July 28, 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: Keselowski holds off Hamlin at Texas Nationwide race

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Brad Keselowski celebrates winning the OReilly Auto Parts Challenge Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Penske vaulted back into the lead for owner points with Keselowski’s win Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon Dillon leads Hornish by six points for the [...]

NASCAR: Darrell Wallace Jr. makes NASCAR history with victory

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Darrell Wallace Jr. celebrates winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.(Photo: Steve Helber, AP) Story Highlights He is fourth black driver to race in one of three NASCAR national touring series At 20, he has first win in just 19 starts on Camping World Truck Series circuit (PhatzRadio / AP) — [...]

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 Chase final four: Jimmie Johnson vs. Matt Kenseth

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For Matt Kenseth, the key to catching Jimmie Johnson will be staying close on two key tracks. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — They both were so relaxed, hanging outside of their motorcoaches last Friday afternoon in the Talladega Superspeedway infield. Standing in the bright Alabama sunshine, Jimmie Johnson joked about the art [...]

NASCAR: Larson setting sensible goals for Sprint Cup debut

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Kyle Larson talks to a crew member before Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. / AP CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson can’t be goaded into setting an unreasonable expectation for his Sprint Cup debut. He knows what Jamie McMurray did in 2002, when he grabbed an improbable victory for Chip Ganassi Racing [...]

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 [...]

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth stays hot, wins marathon Chase opener

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Matt Kenseth will try to become the third consecutive driver to win the championship after opening the Chase with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.(Photo: Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Kenseth held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch after overtaking him on a restart Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Kevin Harvick, [...]

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Richmond / Jeff Gordon on pole for Federated Auto Parts 400

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Brad Keselowski celebrates his Nationwide win at Richmond.(Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Keselowski took lead on restart with 11 laps left and pulled away on another restart with six laps to go In his last five Nationwide Series starts, Keselowski has five victories and a second-place finish Brian Scott finished second, while [...]

NASCAR: Kenseth holds off charging Kahne at Bristol night race

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Matt Kenseth celebrates in victory lane after winning the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.(Photo: Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / USA Today) — BRISTOL, Tenn. — They bill Bristol Motor Speedway as “The Last Great Colosseum,” a place where modern-day gladiators do battle in heavily-armored stock cars. It’s why more than [...]