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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Hornish Jr. is heading back to the Sprint Cup Series full time in 2015.
Winning two of the last three races, Joey Logano might just be the favorite to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had their championship hopes jeopardized after both of them crashed in separate incidents during Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Championship contender Kevin Harvick won his eighth pole of the season in the Sprint Cup Series, while defending series titleholder Jimmie Johnson struggled in Friday's qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
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Nationwide is running at Kansas on Saturday and then Charlotte next week. The series will take a two-week break before the season concludes with Texas (Nov. 1), Phoenix (Nov. 8) and Homestead (Nov. 15).
Those drivers who advanced from the opening round in the Chase, known as the Challenger Round, are: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.
Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.
Five days after a grand jury in Ontario County, New York exonerated him of any wrongdoing in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. during an accident in the Aug. 9 sprint car race, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart said he plans to move forward in his Sprint Cup Series racing career.
Kevin Harvick continued his success in knockout-style qualifying in the Sprint Cup Series this season by winning the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway -- the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
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Matt Crafton currently holds a seven-point lead over second-place and ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter. Crafton finished third and Sauter fourth in last weekend's race at New Hampshire.
The IndyCar schedule for 2015 will feature a total of 17 races, highlighted, as always, by the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Team Penske announced on Monday that Simon Pagenaud will drive a new fourth car for the racing organization in the IndyCar Series, beginning with the 2015 season.
IndyCar Series rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin sustained injuries when he was involved in a serious multi-car accident during Friday night's final practice session at Auto Club Speedway.
Helio Castroneves won the pole position and earned a bonus point, while his Team Penske teammate and championship leader, Will Power, qualified 21st for Saturday night's IndyCar Series season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway.
Power currently holds a 50-point lead over Castroneves, while Pagenaud trails by 81 points. Castroneves earned a bonus point for winning Friday' qualifying at Fontana. Power qualified 21st, and Pagenaud placed 13th.
Will Power added a bonus point to his championship lead in the IndyCar Series by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway.
Power, who scored his 24th career IndyCar win but just his third on an oval, increased his points lead from four to 39 over Helio Castroneves, his Team Penske teammate, at Milwaukee.
Will Power will start on the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Series race after topping the charts in qualifying at The Milwaukee Mile.
With the Milwaukee Mile, Sonoma Raceway and Auto Club Speedway left on the 2014 IndyCar schedule, Power holds only a four-point lead over Helio Castroneves, his teammate at Team Penske.
Sebastien Bourdais dealt with wet track conditions and topped Josef Newgarden in the closing seconds of Saturday's qualifying to win the pole for the IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Helio Castroneves from Team Penske currently holds a 13-point lead over second-place and teammate Will Power. Castroneves has one victory this season, which came in the second race of the weekend doubleheader at Detroit in June. The week prior to Detroit, he was the runner-up in the Indianapolis 500, finishing only 0.06 seconds behind race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Persistent rain forced IndyCar Series officials to postpone Saturday's race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto weekend doubleheader until the following day.
Sebastien Bourdais will start on the pole for the first race in the Honda Indy Toronto weekend doubleheader after topping the charts in Saturday morning's qualifying.
Scott Dixon won the pole for Saturday's 300- lap IndyCar Series race, while his teammate, Tony Kanaan, qualified second to give Chip Ganassi Racing a sweep of the front starting row at Iowa Speedway.
Andretti Autosport has won five of the seven races at Iowa, including the last four (Tony Kanaan 2010, Marco Andretti 2011, Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012 and James Hinchcliffe 2013).
Juan Pablo Montoya will start on the pole in an IndyCar Series race for the first time after winning Saturday's qualifying for the Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Helio Castroneves will start on the pole for the second race in the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston weekend doubleheader after posting the fastest lap in Sunday morning's qualifying.
Simon Pagenaud will start on the pole for the first race in the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston weekend doubleheader after topping the charts in Saturday morning's qualifying.
Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves is very happy that changes have been made to that area of the circuit after he was a victim of circumstance there in both races last year. Track workers grinded a bump that was in turn 1. The bump had caused damage to Castroneves' car in the first and second events.
