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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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22593231-419/matt-kenseth-sitting-pretty-with-sprint-cup-win-at-chicagoland.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22593231-419/matt-kenseth-sitting-pretty-with-sprint-cup-win-at-chicagoland.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/26268607-419/race-car-driver-gary-bettenhausen-dies-at-age-72.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/26268607-419/race-car-driver-gary-bettenhausen-dies-at-age-72.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/25803571-419/dale-earnhardt-jr-finds-victory-lane-at-daytona-500-after-long-absence.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/25803571-419/dale-earnhardt-jr-finds-victory-lane-at-daytona-500-after-long-absence.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/25795861-419/dale-earnhardt-jr-wins-daytona-500-after-long-rain-delay.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/25795861-419/dale-earnhardt-jr-wins-daytona-500-after-long-rain-delay.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/24878184-419/motorcycle-rider-eric-palante-found-dead-in-dakar-rally.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/24878184-419/motorcycle-rider-eric-palante-found-dead-in-dakar-rally.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/23755474-419/doctors-orders-dario-franchitti-can-no-longer-race.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/23755474-419/doctors-orders-dario-franchitti-can-no-longer-race.html <![CDATA[ British racer Sean Edwards dies in training crash ]]>

BRISBANE, Australia — Sean Edwards, a promising British driver and the son of former Formula One driver Guy Edwards, died Tuesday in a crash during training. He was 26. Edwards, the Supercup Championship leader, was in the passenger seat as an instructor at a private training session at Queensland Raceway, Porsche Motorsport said. The car was being driven by a 20-year-old local driver when it crashed into a tire wall and caught fire. The driver was seriously injured. Sean Edwards was recently involved in director Ron Howard’s movie “Rush” about the 1976 Formula One season. Guy Edwards was one of … ]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/23163876-419/british-racer-sean-edwards-dies-in-training-crash.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/23163876-419/british-racer-sean-edwards-dies-in-training-crash.html <![CDATA[ Clint Bowyer finds some peace as he returns to Kansas ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Clint Bowyer slid out of his No. 15 car in the parking lot of BB’s Lawnside BBQ, just south of downtown Kansas City, and greeted good buddy Guy Fieri with a hearty handshake. The Sprint Cup star and Food Network icon were filming an episode of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” but they kept running into a problem: The guys working at the auto repair shop next door wanted to meet Bowyer and kept wandering into the shots. “They had to ask all the guys next door to go back inside,” BB’s owner Lindsay Shannon … ]]> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:52:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22971285-419/clint-bowyer-finds-some-peace-as-he-returns-to-kansas.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22971285-419/clint-bowyer-finds-some-peace-as-he-returns-to-kansas.html <![CDATA[ NAPA parts with Michael Waltrip after NASCAR Chase scandal ]]> Lead story image

NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it is dropping Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year in the fallout of the team’s attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. ]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:28:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22665312-419/napa-parts-with-michael-waltrip-after-nascar-chase-scandal.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22665312-419/napa-parts-with-michael-waltrip-after-nascar-chase-scandal.html <![CDATA[ Matt Kenseth’s big win to kick off Chase lost in shuffle of NASCAR’s less-than-memorable week ]]> Lead story image

It seemed fitting that the GEICO 400 was red flagged for a five-hour, 10-minute rain delay Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. The first race of 10 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship didn’t end until almost midnight, and no one seemed to be around to watch Matt Kenseth get his sixth victory of the season and increase his points lead atop the standings. Considering the week NASCAR had to deal with and the penalties, infractions and do-overs that were announced during Chase week, fans and even drivers had a hard time paying attention to what was going … ]]> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:40:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22611646-419/matt-kenseths-big-win-to-kick-off-chase-lost-in-shuffle-of-nascars-less-than-memorable-week.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22611646-419/matt-kenseths-big-win-to-kick-off-chase-lost-in-shuffle-of-nascars-less-than-memorable-week.html <![CDATA[ Kyle Busch easily wins the Nationwide race at Chicagoland ]]> Lead story image

