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Johnson Grabs Daytona 500 Pole

Michael Waltrip, looking to rebound from tough '07, starts up front as well

(Newser) - Jimmie Johnson's quest for a third straight Sprint Cup points title will begin from the pole position at next week's Super Bowl of NASCAR, after he finished first in yesterday's qualifier for the Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota team was caught cheating during the qualifying session last year, will... More »

Halfway There, Nextel Cup Race Over for Most

Nascar field split into top four ... and the rest

(Newser) - The Nextel Cup hunt is over for the majority of Nascar drivers who qualified for "The Chase" only four races in. Competition at the top of the pile remains fierce, with Jeff Gordon sitting first and Jimmie Johnson only one point behind.  But the gap in the points... More »

Busch Wins in Michigan

After 2 days of rain delays, racer grabs checkered flag

(Newser) - Racer Kurt Busch took the checkered flag at the 3M Performance 400 in Michigan yesterday after rain delays bumped the race from its usual Sunday spot. The afternoon had no shortage of oddities, starting with a half-hour fog delay and ending with a two-lap overtime sprint due to Greg Biffle's... 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 »

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 »

Stewart Wins at Chicagoland

No. 20 snaps his 2007 dry spell at USG Sheetrock 400

(Newser) - Tony Stewart grabbed his first checkered flag of the 2007 Nextel Cup season yesterday at the Chicagoland racetrack, after neck-and-neck competitor Jimmy Johnson crashed during the final laps.. Though the Home Depot team driver has 12 top-10s in '07, this season's start represented his longest winless streak since 1999. More »

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