September 8, 2013 |
NASCAR will celebrate a different champion this year, perhaps a driver who hasn't won the Sprint Cup in a while. Someone like Jimmie Johnson. For all the hand-wringing in NASCAR Nation about how often Johnson wins, and how that makes the Cup series boring at times, in some ways the five-time champion has not been the series' preeminent driver this year. Yes, the Californian opens NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff this week with four victories this year - including the Daytona 500 - and it's true he led the Cup point standings for most of the season.
September 7, 2013 |
Carl Edwards won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday and finished as the Sprint Cup Series regular-season points leader as NASCAR heads into its 10-race Chase, starting Sept. 15 at Chicagoland. Edwards' victory was almost a footnote as the 400-lap race settled the final five spots in the 12-driver Chase. Two of those Chase berths were settled with no mystery, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle solidified comparatively safe positions among the top 10 automatic qualifiers.
September 6, 2013 |
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row, increasing the tension once the green flag drops Saturday night for the 400-lap race. Busch is 10th in points, and the top 10 after Saturday night's race earn automatic berths in the 10-race playoffs to finish the season.
August 30, 2013 |
Team owner Chip Ganassi confirmed Friday that 21-year-old Kyle Larson will take over driving the No. 42 Chevrolet next year in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. Ganassi and Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., made the announcement together at Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of the next Sprint Cup race on Sunday. "He's a unique talent," Ganassi said of Larson, who will replace veteran Juan Pablo Montoya in the car next season. "Kyle was our first choice, we did not offer deals to any other drivers.
August 30, 2013 |
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first pole position of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career by posting the fastest qualifying speed for Sunday night's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stenhouse, 25, turned a lap of 189.688 mph in his No. 17 Ford on Friday to capture the first starting position at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track. Carl Edwards, Stenhouse's teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, qualified second at 189.021 mph and will start alongside Stenhouse on the front row. Juan Pablo Montoya was third at 188.539 mph and Denny Hamlin was fourth at 188.533.
August 29, 2013 |
Verizon Communications Inc. may be close to striking one of the largest deals in history to take full control of the country's leading wireless carrier. On Thursday, Vodafone Group confirmed that it was in advanced discussions with Verizon to sell its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. Although such talks have been held repeatedly in recent years, it appears that the two sides may be days away from finalizing a transaction that could cost as much as $130 billion. Such a sale is not likely to affect consumers in the short term.
August 28, 2013 |
Kyle Larson is about to achieve his goal of becoming a driver in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. The 21-year-old racing prodigy from Elk Grove, Calif., will join Jamie McMurray next year on the two-car team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, persons familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday. Larson is expected to step into the No. 42 Chevrolet and replace veteran Juan Pablo Montoya. The team this month declined to re-sign Montoya, 37, a former Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One driver who found little success in NASCAR.
August 20, 2013 |
When he watches a NASCAR race on television, Greg Scott feels his heart sink if smoke suddenly billows from the cars of Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin or some other Toyota drivers. The smoke usually means one of Toyota's engines blew up from the enormous stress placed on the power plants. "I take it hard," Scott says. "I don't feel good at all. " That's because Scott helps build the motors at Toyota's engine plant in Costa Mesa. But when his drivers win "it's exhilarating," said Scott, a 16-year veteran of Toyota Racing Development.
August 6, 2013 |
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart broke his right leg Monday night while competing in a sprint-car race in Iowa, his Stewart-Haas Racing team said. Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and was in contention for a fourth, but he'll miss the next Cup race Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y. A replacement for Stewart at Watkins Glen -- where he holds the record for most Cup wins with five -- has not yet been determined, nor was it clear...
August 3, 2013 |
The day after one of the greatest catches in Angel Stadium history, the discussion Saturday was if it was the best ever by an Angel. Manager Mike Scioscia said no, ranking J.B. Shuck's fourth-inning robbery of Jose Bautista's home run - in which the outfielder tumbled into the stands over the left-field wall - behind Mike Trout's full-sprint, high-leaping grab of a J.J. Hardy fly over the center-field fence in Baltimore in...