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By KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | June 14, 1999
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The good news from the Kmart 400 was there were no caution periods. There were no wrecks, the forecasted rain never materialized and no mysterious roll-bar padding was found on the back straightaway.The bad news from the Kmart 400 was the almost total lack of drama. After 11 early lead changes, Dale Jarrett moved to the front on Lap 53 and never looked back. The four cars behind him -- those of Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton and Bobby Labonte -- never changed their order over the last 40 laps and only three others finished less than two laps behind.
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Toward the end of a summer spent further discovering his passion for golf, Calvert Hall senior Grant Burton will play at the place where the sport began. "Basically, everything I've ever done with golf has led up to this point," said Burton, a Fallston native who is one of 14 amateur players aged 19 or younger representing Team USA in the International Junior Golf Tour's Euro Cup, beginning Wednesday in historic St. Andrews, Scotland. The three-day competition includes six rounds (three practice, three competitive)
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November 10, 2007
Checker Auto Parts 500 At Avondale, Ariz. Lap length: 1 mile Car number in parentheses 1. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 132.773 mph. 2. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevy, 132.758. 3. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 132.699. 4. (18) J.J. Yeley, Chevy, 132.236. 5. (70) Johnny Sauter, Chevy, 132.144. 6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 132.129. 7. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 132.091. 8. (96) Tony Raines, Chevy, 132.057. 9. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 132.023. 10. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 132.023. 11. (25) Casey Mears, Chevy, 132.008.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 7, 2011
As Danica Patrick makes the transition from the open-wheel world to NASCAR nation, she will have an excellent mentor. Tony Stewart will be her team owner while she races a select number of Cup races. Another mentor couldn't hurt. Mark Martin, anybody? It seems like a great fit. Martin will be looking for a part-time ride after he steps aside for Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports. "I would love to have him," Stewart said. "The biggest thing is us getting the financial backing to run the remainder of those races.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2000
DOVER, Del. - At this point a year ago, Winston Cup driver Jeff Burton knew whom he had to beat if he wanted to win the Winston Cup championship. Everyone knew. But now? Burton looks around the garage area at Dover Downs International Speedway, where the MBNA Platinum 400 will be run today, and can't point anywhere. It's hard to hit a moving target. "It's like you're racing the whole world," he said. "I'm racing everybody now. The sport has just gotten so much harder." Twelve races into this season, the Winston Cup series has had 11 different winners go to Victory Lane.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 10, 2000
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Mark Martin survived the wrecking yard that was Martinsville Speedway yesterday to inherit victory in the Goody's 500 when there was "absolutely no way," he said. "We stole it; I'll take it." His teammate, Jeff Burton, called his own second-place finish "a felony," and added that "we might have to spend a few hours in jail before we go home." But they should be acquitted on the grounds that Rusty Wallace and his pit crew gave the race away, blowing dominance. Wallace led 341 of the first 435 laps before crew chief Robin Pemberton called a four-tire pit stop under caution.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2001
PHILADELPHIA - Last weekend, CART and NASCAR officials were in the spotlight as much as their drivers. How those officials performed, however, is open to interpretation. CART officials decided to postpone their race at Texas Motor Speedway when all but four drivers acknowledged dizziness brought on by a combination of high speeds and the track's high banking. The crowd had already assembled when CART pulled the plug, saying it was too dangerous for its drivers, as the cars were exerting unusually high gravitational force on the drivers - pulling five "G's" as opposed to the usual three.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1996
RICHMOND, Va. -- When you're the defending Winston Cup champion and you're going into the third race of the new season in 43rd place in the points standings, you're worried.Yesterday, Jeff Gordon was worried."Our goal for this season was to work on our consistency," said Gordon. "We had finished the first two races 40th and 43rd. We were real consistent, but it wasn't exactly what we were looking for, and we knew if we didn't do something soon, we'd be too far back to do anything."Gordon and his Rainbow Warrior crew found exactly what they needed in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 7, 2011
As Danica Patrick makes the transition from the open-wheel world to NASCAR nation, she will have an excellent mentor. Tony Stewart will be her team owner while she races a select number of Cup races. Another mentor couldn't hurt. Mark Martin, anybody? It seems like a great fit. Martin will be looking for a part-time ride after he steps aside for Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports. "I would love to have him," Stewart said. "The biggest thing is us getting the financial backing to run the remainder of those races.
