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December 8, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
A person familiar with the plan says Danica Patrick has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports. Patrick will announce a partial Nationwide Series schedule at a news conference today in Phoenix, the person familiar with her plans told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she has not officially announced her intentions. Last week Patrick signed a 3-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the IndyCar series, but its schedule gives her enough time to also try NASCAR.
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March 21, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Terry Labonte edged David Green by one-quarter of a second yesterday to win the Miller Genuine Draft race for his second NASCAR Busch Grand National victory of the season. Labonte led for more than 200 of the 300 laps on the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway track to win $22,400. Labonte is driving for car owner Rick Hendrick on the Winston Cup Series this year for the first time. Yesterday, Labonte first took the lead on lap 71 when Hermie Sadler, who had led the first 70 laps, spun in turn two after contact with the lapped car of Chad Little.
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April 2, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Ryan Newman needed help and was running out of time. Finally, Clint Bowyer provided an opening with two laps to go at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Bowyer's aggressive move took out race leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson entering the first turn, allowing Newman to slide into the lead, and he held off A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on another restart for his first win in 23 races. "We were not a dominate race car," Newman said. "Clint kind of cleared out Turn 1 for us and we were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.
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January 31, 1991 | By Andy Wickstrom, Special to The Inquirer
On at least three occasions during Paramount Home Video's The Making of "Days of Thunder": NASCAR Goes Hollywood, filmmakers assure us that the Tom Cruise star vehicle (due on video next week) is about wonderful characters, not about cars whizzing around in a circle. But this behind-the-scenes short (31 minutes, $14.95) argues otherwise. Although on the marquee the film starred Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall, it is the spectacle of 200-m.p.h. auto racing that compels the attention.
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November 16, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson rebounded from a rare bad race with a dominating victory at Phoenix International Raceway that pushed him to the edge of a NASCAR record fourth consecutive championship. Johnson led 238 laps at the Avondale, Ariz., yesterday to win for the fourth time in the last five races at Phoenix. It was his seventh victory of the season, and fourth since the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. More important, it stretched his lead to 108 points over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin heading into the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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June 11, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
If there were any doubts that Jeff Gordon is back to championship form, he answered them yesterday with a milestone victory. Gordon survived a bad final pit stop that forced him to slice his way through the field, a pair of restarts and a tense battle with Ricky Rudd over the final two laps to win the Kmart 400 at Michigan International Speedway and give Hendrick Motorsports its 100th victory. "That's a true mark of a championship-caliber team - to be able to stay calm, regroup and come back in," Gordon said.
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February 14, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson's crew chief was thrown out of the Daytona 500 yesterday for illegal modifications made to Johnson's car during pole qualifying. Chad Knaus was accused of raising the rear window on the No. 48 Chevrolet to alter aerodynamics during Johnson's run Sunday. The infraction was discovered in a postqualifying inspection when the car failed to fit NASCAR templates. NASCAR said Knaus cannot appeal the ejection. NASCAR also said the Hendrick Motorsports team could be subject to additional penalties, which would be announced after Sunday's Daytona 500. Team owner Rick Hendrick said lead engineer Darian Grubb will replace Knaus as crew chief for Sunday's "Great American Race.
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December 13, 2000 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Sitting in the audience at the annual NASCAR awards dinner in New York, Jeff Gordon observed the dais in the Waldorf-Astoria's grand ballroom. Bobby Labonte, this year's Winston Cup champion, was seated there with his team. Gordon, a three-time Cup champion, knew the exhilarating emotions Labonte was feeling last Friday. "[Car owner] Rick Hendrick and I were sitting there [saying], 'This is a great motivator, to get back to the [stage],' " Gordon said yesterday on a conference call.
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November 7, 1996 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
Terry Labonte is so close to his second NASCAR Winston Cup points title that he can almost reach out and touch it. With his right hand, that is. Labonte is driving with a fractured left index finger, suffered in a crash prior to the last race at Phoenix. Heading into the season finale Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Labonte holds a 47-point lead over Jeff Gordon. All Labonte has to do is finish eighth or better in the NAPA 500 to clinch the title. If Labonte, 39, does win the championship, he will set a record for the longest span - 12 years - between Winston Cup titles.