Kyle Busch has an excellent chance to pull off a trifecta of victories this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. But even after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series’ Dollar General 300 Saturday in record fashion, Busch pooh-poohed his chances in Sunday’s first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. “They’re not as good as I’d like it to be,” Busch said. “We couldn’t find the feel or grip I was hoping to have (in the Cup car during practice). It’s going to be a bit of a challenge. I think we’re a top 10 car right now, but … ]]> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:03:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22569979-419/kyle-busch-easily-wins-the-nationwide-race-at-chicagoland.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22569979-419/kyle-busch-easily-wins-the-nationwide-race-at-chicagoland.html <![CDATA[ NASCAR brass gives its drivers directions on how to race ]]> Lead story image

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and president Mike Helton think their latest trick should fix what has been a drama-filled week, as the sport kicks off the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship with Sunday’s GEICO 400. France and Helton met with drivers, owners and crew chiefs Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet to announce new rules that will go into effect starting with the GEICO 400. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president for competition, was also at the meeting. France said the main thing the three of them tried to get across was that drivers and teams are … ]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:56:29 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22568968-419/nascar-brass-gives-its-drivers-directions-on-how-to-race.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22568968-419/nascar-brass-gives-its-drivers-directions-on-how-to-race.html <![CDATA[ A small consolation, but Truex turns the fastest lap in practice ]]>

Martin Truex Jr., the driver that has garnered the most sympathy in NASCAR’S big brouhaha this week, seemed to take his anger out on the track Saturday. Truex, who originally made the Chase and then got bumped after a 50-point penalty, laid down the fastest speed in the morning Sprint Cup practice session. Truex drove an average lap of 182.383 mph. Truex’s average was just ahead of the newest member of the Chase, Jeff Gordon (182.328). On Friday, Truex qualified 14th for the GEICO 400 and that run gave the Michael Waltrip Racing driver a brief pick-me-up — until he … ]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:56:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22568971-419/a-small-consolation-but-truex-turns-the-fastest-lap-in-practice.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22568971-419/a-small-consolation-but-truex-turns-the-fastest-lap-in-practice.html <![CDATA[ Jeff Gordon added to Chase as NASCAR expands field to 13 ]]> Lead story image

In one of the most unprecedented moves in NASCAR’s history, Jeff Gordon has been added to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as the 13th driver, and two more race teams face sanctions by the sport’s governing body. NASCAR Chairman/CEO Brian France and president Mike Helton made the announcement Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in ­Joliet. France and Helton said ­NASCAR put Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports on probation until Dec. 31 for actions detrimental to the sport. “Due to the totality of events that were outside of Jeff Gordon’s [control], we’re going to add a 13th position to … ]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:32:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22549208-419/jeff-gordon-added-to-chase-as-nascar-expands-field-to-13.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22549208-419/jeff-gordon-added-to-chase-as-nascar-expands-field-to-13.html <![CDATA[ Justin Allgaier looking forward to double-duty weekend ]]> Lead story image

Justin Allgaier wishes he knew his Sprint Cup plan for 2014, but he’s just content to race three Cup races in the next month and vie for the NASCAR Nationwide championship. Allgaier is going to do double duty this weekend when he races in Saturday’s Dollar General 300 Nationwide race and in Sunday’s GEICO 400 Sprint Cup race. It will be the first time in Allgaier’s career that he will race in the Cup series. He’ll start 36th in the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing. After the GEICO 400, Allgaier said he plans on racing Oct. 12 in … ]]> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:36:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22551305-419/justin-allgaier-looking-forward-to-double-duty-weekend.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22551305-419/justin-allgaier-looking-forward-to-double-duty-weekend.html <![CDATA[ Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Truck race ]]>

Kyle Busch got his 34th career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as he dominated the final 10 laps of the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Busch is doing his own tripleheader this weekend. He will race in Saturday’s Dollar General 300 and Sunday’s GEICO 400. Busch’s victory is his fourth NCWTS this season and seventh top 10 finish of the season. “I felt like our truck was better on the long runs,” Busch said. “It was a fun race, but probably more so on our end. I was taking care of my tires … ]]> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:38:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22556356-419/kyle-busch-wins-nascar-truck-race.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/autoracing/22556356-419/kyle-busch-wins-nascar-truck-race.html