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Kasey Kahne will continue to drive for Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 Sprint Cup season, signing a three-year contract extension on Thursday.
From the first lap at Chicagoland to the last lap at Homestead, the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship was filled with lots of drama and excitement, thanks to NASCAR's new playoff format.
Kevin Harvick has claimed his first career Sprint Cup championship with a win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Five days after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Jeff Gordon won the pole for the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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Heading into the last race of the season, Elliott holds a 52-point advantage over second-place and JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. Elliott will officially be crowned as the series champion when the race at Homestead has concluded.
Four drivers -- Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman -- enter the last race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Championship Round, with 5,000 points each. They are the final four in the first year of NASCAR's new playoff format for the Sprint Cup Series.
Matt Crafton is in position to become the first driver to win consecutive titles in the series. If Crafton finishes 21st or better, or 22nd with at least one lap led, or 23rd and the most laps led, he will clinch the championship, regardless of any other driver's performance.
Two months ago, 16 drivers had hopes of winning this year's Sprint Cup Series championship, but now, just four of them remain in the Chase, as they will battle for title in Sunday's season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kevin Harvick dominated a race he had to win to advance to the final round of NASCAR's playoffs, while Jeff Gordon was knocked out when Ryan Newman completed a last-lap pass.
Denny Hamlin has won the pole Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, where eight drivers go into the race Sunday vying for the four spots in the championship finale.
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 -- the elimination race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship -- after topping the charts in Friday's qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway.
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If Elliott, a rookie this season, leaves Phoenix with a 48-point lead or higher, he will clinch the championship, regardless of any other driver's performance at either Phoenix or the Nov. 15 season-finale at Homestead.
None of the eight drivers who are currently in championship contention won at either Martinsville (Oct. 26) or Texas (last Sunday). That means at least three of the four positions for Homestead will be determined by points. If none of the title contenders wins at Phoenix, then all four will be decided by points.
The Dover (Del.) Police Department confirmed on Friday that it is investigating an allegation of domestic assault involving NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
In September, 16-year-old Cole Custer surpassed Jones' record when he won the Truck Series race at New Hampshire.
Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
A brawl at Sunday's AAA Texas 500 netted fines and suspensions for two crew chiefs and four crew members but no penalties for the drivers who were involved, NACSAR announced Tuesday.
The gloves are off for those drivers and teams that remain in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Jimmie Johnson won his third consecutive Texas fall race Sunday, when none of the eight championship contenders were able to clinch one of the final four spots in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Matt Kenseth won the pole for the AAA Texas 500 by the slimmest of margins over Jeff Gordon, while Tony Stewart set a new track qualifying record with a lap at 200 mph during Friday's qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Rookie Chase Elliott holds a very comfortable 42-point lead over second-place and JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith.
Keselowski and Harvick are currently ranked seven and eighth, respectively, in the eight-driver Chase field for the Eliminator Round. The third round in the playoffs began last Sunday at Martinsville, the only short track on the Chase schedule.
No driver has won back-to-back championships in the 20-year history of this series.
The IndyCar schedule for 2015 will feature a total of 17 races, highlighted, as always, by the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Ryan Newman is making a Cinderella run in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, hoping to become one of the four drivers contending for the title in the Nov. 16 season finale at Homestead.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday a week after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Darrell Wallace Jr. has won the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway for the second consecutive year.
Things may not be as rosy between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano as Logano believes.
Jamie McMurray claimed the pole for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 -- the first race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship -- by beating Joey Logano in Friday's qualifying at Martinsville Speedway.
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In Saturday's race at Martinsville, Wallace will pay tribute to Scott by driving the No. 34 Toyota Tundra in honor of him. The 20-year-old Mobile, Alabama native normally drives the No. 54 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Joey Logano (Kansas), Kevin Harvick (Charlotte) and Brad Keselowski (Talladega) automatically advanced into the Eliminator Round by winning a race in the Contender Round. Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon accumulated enough points to move on in the playoffs.
The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.
Brad Keselowski pulled away in overtime for one of the biggest wins of his career and earned an automatic berth into the third round of NASCAR's championship race.
Kyle Busch's hopes of advancing into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship took a big hit when he was involved in a multi-car crash during Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Brian Vickers won the pole while Jimmie Johnson earned the second starting position in Saturday's chaotic and confusing qualifying session for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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There are five races to go. After Talladega, the series heads to Martinsville (Oct. 25), Texas (Oct. 31) and then Phoenix (Nov. 7) before the season concludes at Homestead (Nov. 14).
Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have already clinched a spot in the Eliminator Round. Logano won the Oct. 5 race at Kansas, and Harvick scored the victory in the Oct. 11 event at Charlotte.
Six classes will compete over the weekend at Cochran Motor Speedway.
NASCAR handed down fines to Sprint Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart for their involvement in post- race incidents in last Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With NASCAR's new playoff format, there is certainly no shortage of drama in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Kyle Busch has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Joe Gibbs Racing could surge into the championship race.
If Elliott finishes fifth or better in the final four races, he will clinch the title, regardless of where Smith or any other driver places in each of those events. Elliott would set a record as the youngest champion in the series.
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The Busch brothers had quite a night in Thursday's Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Johnson's hopes of winning a record-tying seventh title in NASCAR's premier series this year are in jeopardy after he finished 40th this past Sunday at Kansas, the first race in the Contender Round. He was involved in an accident with Greg Biffle in the early going. Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, is now 12th in the Chase point standings. He is 27 points behind eighth-place and teammate Jeff Gordon.