April 22, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth captured his second consecutive race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Kasey Kahne in the STP 400 to become the third straight Sprint Cup driver to win from the pole. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was third with a car that kept getting better during green-flag runs. Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth, and Clint Bowyer was fifth. IndyCar LONG BEACH, Calif. - Carlos Munoz won the crash-filled Indy Lights race at Long Beach. Gabby Chavez was second.
September 19, 2011 |
JOLIET, Ill. - Rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced NASCAR to postpone the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. NASCAR will attempt to run the race Monday at noon. The forecast didn't look good from the start, but because the facility has lights, NASCAR waited all day for a window to dry the track. Officials got the window and had the track almost dry, but the sky opened again roughly six hours after the scheduled start. Matt Kenseth will start from the pole when the race goes off on Monday.
November 19, 2012 |
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Here's a tweet for Brad Keselowski: NASCAR champion. Roger Penske must like the sound of that, too. The kid who stole the show at the season-opening Daytona 500 ended the year under the biggest spotlight of them all Sunday, beating five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to deliver the first Sprint Cup championship to Penske Racing. It's a trophy that had eluded Penske since he first entered NASCAR in 1972. Although his motorsports organization is considered the gold standard of IndyCar racing - 15 Indianapolis 500 wins - and his empire has made Penske one of the most successful businessmen in America, his NASCAR team operation was always just average.
March 26, 2012 |
FONTANA, Calif. - Tony Stewart got his second NASCAR victory of the season Sunday when rain shortened the race at Auto Club Speedway to 129 laps. The defending Sprint Cup champion has won seven of the last 15 races in a remarkable stretch of dominance, including Las Vegas last month. Stewart passed Kyle Busch on the 85th lap, and led when the looming rain clouds finally halted a race run entirely on green flags to that point. Busch finished second, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. added to his strong start to the season in third.
November 21, 2011 |
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.
April 24, 2008 |
Behind the smiles and upbeat atmosphere surrounding Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to join Hendrick Motorsports this year was a major concern. As Junior left the racing organization founded by his late father in his rearview mirror, he knew expectations were high for him. Hendrick's top drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, are winners. Referring to his crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., Earnhardt said on a Tuesday conference call: "Our main worry was, what could we bring to the table, if anything?
July 18, 2014 |
AS THE Sprint Cup series pauses for its midsummer break, a few thoughts are in order: * Six drivers have won 14 of the season's first 19 races. I don't know whether this is good for the series or not. Multiple-race winners proves these drivers and teams have their acts together and will be serious contenders in the Chase. But more winners, such as first-timer Aric Almirola at Daytona this month, are good for the series. With race wins basically determining the 16-driver field for the Chase, there are 11 winners so far. Non-winners such as Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart are likely to win before the Chase begins Sept.
May 29, 2015 |
MARTIN TRUEX JR. is enjoying the best start of his 10-year Sprint Cup racing career. He's second in points and in the last two races, at Kansas and Charlotte, he's led the most laps (226 combined). However, he finished ninth and fifth, respectively, so he is still pursuing his first win of the season. Truex and his fast-minded racing rivals are heading to Dover International Speedway Sunday, the site of his first Cup series victory in 2007. "The whole season has been a lot of fun," the Mayetta, N.J., native said yesterday in a phone interview.
October 16, 2015 |
TELEVISION RATINGS for the Chase are not, as the French would say, magnifique. Here are the numbers: Chicagoland, 1.91 rating/3.22 million average viewers; New Hampshire, 1.81/2.94 million; Dover, 1.91/3.2 million; Charlotte, 1.61/2.7 million. Last year, on ESPN, the first four Chase races ranged from 2.3 to 2.4. For a comparison with another sport, the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates wild-card playoff game averaged 8.3 million viewers on TBS. The first three Chase races were on NBCSN.
June 1, 2012 |
THIS WEEKEND AT DOVER The NASCAR schedule at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del. this weekend: Friday Lucas Oil 200, Camping World Truck Series, 4:30 p.m.; TV: Speed Saturday 5-hour Energy 200, Nationwide Series, 2 p.m.; TV: ESPN. Sunday FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, Sprint Cup, 1 p.m.: TV: Fox. Note: All three races will air on WNPV Radio (1440-AM).