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  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch meets with investigators

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware have interviewed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and are continuing to investigate allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he assaulted her during the September race at Dover International Speedway. Busch, 36, and his attorneys met with investigators Tuesday...

  • Earnhardt wants more success in '15 with new chief

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. imagined his Nationwide Series trophy was a chalice, tipped it back and acted like he was taking a big swig of champagne or beer — the beverages of choice for NASCAR winners and champions. Earnhardt had plenty of practice chugging this season. He left Homestead-Miami...

  • SHR names Rex Stump technical director

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR championship-winning team Stewart-Haas Racing has hired Rex Stump as its technical director. Stump has spent the last 18 years at Hendrick Motorsports, where he founded the organization's research and development program and has been instrumental in chassis design...

  • Bianchi out of artificial coma and taken to France

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    NICE, France (AP) — Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is showing signs of recovery following a life-threatening crash, and is breathing unaided after being taken out of an artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to a French hospital. Bianchi, who crashed during last month's Japanese Grand...

  • Hendrick tabs Keith Rodden new Kahne crew chief

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne will have a new crew chief in 2015, ending the second-longest active pairing in the Sprint Cup Series. Hendrick Mostorsports selected Keith Rodden as crew chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet on Wednesday and Kenny Francis moved into the new position of vehicle...

  • 9-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen to retire

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nine-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen will retire from racing at the end of the month. The 47-year-old Dane, one of the greatest endurance racers of all time, said Wednesday that his last race will be the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil on Nov. 30. "I have...

  • Hamilton-Rosberg duel finally decided in Abu Dhabi

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — With double points on offer in the Formula One finale, there could yet be a bitter twist to the fascinating title duel between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The childhood friends have scrapped for supremacy...

  • Ganassi hires McCall to crew McMurray

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chip Ganassi Racing has hired Matt McCall, the lead engineer for Ryan Newman, to be the crew chief for Jamie McMurray. The hiring announced Tuesday is effective immediately, and comes two days after Newman finished second in the Sprint Cup championship race. "We are very...

  • Harvick finds happiness long before NASCAR title

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career. Harvick had changed into shorts and a T-shirt, and wandered through the...

  • Harvick wins Homestead to claim 1st championship

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick jostled his 2-year-old son on his lap, egging him on to speak into the microphone and tell the world his daddy was the NASCAR champion. "Say, 'We win,'" said Harvick, who beamed during the celebration. Keelan Harvick clammed up in the moment and stayed...

  • Enders-Stevens wins NHRA Pro Stock world title

    Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Erica Enders-Stevens won the Auto Club NHRA Finals on Sunday to become the first woman to earn the Pro Stock world championship title. Enders-Stevens raced to her sixth victory of the season when her closest points rival Jason Line fouled at the start of the...

  • Stewart's 15-year NASCAR winning streak ends

    Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Tony Stewart threw his arms around Kevin Harvick and gave him the kind of hug where it seemed as if neither driver wanted to let go. Stewart's worst season — on and off the track — ended with a dose of triumph, hugs and tears at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick capped...

  • Logano, Hamlin, Newman all fall short in finale

    Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano's championship bid ended in the pits on a miserable stop. Denny Hamlin coughed up his shot on a gamble that went bust. Ryan Newman's ferocious rally from an early deficit was one spot short. Kevin Harvick was the class of NASCAR's final four and won the Sprint...

  • Jordan supports friend Hamlin at Homestead

    Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Michael Jordan was one of Denny Hamlin's biggest fans in the pits, rooting on the NASCAR star as he fell short of winning the Sprint Cup championship. Air Jordan still has a 6-0 edge in championship rings over Hamlin. "I wish we could have been celebrating with him,"...

  • Schumacher wins Top Fuel world championship

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Tony Schumacher won a record eighth Top Fuel world championship on Saturday at the NHRA Finals. Schumacher secured his first season title since 2009 when Spencer Massey failed to improve on his sixth-place qualifying position. Schumacher qualified ninth and will face Larry...

  • Elliott celebrates Nationwide title at Homestead

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane. Elliott finally got to enjoy his Nationwide Series title after he finished 17th in the season finale...

  • Logano fastest title contender in final practice

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano, trying to help team owner Roger Penske to a sweep of the major American racing titles, was the fastest of the four championship contenders in Saturday's final practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Team Penske won the IndyCar championship with Will Power in...

  • Drivers competing in the NASCAR championship race

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The four drivers in the NASCAR championship race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway: ___ DRIVER: Denny Hamlin TEAM: No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing BORN: Nov. 18, 1980 HOMETOWN: Chesterfield, Virginia CREW CHIEF: Darian Grubb SPONSOR: FedEx Express TWITTER:...

  • NASCAR set to crown 1st-time champion at Homestead

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR's new championship format. For all the hand-wringing, all the skepticism from...

  • Stewart's 15-year winning streak on line in finale

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Tony Stewart moved slowly through the garage, still hobbled a bit by a lingering limp in his surgically repaired right leg. He's sluggish on foot, in his car, and stumbling through what will undoubtedly go down as the worst year of his storied career. His 15-year winning...

  • Homestead full of goodbyes at NASCAR finale

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Here are items of note outside of the championship four drivers in advance of Sunday's NASCAR finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. _____ GORDON'S GRIPE: Jeff Gordon would normally love to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway and head into the offseason with confidence from...

  • ESPN nears checkered flag in NASCAR coverage

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — When the checkered flag waves on Sunday's race, ESPN will wave goodbye to NASCAR. ESPN and NASCAR are headed toward their second split following the finale that will crown a Sprint Cup champion. NASCAR cut ties with ESPN and signed billion-dollar TV deals with NBC Sports...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf - Review

    By Marty Padgett, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Volkswagen Golf, with assistance from the GTI that's now wrapped back into this nameplate, may have been one of the first small hatchbacks to transcend humble economy-car roots, but it's by no means a solo act as a class benchmark today. Now, the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus have nudged their way...

  • Crafton clinches NASCAR Truck Series championship

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Matt Crafton just needed to avoid a disaster to clinch a second straight Truck Series championship. No big deal at all for the grizzled, 38-year-old veteran. Crafton became the first driver to win consecutive Truck championships when he clinched the title with a...

  • Gordon wins pole for season finale at Homestead

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon did his best to shake off the disappointment over his elimination from the championship field by winning the pole for Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gordon turned a lap at 180.747 mph in Friday qualifying to earn the top starting spot for...



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