October 2, 2009 |
NASCAR's title playoff moves to the nation's heartland this weekend with everyone bracing for another of Jimmie Johnson's trademark late-season assaults -- none more so than his teammate, Mark Martin. Martin, the 50-year-old veteran and sentimental favorite to win his first championship, holds a skimpy 10-point lead over Johnson ahead of Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway, the third race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Johnson, an El Cajon native trying to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Cup title, moved closer to Martin with a dominant win last Sunday at Dover, Del. Juan Pablo Montoya is third, 65 points behind Martin.
April 24, 2013 |
Turns out an engine part on Matt Kenseth's Toyota was three grams too light when the NASCAR driver raced to victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway, the equivalent of about two cotton balls in the words of his engine builder. But in terms of Kenseth's bid to win his second Sprint Cup championship, the violation carried the weight of an anvil. Kenseth on Wednesday drew a massive 50-point penalty from NASCAR for having the unapproved part, knocking Kenseth from eighth in the Cup standings to a tie for 14th with Jeff Gordon.
October 11, 2012 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion in the multicar crash at Sunday's NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway and will miss the next two races, his team Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday. At a news conference in Charlotte, Earnhardt said the concussion at Talladega actually was his second in the last two months, the first having occurred when he crashed during a test session at Kansas several weeks ago. Neurological tests and an MRI exam taken after Talladega were normal, Earnhardt said, but he's sitting out the next two races to avoid further injury.
April 19, 2013 |
The MIT police officer who was shot and killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings was the brother of an employee at Hendrick Motorsports, one of NASCAR's leading teams, Hendrick said Friday. Sean Collier, 26, who died Thursday night after being shot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, was the brother of Andrew Collier, 25, a machinist at Hendrick's engine department, Hendrick said. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family," Hendrick said in a statement from its Charlotte, N.C., headquarters.
April 27, 2007 |
What's new in motor sports heading into this weekend: 1 NASCAR's Nextel Cup series races Sunday on its longest and arguably wildest track, the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The track irritates two-time Cup champion Tony Stewart -- who has finished second there six times but has never won -- because drivers must draft in packs to gain position. "I dislike anything where you have to rely on somebody else," he said.
October 4, 2009 |
Joey Logano passed points leader Kyle Busch with three laps left Saturday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, pulling out his fourth Nationwide victory just a week after a crash. Logano flipped his car seven times at Dover last week, but showed no signs of fear in Kansas, overcoming a bobble with six laps left before passing Busch for the victory. Busch led 173 of the 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval and has led 2,226 laps this season, breaking the season series record of 2,127 set by Sam Ard in 1984.