April 23, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 [...]

NASCAR: As crashes mount, Hamlin should consider backing off

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Denny Hamlin is helped into an ambulance after crashing during last Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.(Photo: John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Denny Hamlin has crashed the past three weekends — at Sonoma, Kentucky and Daytona Hamlin was sidelined for four races earlier this year after fracturing his back at [...]

NASCAR: Keselowski unfazed by latest NASCAR points penalty

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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: Denny Hamlin takes FedEx 400 pole at Dover

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Denny Hamlin celebrates winning his second consecutive pole at Dover International Speedway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / USA Today) — DOVER, Del. — Denny Hamlin didn’t think he had the outright speed to win the Dover pole, but an unusually steamy day played into his favor. Hamlin won his third pole of the [...]

NASCAR: Demanding Dover race could help solidify Chase field

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Jeff Gordon has four career wins at Dover, but none since June 2001.(Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Sunday’s FedEx 400 marks the midpoint of the Sprint Cup regular season Dover’s steep-angled, teeth-chattering concrete and lightning fast speeds are a challenge Time already is growing short for making the Chase via the top [...]