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July 7, 2012 | By George Diaz
- Tony Stewart laughed facetiously after his car got bumped back to the rear of the field following a failed inspection for Saturday's restrictor-plate scrum at Daytona International Speedway. "So my reward is I get a Coke Zero for this?" Stewart joked Friday night. The following evening, Stewart had the last laugh as he came from 42nd place to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400. Stewart ducked in front of the dominant Ford tag-team of Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle to emerge as the winner for the third time this season.
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May 22, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is like Christmas for gearheads and a day many casual fans also turn their eyes toward some of motor racing's most popular events. The day kicks off with the Grand Prix of Monaco, where Formula One drivers maneuver through the streets of picturesque Monte Carlo. Sebastian Vettel of the Red Bull Racing team has won the F1 championship the last two years, but there have been five different winners (including Vettel) in the first five races this season.
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March 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Here's another sparkling entry in the storied career of Hall of Fame NFL coach Joe Gibbs: His NASCAR team's performance in Fontana. Gibbs driver Joey Logano won the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, giving Gibbs a record eight consecutive wins at the two-mile oval in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series. The streak "means a lot," said Gibbs, who also has a team in NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup Series that includes Logano. "These things are so hard to win. Southern California, we love coming here.
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March 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Judging by the fans cheering from the stands and seeking his autograph in the garage, Jeff Gordon is among NASCAR's most popular drivers when the series visits Southern California. But Gordon himself has had little to cheer about so far in the Sprint Cup Series season. The four-time Cup champion is off to a lousy start in 2012. He's languishing in 23rd in the standings — 72 points behind leader Greg Biffle — and has only one top-10 finish after four races. "There's not much to talk about so far this season," he said.
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March 10, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Las Vegas -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled away from Mark Martin on the final restart and captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stenhouse, the reigning Nationwide champion, won by nearly six seconds over the second-place Martin in the Sam's Town 300. Elliott Sadler finished third and Trevor Bayne fourth. The final restart came with 39 laps left in the 200-lap race, and Stenhouse — driving a Roush Fenway Racing Ford — steadily put Martin in the distance for his third career Nationwide win and his first victory on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval.
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March 10, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Las Vegas -- The broad grin is still intact along with the upbeat outlook. One might think Carl Edwards just came off a win. But Edwards, who missed capturing his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title by a whisker to Tony Stewart last year, now has gone one year without winning a Cup points race. (He did win NASCAR's All-Star race last year). The last time Edwards launched his trademark back flip from his No. 99 Ford after winning a points race came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a year ago, and the series returns to the 1.5-mile oval Sunday for the Kobalt Tools 400. Publicly, at least, Edwards said the winless streak doesn't bother him. "There were many races last year that we very well could have won if things would have gone slightly different," Edwards said before qualifying 21st in Sunday's 43-car field.
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March 4, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Avondale, Ariz. -- On a mid-November day in 2010, Denny Hamlin nearly was inconsolable after he climbed from his race car at Phoenix International Raceway. The Virginian, poised to win his first Sprint Cup Series championship, had dominated the race until his No. 11 Toyota ran short of fuel and required a late pit stop. A stunned Hamlin lost the race and, the next weekend, he lost the title to Jimmie Johnson. So Hamlin understandably felt a measure of vindication Sunday when he won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 for his first victory at Phoenix, even if this time it was only the second race on the schedule.
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November 7, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Kyle Busch , already forced to miss two NASCAR races last weekend in Texas, also was fined $50,000 and given a stern warning by NASCAR on Monday. The sanctioning body put Busch on probation until Dec. 31 and said that if the driver makes another on-track move in that time deemed "detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR" or "disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event," then Busch "will be suspended indefinitely. " NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series has two more races this season: at Phoenix on Sunday and at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)
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October 15, 2011 | By George Diaz
Reporting from Concord, N.C. -- The battle for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title is starting to take on the feelof a WWE Battle Royal. The question remains, who is going to be the last man standing? It probably won't be five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, who got tangled up with Ryan Newman in the closing laps of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Johnson spun and hit the wall, fortunate that a safety barrier and a HANS device cushioned the blow.
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September 30, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Could Delaware be Jimmie Johnson's Waterloo? Johnson is trying to win a record sixth consecutive championship in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, but he is in trouble as racing resumes Sunday at Dover International Speedway. After two races in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup playoff, Johnson is 10th among the 12 Chase drivers, a sizable 29 points behind leader Tony Stewart, a two-time champion who won both races. It's the lowest Johnson has ever been in the Chase standings, and he needs a strong showing at Dover to improve his position because if he doesn't, the El Cajon native nicknamed "Five Time" could end up remaining just that at season's end. "I don't think we're in a position where it's win or nothing," Johnson told reporters at Dover on Friday, but he added that "we need to get a top-three run here.
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