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September 14, 2013 | By Jack McCarthy
Kurt Busch is like the little engine that could. The stock-car driver lacks the resources deep-pocketed owners lavish on multicar teams, and his main operation is 1,500 miles away from the sport's North Carolina epicenter. Yet the veteran is squarely in the mix in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR's 10-race playoff that begins Sunday with the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. "For us, there's no telling what we can do as a single-car team in this Chase," he said.
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September 12, 2013 | Wire reports
Kurt Busch said Thursday that he will not race in IndyCar's season finale at Fontana. Busch said the deadline has passed by which he and Andretti Autosport needed to notify Chevrolet they'd need an engine for the Oct. 19 race at Auto Club Speedway. Busch wanted to run the race as a possible warmup for next year's Indianapolis 500. He has not given up on trying to run Indy next season for Andretti. "I was just hoping to have more of my homework done, more experience and more of an education, which would have meant to race Fontana this year and to be better prepared for Indianapolis next year," Busch said.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you want to be among the first to preorder the iPhone 5c, you better be prepared to stay up late. Preorders for the device will kick off online Thursday at midnight Pacific time. That's 3 a.m. for you folks on the East Coast. The iPhone 5c is one of Apple's two new iPhone models unveiled this week. The device is the company's low-cost option and comes in a flurry of different colored plastic shells (blue, green, pink, yellow and white). VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel pulls another prank, says iPad mini is the iPhone 5s Preorders for the iPhone 5c will begin with Sprint, which will start taking them exactly at 12:00 a.m. PDT, according to its website.
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September 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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September 7, 2013 | By Marty O'Brien
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.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
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.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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August 30, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
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.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
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.
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August 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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