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Almirola advances in NASCAR playoffs with Talladega win

Oct. 14, 2018 8:41 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Tony Stewart hired Aric Almirola because he believed the journeyman would win races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short. The boss made sure to keep Almirola's spirits high every chance he got, including a pre-race pep talk Sunday at...

The Latest: Almirola wins Talladega in Stewart-Haas rout

Oct. 14, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local): ___ 5:35 p.m. Aric Almirola finished a Stewart-Haas Racing rout at Talladega Superspeedway by taking his first win of the season with a last-lap pass for the victory. Almirola's win earned him an...

Kurt Busch leads Stewart-Haas Racing sweep at Talladega

Oct. 13, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Kurt Busch led a Stewart-Haas Racing sweep to put all four of the company cars up front at Talladega Superspeedway for a critical playoff race. Busch turned a lap at 195.804 mph to qualify in the top spot for Sunday's race. He edged teammate Clint Bowyer, who qualified second, ahead...

Timothy Peters wrecks Gragson to win Talladega truck race

Oct. 13, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Timothy Peters bumped leader Noah Gragson out of his way on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway, then blocked traffic for the final mile to win the Truck Series race Saturday. It was the 11th victory of Peters' career and third at Talladega, the most wins at the Alabama track...

Talladega starts final 6-week run for Johnson and Knaus

Oct. 13, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Times were already changing long before Jimmie Johnson strolled through a Las Vegas casino unnoticed, full firesuit and all. It was the start of NASCAR's playoffs and the seven-time champion, wearing a flame-retardant billboard, was surprised that he failed to garner even a quizzical...

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus to split after 17 years

Oct. 10, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There will not be an eighth NASCAR title for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. Hendrick Motorsports will split the driver and crew chief — the longest pairing in NASCAR — at the end of a disappointing season. Johnson has not won a race in 17 months and was knocked out of...

DiBenedetto to drive Toyota for Leavine Family Racing

Oct. 10, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt DiBenedetto will drive for Leavine Family Racing next season and the team will field Toyota Camrys. The team currently uses Chevrolet but will receive engines and technology, data and technical assistance from Toyota Racing Development in 2019. The team will receive its chassis...

Column: NASCAR must push its newest winners into superstars

Oct. 8, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A race car driver can have all the personality in the world but skills not much better than an old moonshine runner. Or a driver might be the second coming of Richard Petty himself, then fail to transfer any of that on-track energy into a sponsor appearance. Sometimes a driver is the...

Elliott uses Dover win to earn berth in next playoff round

Oct. 7, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott had been burdened by lofty expectations that come as the son of a Hall of Fame driver and the replacement of a four-time NASCAR champion. As the close calls and frustrating finishes mounted, and wins eluded him, the 22-year-old Elliott could feel the pressure tighten each...

The Latest: Elliott wins NASCAR playoff race at Dover

Oct. 7, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway (all times local): ___ 5:48 p.m. Chase Elliott pulled away in overtime and earned an automatic berth into the next round of NASCAR playoffs with a win Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Elliott was the surprise winner in...