silence at Daytona International Speedway in Florida last weekend as teams practiced for the Rolex 24 sports car race scheduled for Jan. 27-28. Big noise in Daytona Beach is the first major sign that the very short off-season ...
  • NASCAR announces start times, TV networks for 2018 Cup season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series announced Monday the start times and TV and radio networks for the 2018 season. Unlike 2017, no race will start before 2 p.m. ET next season, though a number of races that had later start times this year will see a slightly earlier ...
  • NASCAR finale a respite from exodus of stars William Byron poses with his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto racing championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.(AP Photo/Terry Renna) HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — As Kyle Busch walked off the stage following the final race of the year, a NASCAR official told the driver he would see him next season. “If I don’t retire,” Busch said. Ummm, what? “Wouldn’t be the first guy,” Busch quipped. Busch was probably just making a joke about Carl Edwards, who lost last year’s ...
  • NASCAR title caps dramatic season for Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing NASCAR WINNER-truex-pearn(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   HOMESTEAD, Fla. — A Canadian crew chief led a Toyota driver from New Jersey and a team based in Denver to a championship. This certainly isn’t your father’s NASCAR. To say that Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn and the rest of the Furniture Row Racing team wrote a spectacular finish ...
  • NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st NASCAR title Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race and season championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s newest champion wouldn’t take his helmet off. He couldn’t. If he did, then everyone would see Martin Truex Jr. cry. Truex capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion Sunday, then struggled to start the celebration. He was mobbed on the frontstretch by his Furniture Row Racing team, and ...
  • NASCAR closing in on crowning Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup auto race at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s four championship contenders were seated elbow-to-elbow previewing their upcoming title race when they were asked to give one word to describe the season. “Amazing,” said Martin Truex Jr. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick both said the season was “long,” while Kyle Busch went with “trying.” But Truex? Well, he’s got nothing ...
  • NASCAR: Earnhardt long ago outgrew his father’s shadow Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the second half of the 2016 recovering from concussion symptoms.(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — He was so shy, so skinny, not yet somebody. It was around 1997 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was testing at Talladega Superspeedway, wearing an all-white firesuit. Bobby Labonte was the star at the Alabama test that day, and all the media crammed into Talladega’s wood-paneled press room to talk to Labonte. I’m not ...
  • NASCAR: Drivers competing in the NASCAR championship race Martin Truex Jr. gestures as he celebrates his seventh NASCAR Cup Series auto race win of the season at Kansas Speedway Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — A glance at the four drivers in the NASCAR championship race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway: DRIVER: Kyle Busch TEAM: No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing BORN: May 2, 1985 HOMETOWN: Las Vegas CREW CHIEF: Adam Stevens SPONSOR: M&M’s Caramel/Interstate Batteries SOCIAL MEDIA: @kylebusch (Twitter), @rowdybusch (Instagram) NOTES: Busch is racing for his second championship and has been among the ...
  • NASCAR – Takeaways from Phoenix: Harvick plays underdog, Truex embraces being top dog Matt Kenseth celebrates his win in Victory Lane after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   AVONDALE, Ariz. — Four takeaways from Phoenix Raceway and Sunday’s Can-Am 500 as NASCAR prepares to decide its three national-series championships this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida: TALKING THE TALK – The checkered flag had barely stopping flying over Matt Kenseth’s winning car Sunday when the trash talk ...
  • NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins and Keselowski earns championship berth Matt Kenseth celebrates his win in Victory Lane after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kenseth doesn’t get to end his career the way he hoped. He thinks he’s got a handful of good years left in him, and can win races and compete for championships. But, the economics of the sport have made Kenseth a casualty of NASCAR’s new youth movement. He doesn’t have a ...
  • NASCAR: Ryan Blaney wins pole in critical playoff race at Phoenix / Truck Finals Jimmie Johnson was looking for a record eighth NASCAR Cup title this year, but his No. 48 Chevrolet just has not been fast enough.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY)AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Blaney probably needs to win at Phoenix Raceway to earn a shot at NASCAR’s championship. He’ll at least start up front Sunday in his bid to put The Wood Brothers in the final four contenders next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Blaney won the pole in his final chance to qualify for ...
  • NASCAR: Chevy needs a win Sunday at Phoenix to join Toyota and Ford in Final Four Jimmie Johnson was looking for a record eighth NASCAR Cup title this year, but his No. 48 Chevrolet just has not been fast enough.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —    Chevrolet drivers have won seven of the last eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Phoenix Raceway. Chevy teams will need help from that history in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC) as five drivers wrestle for the last spot in the Final Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway in ...
