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November 19, 2012 | Associated Press
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Dodge said goodbye to NASCAR on Sunday. And got the ultimate parting gift. Dodge driver Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, giving longtime NASCAR owner Roger Penske his first series title and setting off a wild celebration in Victory Lane. Penske Racing's rising star finished 15th in the season finale, but he clinched the title when his closest contender, Jimmie Johnson, had a catastrophic gear issue with 43 laps remaining.
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November 18, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Brad Keselowski got some help on the last day of practice for Sunday's NASCAR's Sprint Cup finale in Homestead, Fla. Pole-sitter Joey Logano was involved in a three-car accident during the first of two practice sessions Saturday, switched to a backup car, and will start from the rear of the field. That will move Keselowski, who had qualified third, to No. 2 when the green flag drops. Marcos Ambrose will start on the pole. If Keselowski leads the first lap, he will extend his points lead from 20 to 21 in the 400-mile race.
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November 15, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson has fought through mistakes, mechanical failures and the despair of losing friends in a plane crash to charge back into NASCAR's closest championship battle ever. He got some unexpected help yesterday from teammate Jeff Gordon, whose crew made an uncharacteristic mistake on pit lane. Johnson took advantage of the opportunity to win the final Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and move within easy reach of Nextel Cup points leader Kurt Busch with one race remaining.
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August 25, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
NASCAR released the 2007 Nextel Cup schedule yesterday, and it brought welcome news to Pocono Raceway owner Joseph Mattioli. The 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pa., which has hosted a pair of Cup races annually since 1982, will again appear twice on the schedule - on June 10 and Aug. 5. The second date, which was the result of a switch with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, presents Pocono with what Mattioli termed a "win-win" situation. "We originally only had a four-week stretch between races, which made it pretty difficult to sell tickets," he said.
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November 13, 2012 | Daily News staff and wire reports
FOUR-TIME NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway. Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he will be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday's race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers' crews. "I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack," Gordon said in a statement.
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November 19, 2007 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
To no one's surprise, Brian France yesterday proclaimed 2007 "a very good year" for NASCAR. Sportswriters covering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway would've short-circuited their laptops if France had said problems were mounting for the stock-car racing series. "We like our position going forward," said France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO. France dismissed speculation that he may soon yield his position. "I am committed to my job for the foreseeable future, and that's years, not months," he said.
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November 21, 2011 | Associated Press
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tony Stewart insisted he wasn't a title contender when NASCAR's championship race began. When it became clear he actually was a viable threat, he kicked it into another gear and vowed to go for broke in his pursuit of Carl Edwards. Did he ever. Stewart used a powerful and relentless drive - some might suggest the best in NASCAR history - on Sunday in the season finale to seize his third NASCAR championship. He overcame a hole in the grill of his Chevrolet, a rain delay, used debatable fuel strategy, and made 116 passes on the track to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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November 16, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Big East Conference will be made up of one 16-team division in basketball in 2005-06, and only 12 teams will participate in the league's men's and women's tournaments. The conference announced the new structure yesterday. It will take effect with the addition of five schools from Conference USA coupled with Boston College's departure for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami and Virginia Tech left for the ACC this academic year, leaving the Big East with 12 teams that play in one division.
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November 19, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The no-rain edict handed down by NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter during Thursday's news conference apparently didn't apply to yesterday's activity as Homestead-Miami Speedway prepared for tomorrow's season-ending Ford 400. Morning rain delayed practice sessions for the Craftsman Truck and Busch Series competitors, and a lunch-hour downpour had NASCAR officials scrambling to revamp the schedule. When the Nextel Cup cars finally got onto the track, Ryan Newman led the first practice with a fast lap of 175.496 m.p.h.
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November 21, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
By finishing in the top five in the Nextel Cup Series the last four years, Jimmie Johnson has been a guest at the NASCAR awards banquet in New York. But after winning his first championship Sunday in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson is guaranteed a better seat - and the spotlight - at this year's black-tie affair, on Dec. 1. "I've been jealous the last four years watching different champions go through banquet week and the things that go on, and I've just wanted to be in that position," Johnson said.
