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|Kenseth clinches Chase spot, eyes bigger goals (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 8:53 pm]
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) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 7:57 pm]
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Familiar woes, late contact ruin Harvick's night (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:00 pm]
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) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 3:00 pm]
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.
Column: Stewart's Chase status doesn't matter (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:50 pm]
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 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.
Kyle Busch has most wins among active drivers at Richmond (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:00 pm]
Busch has four wins (the most among active drivers), 13 top-five finishes and an average finish of 7.0. In one seven-race stretch at the 0.75-mile track from 2009 to 2012, Busch had all four of his wins and did not finish worse than sixth place.
Stewart back on the track, but big issues remain (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 7:07 am]
His racing suit unzipped down to his waist, Tony Stewart walked glumly out of Atlanta Motor Speedway with two issues still hanging over him. ''Hopefully this is the step in the right direction for what he needs to get better,'' said Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin, who finished third in Atlanta. ''We'll go on to Richmond and hope we can do better there.'' After sitting out the last three Cup races, his team saying he needed time to grieve, Stewart got off to a strong start in Atlanta.
Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:38 am]
Kasey Kahne's ''downer'' year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. It worked really well tonight.'' Meanwhile, Tony Stewart's much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race. Kahne took his third career win in Atlanta and his first win of the season.
UPS Game-Changing Moments: Atlanta (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:00 am]
Kenseth finished second and clinched a Chase spot on points, leaving just two of 16 positions in NASCAR's 10-race playoff available in Saturday's regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.
Patrick earns career-best finish at Atlanta (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:00 am]
Patrick's story was one of success in the Oral-B USA 500 as she rallied from a 27th-place starting spot for a sixth-place finish, her career-best in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "Well, I got that in-car camera out of the car and I'm pretty sure that's why we had a good weekend because we had it for four weeks in a row," Patrick said.
Tempers flare between Kyle Busch, Truex Jr. at Atlanta (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 4:00 am]
Truex came up for air, then continued to harangue Busch's crew chief Dave Rogers. Once the dust settled and Truex's car was rolled away, Busch quickly left without comment, but the 78 driver added his take on what transpired.
Kasey Kahne wins Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 3:45 am]
Kahne earns first victory -- and Chase berth -- with thrilling finish
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 3:45 am]
PosOwnerCar #PointsLdrNxtPPosG/LAttempts1Rick Hendrick248720010252Rick Hendrick88851-21-2120253Joe Gibbs20794-78-5752254Walter Czarnecki22791-81-340255Roger Penske2782-90-93-2256Jeff Gordon48766-106-1660257Jack Roush99755-117-1181258Tony Stewart4748-124-77-1259Richard Childress31747-125-1902510Jack Roush16728-144-191112511Linda Hendrick5708-164-201322512Rob Kauffman15705-167-310-22513Chip Ganassi42704-168-112-12514Richard Childress27675-197-291512515Richard Childress3674-198-114-12516Felix Sabates1666-206-81602517J D Gibbs11663-209-31922518Joe Gibbs18657-215-617-12519Michael ...
Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:46 am]
Tony Stewart's return to the track has ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart drove his battered car to the garage and then exited without speaking to reporters. His crew chief Chad Johnston said the 14 team was disappointed, but will now start focusing on next weekend's race in Richmond, Virginia. ''We'll go on to Richmond and hope we can do better there.'' Stewart first went into the wall earlier in Sunday night's race following a collision with Kyle Busch, requiring work to the right side of his car.
Updated Chase Grid standings after Atlanta (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:45 am]
MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings
Report: Jimmy Fennig to retire as crew chief (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:12 am]
Jimmy Fennig, the crew chief for the No. 99 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing, will leave the pit box at season's end, according to an ESPN report during the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With two wins this season at Bristol Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway, Fennig will end his career with a shot at the championship as part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Fennig began his career as a crew chief in 1986 with Mark Martin and was Martin's pit boss from 1997-2001 before working with Kurt Busch for four seasons, including a championship campaign in the first Chase in 2004. The Milwaukee native earned his first two career wins with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1987 and 1988.
Full schedule for Richmond (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:00 am]
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Stewart's return to track marred by collision (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 1:47 am]
Tony Stewart's return to the track has been marred by a collision with Kyle Busch that sent the No. 14 car into the wall at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart skipped three NASCAR Sprint Cup races after his car struck and killed a fellow driver in a dirt-track race in upstate New York.
Tony Stewart exits race after blown tire (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 1:20 am]
Stewart, making his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start since the Aug. 9 incident that claimed the live of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr., pressed on with a damaged race car, eventually falling a lap down just before the halfway point in the 325-lap race. The two collided in Turn 2, pushing him up the race track and into the outside retaining wall. After Stewart reported that the steering wheel was knocked an inch to the left, crew chief Chad Johnston had him come in for multiple stops to fix the scraped-up car's alignment.
Blaney's pass in final turn wins Truck Series race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 10:08 pm]
Ryan Blaney edged German Quiroga by 0.049 seconds to win the Truck Series race on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The win Sunday was Blaney's first of the season, but third of his career. Blaney and Quiroga drag-raced off the last corner to the finish line after Blaney made a pass in the final turn. ''That was a ton of fun racing with German,'' said Blaney.