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  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson claims pole at Fontana, edging Denny Hamlin Kyle Larson stands with his son Owen after winning the pole position for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Although Kyle Larson has been in second place for most of this NASCAR season, nobody could catch him in qualifying at Fontana. Larson turned a lap in 38.493 seconds Friday in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, hitting 187.047 mph to claim the pole for Sunday’s race. Denny Hamlin clocked in at 38.507 seconds ...
  • NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick Pole sitter Joey Logano (22) and Ryan Blaney (21) lead the field past the green flag during the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski’s car failed post-race inspection on Sunday and NASCAR suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 and Team Penske was docked 35 driver and owner points. Team Penske said it ...
  • Story lines to watch as NASCAR heads to Auto Club Speedway Newman winner(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series concludes its western spring swing Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Here’s three storylines to watch entering the fifth race of the season. SECOND NATURE One of team owner Chip Ganassi’s core principles is his affection and desire for employing for winners. He ...
  • NASCAR: Larson finishes 2nd again, takes over points lead Kyle Larson (42) drives out of Turn 4 ahead of Kyle Busch during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, March. 19, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. Larson finished second in the race. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation. There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR’s top series. His positioning atop the standings is almost as good as a trip to ...
  • NASCAR: Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix Newman winnerAVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Newman gambled and skipped a tire-changing pit stop to move from seventh place to the lead and held on for the final two laps for a surprise victory in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race. The 39-year-old Newman, who broke a 127-race winless streak, held off Kyle Larson, the second-place ...
  • NASCAR: Logano uses fast late lap to claim pole in Phoenix logano-phoenixAVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano capped a day in the spotlight with a fast late lap Friday to claim the pole for the NASCAR Camping World 500. With the temperature in the low 90s and the sun beginning to set, Ryan Blaney qualified second to give Ford the top two spots to start Sunday’s race. Logano ...
  • NASCAR: Kevin Harvick to put the pedal to the metal at NASCAR Phoenix race Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016.(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   Approaching the fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, it’s about time for 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick to qualify for the 10-race playoffs that cap the season. His Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Kurt Busch, won the Daytona 500 and Harvick was in position to follow with a ...
  • NASCAR does not penalize Busch or Logano for Vegas fight Joey Logano (22) and Jamie McMurray (1) lead the pack as they come out of a caution lap during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR on Wednesday declined to penalize Kyle Busch, Joey Logano of their crews for their post-race scuffle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR said the sport was built on the kind of racing that Busch and Logano did on the final laps of Sunday’s race. The hard racing for position led to ...
  • NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus stick together to chase NASCAR history -johnson-knaus(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-  Jimmie Johnson is in a long-term relationship. Yes, Johnson has often spoken of the support he’s received from wife Chandra, married since 2004. But for all of his statistical accomplishments, including a record-tying seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships and 80 victories heading into Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix ...
  • NASCAR: It takes a brawl for NASCAR to go mainstream Kyle Busch walks away from his smoking car in pit lane at the end of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch had a gash on his forehead and blood running down his nose when he promised payback to Joey Logano. The two had a brief post-race pit road brawl that can be seen on TMZ, the “Today Show” and, really, just about anywhere. The tussle shoved NASCAR into the watercooler talk ...
  • NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. wins at Vegas, Kyle Busch bloodied in brawl NASCAR--Kobalt-400LAS VEGAS (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. finished speaking to reporters after winning the NASCAR Cup race Sunday and retreated into a corner of the media center where a tablet awaited with the video cued up. Truex had to see the Kyle Busch-Joey Logano brawl, too. “I’m sure NASCAR is going to love that one,” Truex said. Truex ...
  • NASCAR: Keselowski on pole for NASCAR Las Vegas stop, Truex Jr. 2nd Brad Keselowski poses with his award after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski will begin his bid for a third victory in the past four NASCAR Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole after topping qualifying Friday night. Keselowski, who also won last week’s race at Atlanta, made up ground in the final two turns and posted a top seed ...