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November 19, 2012 | Associated Press
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Dodge said goodbye to NASCAR on Sunday. And got the ultimate parting gift. Dodge driver Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, giving longtime NASCAR owner Roger Penske his first series title and setting off a wild celebration in Victory Lane. Penske Racing's rising star finished 15th in the season finale, but he clinched the title when his closest contender, Jimmie Johnson, had a catastrophic gear issue with 43 laps remaining.
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November 18, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Brad Keselowski got some help on the last day of practice for Sunday's NASCAR's Sprint Cup finale in Homestead, Fla. Pole-sitter Joey Logano was involved in a three-car accident during the first of two practice sessions Saturday, switched to a backup car, and will start from the rear of the field. That will move Keselowski, who had qualified third, to No. 2 when the green flag drops. Marcos Ambrose will start on the pole. If Keselowski leads the first lap, he will extend his points lead from 20 to 21 in the 400-mile race.
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November 13, 2012 | Daily News staff and wire reports
FOUR-TIME NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway. Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he will be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday's race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers' crews. "I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack," Gordon said in a statement.
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November 21, 2011 | Associated Press
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tony Stewart insisted he wasn't a title contender when NASCAR's championship race began. When it became clear he actually was a viable threat, he kicked it into another gear and vowed to go for broke in his pursuit of Carl Edwards. Did he ever. Stewart used a powerful and relentless drive - some might suggest the best in NASCAR history - on Sunday in the season finale to seize his third NASCAR championship. He overcame a hole in the grill of his Chevrolet, a rain delay, used debatable fuel strategy, and made 116 passes on the track to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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November 19, 2007 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Jimmie Johnson never concerned himself with being the most popular driver in NASCAR or providing the type of controversy that would spike the sport's declining TV ratings. Maybe that's why he's been called boring, at times even robotic. But you also have to call Johnson the Nextel Cup champion - again. All Johnson and his crew chief, Chad Knaus, worried about was performing at the highest level when it counted most, and that commitment to excellence led the No. 48 Chevrolet to its ultimate destination under the lights last night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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November 19, 2007 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
To no one's surprise, Brian France yesterday proclaimed 2007 "a very good year" for NASCAR. Sportswriters covering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway would've short-circuited their laptops if France had said problems were mounting for the stock-car racing series. "We like our position going forward," said France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO. France dismissed speculation that he may soon yield his position. "I am committed to my job for the foreseeable future, and that's years, not months," he said.
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November 21, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
By finishing in the top five in the Nextel Cup Series the last four years, Jimmie Johnson has been a guest at the NASCAR awards banquet in New York. But after winning his first championship Sunday in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson is guaranteed a better seat - and the spotlight - at this year's black-tie affair, on Dec. 1. "I've been jealous the last four years watching different champions go through banquet week and the things that go on, and I've just wanted to be in that position," Johnson said.
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August 25, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
NASCAR released the 2007 Nextel Cup schedule yesterday, and it brought welcome news to Pocono Raceway owner Joseph Mattioli. The 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pa., which has hosted a pair of Cup races annually since 1982, will again appear twice on the schedule - on June 10 and Aug. 5. The second date, which was the result of a switch with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, presents Pocono with what Mattioli termed a "win-win" situation. "We originally only had a four-week stretch between races, which made it pretty difficult to sell tickets," he said.
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November 22, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Drenched with soda and beer after claiming his second Nextel Cup championship in four seasons, Tony Stewart was asked to make a statement when he entered the media center late Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Let's get this thing over with as quick as possible," he said with a devilish grin. "I've got a lot of beer to drink with my crew. " What, you were expecting NASCAR's bad boy-turned-choirboy to say he was headed to Disney World? Presumably, he left a wake-up call because the party was to continue yesterday with a flight to New York for television appearances, including a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman that is scheduled to air on Friday.
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November 19, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The no-rain edict handed down by NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter during Thursday's news conference apparently didn't apply to yesterday's activity as Homestead-Miami Speedway prepared for tomorrow's season-ending Ford 400. Morning rain delayed practice sessions for the Craftsman Truck and Busch Series competitors, and a lunch-hour downpour had NASCAR officials scrambling to revamp the schedule. When the Nextel Cup cars finally got onto the track, Ryan Newman led the first practice with a fast lap of 175.496 m.p.h.
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