July 25, 2014

NASCAR: Not much of a crowd for NASCAR


(PhatzRadio / AP) — CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson lingered near his car waiting for the race to begin at Dover International Speedway when British television presenter Cherry Healey joined him on the concrete. Kneeling next to a rear tire, Healey snapped a selfie with NASCAR’s newest star. Selfies are all the rage in every [...]

NASCAR: Pothole can’t keep Johnson from posting ninth Dover win


    (PhatzRadio / AP)    —    DOVER, Del. — Jimmie Johnson handled the pothole at Dover the same way he disposed of a rough patch to start the season. He won. A week after shaking off a lengthy winless streak by his championship standards, Johnson raced his way to another routine romp at Dover International [...]

NASCAR: Kyle Busch adds Dover Nationwide win to Trucks victory


    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Busch heard the critics who said he was too good, too dominant, too loaded with the best equipment to keep dropping down levels and routinely romping his way toward victories. His response from Victory Lane, too bad. Busch raced to his second victory of the weekend at Dover, [...]

NASCAR: Four drivers who can beat Jimmie Johnson at Dover


    (PhatzRadio / USA Today)    —   DOVER, Del. — There’s no point in pretending anyone but Jimmie Johnson is the runaway favorite for this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Johnson, the most recent Dover winner, is the track’s all-time leader with eight victories. Since 2009, Johnson has won half the races at the [...]

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on awesome Chase run in teammate’s shadow


Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) passes driver Matt Kenseth (20) during the AdvoCare 500 race at Phoenix International Raceway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights If Earnhardt Jr. can climb to fourth in the points, he’ll have his best finish since 2003 He has seven top-10 finishes in nine Chase races Hopes momentum will carry [...]

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: Chase contenders still hopeful of reining in Big 3


In three races Jeff Gordon has vaulted from 13th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings to fifth.(Photo: Matthew O’Haren, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have separated from the rest of the Chase field There are still seven races remaining, including the wildly unpredictable race at Talladega [...]

NASCAR: Logano dominates Dover Nationwide race, fails inspection


Joseph “Joey” Logano was born on May 24, 1990, in Middletown, Conn. Former Nationwide Series driver Randy LaJoie nicknamed him “sliced bread” (as in the greatest thing since). Sean Gardner, Getty Images Story Highlights Logano won the Nationwide race at Dover for the fourth straight time Logano started from the pole and led 106 of [...]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole at Dover for AAA 400 / Is NASCAR’s Chase down to a three-man race?


Dale Earnhardt Jr. notched a lap of 161.849 mph, a track record, to win the Dover pole.(Photo: Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Earnhardt Jr. has two pole positions this season but no wins The last season Earnhardt Jr. won two poles was 2002 Top four slots go to Chase drivers (PhatzRadio / AP) [...]

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin happily sacrifices for teammates


1. Matt Kenseth, 2,111 Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Story Highlights Denny Hamlin is not in the Chase, so he has willingly conceded top cars to teammates in the Chase Hamlin hasn’t had a top-10 finish since June 9 and has struggled to return to top form after back injury Hamlin’s highlights have been off [...]