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April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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September 19, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
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November 19, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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March 26, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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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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April 24, 2008 | by Bill Fleischman
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?
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July 18, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
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.
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June 1, 2012 | Freelance
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).
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March 19, 2012 | Associated Press
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brad Keselowski used Bristol Motor Speedway last fall to cement his spot in NASCAR's championship race. Back at the track Sunday, Keselowski again made his way to Victory Lane. And he again began to think about a Sprint Cup title. Keselowski led a career-best and race-high 231 laps, then held off Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on a late restart to cruise to his first victory of the season. "What can I say? I love Bristol and Bristol loves me," said Keselowski, who immediately began taking pictures in Victory Lane to send to Twitter.
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August 20, 2008 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Clint Bowyer showed his whimsical side last night clowning around with the Phillie Phanatic during a break in the action at Citizens Bank Park. But earlier in the day at McFadden's Restaurant&Saloon, the driver was all business in discussing NASCAR's Sept. 19-21 visit to Dover International Speedway. Bowyer hopes to be chasing two titles when he gets to the Monster Mile next month. Although his No. 2 Chevrolet leads the Nationwide Series by 113 points, Bowyer's No. 07 Chevy is tied for 13th in the Sprint Cup standings - 26 points out of a playoff berth with three races remaining before the cutoff - after finishing third in 2007.
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May 15, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
DOVER, Del. - It's possible this year's Sprint Cup champion will have missed the first 11 races of the season. What? Are my eyes glazing over as the room fills with fumes? NASCAR yesterday declared Kyle Busch will be eligible for the championship if he wins a race before the Chase and is in the top 30 in points. Busch was sidelined for the first 11 races while recuperating from injuries suffered in a crash at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 21 in an Xfinity Series race. He is returning for Saturday night's Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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May 8, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KEVIN HARVICK attracted more attention than is usual for a reigning Sprint Cup champion prior to last Sunday's Talladega race. Harvick suggested the Cup series schedule should be shaken up. Asked how he thought NASCAR can grow its fan base, Harvick replied that his understanding is last season's final three races (Texas, Phoenix and Homestead) were sold out. Then he said, "If you want to talk about growing the sport, I believe that some venues need one race. The schedule needs to be mixed up. People like things that change.
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April 24, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
NASCAR FANS looking for the next wave of stars already know about Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. Logano, 24, Larson, 22, and Dillon, 24, are established in the Sprint Cup series. Elliott, 19, is third in Xfinity series in points and will race in the Cup series next season after Jeff Gordon retires. He also will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet in Saturday night's Cup race at Richmond. Another young racer, Brett Moffitt, 22, is taking advantage of his opportunity of replacing Brian Vickers, who is dealing with a recurrence of his blood-clotting issues.
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April 17, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KYLE BUSCH feels fortunate, very fortunate. In his first media availability yesterday following his crash at Daytona Feb. 21, Busch said the results of the crash "could've been a lot worse. " Busch is recuperating from a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a broken left foot. He sat in an elevated chair on a stage at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. His right leg bent normally. He no longer uses a walker and he is doing squats during his daily gym workouts.
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March 20, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FOUR RACES into the Sprint Cup season and Tony Stewart's best finish is 30th. What? Are we talking about Tony "Smoke" Stewart, a three-time Cup series champion, one of the most skilled race-car drivers in the world finishing races back in the pack with also-rans? Regrettably, we are. Meanwhile, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick is winning races (two) and extending his remarkable streak of top-two finishes to seven in a row over two seasons. (The last driver with seven consecutive top-two finishes was Richard Petty, in 1975.)
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November 21, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KEVIN HARVICK lived up to his "Closer" nickname in style to win his first Sprint Cup series championship. Harvick impressively swept the last two Chase races. He had to win at Phoenix to reach the final four. Then the 38-year-old Californian seized the opportunity in the final laps at Homestead, Fla., Sunday, and now he's a champion. "It's an incredible feeling of accomplishment," Harvick said Wednesday on a conference call. "I'm a guy that dreamed about being a race-car driver and winning a Cup championship.
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September 25, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE INTERNATIONAL golf insanity begins Friday, known as the Ryder Cup, despite its lack of affiliation with any truck rental company. Its namesake, who began as a discount seed distributor, would be delighted to see that the competition has outgrown its charter; that is, to promote golf intercontinentally. He also likely would be alarmed to see how little the essence of the competition has changed since its charter was fulfilled. Samuel Ryder got his name on the Cup because he was a major sponsor of the competitions, which, generally, were money-losers in the "BT" (Before Tiger)
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August 22, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Unlike several Sprint Cup drivers who are desperate for a win to guarantee themselves a place in the Chase, Jeff Gordon is simply racing for a high seeding in the Chase. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have three wins each this season. "We feel like our Chase has somewhat begun," Gordon said yesterday before an appearance at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand for a Q & A with fans to promote the Sept. 28 Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
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August 1, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
POCONO RACEWAY is a pivotal venue in Dale Jarrett's racing career. Jarrett, now an ESPN racing analyst, won three times at Pocono. His latest victory was in 2002, but his first, in 1995, stands out for him. "That was a crucial time in my career," Jarrett said yesterday in a telephone interview. "I signed to drive the [No.] 28 car for Robert Yates after Ernie Irvan was injured the year before. It was a 1-year deal. "Things had not gone well up to that point. Then we won at Pocono and ran well at Indy [third place]
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July 18, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
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.
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