  • Tony Stewart hints he may run some NASCAR events in future Tony Stewart is racing in his final season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.(Photo: Amber Searls, USA TODAY Sports)KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart hasn’t ruled out a return in some form to NASCAR, perhaps in the Xfinity Series or at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course. The three-time NASCAR champion expressed interest in getting back in a stock car Wednesday as he introduced Aric Almirola as the newest driver at Stewart-Haas Racing . At ...
  • NASCAR: As sponsorship dollars dwindle, NASCAR’s stars fade FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, Matt Kenseth sits in his car as he waits to practice for a NASCAR Series Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Kenseth says he will be taking time off in 2018, though the former NASCAR Cup Series champion isn't using the word retirement. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth, a future Hall of Famer, likely has two races left in his life as a famous NASCAR driver. The final seat in the carousel of job options will be filled Wednesday when Stewart-Haas Racing is expected to announce Aric Almirola as its new driver. Yes, a two-time Daytona 500 winner and ...
  • NASCAR Texas takeaways: Kevin Harvick did it his way; Jimmie Johnson on the ropes Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —    The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs move from the heart of Texas to the desert this weekend for the final elimination race of the season. Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway will determine the last remaining spot in the final four that will race for the championship on Nov. 19 ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick passes Truex for Texas win, both clinch title shots Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The timing was perfect for Kevin Harvick’s first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Texas. So was his winning pass. Harvick went around the outside of Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 10 laps to go, then stayed in front the rest of the way Sunday to earn his championship shot ...
  • Kurt Busch sets NASCAR qualifying record to win Texas pole Kevin Harvick stands in Victory Lane while holding the pole award for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kurt Busch went faster than anyone has ever gone in NASCAR Cup qualifying on a 1½-mile track. While out of championship contention and uncertain who he will drive for next season, he is still trying to win races. “The sensation of speed is, it’s unbelievable,” Busch said. Busch averaged a record 200.915 ...
  • NASCAR playoffs move to Texas for the second Round of 8 race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)  (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —    If everything is bigger in Texas, as the old saying claims, it might be advisable to tune in for the finish of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, the next race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs.          As Cup teams arrive in Fort Worth for the ...
  • With NASCAR championship record in sight, Jimmie Johnson remains ‘regular guy’ Crew Chief Chad Knaus offers Jimmie Johnson a bottle of water as Johnson gives on broadcast interview in victory lane following his win in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 9, 2017. "I'm not feeling the best, but we got into Victory Lane," Johnson said before going to the infield care center to get treatment for apparent dehydration after his 81st career victory. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   This all began in 1964. Richard Petty, stepping with authority outside the considerable shadow of his championship-winning father, Lee, won nine races and the NASCAR Cup Series title, his first. Six more championships followed, with Petty winning his last in 1979. A year later, the sport’s next king stepped forward ...
  • Five takeaways: Will wild finish at Martinsville lead to retribution in Texas on Sunday? Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Five takeaways from Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, where there was enough drama and craziness to make one think a World Series game had broken out: TEXAS TEMPTATIONS – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs move on to Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth this weekend, and ...
  • NASCAR: Martinsville was the hard racing NASCAR wants Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. The grandfather clock is the winner's trophy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin loves Martinsville Speedway, where he has won five times at a place he considers one of his home tracks. Yet when he was shown on the infield big screen after wrecking Chase Elliot, he was roundly booed. Yes, the guy from Virginia was booed at his own track. It took seven ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch to race for title after Martinsville victory Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. The grandfather clock is the winner's trophy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — There should be no confusion about the intensity of NASCAR’s playoffs after Sunday’s show at Martinsville Speedway. Chase Elliott could have won, same for Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin, too. It was Kyle Busch, though, who punched his ticket into NASCAR’s championship race with a victory in overtime of a race that turned ...
  • NASCAR: Elliott fastest playoff driver in Martinsville practice Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Jimmie Johnson (48) and Chase Elliott (24) and Ryan Blaney (21) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.(Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Chase Elliott was fastest of the playoff contenders in the final practice before Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. The playoff field has been cut in half to eight drivers, and they have the next three races to earn one of the final four spots in next month’s championship race. A victory earns ...
  • Jimmie Johnson ready to heat up Martinsville track through rain, cold or dark of night Jimmie Johnson, left, talks with a team member outside his garage during a practice session for the Clash NASCAR auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —   This weekend will present a different sort of racing experience for both fans and drivers as the NASCAR playoffs continue at Martinsville Speedway in south central Virginia. In scheduling atypical of the norm, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers will practice on Saturday and qualify and race on Sunday. The track ...
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