7-time champ Johnson growing impatient with winless streak

Sports 05/15/19, 14:18

Jimmie Johnson views himself as a patience person.But the seven-time NASCAR Series Cup champion said he's growing more and more impatient with each passing week as his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 race team keeps struggling on the race track."Over my career, I've been able to be patient and let things ...

NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover in rain delay

Sports 05/05/19, 13:01

The NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway has been delayed by rain.Chase Elliott, last week's winner at Talladega, won the pole and was scheduled to lead the field to green at 2:01 p.m. Sunday. Dover hasn't held a Monday race since 2007.Elliott topped the speed chart on a blistering ...

Update: Newman, Bowman to back of Cup field at Texas

Sports 03/31/19, 14:10

The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):2 p.m.Ryan Newman and Alex Bowman will be going to the back of the 39-car field to start the NASCAR Cup race at Texas.Newman failed pre-race tech inspection twice, leading to the ejection of his car chief ...

Johnson starting on Cup pole in Texas, Busch goes for sweep

Sports 03/31/19, 12:24

Jimmie Johnson is starting on the NASCAR Cup pole at Texas, where Kyle Busch is going for a tripleheader weekend sweep.Busch has two career NASCAR tripleheader sweeps, at Bristol in 2010 and 2017. He missed out on the chance for another in Las Vegas four weeks ago when he finished ...

Johnson looking for old Cup result in Texas to end drought

Sports 03/30/19, 13:49

Maybe Jimmie Johnson can do something old at Texas, and get back into Victory Lane."I think the term 'new' is the thing that has hurt us the most this year. We know and acknowledge that what we were trying last year didn't work," Johnson said. "Us trying new things and ...

Johnson on pole on Texas after slight Cup qualifying changes

Sports 03/29/19, 20:59

Jimmie Johnson will start on the pole at Texas, where he is a seven-time winner.With Johnson leading the way after a final-stage fast lap of 188.890 mph to get his first pole anywhere since 2016, Hendrick Motorsports took the top three qualifying spots Friday. William Bryon was second, and Chase ...

Kyle Busch resumes chase of 200th NASCAR win at Fontana

Sports 03/17/19, 14:06

Kyle Busch is trying to tie Richard Petty's NASCAR record of 200 victories when he hits the track at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.Busch earned his 199th career victory across NASCAR's three major series last week at Phoenix, and the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver is in position to match ...

7-time champ Johnson still searching for answers in Phoenix

Sports 03/09/19, 13:29

Jimmie Johnson is fighting a cold.It's the kind of debilitating, in-your-throat cold that makes it painful to swallow, much less go for a run. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion tried on a cool morning in the desert but quickly bailed, putting off the resumption of his Boston Marathon training ...

Notable NASCAR artist Sam Bass dies at 57

Sports 02/16/19, 16:15

Sam Bass, NASCAR's first officially licensed artist, has died. He was 57.He suffered from kidney problems. His wife, Denise, announced his death Saturday with a note on his official Twitter account.Bass helped design paint schemes and programs for some of NASCAR's top stars and marquee events. His NASCAR Cup Series ...

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 ...

Harvick wins qualifying race for Daytona 500

Sports 02/14/19, 20:45

Kevin Harvick wrecked in the first practice of the season at Daytona International Speedway.He was collected the next day in a 16-car crash triggered by Jimmie Johnson in the first race of Speedweeks.It took his third time out, in his new Ford Mustang, for Harvick to finally get it right.Harvick ...

Column: Hendrick sends statement with sweep to open Daytona

Sports 02/11/19, 14:29

Rick Hendrick was telling the truth when he insisted this year was going to be much improved from last season, the worst in team history.He moved personnel and split up seven-time NASCAR Cup champions Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. He had a Navy SEAL deliver an inspirational speech to all ...

Johnson triggers wreck, then wins Clash at Daytona

Sports 02/10/19, 17:24

Jimmie Johnson triggered a wreck that wiped out nearly the entire field at Daytona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-shortened exhibition Clash on Sunday.The seven-time Cup Series champion failed to win a race last season for the first time in his career but a dose of aggression ...

Byron wins Daytona 500 pole, puts Hendrick up front again

Sports 02/10/19, 13:46

William Byron has won the pole for next week's Daytona 500, giving Hendrick Motorsports the top starting spot for the fifth consecutive year.Byron and teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for "The Great American Race" during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. They edged the other two ...

Architect of Jimmie Johnson’s success starting over in 2019

Sports 02/08/19, 09:58

Chad Knaus got his first big break at Hendrick Motorsports when he was picked to build a team from scratch around a rookie driver who had yet to prove he belonged at NASCAR's top level.The driver was Jimmie Johnson.Once Johnson was paired with Knaus as crew chief, the duo took ...

Hendrick vows rebound from worst season in team history

Sports 02/06/19, 11:41

Rick Hendrick worked too hard building NASCAR's top organization to tolerate mediocrity. If his teams had simply been average last season he might not rate it as one of the worst in team history.The Hendrick cars were pretty bad —seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson failed to win for the first ...

Johnson poised to show critics his racing days are not over

Sports 02/02/19, 03:04

Jimmie Johnson, one of the most polite and professional athletes in sports, rarely gets rattled. Unless he is being trolled on social media.Johnson's patience was very much tested last season, the worst of his NASCAR career. He could handle the losing, the internal struggles at Hendrick Motorsports and the final ...

Johnson, Knaus reach checkered flag of championship pairing

Sports 11/18/18, 16:39

Jimmie Johnson walked into a Hendrick Motorsports family reunion on pit road. Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon chatted near the No. 48 car while Johnson's wife cradled crew chief Chad Knaus' baby boy.They needed baby wipes as much a checkered flag."It's all about this moment right now," Gordon said.Brooke ...

Column: Wrong call on Johnson on NASCAR’s bad day in Texas

Sports 11/05/18, 18:16

NASCAR did not have its finest day at Texas Motor Speedway, where things first went awry with an erroneous penalty even before the race.Kevin Harvick won and advanced to the championship round for the fourth time in five years. His victory wasn't all that surprising because the 2014 champion had ...

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson lands new sponsor in Ally Financial

Sports 10/28/18, 16:09

Rick Hendrick, a car dealer at the end of the day, pulled off another sales job of Jimmie Johnson to preserve the branding of the seven-time NASCAR champion.Ally Financial Inc. will sponsor Johnson for all 38 races in the next two NASCAR seasons — the remaining years on Johnson's contract ...

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