Kevin Harvick grabs late lead, wins NASCAR's New Hampshire race

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Kevin Harvick took the lead late in the race, then held off Matt Kenseth to win the Bad Boy Off Road 300 NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

The victory means Harvick will join Martin Truex Jr. -- who won the first race of the Chase last week and finished seventh Sunday -- when the second round of the ...Read more

NASCAR drivers dealing with more rules changes in Chase

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LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR's decision last week to change its post-race penalty structure might have thrown drivers off their game, especially those involved in the Chase.

It doesn't appear that's the case.

With Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway serving as the second race of the postseason, they're glad for some clarity...Read more

NASCAR drivers paying attention to unrest in Charlotte

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Many NASCAR drivers live in or near Charlotte, N.C., so this week's protests in uptown have gotten their attention.

"There's an emotional reaction," Joey Logano said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "A lot of times you see things like this and it's in a different city and you don't recognize where it's at. When you see ...Read more

NASCAR won't penalize Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson

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NASCAR won't penalize Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson after their cars failed post-race laser inspection Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Instead, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell said Wednesday that level P2 and P3 penalties would be eliminated during the Chase, which began at Chicagoland ...Read more

Steve Harvey denies involvement in NASCAR racial discrimination lawsuit

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CEO of Diversity Motorsports Terrance Cox said comedian Steve Harvey, known best as a host of Family Feud, wanted to start a NASCAR team called "Steve Harvey Races 4 Education" last year and was denied by the racing league. Cox has now sued NASCAR, alleging racial discrimination.

One problem: Harvey says the allegations about him are flatly ...Read more

Furniture Row Racing says it accepts NASCAR decision

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Furniture Row Racing said Monday it will accept whatever penalty NASCAR hands down after the team failed post-race inspection Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

But, in a statement, the team also said Martin Truex Jr.'s race-winning No. 78 Toyota likely failed at the laser-inspection station due to damages sustained when it was hit by Kevin ...Read more

Martin Truex Jr. wins 1st race of NASCAR's Chase

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JOLIET, Ill. -- Martin Truex Jr. blew past the leaders on a late restart and won the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, taking the first race of NASCAR's Chase in a green-white-checker finish.

Truex started fourth on the restart, which was made necessary when Michael McDowell blew a tire with four laps remaining...Read more

No apologies, but Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman make their peace

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JOLIET, Ill. -- Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman made their peace Friday, days after a Stewart-induced accident drew harsh words from Newman during last week's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

"We've had a week to think about it and get over it," Stewart told reporters after he and Newman met with NASCAR officials Friday morning at ...Read more

Tony Stewart: NASCAR doesn't need 'scenario like … Joey and Matt'

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CHICAGO -- Tony Stewart said he expects to meet with fellow driver Ryan Newman and NASCAR officials Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in an attempt to smooth over some hard feelings from last week's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Newman had tough words for Stewart after the two wrecked in a race that Newman needed to perform well in...Read more

NASCAR's other series gearing up for postseasons, too

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NASCAR's Cup Chase will begin this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, and for the first time, the format has been instituted in the other national series -- Xfinity and Trucks. Their postseason doesn't start quite yet, but here's a look at both series as the regular season winds down. Like the Cup Chase, it all ends for the Xfinity and Truck ...Read more

Father, stepmother of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon found dead in Calif. home

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LOS ANGELES -- The father and stepmother of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon were found dead Wednesday in the racer's Orange home.

Robert Gordon, 68, and his wife, Sharon Gordon, 57, were discovered at 5 p.m. in the home on North Kennymead Street, according to the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department. Autopsies are pending, according to ...Read more

NASCAR driver Matt Tifft returns after brain surgery

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Matt Tifft, a UNC Charlotte student who has missed 10 weeks of NASCAR racing while recovering from brain surgery, will return Friday in the Truck series at Chicagoland Speedway.

Tifft, 20, had a non-cancerous growth removed from his brain on July 1. The tumor was discovered earlier this summer when Tifft was being treated and evaluated for a ...Read more

2016 NASCAR Chase field is set

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A capsule look at the 16 drivers who have qualified for NASCAR's Chase:

1. Kyle Busch (2,012 points)

Chase berths: 9. Best finish: 1st (2015).

Car: No. 18 Toyota. 2016 victories: 4.

Comment: Hopes to recapture that Chase magic from 2015.

2. Brad Keselowski (2,012)

Chase berths: 5. Best finish: 1st (2012).

Car: No. 2 Ford. 2016 victories: ...Read more

NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman clash on and off track

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Two old friends weren't feeling so friendly toward each other after Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Ryan Newman, who once drove for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing, had some harsh words for his old boss after a wreck involving the two on Lap 363 effectively ended any chance Newman had ...Read more

NASCAR Chase berths shake out for final 4 candidates

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Amidst all the wrecks, cautions and Denny Hamlin's victory Saturday in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, nothing really changed when it came to who would ultimately qualify for NASCAR's Chase.

There was already the certainty that 12 drivers had clinched spots, including Hamlin, who won his third ...Read more

Denny Hamlin wins Richmond as Chase field is set

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Denny Hamlin won Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway as the drama of who would make up NASCAR's Chase field unfolded behind him.

Hamlin's victory in a green-white-checker finish was his third of the season, edging a hard-charging Kyle Larson on the 405th of a scheduled 400 laps.

Hamlin was one...Read more

Motivation, staying fresh important for teams in NASCAR's Chase

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop admits his knowledge of NASCAR is limited.

Yet some things in sports are universal. So when Chad Knaus, the crew chief for Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevy team, asked McKillop to give a motivational talk to his crew recently, McKillop eagerly accepted.

"He walked in with a little pep in his...Read more

Final Chase spots still uncertain as NASCAR's postseason nears

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Five things to watch for this weekend at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, where NASCAR's regular season comes to an end:

--Martin Truex Jr.'s victory at Darlington means the Chase bubble has four winless drivers with hopes of making the postseason. Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray are still in good shape to make it.

--Ryan ...Read more

Ryan Newman's NASCAR Chase hopes take a hit

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Ryan Newman's hopes of qualifying for the Chase took a hit Wednesday when NASCAR docked him 15 championship points for failing postrace inspection Sunday at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Newman, who finished eighth in the Southern 500, had drawn to within seven points of Jamie McMurray for the 16th and final spot in the Chase. He's now 22 points ...Read more

Martin Truex Jr. races to Darlington victory

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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Martin Truex Jr. was strongest when it mattered most Sunday, winning the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Truex, whose previous victory this season came at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, outlasted Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 214 laps but was ultimately undone by errors by his pit crew.

It was the ...Read more