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Driver Killed by Tony Stewart May Have Been High: Cops

Sheriff says levels were enough to 'impair judgment'

(Newser) - A grand jury in upstate New York today decided that NASCAR's Tony Stewart will not face charges in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward in August, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Maybe the more surprising part of today's news, however, is that the local DA revealed... More »

Grand Jury to Consider Case Against Driver Tony Stewart

He could face charges in death of fellow driver

(Newser) - A grand jury will decide whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said today he decided to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected... More »

Sheriff: No Criminal Intent in Stewart Crash

Investigation continues after NASCAR's Tony Stewart hit fellow driver

(Newser) - As of now, the Ontario County sheriff in upstate New York doesn't expect to file charges against NASCAR's Tony Stewart after he struck and killed a fellow driver at a dirt-track event Saturday night, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . The investigation is continuing into the death of... More »

Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Race After Fatal Crash

Rep had earlier said it was 'business as usual'

(Newser) - Tony Stewart will withdraw from today's NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, reports the AP , in the wake of last night's fatal accident that killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr . in Western New York. It's a reversal for Stewart, whose rep had earlier this morning confirmed he would... More »

Race Car Driver Killed in Accident With Tony Stewart

NASCAR driver allegedly hit Kevin Ward in sprint car race

(Newser) - NASCAR champ Tony Stewart hit and killed a fellow race car driver last night on a dirt track in Western New York. As the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, after driver Kevin Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, he got out of his car to... More »

NASCAR Drivers Turn Down White House Invite

Jimmie Johnson will show, but Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, others bow out

(Newser) - Are some of NASCAR’s top drivers snubbing the president? Barack Obama has invited 12 NASCAR drivers to the White House for an event honoring champion Jimmie Johnson—and five of them aren’t planning on showing up, SB Nation reports. While Johnson himself will be there, Greg Biffle, Kurt... More »

Toyota Make NASCAR History

Kyle Busch has first win in foreign car in more than 50 years

(Newser) - Kyle Busch and a Japanese car manufacturer were both big winners in the Kobalt Tools 500 today. The 22-year-old became the youngest NASCAR driver to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first victory in nearly a year. The win also marked the first time Toyota won a Sprint Cup series... More »

Edwards Wins Vegas, but...

2nd straight victory pending inquiry into car irregularity

(Newser) - Carl Edwards rallied from a penalty to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his second win in three races after last week in Fontana. But Edwards' defeat of Dale Earnhardt Jr. may come with penalties: NASCAR inspectors are investigating a missing oil tank lid in Edwards' Ford, the Los Angeles ... More »

Ryan Newman Wins Daytona 500

Miscue by leader Tony Stewart on final lap gives Penske team its first 500 win

(Newser) - It appeared that Joe Gibbs Racing was going to take today's Daytona 500; the question was whether it would be Tony Stewart or his teammate Kyle Busch. That changed after a last-lap decision by Stewart to go low on the track, blocking Busch and freeing Ryan Newman to zoom past... More »

Gibbs Eyes Switch to Toyota

NASCAR team will leave GM after 16 years

(Newser) - Joe Gibbs Racing is in talks to move to Toyota Motorsports after 16 years and three series championships with General Motors, ESPN reports. The announcement is expected to come Wednesday morning at a press conference that could include Gibbs team drivers Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin. Neither Toyota nor GM... More »

NASCAR's Ricky Rudd to Retire

Veteran Nextel Cup driver will hit the pits after 2007 season

(Newser) - Veteran NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd will retire from his full-time Nextel Cup duties at the end of this season. Rudd, who has chalked up 23 wins in a 32-year career, may make occasional starts in future years, but said he wants to give his team plenty of time to find... More »

Spitzer Rolls With NASCAR Crowd

It's off to the races for flesh-pressing Harvard Democrat

(Newser) - The Times noticed an unlikely NASCAR fan at this weekend's race in upstate New York—Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was no doubt running slightly left of the pack. Spitzer, whose brother-in-law is an engineer for NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports, said he was supporting his favorite driver, Hendrick driver Jeff Gordon. The... More »

'Spin Doctor' Stewart Wins Watkins Glen

No. 20 grabs third checkered flag of the season

(Newser) - Tony Stewart took his third checkered flag of the Nextel Cup season yesterday at Watkins Glen, recovering from an early spinout to finish 2.46 seconds ahead of teammate Denny Hamlin. Stewart, who battled Jeff Gordon for the lead all afternoon, took the top spot on the penultimate lap, when... More »

Busch Nails a Win at Pocono

Big win puts Busch in 12th and final spot of standings with 5 races to go before Chase begins

(Newser) - Kurt Busch picked up a much-needed first place finish at Pocono on Sunday, his first win since March 26, 2006.  Busch dominated the race, leading for all but 25 laps.  The win moved him into the 12th and final spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup rankings... More »

Stewart Lays a Win at Brickyard

Montoya places, Gordon Shows at Allstate 400 in Tony's backyard

(Newser) - Tony Stewart took the Allstate 400 in his home state of Indiana yesterday, two weeks after he snapped a winless streak at the USG Sheetrock 400. The Home Depot driver battled for the lead all afternoon, finally grabbing the checkered flag by a 2.98-second margin over Juan Pablo Montoya. More »

Champ Claims NASCAR is Rigged

Officials throw bogus caution flags to shape races, Stewart says

(Newser) - Two-time champion Tony Stewart charges that NASCAR is rigged like pro wrestling. He said officials control races by throwing bogus caution flags for debris on the track. “They can almost dictate the race instead of the drivers doing it. It’s happened too many times this year," said... More »

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