Kyle Busch wins NASCAR's Cup championship

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Kyle Busch, whose season was nearly derailed before it got started, won NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship Sunday, winning the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the process.

Busch finished well ahead of his three remaining rivals in the Chase. Kevin Harvick was second, 1.553 seconds behind. ...Read more

Chris Buescher finishes 11th, wins Xfinity Series championship

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Chris Buescher won his first Xfinity Series championship Sunday, clinching the title by finishing 11th in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Larson passed Austin Dillon with four laps remaining to win the race. Dillon was leading the race before he grazed the wall on Lap 295, allowing Larson to pass him. ...Read more

Unlikely path puts Kyle Busch in title range

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Kyle Busch is as close as he's ever been to a NASCAR Chase championship.

Long considered one of the sport's most talented drivers, Busch needs only to finish ahead of the three other Chase finalists -- Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. -- in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the title is...Read more

NASCAR's fab four: Kevin Harvick and the Sentimentals

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Some athletes believe trash talk is about volume. Yell and gesture and attract attention by shouting some cliche such as "How you like me now?"

Trash talk has never been about volume. The less you have to say, the louder you have to say it. The trick is to get inside. Unnerve the competition, and by doing so get him or them to think about ...Read more

NASCAR's championship to be decided by race within a race

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The four drivers competing for NASCAR's Chase championship will have plenty to think about during Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For starters, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. will mostly be tuned in to the whereabouts of the other three during the Ford EcoBoost 400. That's ...Read more

Richard Petty on Jeff Gordon's NASCAR retirement: 'He's going out strong'

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When Richard Petty finished his storied NASCAR career at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1992, a rookie named Jeff Gordon was getting his started that same day. Now, 24 years later (Petty finished 35th and Gordon 31st in Atlanta), Gordon is on the verge of wrapping up his career after Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Unlike ...Read more

Will Power, Scott Dixon lead final practice for Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Will Power and Scott Dixon posted the fastest laps Friday in final practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Power turned a lap of 229.020 under clear skies at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by Dixon at 228.585 mph.

It was a reversal of the way they'll start the 99th running of the legendary race. Dixon ...Read more

Carl Edwards looks to reverse his luck in Charlotte

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Carl Edwards has been down on his luck.

Through 11 races this season, the driver of the No. 19 Toyota currently sits at the No. 18 spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings and has yet to record his first win with Joe Gibbs Racing.

But Edwards believes he and his team began taking steps toward reversing their misfortunes on Thursday, ...Read more

Castroneves shakes off crash, eyes fourth Indy 500 title

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Team Penske's Helio Castroneves won't let his frightening wreck during an Indianapolis 500 practice earlier this month upset him.

Remember it, yes; unsettle him, no.

Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the three-time 500 winner said he felt "damn good" for Sunday's 99th Indianapolis 500 -- just a week after flying upside ...Read more

Earnhardt Jr. still seeking elusive Charlotte victory

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won a lot of money at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But he's never won a race that counted toward a Sprint Cup series championship.

He's come close -- running out of gas while in the lead on the final lap of the 2011 Coca-Cola 600. This season, he said, close isn't good enough.

"It's been on my list for a very long time. ...Read more

Security heightened for Dolphins, NASCAR following Paris attacks

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With thousands converging on South Florida for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend and Sunday's Dolphins-Cowboys game, fans can expect a beefed-up security presence in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Dolphins will follow a directive issued by the NFL this past weekend calling for increased security and law enforcement presence ...Read more

Chase finale at Homestead: NASCAR down to 4 to settle the score

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Three of the four finalists for NASCAR's Chase championship had a little fun with each other late Sunday night.

As a cold mist and drizzle continued to drape Phoenix International Raceway, they tried to downplay their own chances of coming out on top next week at a presumably sunny and warm Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"The ...Read more

Indy 500 favorite Scott Dixon must cope with Penske trio, aerodynamics

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With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday.

Scott Dixon, a former Indy 500 winner and three-time series champion, will lead the 33-car field from the pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alongside Dixon in the Indy 500's unique three-wide starting format will be Team Penske drivers ...Read more

Jeff Gordon moving to TV booth for Fox in 2016

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Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon might be in the midst of his 23rd and final season as a driver, but that doesn't mean several trips to the race track aren't in his future.

Fox Sports announced on Thursday that Gordon, who has served as a Fox analyst for three Xfinity Series races this season, will be joining Darrell ...Read more

NASCAR's Chase format ramps up pressure on drivers

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Gordon remembers the first time he heard NASCAR would tinker with its long-time championship format.

The 2003 season had recently ended as Gordon stood on a dock in Key West, Fla., waiting to board a boat for a NASCAR-promoted cruise.

NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton and chairman Brian France approached Gordon on the ...Read more

Jeff Gordon sendoff, Jimmie Johnson win highlight TMS weekend

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage had no complaints about the track's closing race weekend in 2015.

More fans showed up for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 than last year. More pre-race infield concert tickets were sold with Sammy Hagar headlining the show. And the race itself provided drama and entertainment with Jimmie ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson a surprise NASCAR winner at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jimmie Johnson passed Brad Keselowski with three laps remaining Sunday to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

The victory by Johnson, who was eliminated from NASCAR's Chase after the first round, means Jeff Gordon remains the only driver who has clinched a spot in the playoffs' championship round Nov. 22 at ...Read more

Breaking down Chasers in AAA Texas 500

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't in the Chase. Neither is Jimmie Johnson. Those two racing staples have been relegated to spoiler role as NASCAR's playoffs are headed down the stretch.

But there are plenty of other storylines going into Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Start with the obvious -- Jeff Gordon's final race in the Lone Star ...Read more

Questions remain about NASCAR's 'driver's code'

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When Matt Kenseth rode Joey Logano into the first-turn wall at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway one week ago, it sparked questions about how NASCAR should deal with its "driver's code."

NASCAR dealt with it in this instance, all right, handing Kenseth a two-race suspension and placing him on probation until Dec. 31 (after an appeal). That means he ...Read more

Logano moving forward after wreck with Kenseth

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Joey Logano said he is taking what happened last week at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and moving forward.

"I'm not convinced it was a bad thing," Logano said Friday of being wrecked by Matt Kenseth in the late stages of the Goody's 500. "I'm fired up more than ever; my team's fired up. We were coming off winning three in a ...Read more