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19-year-old Blaney wins Kentucky Nationwide race

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Rookie Ryan Blaney earned his first Nationwide Series victory and another win for Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford, holding off Austin Dillon and surviving several late cautions to win Saturday night’s 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney, who drives for Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski in the Camping World Truck Series, used his second start in...

19-year-old Blaney wins Kentucky Nationwide race

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Rookie Ryan Blaney earned his first career NASCAR victory and another Nationwide Series win for Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford, holding off Austin Dillon and surviving several late cautions to win Saturday night’s 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney, who drives for Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski in the Camping World Truck Series, used his second...

5-Hour Energy undecided on sticking with MWR

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — The president of 5-Hour Energy says he will “see how the year plays out” before deciding on whether to keep its sponsorship with Michael Waltrip Racing. Scott Henderson says that he wants to win with integrity. He says “I wonder about integrity” following the Richmond scandal that has already cost MWR its NAPA sponsorship. MWR driver...

Kenseth wins 2nd Chase race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kenseth followed his win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland with his series-high seventh victory of the season. Kenseth made his 500th career start and maintained his points...

Harvick brings Jimmy John’s to Stewart-Haas

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick will keep his Jimmy John’s sponsorship when he moves to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. The sandwich company will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Chevrolet for 12 Sprint Cup races, including the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmy John’s will serve as a major associate sponsor of the No. 4...

Quicken Loans moving to RCR with Ryan Newman

WELCOME, N.C. (AP) — Quicken Loans will follow Ryan Newman to Richard Childress Racing as primary sponsor for 12 races next season. Quicken Loans currently sponsors Newman for 18 races at Stewart-Haas Racing. The online home lender will be an associate sponsor on Newman’s car at RCR when it is not adorning the hood. Quicken Loans is also the title...

Waltrip tries to keep Truex after Richmond scandal

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Michael Waltrip says he is willing to let driver Martin Truex Jr. leave for another team if Michael Waltrip Racing is unable to find sponsorship for the 2014 season. NAPA Auto Parts will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of MWR at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team’s attempt to manipulate a race...

Did Penske strike deal to get Logano into Chase?

Penske Racing may have cut a deal with Front Row Motorsports in the closing laps at Richmond for track position to help get Joey Logano in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. In radio communications reviewed Wednesday by The Associated Press for Front Row driver David Gilliland, his spotter informs the team of a request to let Logano pass...

Kevin Harvick participates in TMS 9/11 event

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick joined first-responders from Texas and Oklahoma for a Sept. 11 tribute to those who served the region and those who died. The event Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway honored 44 first-responders. Among them were those who served communities devastated by tornadoes this year in Moore, Okla., and Granbury, Texas, as well...

Logano defends spot in NASCAR’s Chase field

CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Logano is defending his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, saying he earned his spot in the 12-driver field. Logano is the latest driver caught in the fallout of NASCAR’s investigation into the field-deciding race at Richmond. Radio traffic appears to show Front Row Racing offering to let Logano pass David Gilliland for...

Jimmie Johnson Amazed at Speed of Dragsters

This video is no longer available. (CONCORD, NC)- At Charlotte Motor Speedway, Five-time Sprint Cup Champ Jimmie Johnson and Seven-Time NHRA Top Fuel Champion went head-to-head for a duel burnout. But just like the crowd, Johnson was left watching as Schumacher left the 44 Chevy in the dust. After the event, Johnson told the media he couldn’t believe how fast...

Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won his 34th career Truck Series race by beating Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night. It was Busch’s fourth series win of the season, but 17th overall spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series. Keselowski had to settle for his second runner-up finish of the season and fifth of his career....

Kyle Busch dominates to win at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Pole-sitter Kyle Busch dominated from start to finish, leading 195 of 200 laps en route to winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. Busch faced few serious threats, building his lead to seven-plus seconds to earn his 10th win in 20 Nationwide Series starts this season. It was Busch’s 61st...

NASCAR tweaks restart rules before Chicago race

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — NASCAR tweaked its restart rules and will allow the second-place driver to beat the leader to the start-finish line. The announcement was made Sunday at the pre-race driver meeting and goes into effect immediately. Drivers have been complaining about the way its been policed for much of the season and many fans argued NASCAR missed a...

Dream beat Fever in OT to secure playoff berth

ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and Erika de Souza added 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream clinch a playoff spot with an 80-80 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night. Tamika Catchings finished with 22 points and Erlanda Larkins had 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Indiana (13-16), which...

Too Tough To Run? Darlington to hold marathon

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A new set of racers will find out if Darlington Raceway is “Too Tough To Tame” at the track’s first-ever marathon. Track organizers announced the series of races this week. There will be a marathon, a 5K and a 10K race on Sept. 28th. Competitors will start from the street across from the Darlington Raceway Museum...

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