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  • Edwards and Newman are surprises of NASCAR's Chase

    Updated: 38 min ago

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — NASCAR's new championship format came with fan-friendly brackets that likely had fans advancing Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. deep into the playoffs. Instead, both drivers were eliminated last week and the third round begins Sunday at Martinsville Speedway with...

  • Troubled Caterham allowed to miss next 2 F1 races

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Financially-troubled Formula One team Caterham has been granted permission to miss the next two races while it seeks a new buyer. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone spoke Friday to the insolvency specialists who have been handed control of Caterham, which may have to miss the races in the...

  • Ogier leads Rally of Spain, closes on title

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SALOU, Spain (AP) — Sebastian Ogier of France closed in on a second straight rally world title after opening a 36-second lead at the Rally of Spain on Friday. Ogier steered his Volkswagen Polo through the day's six stages covering almost 140 kilometers (87 miles) through mainly gravel roads in...

  • Confusion over future of Caterham F1 team


    LONDON (AP) — Confusion surrounds the future of struggling Formula One team Caterham amid a legal dispute between the old and new owners ahead of next week's United States Grand Prix. A strongly worded Caterham statement on behalf of a Swiss and Middle Eastern consortium that took over the team...

  • Brad Keselowski not concerned with popularity

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski's refusal to be pushed around on the race track has earned him a few comparisons to the late Dale Earnhardt. It's a conversation Keselowski will not participate in out of deference to the Hall of Fame seven-time champion. "Racing in some ways is like...

  • SHR swaps crews for Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing said Wednesday it will swap the teams of Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch after this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway. Tony Gibson and the crew he has had since 2002 will move to Busch's No. 41 team beginning next week at Texas Motor Speedway....

  • Earnhardt helps UPMC raise concussion awareness

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew immediately something was wrong during a 2012 crash at Talladega, where his car was hit hard from behind. He was asked on his radio if he was OK, and it was clear Earnhardt was not. "I don't know. I mean, I don't know how many of them hits like that I can take,"...

  • Sporting director to leave McLaren F1 team

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Sporting director Sam Michael is to leave the McLaren F1 team at the end of the season and return to his native Australia. The team, which next season reunites with Honda as its engine supplier, said Michael is departing "on extremely good terms" after handing in his notice in...

  • Logano: No worries about retaliation from Patrick

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joey Logano says he's spoken to Danica Patrick and is not concerned she will retaliate against him. Logano spun Patrick during the Oct. 11 race at Charlotte and she was given permission over her team radio to retaliate. She later remarked that wrecking Logano would have...

  • Newman dodges penalty for Talladega inspection

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR decided Tuesday not to penalize Ryan Newman after his car failed inspection following the race at Talladega. The Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was found to be too low in the rear on both sides of the car after Sunday's race. NASCAR brought it back to North...

  • Champion drag racer Raymond Beadle dies at 70

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, has died. He was 70. The NHRA said Beadle died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Beadle won 28 NHRA national events and titles from 1979-81. He was a two-time...

  • Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — It didn't take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, calling him...

  • 10-man panel set up to review Bianchi crash in F1

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — A 10-man working group set up to review the accident that has left Formula One driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life will present its findings on Dec. 3. Bianchi is in a critical condition with severe head injuries after losing control of his Marussia car during the Japanese...

  • Hulkenberg signs new deal with F1 team Force India

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Force India says it has reached an agreement with Nico Hulkenberg that will see the Formula One driver continue to race with the team until 2015. The 27-year-old German rejoined Force India ahead of the start of the 2014 season after spending the 2013 campaign with Sauber....

  • Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Brad Keselowski packed a punch on the track, the only place that mattered after a controversial week. Pushed around in the garage, he came out fighting like a champion at Talladega Superspeedway, where his win Sunday staved off elimination and pushed him into the third...

  • Johnson, Earnhardt fail to advance for Hendrick

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson was a solemn spectator for Brad Keselowski's post-race celebration after a disappointing day that saw three Hendrick Motorsports drivers eliminated from championship contention. Johnson, the six-time and defending NASCAR champion, led nearly half the laps...

  • Richard Petty Motorsports moving operations

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports is moving its race operations to another North Carolina location. The team announced Sunday that it will relocate from Concord to Mooresville after the current NASCAR season. The new location was home to co-owner Richard Petty's race teams in...

  • Vickers wins pole in strange Talladega qualifying

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race. Kevin Harvick called the format "the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my life," and...

  • Timothy Peters wins Truck Series race at Talladega

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Timothy Peters picked up his first NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season Saturday by holding off the field on a two-lap sprint to the finish at Talladega Superspeedway. Peters ended a 22-race winless drought with the win for Red Horse Racing. It was his eighth career...

  • Earnhardt out to win at Talladega to save season

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — This magical season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes down to one race to save his championship hopes. NASCAR's most popular driver must win Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to continue his quest for his first career Sprint Cup title. It's a pressure-packed situation for...

  • Terry Labonte calling it quits after Talladega

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Terry Labonte will compete in his final NASCAR race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The two-time Cup champion ran 26 full seasons at NASCAR's top level, and a partial schedule the last decade. Labonte first announced his retirement in 2006, at home track Texas Motor...

  • Kyle Busch, wife expecting 1st child in 2015

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his wife are expecting their first child. They made the announcement Saturday on Twitter with a professionally done photograph. The couple called it: "Now announcing our plans for the 2015 race season!" They are kissing between a pair of...

  • NASCAR star Johnson says no discord with Knaus

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson dismissed the idea that there is any tension with crew chief Chad Knaus after the two were overheard bickering on their team radio. Johnson and Knaus revealed discord during Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor...

  • Kenseth regrets nothing in scuffle with Keselowski

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Matt Kenseth would not change anything about his actions in a post-race scuffle with Brad Keselowski at Charlotte, where tempers flared as several drivers slipped to the edge of elimination in NASCAR's championship race. Brad Keselowski was fined $50,000 by NASCAR for his...

  • Keselowski wishes Stewart not caught up in fallout

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Brad Keselowski says it's "unfortunate" that Tony Stewart got caught up in the incidents at Charlotte, but that he's not dwelling on "all that garbage." NASCAR fined both drivers for their behavior on the track before other tempers flared outside the cars. Keselowksi was...


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