With every passing day, it seems instant gratification is becoming more of a human necessity rather than a luxury.
Will Power won the pole for Saturday night's Firestone 600 and added another point to his lead in the IndyCar Series championship standings by topping the charts in Friday's qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway.
With the win, Castroneves climbed up to second in the IndyCar championship standings, 19 points behind Power.
Takuma Sato will start on the pole for Sunday's second race in the IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend at Detroit's Belle Isle Park after topping Helio Castroneves in qualifying.
Helio Castroneves won the pole position for the first race in the IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend in Detroit, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified 21st after brushing the wall in Saturday morning's qualifying session.
After beating Helio Castroneves to the finish line by only 0.060 seconds, Hunter-Reay collected $2.49 million for his victory in the Indy 500. He also took over the lead in the championship point standings. Hunter-Reay holds a 40-point advantage over Will Power. Castroneves trails by 54.
Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon led the way in Friday's final practice session for the Indianapolis 500.
Six drivers in the 33-car field have won the prestigious 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the past -- Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Buddy Lazier, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve.
Ed Carpenter is an Indianapolis native, a graduate of Butler University and now a two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner.
Kurt Busch escaped injury during a hard crash into the wall during Monday's practice session for the Indianapolis 500.
Ed Carpenter will start on the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 in consecutive years after topping James Hinchcliffe in the final day of qualifying on Sunday.
Kurt Busch will start on the outside of row 4 in the May 25 Indianapolis 500, as he will attempt to become the first driver in a decade to do the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 double on the same day.
Ed Carpenter topped the charts in Saturday's first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, as he will attempt to win his second straight pole position for this prestigious race on Sunday.
Kurt Busch has a lot of drive time ahead of him within the next couple of weeks, as he readies himself for an attempt to run in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25.
The start of Saturday's inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was marred by a horrifying accident involving pole sitter Sebastian Saavedra as well as rookies Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin.
Sebastian Saavedra claimed his first pole position in the IndyCar Series with a surprise win in Friday's rain- soaked qualifying for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Twenty-five teams are on the entry list for the GP of Indianapolis. Two practice sessions were held on the road course on Thursday and a final session on Friday morning. Teams also had a one-day test here on April 30.
IndyCar officials announced on Monday that they are exploring a prospective Verizon IndyCar Series race at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La., a suburb of New Orleans.
IndyCar officials have a habit of not making the best decisions when it comes to racing after it has rained at a track.
Will Power claimed his third pole at Barber Motorsports Park after topping James Hinchcliffe in Saturday's qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Team Penske had been the only team to win an IndyCar race at Barber, with Helio Castroneves taking the checkered flag for the inaugural event in 2010 and then Power scoring the victory here in 2011 and '12.
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position while his teammate, James Hinchcliffe, finished second in Saturday's IndyCar Series qualifying to give Andretti Autosport a front row speed for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Starting fourth, Sato overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champion, for second on lap 23 and then grabbed the lead seven laps later when then leader Will Power made his pit stop. Sato dominated the remainder of the 80- lap race. He held off Graham Rahal before a caution came on the penultimate lap for an incident involving Tony Kanaan. The race ended under caution.
Takuma Sato will start of the pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg after winning Saturday's qualifying, which was delayed more than three hours due to severe thunderstorms.
After spending the past 12 years in Formula One and NASCAR, Montoya is racing Indy cars again. The 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1999 CART champion is driving for team owner Roger Penske, rather than Chip Ganassi, for whom he raced in CART and NASCAR.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti has a new role in the IndyCar Series' biggest race of the season -- pace car driver.
Gary Bettenhausen, who competed in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993 and was a member of one of open-wheel racing's most well-known families, passed away on Sunday at his Indiana home. He was 72.
The IndyCar Series will now be known as the Verizon IndyCar Series.
This year's Indianapolis 500 will feature a new qualifying format to set the 33-car starting field.
Chip Ganassi Racing revealed on Friday its four-car driver lineup for the 2014 IndyCar Series season, with Ryan Briscoe joining the team and Tony Kanaan replacing Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 car.