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)
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.
May 26, 2012 |
The Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones agreed Saturday to a six-year, $85.5-million contract extension that will make him the second-highest-paid center fielder in the major leagues - after the Dodgers' Matt Kemp - and keep him in an Orioles uniform through 2018. According to an industry source, the contract has performance escalators that could make it worth $91.5 million total. The annual average value will be $14.25 million. The deal is the most lucrative in Orioles history.
May 18, 2008 |
While having fun is a big part of NASCAR's All-Star race, there's a serious side to the non-points event, too. Heading into the sprint race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Jeff Gordon was seeking to keep up the momentum from two straight top-10 Sprint Cup finishes. He finished ninth at Richmond and third in Darlington to move to 10th in the season points heading into next weekend's Coca-Cola 600 on the same Lowe's 1.5-mile oval. Gordon is also aware that in years he won the All-Star race (1995, 1997 and 2001)
June 15, 2008 |
Jack Roush has two big loves in his life, besides family. The longtime NASCAR team owner obviously relishes being part of racing and has fielded cars and won races and championships in numerous series, including Sprint Cup. But his other major interest is airplanes. A source of pride for years has been his P-51 Mustang, which Roush flies any chance he gets. Even hitting power lines and crashing an experimental aircraft, nearly losing his life, in 2002 hasn't diminished Roush's enthusiasm for flying.
November 17, 2009 |
Mark Martin often says he's "blessed," and for good reason. The driver from Batesville, Ark., has competed in NASCAR's top league for more than 25 years, amassing 40 victories, nearly $73 million in race winnings and a reputation as a fan favorite. But it also appears likely that, once again, Martin will fall short of the one goal that's eluded him: Winning a championship. Martin, 50, was in striking distance of catching teammate Jimmie Johnson for the lead in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, but Johnson all but clinched the title Sunday with a dominating win at Phoenix International Raceway.
July 28, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A scenario familiar to NASCAR fans was playing out yet again Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson was on a roll. Seeking a record fifth Brickyard 400 win, the five-time Sprint Cup champion again had the dominant car and led a race-high 73 laps. But then a funny thing happened late in the race: A rare misstep in the pits by his Hendrick Motorsports crew. That enabled Ryan Newman, who also had a fast car - the Indiana native started on the pole after qualifying his No. 39 Chevrolet at record speed - to grab the lead and earn his first Brickyard 400 victory.