April 23, 2014

NASCAR: Busch says “70 percent” chance he’ll run Indy 500

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch put his chances at “70 percent” at running the Indianapolis 500 this year because of recent developments that have pushed a potential program along. “It’s actually grabbed better traction the last couple of weeks, it’s gotten me more excited,” Busch said Monday. “The teams that are showing interest, the [...]

NASCAR’s Greg Biffle sorry for not talking to Johnson

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Greg Biffle got torqued off at Jimmie Johnson for damaging his bumper at Martinsville. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Greg Biffle says he plans to apologize to Jimmie Johnson for how he handled his displeasure with the five-time champion at Martinsville. Biffle angrily grabbed Johnson by the collar and spun him around while [...]

NASCAR’S Denny Hamlin struggling to regain his contender mojo / NASCAR Rankings

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Denny Hamlin is still battling a back injury and the longest winless drought of his Cup career. (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP) (PhatzRadio / SI) — Three years ago, Denny Hamlin departed Texas Motor Speedway on top of the NASCAR world. He had just picked up his eighth Sprint Cup Series victory of the season, equaling the number [...]

NASCAR: Hendrick tragedy still casts a pall over Martinsville race

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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 / Formula 1: Alex Tagliani to replace Dario Franchitti at Fontana / Kevin Harvick has puncher’s chance to win 2013 NASCAR Chase

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Alex Tagliani will replace Dario Franchitti, who remains hospitalized after a crash at the Grand Prix of Houston. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alex Tagliani has mixed feelings about replacing three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti in the Oct. 19 season-ending IndyCar race at Fontana. He gets his shot to drive for one of [...]

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 cheating took toll on Bowyer; more notes

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Trying to help his team left Clint Bowyer in the hot spotlight of the Chase cheating scandal. (David Hahn/Icon SMI) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — From afar, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has watched Martin Truex Jr.’s body language to see how his former teammate is handling the fallout from Michael Waltrip Racing race-fixing fiasco at Richmond. He’s [...]

NASCAR: Strange turn of events for NASCAR as Chase unfolds

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Jimmie Johnson is within striking distance of Chase leader Matt Kenseth with JJ’s best tracks still to come. (Will Schneekloth/Getty Images) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) –These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Michael Waltrip Racing is fighting for its survival in the wake of a [...]