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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.

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 …

Clint Bowyer finds some peace as he returns to Kansas


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 …

NAPA parts with Michael Waltrip after NASCAR Chase scandal


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.

Matt Kenseth’s big win to kick off Chase lost in shuffle of NASCAR’s less-than-memorable week


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 …

Kyle Busch easily wins the Nationwide race at Chicagoland


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 …

NASCAR brass gives its drivers directions on how to race


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 …

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 …

Jeff Gordon added to Chase as NASCAR expands field to 13


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 …

Justin Allgaier looking forward to double-duty weekend


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 …

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 225 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Busch is doing his own tripleheader this weekend. He will race in Saturday’s …