Joe Gibbs says success all about finding the right people

Sports 05/23/19, 17:02

When Joe Gibbs decided to venture off from the NFL and form a race team in 1992 he was scared.Petrified, in fact.Gibbs had won three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins, but he was an outsider starting from scratch when it came to stock car racing. And when ...

Update: 1st wreck takes out Harvick, others at Talladega

Sports 04/28/19, 13:53

The Latest on NASCAR's Cup series race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local): 2:45 p.m. It didn't take long for the first wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. The first one caught up Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon (3) awaits the final round of qualifying for ...

Column: Gibbs needs to find seat for Bell in the big leagues

Sports 04/08/19, 16:29

Joe Gibbs has too many winning drivers in his organization. It is a good problem to have, but one that has led to increased speculation about his plans to juggle all his talent.The Gibbs organization swept Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend as Christopher Bell won the Xfinity Series race Saturday ...

Guthrie dropped from nominees for contributions to NASCAR

Sports 03/14/19, 12:20

Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, was dropped from the latest list of nominees for NASCAR's Landmark Award that honors contribution to the sport.Guthrie and Barney Hall, longtime anchor for the Motor Racing Network, were replaced on the ...

Tony Stewart headlines new nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame

Sports 03/13/19, 17:26

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart headlined the six new nominees eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Stewart joined Neil Bonnett, a popular member of the "Alabama Gang," two-time Xfinity Series champion Sam Ard, former Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch, short-track racer Jim Paschal and mechanic Red Vogt as ...

Brad Keselowski shakes stomach bug to win at Atlanta

Sports 02/24/19, 18:19

Brad Keselowski was so sick at Atlanta Motor Speedway his team had a standby driver on call.Keselowski said the help was not needed.The winningest driver in Team Penske history raced to an unlikely victory Sunday by recovering from a stomach virus to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was the ...

McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano

Sports 02/19/19, 15:48

Michael McDowell was still digesting his fifth-place finish at the Daytona 500 when Joey Logano appeared at the front of his car, angrily pointing at the Ford logo.He was questioning McDowell's loyalty to the brand."He shows up pointing at the Ford emblem, pushing on the Ford, making his point 'Hey, ...

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Sports 02/18/19, 11:46

Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint.The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the final 20 laps of regulation, which Kyle ...

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

Football 02/18/19, 02:17

Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a ...

Watermelon farmer Chastain gets top 10 at Daytona 500

U.S. 02/17/19, 22:02

Ross Chastain always has watermelons around victory lane, a nod to his roots in the family fruit farming business.He may not spend much time on the Florida farm these days, but with good reason — the eighth-generation watermelon farmer was a 10th-place finisher in the Daytona 500. Chastain was part ...

Update: Denny Hamlin wins 2nd Daytona 500 after string of dramatic wrecks

Sports 02/17/19, 19:49

The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 7:35 p.m. Denny Hamlin has won his second Daytona 500 in four years, taking the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing a month after Joe Gibbs' oldest son died following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs was 49. Hamlin predicted ...

Byron, Bowman start from front row in 61st Daytona 500

Sports 02/17/19, 10:07

William Byron will start from the pole in the 61st running of the Daytona 500, combining with teammate Alex Bowman to create the youngest front row in the history of "The Great American Race."Byron is 21, and Bowman is 25. Both are driving Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports.Six Ford drivers will ...

New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

Sports 02/17/19, 02:44

Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor.The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and it will be William ...

Fresh faces and new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

U.S. 02/16/19, 19:13

Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor.The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and it will be William ...

Toyota stars Truex, Busch benched for Daytona 500 practice

Sports 02/16/19, 15:59

The biggest Toyota stars skipped the final practice for the Daytona 500, with former NASCAR champs Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch among the drivers sitting out.There was little need to risk the cars and ruin a starting position for Sunday's race. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson had triggered a pair ...

Perfect Storm: The 500 and fight that changed NASCAR forever

Sports 02/16/19, 11:28

The first break came with the massive blizzard that wreaked havoc on the East Coast, essentially locking television viewers in their homes. The Daytona 500, meanwhile, was to be broadcast live in its entirety for the first time, reaching markets that knew little, if anything, about stock car racing. The ...

Was There: Petty wins fight-marred 1979 Daytona 500

Sports 02/16/19, 08:51

EDITOR'S NOTE __ Having grown up in Ohio, I had never seen a NASCAR race in person until the weekend of racing that climaxed with the Feb. 18, 1979, Daytona 500.That's when, as an Associated Press sports writer newly based in Florida, I covered what would be one of the ...

NASCAR moving away from restrictor plates, not pack racing

Sports 02/15/19, 15:22

There has been a string of goodbyes at Daytona International Speedway in recent years, from Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.There is another one on tap Sunday: The Daytona 500 will be the final NASCAR race for restrictor plates, the horsepower-sapping devices reduce speed ...

Fresh faces and new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

U.S. 02/15/19, 12:23

Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor.The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and it will be William ...

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