  • Gibbs, Penske, Allison among NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees VegasDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Championship team owners Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske as well as the late Davey Allison are among five new nominees for the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. NASCAR announced the additions Wednesday. Three-time Late Model Sportsman and 1956 Modified champion Red Farmer and 2000 NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte also are ...
  • Second Las Vegas race could shake up NASCAR schedule harvick-poleA vote expected to happen in Las Vegas Wednesday could have a dramatic impact on future NASCAR schedules. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss and possibly vote on a sponsorship proposal that could result in Las Vegas Motor Speedway adding a second Monster Energy NASCAR ...
  • NASCAR needs some rivalries to spice up the action NASCAR Atl-kes-flash CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rivalries are the lifeblood of sports, and NASCAR sorely needs a few to spice up the action. The discourse among drivers has been tame for several years, in part because wives and children have seemed to mellow the competitors. They live inches away from each other in the same motorhome lot every ...
  • NASCAR: Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding NASCAR Atl-kes-flashHAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory Sunday. “I’m just snake-bit here,” Harvick said. “But it’s my own doing.” Harvick won the first two ...
  • NASCAR: Daytona’s marred finished Kurt Busch, left, celebrates in Victory Lane with New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)    —   With 40 drivers in the field and last year’s Daytona 500 having the closest finish ever – a .01-second margin between first and second – what happened Sunday that left just a handful of cars in serious contention for the win? First, there were several wrecks – including one involving 17 ...
  • NASCAR: Hype, new format didn’t equal must-watch Daytona 500 Erik Jones (77) and Matt Kenseth (20) collide with Kyle Busch (18) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Darryl Graham) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle “Ball of Death.” Owen “Lightning McQueen” Wilson was on hand, and so was Waka Flocka Flame , Gronk and nearly two dozen women decked out in scantily-clad Monster Energy outfits. One thing ...
  • NASCAR: Kurt Busch steals monster victory by winning Daytona 500 Kurt Busch, left, celebrates in Victory Lane with New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Decked in Monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports’ top partiers, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career. It was Monster Madness! Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona ...
  • NASCAR: Elliott on the Daytona 500 pole again, alongside Earnhardt -logano-harvickDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s Daytona Day! The 59th running of the Daytona 500 begins Sunday afternoon, with Chase Elliott on the pole for the second consecutive year. Although Elliott had the fastest car in qualifying, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. is getting most of the attention. Earnhardt is returning from his fifth documented ...
  • NASCAR: Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for win Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the second of two NASCAR qualifying races for Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin didn’t need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin charged past Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one lap remaining Thursday night to deny Earnhardt a victory a 150-mile qualifying race that Earnhardt dominated. Earnhardt led 53 of the 60 laps in the second qualifying Duel, ...
  • NASCAR: Earnhardt wants to win a title then ride into retirement Dale jr Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Upon further review, hoisting a championship trophy is exactly how Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to end his career. NASCAR’s most popular driver caused a stir on “The Dan Patrick Show” when he claimed he would immediately retire if he wins the title this year. The statement followed him to media day ...
  • NASCAR: Johnson’s 8th title could stake him as NASCAR’s greatest 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)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson might have had an easier time had his 6-year-old daughter asked for help with a school art project. Genevieve Johnson instead left dad briefly bewildered with a messier question: What does famous mean? “At school, the kids are asking her, saying, ‘Your dad’s famous,'” Johnson said. “How do you answer ...
  • NASCAR: Optimism in high gear at Daytona for NASCAR’s top teams Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the second half of the 2016 recovering from concussion symptoms.(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR’s top teams. Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding rookie Daniel Suarez to the mix, evidenced by Denny Hamlin, Suarez, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch running 1-2-3-4 for much of the Clash at ...
  • NASCAR: Elliott nips Earnhardt to win 2nd straight Daytona 500 pole Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, and Chase Elliott display their front row trophies after qualifying for the top two positions in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt. As the series shifts into a new era, those distinguished names are out front again and will give the start of the Daytona 500 a throwback feel. Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. — teammates and sons of Hall ...
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