April 23, 2014

NASCAR: Wallace showing improvement in Truck Series

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  (PhatzRadio / AP)    —   Darrell Wallace Jr. was the first black driver to win a NASCAR race since the 1960s when he took the checkered flag in a Truck Series race at Martinsville last year. The 20-year-old Wallace, who goes by Bubba, has openly talked of becoming the Tiger Woods of NASCAR — the [...]

NASCAR: Kurt Busch bests Johnson to win at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kurt Busch’s Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, in some ways, was like his career wrapped into one afternoon. It started with a pit road confrontation with Brad Keselowski, one that had Busch threatening over his radio to rearrange Keselowski’s face when the race was finished, and ended with Busch ending an 83-race [...]

NASCAR: Danica Patrick starts 10th at Martinsville; Kyle Busch on pole

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  (PhatzRadio / AP)   —   MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Danica Patrick proved Friday at Martinsville Speedway that it’s not where you start but where you finish. But where she will start in Sunday’s STP 500 still was a head-turner. Patrick qualified a season-best 10th on the 0.526-mile oval, turning a 98.165-mph lap and advancing to the [...]

NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin eager to return at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Being told he couldn’t race last weekend because of an eye and vision problem will not make Denny Hamlin less likely to seek the help of medical staffs available at NASCAR tracks every weekend, he said Friday. Hamlin let Sam Hornish Jr. drive his car last weekend at Auto Club Speedway [...]

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin’s vision clears after metal removed from eye

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  (PhatzRadio / USA Today) — Denny Hamlin has been cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend following vision issues that kept him from participating in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in Southern California, Joe Gibbs Racing said Wednesday. Hamlin was initially diagnosed with a sinus infection that impacted his vision. He visited Auto Club [...]

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants Denny Hamlin health update

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  (PhatzRadio / USA Today) — CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to know why there hasn’t been more information about what caused Denny Hamlin to miss Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin was taken to a local hospital shortly before the race with what Joe Gibbs Racing said was a sinus infection [...]

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson has sixth Sprint Cup title in sight / Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix as tenure at RCR wanes

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Jimmie Johnson started from the pole Sunday and finished third at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Johnson will take a 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth into next Sunday’s season finale Johnson has an average finish of 4.7 in the first nine of 10 Chase races this [...]

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson wins AAA Texas 500, seizes Chase lead

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and Matt Kenseth (20) were two of the fastest cars at Texas Motor Speedway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Johnson took a seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings It was Johnson’s first win at a 1.5-mile oval this season Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

2013 NASCAR Chase forecast: Matt Kenseth vs. Jimmie Johnson

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The final five Chase races shape up as a bout between Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. (David Banks/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / AP) — During his run to last year’s title, Brad Keselowski came up with an apt description of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when he called it “a 10-round heavyweight title bout.” [...]

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth’s best is yet to come; plus a new No. 1

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(Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team have impressed the injured Denny Hamlin (right). Tom Pennington/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / SI) — MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Matt Kenseth walked through pit road unnoticed, slipping by fans who were focused on Jimmie Johnson’s victory celebration at Martinsville Speedway. It can be easy to overlook Kenseth, but don’t [...]