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January 16, 1999 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Rick Hendrick was in control until he mentioned his "NASCAR family. " Standing under a banner yesterday that read "Welcome Back Rick," the man behind the ultra-successful Hendrick Motorsports operation had to pause. His eyes moist, Hendrick paused to compose himself and then continued. "I wouldn't be here, and this company wouldn't be doing what it's doing, without these people," he said during his first appearance with the motorsports community since he was diagnosed with leukemia in November 1996.
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September 30, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - Give a NASCAR "Attaboys!" to the Daring Dozen, the 12 Chasers who move on to the Contender Round. Following Jeff Gordon's victory yesterday in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the 12 are Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Their points are all reset at 3,000 prior to the next three races. Give a pat on the back and "good try, y'all" to the four who are eliminated from title contention: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola.
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October 22, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The recent repave at Kansas Speedway cluttered Sunday's Sprint Cup championship race with a record 14 cautions - a season high in the series - but the standings looked much the same when Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in a battered Ford that he banged hard into the wall midway through the race. Kenseth still managed to drive to his second victory in three races, while Brad Keselowski dodged accident after accident to hang onto his seven-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the standings with four races left in the Chase.
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April 2, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Ryan Newman needed help and was running out of time. Finally, Clint Bowyer provided an opening with two laps to go at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Bowyer's aggressive move took out race leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson entering the first turn, allowing Newman to slide into the lead, and he held off A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on another restart for his first win in 23 races. "We were not a dominate race car," Newman said. "Clint kind of cleared out Turn 1 for us and we were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.
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March 1, 2012
NASCAR on Wednesday issued steep penalties against five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his team for failing the first inspection for the Daytona 500. Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $100,000 and suspended six races, car chief Ron Malec also was barred for six races, and Johnson was docked 25 points, sending him into this weekend's race last in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Knaus has been suspended four previous times, but had a two-race ban in 2005 overturned on appeal.
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March 1, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NASCAR ISSUED steep penalties against five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his team for failing the first inspection for the Daytona 500. Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $100,000 and suspended six races yesterday, car chief Ron Malec also was barred for six races, and Johnson was docked 25 points, sending him into this weekend's race in Arizona last in the Sprint Cup Series standings. The penalties stem from a failed inspection Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway.
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March 3, 2011 | by Bill Fleischman
A WEEK AFTER Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in only his second Sprint Cup Series start, Jeff Gordon ended his 66-race winless drought, longest of his career. Fans who still resent Gordon (and you know who you are) won't like this, but his winning is good for NASCAR. Gordon is one of the best race-car drivers ever, plus he's a classy guy who is good with fans and media. His 83rd career victory Sunday at Phoenix ties him with Cale Yarborough for fourth on the all-time Cup series chart.
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December 8, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
A person familiar with the plan says Danica Patrick has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports. Patrick will announce a partial Nationwide Series schedule at a news conference today in Phoenix, the person familiar with her plans told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she has not officially announced her intentions. Last week Patrick signed a 3-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the IndyCar series, but its schedule gives her enough time to also try NASCAR.
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November 16, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson rebounded from a rare bad race with a dominating victory at Phoenix International Raceway that pushed him to the edge of a NASCAR record fourth consecutive championship. Johnson led 238 laps at the Avondale, Ariz., yesterday to win for the fourth time in the last five races at Phoenix. It was his seventh victory of the season, and fourth since the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. More important, it stretched his lead to 108 points over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin heading into the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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November 30, 2007 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
The venue may have changed, but the dominance by Hendrick Motorsports has not. Less than two weeks after giving Rick Hendrick his seventh NASCAR Nextel Cup owner's championship in South Florida, Jimmie Johnson joined teammate Jeff Gordon yesterday in collecting nearly $1 million in sponsor bonuses at Cipriani, a Manhattan hot spot that hosted the National Motorsports Press Association's annual Myers Brothers media luncheon. Along with the checks came a variety of trophies in all shapes, sizes and materials - from solid crystal to a 24-karat 1/12-scale model of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet.
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November 19, 2007 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
The Jimmie Johnson Era in NASCAR has officially begun. In a race that began in the glow of late-afternoon South Florida sunshine and finished under the lights, Johnson finished seventh in the Ford 400 to top teammate Jeff Gordon by 77 points in the Chase for the Championship. Gordon was fourth in the race dominated by Matt Kenseth. Johnson, the fastest qualifier, had to finish 18th or better to clinch the title. He led only the first lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Each lap leader collects five bonus points.
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