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By Cox News Service | October 1, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Given his stature and standing in NASCAR, it seems odd that Jeff Gordon could be second in the Nextel Cup standings, just six points out of the lead, but a bit ignored by fans and media. The attention this fall has been on Kasey Kahne, the pole-sitter for today's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, as he struggled to get a berth in the championship-deciding Chase for the Nextel Cup despite leading the series in race victories with five. And there's been lots of focus on the resurgent Richard Childress Racing team, with drivers Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, the current points leader, both in the top five in points after missing the first two Chases.
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By George Diaz | November 10, 2010
When did NASCAR turn into a supersized version of "Family Feud?" All eyes were on Texas, where the sport made one of its most dramatic pit stops of the season Sunday. Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton got into a push-and-shove scrum after Burton wrecked Gordon, ending his run. Jimmie Johnson's pit crew got demoted and replaced with Gordon's. And through the contentious crossfire, Denny Hamlin emerged as the favorite to end Johnson's four-year run as Sprint Cup champ. It's understandable why Texas turned into Dysfunction Junction.
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June 2, 2010
The most interesting thing about Jeff Burton pointing his finger in Kyle Busch's chest and shouting at him on pit road Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600 was Burton was just three days removed from praising Busch's driving style. It didn't go unnoticed. "I guess all that nice respect stuff he talked about earlier this week is out the window," Busch said. "I guess that's how I race everybody." On Thursday, Burton said he likes racing Busch and thinks that while Busch puts his own car in precarious positions, he doesn't disrespect others' space.
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May 3, 2010
By Marty O'Brien Few have ever questioned Kyle Busch's talent. How could they? Only 24, Busch has won 45 races in NASCAR's three major series since the start of 2008. The knock on Busch has been patience, or more precisely, his lack of it. His petulance, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s availability, led to a falling out at Hendrick Motorsports and a move to Joe Gibbs Racing. His brilliance was evident en route to eight wins in his first season at JGR in 2008. But his inconsistency — some would argue impatience — was evident in a failure to qualify for the 2009 Chase despite four more wins.
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By Jim Peltz and Tribune Newspapers | February 22, 2010
It's often said that after NASCAR opens the year at the unique and unpredictable Daytona track, the true nature of NASCAR's season is revealed at the second race in Southern California. Yes, Jamie McMurray won a thrilling Daytona 500 but it was only the fourth win of his career. And, yes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second there but even Earnhardt cautioned not to declare his long slump over. So if the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series really got down to business at race No. 2, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Sunday, then it only stands to reason that Jimmie Johnson got back to winning.
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By Jim Peltz and Jim Peltz,Tribune Newspapers | November 16, 2009
Avondale, Ariz. - -Turns out Jimmie Johnson was right about the lightning. After suffering an unexpected crash a week earlier that slowed his bid for yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup title, Johnson said "I don't think lightning can strike two weeks in a row." And it didn't. Johnson won the next-to-last race of the season Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, just as he did in 2007 and 2008, to all but clinch the Cup title ahead of the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida next Sunday.
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November 10, 2007
Checker Auto Parts 500 At Avondale, Ariz. Lap length: 1 mile Car number in parentheses 1. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 132.773 mph. 2. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevy, 132.758. 3. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 132.699. 4. (18) J.J. Yeley, Chevy, 132.236. 5. (70) Johnny Sauter, Chevy, 132.144. 6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 132.129. 7. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 132.091. 8. (96) Tony Raines, Chevy, 132.057. 9. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 132.023. 10. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 132.023. 11. (25) Casey Mears, Chevy, 132.008.
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Toward the end of a summer spent further discovering his passion for golf, Calvert Hall senior Grant Burton will play at the place where the sport began. "Basically, everything I've ever done with golf has led up to this point," said Burton, a Fallston native who is one of 14 amateur players aged 19 or younger representing Team USA in the International Junior Golf Tour's Euro Cup, beginning Wednesday in historic St. Andrews, Scotland. The three-day competition includes six rounds (three practice, three competitive)
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By Cox News Service | October 1, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Given his stature and standing in NASCAR, it seems odd that Jeff Gordon could be second in the Nextel Cup standings, just six points out of the lead, but a bit ignored by fans and media. The attention this fall has been on Kasey Kahne, the pole-sitter for today's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, as he struggled to get a berth in the championship-deciding Chase for the Nextel Cup despite leading the series in race victories with five. And there's been lots of focus on the resurgent Richard Childress Racing team, with drivers Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, the current points leader, both in the top five in points after missing the first two Chases.
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