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March 4, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Only four weeks ago, before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR talk centered on the potential dominance of two teams: Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. Hendrick had won 16 of last year's 36 races in the premier Sprint Cup Series, including 10 by reigning champion Jimmie Johnson. And Gibbs had added the hard-charging Kyle Busch to its team of two-time title winner Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin. But after three races neither team has made it to Victory Lane.
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June 27, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Carl Edwards left California still firmly in the lead of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings — and with doubts still firmly in place about whether he can stay there. That's mainly because Edwards is now mulling whether he'll re-sign with his team, Roush Fenway Racing, for next season or jump to another team. Edwards said he planned to decide before the Sept. 18 start of the Cup series' championship playoff, the 10-race Chase for the Cup. But if Edwards opts to drive elsewhere in 2012, there were questions about whether his lame-duck status at Roush Fenway would hurt his ability to win the Chase and end Jimmie Johnson's record streak of five consecutive Cup titles.
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September 2, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps it was appropriate that Jimmie Johnson thanked the spectators for showing up Sunday at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana, considering that everyone except Johnson's fans had little to cheer about. The reigning Cup champion routed the 43-car field in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to win the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway, leading all but 22 of the race's 250 laps. In fact, it's noteworthy that after all those drivers raced for 500 miles, very little changed in stock-car racing's premier circuit, which closes its regular season next weekend in Richmond, Va. Kasey Kahne was talking about his own situation when he said "tonight was pretty much a draw," but his comment could have applied to most of the field.
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September 2, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps it was appropriate that Jimmie Johnson thanked the spectators for showing up Sunday at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana, considering that everyone except Johnson's fans had little to cheer about. The reigning Cup champion routed the 43-car field in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to win the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway, leading all but 22 of the race's 250 laps. In fact, it's noteworthy that after all those drivers raced for 500 miles, very little changed in stock-car racing's premier circuit, which closes its regular season next weekend in Richmond, Va. Kasey Kahne was talking about his own situation when he said "tonight was pretty much a draw," but his comment could have applied to most of the field.
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June 27, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Carl Edwards left California still firmly in the lead of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings — and with doubts still firmly in place about whether he can stay there. That's mainly because Edwards is now mulling whether he'll re-sign with his team, Roush Fenway Racing, for next season or jump to another team. Edwards said he planned to decide before the Sept. 18 start of the Cup series' championship playoff, the 10-race Chase for the Cup. But if Edwards opts to drive elsewhere in 2012, there were questions about whether his lame-duck status at Roush Fenway would hurt his ability to win the Chase and end Jimmie Johnson's record streak of five consecutive Cup titles.
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March 28, 2007 | From Reuters
Ameriquest Mortgage Co., a struggling sub-prime mortgage lender, has asked to be released from its NASCAR sponsorship, after last week giving up its rights to name the Texas Rangers' baseball park. NASCAR's website reported that the unit of Orange-based ACC Capital Holdings Corp. asked Roush Fenway Racing to release it from the final two years of its three-year sponsorship of a car driven by Greg Biffle. ACC Capital spokesman Chris Orlando declined to confirm the report.
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February 5, 2009
Car DRIVER Make Sponsor Team Crew Chief Car: 10 Driver: A.J. ALLMENDINGER Make: Dodge Sponsor: Valvoline Team: Gillett Evernham Motorsports Crew Chief:Mike Shiplett -- 8 ARIC ALMIROLA Chevrolet U.S. Army Dale Earnhardt Inc. Tony Gibson -- 347 MARCOS AMBROSE Toyota Little Debbie Michael Waltrip Racing Frank Kerr -- 102 BRANDON ASH Dodge Sprinter Trucking/Sunny D...
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April 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch beat Carl Edwards out of the pits on their final stop, then held off the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion in overtime for his second consecutive victory Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. A series of late-race caution flags on the mile oval hampered Edwards, who appeared to have a faster car at the end and remained winless in 2008 in the series formerly known as Busch.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The NASCAR team of Furniture Row Racing said Monday it signed former champion Kurt Busch to drive its No. 78 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series next year, replacing Regan Smith. Busch this year is driving for another small team, Phoenix Racing, after a series of angry public outbursts by Busch led to his release from Penske Racing at the end of last season. "Kurt's exceptional driving talent has the capacity to take a team to another level," Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone said in a statement.
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November 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne revealed Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis, but he does not think it will have any effect on his racing career. Bayne was launched into the national spotlight in 2011 when he became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500. He was 20 at the time and driving a partial Sprint Cup schedule. Now 22, he says he will compete at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the season finales for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. He has one Nationwide win this season, at Iowa, and is ranked No. 6 in the points standings of that series.
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March 4, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Only four weeks ago, before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR talk centered on the potential dominance of two teams: Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. Hendrick had won 16 of last year's 36 races in the premier Sprint Cup Series, including 10 by reigning champion Jimmie Johnson. And Gibbs had added the hard-charging Kyle Busch to its team of two-time title winner Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin. But after three races neither team has made it to Victory Lane.
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January 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Former action sports star Travis Pastrana will drive full-time in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series this year in a car prepared by Roush Fenway Racing, the team said Thursday. Pastrana, 29, will drive the No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 Nationwide races and "we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR," team co-owner Jack Roush said in a statement. A celebrated motorcycle and rally car racer, notably in the X Games, Pastrana turned his sights on stock-car racing and made nine Nationwide starts last year.
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March 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Carl Edwards snapped a 70-race winless streak with an overtime victory in Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards held off Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, who took second place by mere inches when he won a drag race to the finish line with third-place Denny Hamlin. "This is huge ... one of the coolest wins of my life," said Edwards, who had not won a Sprint Cup Series race since he took first in Las Vegas on March 6, 2011. Edwards, who drives the No. 99 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, appeared to have the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in hand if he hadn't run out of fuel on the one-mile Phoenix track.
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