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New Lenox native Marla O’Guin earns her spurs as mechanic on prominent Funny Car team

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. …


Kevin Ward’s father questions Tony Stewart’s innocence in fatal crash


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.

Kevin Ward Jr. built reputation as fearless wheelman


Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.

Autopsy: Kevin Ward Jr. died of massive blunt trauma


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 …

Tony Stewart crash is a tragic lesson in road rage


RICK MORRISSEY: Tony Stewart hasn’t been charged with a crime, but that hasn’t stopped national discussion about his intent in the tragedy.

Crash leaves Tony Stewart with uncertain future


For the second consecutive Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart’s future is unclear after missing the August race at Watkins Glen International.

Tony Stewart fatal crash probe focuses on track, lighting


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.

Tony Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash


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.

Chase Elliott wins third race, takes Nationwide points lead


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 …

‘Easy Ed’ takes to pole-sitting duties


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 …

Matt Kenseth sitting pretty with Sprint Cup win at Chicagoland


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 …

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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finds victory lane at Daytona 500 after long absence


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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500 after long rain delay


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 …

Motorcycle rider Eric Palante found dead in Dakar Rally


Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died at the Dakar Rally, organizers said Friday.

Doctors’ orders: Dario Franchitti can no longer race


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.