July 22, 2014

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon breaks through for first win of season


Jeff Gordon (24) does a burnout after winning Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.(Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Gordon ended a winless streak that dates back to the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Kenseth finished second to reclaim the points lead over Jimmie Johnson in a tiebreaker Gordon is [...]

NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. out of No. 56 as MWR downsizes


Martin Truex Jr. is searching for a Cup ride in 2014 after Michael Waltrip Racing announced it is downsizing to two cars.(Photo: Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Martin Truex Jr. has been given permission to seek employment elsewhere by MWR Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers will reman with MWR, along with sponsors 5-Hour [...]

NASCAR: Larson setting sensible goals for Sprint Cup debut


Kyle Larson talks to a crew member before Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. / AP CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson can’t be goaded into setting an unreasonable expectation for his Sprint Cup debut. He knows what Jamie McMurray did in 2002, when he grabbed an improbable victory for Chip Ganassi Racing [...]

NASCAR: Nelson Piquet Jr. fined, on probation for gay slur


Nelson Piquet Jr. must attend sensitivity training.(Photo: Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 and ordered to attend sensitivity training Piquet used a gay slur in an instagram post to fellow driver Parker Kligerman NASCAR also issued a six-point penalty to Joey Logano’s Nationwide team (PhatzRadio / USA [...]

NASCAR’s Chase SpinGate spun out of control early


The command that set off Clint Bowyer’s Richmond spin was so bizarre it was obvious that it was code. (Steve Helber/AP) JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Everything could have been handled better from the moment Clint Bowyer spun at Richmond to trigger the biggest credibility crisis in NASCAR history. That spin started as the well-intentioned desire [...]

NASCAR: Carl Edwards wins controversy-filled race at Richmond


Carl Edwards took the race at Richmond after a caution cost Ryan Newman the top spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – NASCAR will have a new champion. For now, it has yet another conspiracy. Reigning champion Brad Keselowski failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night when an ill-timed [...]

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins pole at New Hampshire

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(Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup series champion, has yet to win a race this season. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski is back on top of NASCAR. Well, for a race, at least. But he’s quickly running out of time to make it back to the Chase for the Sprint [...]

NASCAR: Smith holds off Larson to win Nationwide race


BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) The rain drops splashed down on the pavement at Michigan International Speedway about an hour after Regan Smith’s victory Saturday. Too late to interrupt the race – and that was fine with Smith and crew chief Greg Ives. “I’ve had a lot of different situations over the years, of weather and how [...]

NASCAR: Keselowski unfazed by latest NASCAR points penalty


Brad Keselowski looks on in the garage before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Brad Keselowski’s standing in the chase for his second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship is an encouraging sign of where [...]

NASCAR: Tony Stewart wins at Dover, passing Juan Pablo Montoya late

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(Tony Stewart hadn’t even had a top-five finish this season and was stuck in 20th in the points standings. Geoff Burke/Getty Images) Story Highlights He snaps 30-race winless streak Jimmie Johnson penalized on final restart Stewart says he doesn’t care about the Chase unless he has a shot at a fourth title (PhatzRadio / AP [...]