April 24, 2014

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. off to best start of his career


  (PhatzRadio / AP) — LAS VEGAS — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fans were on their feet, sponsor representatives were ready to invade victory lane and Junior Nation could envision what would have been the best start to a season ever — two wins in three races. Then, with two turns of the final lap remaining, [...]

NASCAR: Sprint Cup drivers already thinking about Chase


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick. Logano aggressively darted inside of Harvick [...]

NASCAR: Harvick wins second straight at Phoenix


  Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane with his crew after winning The Profit on CNBC 500 on Sunday in Avondale, Ariz. Photo by The Associated Press. AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick had a nice send-off with Richard Childress Racing, winning his penultimate race with the team at Phoenix International Raceway. Back at Phoenix [...]

NASCAR Analysis: Dale Earnhardt Jr. delivers at Daytona


(PhatzRadio / USA Today) — DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After enduring a lifetime of comparisons to the illustrious career of his namesake, Dale Earnhardt Jr. achieved something Sunday – a second Daytona 500 victory – his late father never did. That might not qualify for the folk-hero status of a NASCAR icon, but it earned [...]

NASCAR’S Trevor Bayne fit, gearing up for Daytona 500


TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Trevor Bayne speeds around tracks in his No. 21 Ford getting himself and his car ready for the upcoming season, and then does it some more in his running shoes whenever he gets the chance. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner and part-time triathlete is fit, motivated and hungry to contend for [...]

NASCAR changes qualifying format, adds eliminations


(PhatzRadio / AP) — NASCAR has knocked out its traditional qualifying format in favor of a more exciting elimination-style event. In a drastic change to what the Sprint Cup Series has used for most of its history, cars will no longer qualify for the race based on a two-lap, solo run around the track. Beginning [...]

NASCAR: Tony Stewart wins prestigious Myers Brothers award


Stewart missed the final 15 weeks of the season with a broken leg suffered in a car accident in August. (Aaron Doster/Icon SMI) (PhatzRadio / AP) — Tony Stewart thought he was making a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas to play the role of supportive team owner. After missing the final 15 weeks of the [...]

NASCAR: Johnson feels good even with Kenseth in mirror


Driver Jimmie Johnson prepares for practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. BRANDON WADE — AP Photo CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Just like last season, Jimmie Johnson enters the next-to-last race with a seven-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint [...]

NASCAR: Hendrick tragedy still casts a pall over Martinsville race


Rick Hendrick relishes winning at Martinsville to honor family and friends who died in 2004 plane crash. (Jim R. Bounds/AP) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — Nine years. It was nine years ago Thursday that a private plane crashed into fog-shrouded Bull Mountain in southern Virginia. Nine years since the worst tragedy in NASCAR history took [...]

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 [...]