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January 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR said Tuesday it reinstated Todd Parrott after the veteran crew chief completed its substance-abuse recovery program. Parrott, 49, was suspended indefinitely nearly three months ago for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy. The substance at issue in his case was not identified. With 19 years in the Sprint Cup series, Parrott last year was crew chief for driver Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports, who drives the No. 43 car that Petty made famous, before Parrott was suspended.
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April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
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September 16, 2012 | By Jack McCarthy
JOLIET, Ill. - Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has a leg up on the field in his bid for a sixth title. Johnson claimed the pole for Sunday's Chase for the Sprint Cup race, the first of 10 in the Chase series. He tops a 43-car field for the GEICO 400, topping with his 182.865-mph qualifying lap at Chicagoland Speedway. "I'm very happy that we got a pole qualifying. We laid down a good one today," said Johnson, who never has won at Chicagoland. "We've been close, [but]
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April 26, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Joey Logano emerged as the winner of a wild short-track shootout in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The victory is Logano's second this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the other coming on April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano made a quick pass for the lead with four laps to go just moments after he was in the fourth position. Logano benefited from the help of Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who gave leader Matt Kenseth a bump that allowed Logano to make the winning pass on the inside.
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August 15, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Marcos Ambrose missed his daughter's first day of school. She probably won't mind. The snakebit Ambrose, deprived more than once of a NASCAR victory, beat Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch on a two-lap dash to the checkered flag Monday to win the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. It was his first victory in 105 starts in NASCAR's top series and atoned for a slip-up a year ago on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., when he stalled his car under caution while leading with six laps to go and finished sixth.
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August 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has returned to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings for the first time in eight years. How long has it been? In the interim, Jimmie Johnson won an unprecedented five consecutive Sprint Cup championships, the Boston Red Sox not only broke their 86-year World Series drought but twice won the title and Brett Favre finally retired. Not that becoming an also-ran ever hurt the man they call Junior, whose father was one of the fiercest racers on the circuit before his death in the Daytona 500 in 2001.
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October 2, 2009 | Jim Peltz
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.
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November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
By Jim Peltz AVONDALE, Ariz. - Carl Edwards never saw it coming. Edwards was poised to win Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway when his No. 99 Ford ran out of fuel as he entered the last lap, enabling Kevin Harvick to win. "I had no clue we were going to run out," Edwards said. His crew chief, Jimmy Fennig , "talked to me about saving a little bit to have some extra, and I did that a couple of laps, but Kevin closed in and was obviously not saving fuel," Edwards said.
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August 19, 2009 | Jim Peltz
The scramble is on to make NASCAR's Chase. Only three races remain before the start of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, stock car racing's 10-race playoff to determine the series champion. The top-12 drivers in points qualify for the Chase. And though the current eight points leaders look comfortably eligible -- starting with first-place Tony Stewart, who clinched a berth Sunday -- a fierce battle remains among seven or eight other NASCAR drivers to make the late-season playoff.
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July 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz and Joe Flint
NBC Sports will return to televising part of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup stock-car racing series starting in 2015 under a 10-year deal announced Tuesday. The deal means ESPN and Turner Sports (TNT), which currently share NASCAR coverage with Fox Sports, no longer will carry Cup events after next year. Financial terms weren't announced. But the NBC pact is valued at about $440 million a year, or $4.4 billion overall, according to people with knowledge of the deal who were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
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April 25, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Kyle Larson's meteoric rise in the Sprint Cup Series continued Friday with an assist from Mother Nature. When qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 was canceled because of rain, Larson earned the first pole of his Cup career because he had posted the fastest lap in the first practice on the three-quarters of a mile oval at Richmond International Raceway: 126.880 mph. He will start on the front row with Brad Keselowski, whose fastest lap...
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April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR was off last week for Easter break and that got former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski thinking about the series' schedule. So in hopes of sparking a fresh conversation about the schedule, the Team Penske driver designed his own "dream" calendar that he outlined on his blog (bradracing.com). Keselowski said he was "not trying to disrespect any of the parties" currently involved in compiling the schedule. "This is just my attempt to tackle the schedule in a way that sounds fun to me, and gets everyone talking about how we might improve things," he wrote on the blog.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Matt Kenseth knows Auto Club Speedway well, having won three Sprint Cup races at the Fontana track. But he earned the victories driving for Roush Fenway Racing and is still looking for his first win on the two-mile oval since moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing team last year. Kenseth took the step toward a fourth win Friday by winning the pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at the Fontana speedway for the first time.
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March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Carl Edwards won a rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, fittingly with the final two laps under caution as showers began to fall again. The Food City 500 was delayed nearly two hours before the start and for another three hours after 124 laps. The race restarted on Lap 167 with Kurt Busch taking the lead from Matt Kenseth for the lead. The race had already run 43 laps under caution. Edwards lead a sweep of Fords, with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking second and Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports finishing third.
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March 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - The USA Today headline about a NASCAR exhibition race said it all. “Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, boyfriend crash at Daytona,” the headline declared last month. Who's the “boyfriend”? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse is a second-year driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after an accomplished stint in its lower-tier Nationwide Series, where he earned consecutive championships in 2011-12. But as Stenhouse readily admits, he's known mainly for dating Patrick, who's one of the nation's most recognized sports figures and is also in her sophomore year in the Cup series.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
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April 26, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Kenseth said Thursday the massive penalties that NASCAR levied against the driver and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful. " NASCAR on Wednesday stripped Kenseth of 50 championship points and suspended his crew chief Jason Ratcliff for several races, among other penalties, because last weekend Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota had an engine part that was too light. The faulty part -- a rod that connects a piston to the crankshaft and normally weighs just over one pound -- was detected in an inspection after Kenseth won Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.
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February 28, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Brad Keselowski on Friday won the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway under a new qualifying format in which large groups of drivers raced simultaneously for the first time in the series. Instead of having one car at a time go around the track in qualifying, NASCAR began using a knockout format to set the starting spots for the 43-car field for Sunday's Cup race. At tracks less than 1.25 miles long, such as the one-mile PIR oval, qualifying was broken into two sessions.
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February 15, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One moment NASCAR's Tony Stewart was doing what he loves, racing a high-powered sprint car at a small dirt track on a summer night, and the next moment his right leg was shattered. Stewart crashed at full speed into a stalled car in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 5. The injury was so gruesome that Stewart later said he "damned near passed out at every doctor visit" when the leg was examined. Despite being one of NASCAR's biggest stars, and a co-owner of a team, Stewart also raced the smaller sprint cars at short tracks nationwide for the sheer joy of it. But the Iowa crash abruptly ended his season and required Stewart to undergo three surgeries and months of physical therapy.
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