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  • Ernie Cope to crew chief Chase Elliott in 2015

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ernie Cope will crew chief Chase Elliott next season at JR Motorsports. Cope will replace Greg Ives at the end of the season. Ives is moving from JRM to Hendrick Motorsports to crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cope has been crew chief for JRM's part-time No. 5 Chevrolet,...

  • Sexy electric supercar makes debut at Pebble Beach

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — A new electric supercar made its debut here Sunday to try to lure a few of the well-heeled away from traditional high-octane machines, reports USA Today. It's called the Renovo Coupe, a sexy rear-wheel-drive supercar powered by batteries that is billed as being able to...

  • Power builds points lead after winning Milwaukee

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan finally caught up with Milwaukee Mile winner Will Power at the post-race celebration, lathering his head with cream puffs. Power pulled away when it counted on the track. The IndyCar points leader maneuvered through high-speed gridlock...

  • Restart helps Gordon to victory at Michigan

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Gordon's third Sprint Cup win of the season came down to one crucial restart. Gordon got the better of Joey Logano and led Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway with 16 laps remaining. After that, he had little trouble maintaining a comfortable margin over...

  • Morgan Lucas wins in Top Fuel at Brainerd

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas won for the third time in his career at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday to close the rain-plagued Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Lucas was on and off the throttle of his 10,000-horsepower dragster as the engine erupted in flames when it...

  • Hunter-Reay signs extension, stays with Andretti

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay never seemed too worried about his future with Andretti Autosport. The Indianapolis 500 winner can focus on more pressing matters now that he has a three-year contract extension. There are just three weeks left on the IndyCar schedule for Hunter-Reay to...

  • Pole-sitter Power wins at Milwaukee Mile

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — With traffic ahead and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya closing in from behind, Will Power stepped on the accelerator. The IndyCar points leader maneuvered through the high-speed gridlock to claim a crucial victory Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile. Power added a little breathing...

  • Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Gordon raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001. Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed...

  • Larson quickly exits car after it catches fire

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — With flames visible at the front and back of his car, Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson had to get out quickly after crashing into the wall near the midway point of Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR on Friday announced a rule barring drivers from...

  • IndyCar leader Will Power takes pole at Milwaukee

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Will Power gave Tony Kanaan a friendly tap on the arm when someone asked the fellow IndyCar driver about what it took to succeed at the Milwaukee Mile. "Tell me!" Power joked. No need — Power did just fine on his own Saturday. The IndyCar series points leader will start...

  • Antron Brown tops NHRA qualifying at Brainerd

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Top Fuel driver Antron Brown raced to his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. John Force topped the Funny Car field, and Allen Johnson led in Pro Stock. Brown, a five-time winner this...

  • Buescher hangs on to win Nationwide at Mid-Ohio

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose. The 21-year-old rookie was leading the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course — gunning for his first victory — but was running out of fuel. "I was really focusing on taking deep breaths at that...

  • Carpenter, Fisher to merge IndyCar teams in 2015

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Two of the IndyCar series' smaller teams are planning to merge in 2015. Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing said Saturday they will unite to form CFH Racing. The teams that typically each just have one entry per race will form a multi-car organization. A...

  • Johnson hoping to end slump before Chase

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — With three victories on the season, Jimmie Johnson is safely in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but lately the No. 48 car has had its share of problems. The latest setback came Friday when Johnson finished 30th in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway, complaining...

  • Andretti hopes to draw more IndyCar fans to Mile

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — The IndyCar stop at the Milwaukee Mile has a new date in a series with a tight driver leaderboard. Even the weather is ideal for the race Sunday, which starts a three-week sprint to the series finish with Will Power holding just a four-point lead in the standings. Now...

  • Truex replaced by Yeley after practice crash

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — J.J. Yeley will drive the No. 83 car in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race after Ryan Truex crashed during practice Saturday and was taken to the hospital with a concussion. Truex walked to the ambulance following the crash. He hit the wall head-on while exiting a turn, and...

  • Sauter holds off Crafton in Truck Series race

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Johnny Sauter's unusually positive outlook turned out to be spot on. "I told my wife when I went to bed last night, I said, 'Man, I think I'm going to win tomorrow,'" he said. "For me to say something like that means something. I'm usually a pretty pessimistic person."...

  • Hornish wins pole for Nationwide race at Mid-Ohio

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. has won the pole for the second annual NASCAR Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Hornish, an Ohio native, had a lap speed of 95.873 around the 2.258-mile road course located midway between Columbus and Cleveland. Alex...

  • 2014 Infiniti QX70: looks like a coupe but performs like a sports sedan

    BY ADAM GELL | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    I like Infiniti vehicles and when I was told I would have a new QX70 for an entire week of test-driving, I was thrilled.  Infiniti may not be the most luxurious of cars, but they certainly drip with a lot of those features that make you go ‘Uh-huh.’  So what is a QX70?  It is...

  • NASCAR bars drivers from exiting cars after wrecks

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper — one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers. "I guess the one experience that comes to mind for me in Cup was maybe my rookie year at Bristol," he said. "Robby Gordon...

  • Robert Hight tops Funny Car qualifying

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Funny Car points leader Robert Hight took the qualifying lead Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. After opening qualifying with a tire-smoking pass that dropped him to 17th, Hight rebounded on his second attempt with a 4.085-second...

  • Gordon sets qualifying mark at Michigan

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The numbers keep climbing — and this time the rise was anything but gradual. Jeff Gordon set the track qualifying record at Michigan International Speedway on Friday with a speed of 206.558 mph, winning his 76th career pole in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series. Gordon broke the...

  • Column: Waiting to hear from Tony Stewart

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Plenty of people have weighed in on the tragic events last weekend at a short track in New York. A few were there. Many weren't. But there's only one person who really knows what happened: Tony Stewart. Until he talks openly and honestly about what was going through his mind when he came...

  • Kimball teams with Wilkins on diabetes awareness

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins plans to take a spin around an IndyCar track. Just don't expect his 6-foot-8 frame to fit snugly into one of those open-wheeled cockpits. It's no career change for Wilkins, just a visit this weekend to the Milwaukee Mile ahead...

  • Hornish hoping to finally win in his home state

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. thinks he has a home-track advantage. "While Mid-Ohio is so close to my home and my heart, at the same time it's a place where I've got almost as many races here as a fan as I do as a driver," the Defiance, Ohio, native said Friday during practice a day...



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