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March 11, 2012 | Jim Peltz
¿¿Reporting from Las Vegas -- Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.led 64 of the first 70 laps but teammate Jimmie Johnson was the leader at the halfway point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, the only four-time winner at Las Vegas, had to start in the rear of the 43-car field because he was using a backup car after crashing his primary car in practice. But Johnson stormed through the field to take the lead in the Kobalt Tools 400, a 267-lap race on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track.
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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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May 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
If Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s nearly four-year winless streak is ever going to end, it might just happen Sunday at NASCAR's longest, fastest track. The Sprint Cup Series will be at the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where Earnhardt -- an expert on such high-banked tracks where the cars race in freight-train packs -- is a five-time winner. More importantly, his Hendrick Motorsports team led by crew chief Steve Letarte has been preparing exceptional race cars for the popular driver this season, and Earnhardt has been about as close to winning as possible without doing so. Last weekend he finished second to Kyle Busch at Richmond, Va., and Earnhardt through nine races overall this season has seven top-10 finishes and four top-five finishes.
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April 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
When we last saw NASCAR in action, at Fontana, there was a last-lap crash among the leaders, a post-race brawl between Joey Logano and Tony Stewart, and an ambulance was taking away an injured Denny Hamlin. Now, after a week off for Easter, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the cramped, half-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for its next race Sunday. And all eyes will be on Logano and Stewart to see if their feud surfaces again. "You have to know what's going on and watch out for the dramas," driver Ryan Newman told reporters Tuesday.
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April 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
When we last saw NASCAR in action, at Fontana, there was a last-lap crash among the leaders, a post-race brawl between Joey Logano and Tony Stewart, and an ambulance was taking away an injured Denny Hamlin. Now, after a week off for Easter, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the cramped, half-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for its next race Sunday. And all eyes will be on Logano and Stewart to see if their feud surfaces again. "You have to know what's going on and watch out for the dramas," driver Ryan Newman told reporters Tuesday.
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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 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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September 17, 2011 | By Jack McCarthy
Junior Nation is ecstatic. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s sprawling fan base lit up NASCAR message boards and websites in celebration last Saturday after the 36-year-old driver earned a Chase for the Sprint Cup berth for the first time since 2008. But it wasn't easy for a driver who started the season well, then struggled and qualified the hard way. Maneuvering a damaged No. 88 Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish at Virginia's Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt locked down the 10th and final automatic Chase berth.
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March 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is enjoying one of the strongest starts of his 14-year career, but can the popular NASCAR driver finally win in Southern California? Earnhardt mostly has struggled at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana but might have one of his best opportunities to reach Victory Lane this year as the Sprint Cup Series returns Sunday for the Auto Club 400. Adapting well to the new Gen-6 car used in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Earnhardt is second this season in the title standings, nine points behind leader and reigning Cup champion Brad Keselowski.
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June 18, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Speaking with reporters after Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win at Michigan, his crew chief, Steve Letarte, was asked whether Letarte was more relieved or excited that Earnhardt's four-year winless streak was finally over. "A little of both," Letarte replied. NASCAR probably feels the same way now that the immensely popular Earnhardt has ended a string of 143 races in which he failed to reach Victory Lane. Although reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who finished second to Earnhardt on Sunday, said "it's not a national holiday" that Earnhardt won again, it's not bad news, either, for stock car racing's premier series.
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March 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is enjoying one of the strongest starts of his 14-year career, but can the popular NASCAR driver finally win in Southern California? Earnhardt mostly has struggled at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana but might have one of his best opportunities to reach Victory Lane this year as the Sprint Cup Series returns Sunday for the Auto Club 400. Adapting well to the new Gen-6 car used in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Earnhardt is second this season in the title standings, nine points behind leader and reigning Cup champion Brad Keselowski.
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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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June 18, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is second in the Sprint Cup points standings and has been consistently impressive all year. Still, there was one thing hanging over the head of NASCAR's most popular driver -- he hadn't won a race in a long, long time. "I knew it was going to happen, just didn't know when,” Earnhardt said. It happened Sunday, four years and two days after his last victory and at the same location: Michigan International Speedway. Earnhardt won the Quicken Loans 400 in convincing fashion, beating Tony Stewart by 5.393 seconds for his 19th Sprint Cup Series victory The question now becomes, when will he do it again?
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June 18, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Speaking with reporters after Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win at Michigan, his crew chief, Steve Letarte, was asked whether Letarte was more relieved or excited that Earnhardt's four-year winless streak was finally over. "A little of both," Letarte replied. NASCAR probably feels the same way now that the immensely popular Earnhardt has ended a string of 143 races in which he failed to reach Victory Lane. Although reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who finished second to Earnhardt on Sunday, said "it's not a national holiday" that Earnhardt won again, it's not bad news, either, for stock car racing's premier series.
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May 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
If Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s nearly four-year winless streak is ever going to end, it might just happen Sunday at NASCAR's longest, fastest track. The Sprint Cup Series will be at the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where Earnhardt -- an expert on such high-banked tracks where the cars race in freight-train packs -- is a five-time winner. More importantly, his Hendrick Motorsports team led by crew chief Steve Letarte has been preparing exceptional race cars for the popular driver this season, and Earnhardt has been about as close to winning as possible without doing so. Last weekend he finished second to Kyle Busch at Richmond, Va., and Earnhardt through nine races overall this season has seven top-10 finishes and four top-five finishes.
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March 11, 2012 | Jim Peltz
¿¿Reporting from Las Vegas -- Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.led 64 of the first 70 laps but teammate Jimmie Johnson was the leader at the halfway point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, the only four-time winner at Las Vegas, had to start in the rear of the 43-car field because he was using a backup car after crashing his primary car in practice. But Johnson stormed through the field to take the lead in the Kobalt Tools 400, a 267-lap race on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track.
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May 14, 2007 | Ed Hinton, Special to The Times
In the Hendrick Racing League, a level above the rest of NASCAR's Nextel Cup series nowadays, great parity is developing. Between Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, that is. As they run away with this season, at least they're neck and neck, back and forth, leaving at least some suspense week in, week out, as to which one will win.
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October 8, 2006 | Steven Herbert, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Citing safety concerns, NASCAR abruptly ordered technical changes Saturday to slow down cars for today's Nextel Cup UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. But because no practice was allowed with the new rules, drivers will start the race "completely blind," four-time series champion Jeff Gordon complained.
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September 17, 2011 | By Jack McCarthy
Junior Nation is ecstatic. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s sprawling fan base lit up NASCAR message boards and websites in celebration last Saturday after the 36-year-old driver earned a Chase for the Sprint Cup berth for the first time since 2008. But it wasn't easy for a driver who started the season well, then struggled and qualified the hard way. Maneuvering a damaged No. 88 Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish at Virginia's Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt locked down the 10th and final automatic Chase berth.
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November 23, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
For the second time in two years, Hendrick Motorsports is giving Dale Earnhardt Jr. a new crew chief in hopes of finally getting the popular NASCAR driver back to Victory Lane. Earnhardt ? who is on a 93-race winless streak ? next year will be paired with Steve Letarte, Jeff Gordon's former crew chief, as part of shuffle of crew chiefs involving those two drivers and teammate Mark Martin, Hendrick said Tuesday. Gordon's new crew chief is Alan Gustafson, who moves from Martin's car, and Martin's new crew chief is Lance McGrew, who shifts from Earnhardt's team.
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