Nascar News
  • Kenseth clinches Chase spot, eyes bigger goals (NASCAR.com)
    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:53:00 PDT

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    After having to deal with rabble-rousers around the sport spout off for the past 25 weeks about how a "winless Matt Kenseth is in danger of missing the Chase for the Sprint Cup a year after winning a series-high seven wins," the Joe Gibbs Racing driver can finally rest easy a week before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs are set to kick off after clinching his berth Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While Kenseth certainly didn't go about things the easy way -- he became the first driver to secure his spot by virtue of points -- the 2003 champion's No. 20 Toyota team was in position to take home the Oral-B USA 500 giant toothbrush of a trophy before ceding to race-winner Kasey Kahne on a green-white-checkered finish to pull in second.


  • Chase-clinching scenarios for Richmond (NASCAR.com)
    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:57:00 PDT

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  • Column: Stewart's Chase status doesn't matter (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:51:29 PDT

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    Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it's not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002. He sat out three races after his sprint car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a New York dirt track on Aug. 9, and his return to competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway ended with a blown tire and a 41st-place finish. Now the three-time NASCAR champion has to win at Richmond or he won't be eligible to race this season for a fourth title.


  • Familiar woes, late contact ruin Harvick's night (NASCAR.com)
    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:00:00 PDT

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    Short of walking under a ladder on the way to driver intros or eating peanuts in the car, Harvick couldn't have had a more telling omen that Sunday night would not be a normal one than the cat that ran in front of his car within the opening 20 laps of the Oral-B USA 500. The cat ran across the backstretch," Harvick said after his early close call.


  • Alyssa Milano leads NASCAR fantasy celebrity league (NASCAR.com)
    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:00:00 PDT

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    Actress Alyssa Milano continued her dominance in the NASCAR with a high score for the week of 332 points. Milano was bolstered by having the Oral-B USA 500 runner-up Matt Kenseth and the driver who led the most laps in the race, Kevin Harvick, in her lineup. Singer Drew Ryniewicz continued her strong run of late with 308.5 points , which was good for a second-place finish for the week. After the 25th week, Milano now has an overall lead of 819 points.


IRL News
  • Teary-eyed Aussie Power wins first IndyCar crown (AFP)
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:31:02 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/10d84e0d8ac96d7ae6a003bcae4ab019a332a1..." width="130" height="130" alt="Australia's Will Power leads a pack of cars during the IndyCar World Championship Race on August 30, 2014 in Fontana, California (AFP Photo/Robert Laberge)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power, who had his championship dreams destroyed twice before when he crashed out of season-ending races, was overcome with emotion as he finally claimed his first IndyCar Series crown. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power, who raced strategically to take the crown with a ninth-place finish in Saturday's season-finale at the Auto Club Speedway track. It was enough to give the Australian a 62-point victory over runner-up Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan won Saturday's 250-lap race to earn his first win since last year's Indianapolis 500.


  • Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:11:38 PDT

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    Only a catastrophe was likely to derail his IndyCar Series championship, and the Australian knew he had to throttle the aggression that has made his career - and occasionally wrecked it. Yet after Power moved patiently and safely through the Fontana field, a restart gave him a chance to seize the lead, if only for a few laps. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity.'' Power won his first series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race before raising the Astor Cup for the first time in a career filled with agonizing misses. Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race under the lights at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power easily preserved his healthy points lead over second-place teammate Helio Castroneves to wrap up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006.


  • Auto racer Aleshin upgraded to stable after crash (AFP)
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:33:15 PDT

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    Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was upgraded to stable condition after suffering head and chest injuries during a multi-car practice crash ahead of the IndyCar auto race. Aleshin had already qualified for Saturday's race when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night's schedule at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, 81 kilometers (50 miles) east of Los Angeles. The 27-year-old from Moscow, who earlier this year became the first Russian to compete in the Indianapolis 500, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. IndyCar doctor Terry Trammell said Aleshin's injuries included "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."


