January 29, 2014 |
NASCAR is poised to make major changes to its 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, an overhaul that's already sparked widespread reaction in NASCAR Nation. The new format is expected to be announced Thursday, and it's aimed at delivering a fresh dose of excitement to NASCAR stock car racing, whose popularity has leveled off in recent years. Among the expected changes: increasing the Chase field to 16 drivers from 12 and putting added emphasis on winning races, with a win in the first 26 races of the "regular season" almost ensuring that a driver would make the Chase.
February 11, 2011 |
Jimmie Johnson isn't the only guy everybody else is chasing at Daytona. You can label Kevin Harvick a Sprint Cup champion, too, since he's the guy to beat in Saturday night's Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick is going for his third consecutive victory in the Shootout. Saturday night's race also marks NASCAR's official competitive opening of the new racing surface at Daytona and a new fueling system that features a bulkier configuration of the new gas cans.
September 22, 2010 |
Clint Bowyer's race-winning car at New Hampshire failed an intense NASCAR inspection, officials said Wednesday, earning the driver a 150-point penalty that could wipe out his championship chances. NASCAR also fined crew chief Shane Wilson $150,000, and suspended him for the next six Sprint Cup races. Car chief Chad Haney was also suspended six races, and team owner Richard Childress was docked 50 owner points. Bowyer won Sunday's opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to vault from 12th to second in the standings.
August 17, 2008 |
Carl Edwards took the lead in the pits, then drove away Saturday for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Michigan International Speedway and his 16th overall series win. The reigning series champion was trailing fellow Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart when the leaders drove onto pit road under a caution flag on Lap 93. Edwards, driving a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, came out in front and easily led to the end of the 125-lap race. "I'm just so happy that we won this thing," Edwards said after doing his traditional victory backflip off his car. "We've been close before.
July 2, 2010 |
The No. 3 car went back to Victory Lane at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove a car that honored his late father to his first NASCAR victory in more than two years. Earnhardt, winless in any NASCAR points race since a Sprint Cup victory at Michigan in 2008, took the lead on pit road under caution with 26 laps to go Friday night in the Nationwide Series race. Running a No. 3 Chevrolet with a Wrangler paint scheme to honor his father's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Earnhardt brought his loyal fans to their feet for the final sprint to the checkered flag.
November 17, 2013 |
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Over the last 75 laps or so of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, it became increasingly apparent either Denny Hamlin or Dale Earnhardt Jr. would not end the Sprint Cup season winless. Five lead changes spanning the final 44 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway were between Hamlin and Earnhardt. Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota retook it for good on Lap 244 and left Earnhardt to duel Matt Kenseth for second place Hamlin's second win at Homestead-Miami (23rd of his career)
November 8, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth said Friday, "I'm as optimistic as I've ever been" this season about his chances in Sunday's NASCAR race and catching Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title. "I feel like my race team and my race cars are capable on any given week," said Kenseth, who's seven points behind Johnson with two races left. The first race is Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale the next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
December 16, 2013 |
A new NASCAR season is only a few weeks away, with some of the sport's top drivers switching teams in hopes of winning a Sprint Cup title. They include veterans Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, and they'll start getting ready for the season Jan. 9-10 when the series holds its "preseason thunder" test at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. That's in preparation for the season-opening race, the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23, in which the drivers who changed teams will get to see the first result of how their new marriages are working out. Harvick and Busch are moving to Stewart-Haas Racing, the team co-owned by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart.
August 6, 2013 |
An East Coast autograph broker said Tuesday that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing about 300 mini- and full-sized helmets on Jan. 11-12 while he was attending an event in Connecticut, ESPN reported. The broker played two cellphone videos for ESPN showing Manziel signing white Texas A&M helmets and footballs laid out on a bed in a hotel room. The video does not show Manziel accepting any money. The broker said the room was at the Omni in New Haven during the Walter Camp Football Foundation event.