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  • Johnson gives $556,623 to 12 schools in 3 states

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has awarded $556,623 to a dozen different K-12 public and charter schools as part of the annual grants he and wife, Chandra, have given the last six years. The Johnsons have now donated $3.7 million through the Jimmie Johnson...

  • NASCAR: Johnson says Harvick was correct winner

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson believes NASCAR's new championship format produced the correct champion and a Ryan Newman victory would have been "tough to swallow for the sport." Johnson began the season as the six-time and defending champion, but he was eliminated from title contention...

  • Stenhouse crew chief fined $50,000 by NASCAR

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has fined crew chief Mike Kelley $50,000 for a rules infraction discovered on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car during pre-qualifying inspection at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kelley was also placed on probation for six months, which will extend to June 30 of next season....

  • Hendrick gives Kahne 3-year contract extension

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports announced a three-year contract extension Thursday that keeps Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Chevrolet through the 2018 Sprint Cup season. The deal removes Kahne from the free-agent market and raises questions about where Rick Hendrick plans to put Nationwide...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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,"...

  • 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...



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