Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ New Lenox native Marla O’Guin earns her spurs as mechanic on prominent Funny Car team ]]> Lead story image

Marla O’Guin is a “jump in and go for it” person. She was like that as a high-school freshman at Lincoln-Way Central when she tried out for the soccer team. “I didn’t know how to play the game,” she said. “I didn’t know the rules. My friends were playing.” She made the team. O’Guin — then known as Marla Weidenaar — was a junior at Central in 2005 when after one visit to Route 66 Raceway, she became fascinated with the idea of being a mechanic on a nitromethane-powered car. Today she’s on one of the NHRA’s most notable teams. … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:20:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kevin Ward’s father questions Tony Stewart’s innocence in fatal crash ]]> Lead story image

The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard that “there’s no reason for” the crash that led to his son’s death. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kevin Ward Jr. built reputation as fearless wheelman ]]> Lead story image

Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Autopsy: Kevin Ward Jr. died of massive blunt trauma ]]> Lead story image

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Kevin Ward Jr. died of “massive blunt trauma” according to the Ontario County coroner, said county sheriff Philip Potero during a news conference Monday afternoon. “The autopsy was conducted today. The Ontario County coroner has stated cause of death was massive blunt trauma,” Potero said. Ward Jr., 20, was struck by Tony Stewart’s car during a sprint car race Saturday night at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park after Ward exited his car and walked down the track under a caution period. Ward’s body was thrown and he was fatally injured. Potero said the sheriff’s office had two videos … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:38:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Stewart crash is a tragic lesson in road rage ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Tony Stewart hasn’t been charged with a crime, but that hasn’t stopped national discussion about his intent in the tragedy. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:05:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crash leaves Tony Stewart with uncertain future ]]> Lead story image

For the second consecutive Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart’s future is unclear after missing the August race at Watkins Glen International. ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:56:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Stewart fatal crash probe focuses on track, lighting ]]> Lead story image

The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track. ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:55:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash ]]> Lead story image

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:42:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chase Elliott wins third race, takes Nationwide points lead ]]> Lead story image

Chase Elliott didn’t have a particularly good Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet during practice for the Nationwide Series race ­Saturday. “Our car had speed at times; we just weren’t as good the whole time as I wanted to be,” he said. The 18-year-old has a ­pretty slick crew chief in Greg Ives. “We made some really good adjustments overnight,” Elliott said. “I can’t thank Greg and everybody enough.” He showed his appreciation during the race, which he led for 85 laps en route to capturing his third win of the season and vaulting past Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:29:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Easy Ed’ takes to pole-sitting duties ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Every night last week had something different in store for Ed Carpenter. There was the appearance with golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, whose spirits brand sponsors his car, at a liquor store Monday. There was a celebrity bartending turn at a posh steakhouse Wednesday. There were more appearances around Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday. It comes with being the hometown hero, the kid who spent his childhood racing around Gasoline Alley, went to school at Butler University and dreamed of winning at the Brickyard. It also comes with sitting on the pole for the Indy 500. But if there is … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:27:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matt Kenseth sitting pretty with Sprint Cup win at Chicagoland ]]> Lead story image

If history is any indication, Matt Kenseth is on his way to the 2013 Sprint Cup championship. For the first two years the Chase has opened at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, the winner of the GEICO 400 has gone on to win ­NASCAR’s Sprint Cup title. And that’s why Kenseth’s victory Sunday night is significant. “It matters because every single point is important from here to the last lap at Homestead [Miami in November],” Kenseth said. “So you want to enjoy this and then go to New Hampshire [next week] to get as many points as you can.” Kenseth entered … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:35:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Race car driver Gary Bettenhausen dies at age 72 ]]>

Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway say race car driver Gary Bettenhausen has died. He was 72. ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dale Earnhardt Jr. finds victory lane at Daytona 500 after long absence ]]> Lead story image

Kelley Earnhardt Miller couldn’t bear to watch the last lap of the Daytona 500. After so many heartbreaks and close calls for her brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr., she lowered her head and told her husband, L.W., to let her know what happened. ]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500 after long rain delay ]]> Lead story image

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona’s longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end. NASCAR’s most popular driver won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night for the second time — a decade after his first victory — while snapping a 55-race losing streak dating to 2012. The victory ended a streak of futility at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished second in three of the previous four 500s. “Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said Earnhardt, … ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:10:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Motorcycle rider Eric Palante found dead in Dakar Rally ]]> Lead story image

Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died at the Dakar Rally, organizers said Friday. ]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Doctors’ orders: Dario Franchitti can no longer race ]]> Lead story image

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month. ]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:36:01 -0500