  • IndyCar driver Aleshin healing after Fontana crash (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:54:28 PDT
    Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing a procedure for a chest injury from his horrific crash during a practice session. IndyCar announced Aleshin's improvement Saturday before its season-ending race at Fontana. Aleshin was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday night after his car flew and spun into the air in Turn 4 at Fontana.
  • Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:40:33 PDT
    Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. Aleshin was taken away from the Fontana track in an ambulance and airlifted to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center. The Russian driver has broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said. He slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin's car flying into the catch fence while spinning.
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  • Teary-eyed Aussie Power wins first IndyCar crown (AFP)
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:31:02 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/10d84e0d8ac96d7ae6a003bcae4ab019a332a1..." width="130" height="130" alt="Australia's Will Power leads a pack of cars during the IndyCar World Championship Race on August 30, 2014 in Fontana, California (AFP Photo/Robert Laberge)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power, who had his championship dreams destroyed twice before when he crashed out of season-ending races, was overcome with emotion as he finally claimed his first IndyCar Series crown. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power, who raced strategically to take the crown with a ninth-place finish in Saturday's season-finale at the Auto Club Speedway track. It was enough to give the Australian a 62-point victory over runner-up Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan won Saturday's 250-lap race to earn his first win since last year's Indianapolis 500.


  • Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:11:38 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201408310049029446515" width="130" height="130" alt="Tony Kanaan hugs team owner Chip Ganassi after winning the IndyCar Series season final 500 mile auto race Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)" align="left" border="0">

    Only a catastrophe was likely to derail his IndyCar Series championship, and the Australian knew he had to throttle the aggression that has made his career - and occasionally wrecked it. Yet after Power moved patiently and safely through the Fontana field, a restart gave him a chance to seize the lead, if only for a few laps. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity.'' Power won his first series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race before raising the Astor Cup for the first time in a career filled with agonizing misses. Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race under the lights at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power easily preserved his healthy points lead over second-place teammate Helio Castroneves to wrap up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006.


  • Auto racer Aleshin upgraded to stable after crash (AFP)
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:33:15 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/4fcee900ea7e67eb5b3fb1b0bc581ef2663e35..." width="130" height="130" alt="Mikhail Aleshin during NTT DATA Qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas (AFP Photo/Sarah Glenn)" align="left" border="0">

    Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was upgraded to stable condition after suffering head and chest injuries during a multi-car practice crash ahead of the IndyCar auto race. Aleshin had already qualified for Saturday's race when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night's schedule at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, 81 kilometers (50 miles) east of Los Angeles. The 27-year-old from Moscow, who earlier this year became the first Russian to compete in the Indianapolis 500, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. IndyCar doctor Terry Trammell said Aleshin's injuries included "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."


  • IndyCar driver Aleshin healing after Fontana crash (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:54:28 PDT
    Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing a procedure for a chest injury from his horrific crash during a practice session. IndyCar announced Aleshin's improvement Saturday before its season-ending race at Fontana. Aleshin was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday night after his car flew and spun into the air in Turn 4 at Fontana.
  • Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:40:33 PDT
    Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. Aleshin was taken away from the Fontana track in an ambulance and airlifted to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center. The Russian driver has broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said. He slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin's car flying into the catch fence while spinning.
  • Castroneves on pole at Fontana IndyCar race (AFP)
    Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:56:33 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/27683d5c7f21dc575fa5b0000e97278e5c62a7..." width="130" height="130" alt="Brazil's Helio Castroneves during practice for the IndyCar World Championship Race on August 29, 2014 in Fontana, California (AFP Photo/Robert Laberge)" align="left" border="0">

    Brazil's Helio Castroneves won the pole position while championship points leader Will Power, of Australia, qualified 21st for Saturday's Fontana IndyCar auto race, the final event of the season. With Friday's pole victory, Castroneves moved from 51 points to 50 behind Power in the battle for the 2014 IndyCar series title. It's just beginning," said Castroneves, who is aiming for his first championship. Castroneves posted a two-lap average speed of 351.6 km/h (218.5 mph) during Friday's qualifying at Auto Club Speedway.


  • Power finishes 21st in IndyCar finale qualifying (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:16:29 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201408291812655731773" width="130" height="130" alt="Juan Pablo Montoya gets ready for qualifying for the IndyCar series auto race Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Montoya will start Sunday's race in the second position, next to teammate Helio Castroneves, who captured the pole. (AP Photo/Will Lester)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power struggled in qualifying for the final race of the IndyCar season on Friday, leaving the series leader starting in 21st place when he chases his first championship. While Power had the second-worst performance in qualifying, Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves won the pole. Castroneves turned a lap with an average speed of 218.540 mph to win the 41st pole of his career, passing Rick Mears for fourth place in series history. Both drivers are attempting to win their first IndyCar titles.


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