Tag Archive: The Chase

Nov 27

Competitive season also provided some oddities (+photos)

Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart finished off 2011 with a hot streak not seen since Rusty Wallace

NASCAR Truck Series 2011-11-22 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesCarl Edwards accomplished an odd piece of trivia that hadn’t been done since the Modern Era began. And a California driver named Jim Cook shares one unusual trait with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 31

Replays, scoring loops show win goes to Bowyer (+result)

Harvick second as it took several minutes to determine winner after last-lap crash

In a typical wild ending at Talladega Superspeedway, Clint Bowyer edged teammate Kevin Harvick for the victory Sunday, but all three contenders stayed neck-and-neck in the frantic race for the Sprint Cup Series championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 17

Keselowski crashes Chase party, wins N.H. pole

Bowyer on outside front row as six of top-10 not in championship hunt

A sudden burst of sunlight put Brad Keselowski in the spotlight Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, stealing some of the limelight from the 12 drivers ready to start competition in the Chase. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 01

NASCAR: Q&A with Montoya, Newman and Edwards

Three top NASCAR drivers answer three quick questions about 2009 and the new season ahead

Q: What was the high point of 2009 for you and your team? Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 20

For Stewart, there was a first time for everything

Driving the No. 14 exceeded expectations of owning it

In some ways, it was a typical Tony Stewart season. Stewart won his share of races and even led the points standings much of the regular season before the Chase for the Sprint Cup commenced. He was sassy and smart. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 28

NASCAR: Putting a wrap on 2009 with the top 12 drivers

It’s all over but our wrap-up of the 2009 season

So let’s get to it. Here’s a breakdown of the top 12 in the Sprint Cup Series point standings after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 21

NASCAR: Johnson will go for title from pole at Homstead (+grid)

Jimmie Johnson kept his promise

Try to qualify up front — and at the same time took another giant step toward his record fourth consecutive Cup Series championship. Turning a lap in 31.049 seconds (173.919 mph), Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 17

Motorsports this week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale live on ABC 

The 2009 season finale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is this weekend at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ends with the crowning of the champion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 10

Motorsports this week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series live from Phoenix on ABC 

Only two races remain in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and this weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 15. ESPN’s live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race is presented by Goodyear and airs on ABC beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. ET. The race’s green flag is at 3:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 07

NASCAR: Martin and Gordon not giving up on season

Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon turn attention to race wins as Chase slips away

Talk about hangdog. Mark Martin’s car had been flipped and turned into a sparking bottle rocket heading to the white flag at Talladega last Sunday. He finished 28th, and the final thread connecting him to hopes of his first Sprint Cup championship had frayed to the point of nothingness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 03

Motorsports this week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series live from Texas on ABC 

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is down to three races to go and this weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for 500 miles on Sunday, Nov. 8. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 01

NASCAR: Rain puts Johnson and Martin on front row at Talladega (+grid)

Qualifying session for Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 canceled because of rain

If Clint Eastwood had been at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday to ask Mark Martin his iconic movie question, “Do I feel lucky?” Martin’s answer would have been an emphatic affirmative. With the qualifying session for Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 canceled because of rain, Martin will start on the outside of the front row beside Sprint Cup points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 30

NASCAR: Stewart-Haas duo could be the ones to beat at Talladega

Recent finishes at Alabama track make them favorites

With just four races remaining in the 2009 season, we’re beginning to get the clue that Jimmie Johnson is in line for an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship. The Chase format sets up well for the driver of the No. 48. However, this weekend’s race could be the opportunity that the top contenders are looking for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 29

NASCAR: Is the Chase its own worst enemy?

Should NASCAR be worried

Its drivers are showing signs of tiring of the hype surrounding the Chase for the Championship? Don’t blame Denny Hamlin for feeling cheated by the mathematics of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 25

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin holds off Jimmie Johnson (+result & standing)

He wins the Tums Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin turned a dominant car into a winner at Martinsville Speedway, passing Jimmie Johnson with 138 laps to go Sunday and holding off the Chase leader on a series of late restarts.

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Oct 18

Jimmie Johnson wins at Lowe’s (+result & standing)

Just too good!

Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver in the history of the Chase to win three of the first five races with another impressive victory at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Johnson extends lead to 90 as eight Chasers finish outside top 10.

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Oct 12

Johnson wins at Fontana, takes over points lead (+result & standing)

Jimmie Johnson called his shot

For months, the three-time defending Sprint Cup champion has been saying the addition of Auto Club Speedway to the Chase for the Sprint Cup was a gift to his No. 48 team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 29

Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series live from Kansas on ABC 

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues this weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 400 miles on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. ESPN’s live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race will air on ABC. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag is at 2:15 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 19

Montoya starts first Chase with New Hampshire pole (+result)

Chase drivers take seven of top-10 qualifying positions

Juan Montoya sped around New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a track-record 28.545 seconds (133.431 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sylvania 300, the first race in the Chase. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 18

NASCAR star Kurt Busch visits ESPN campus ahead of Chase

With the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup beginning Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

. NASCAR star Kurt Busch, one of 12 drivers eligible to compete for the NASCAR championship, appeared on multiple ESPN platforms Wednesday during a visit to ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn. Read the rest of this entry »

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