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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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By George Diaz, Tribune newpapers | August 31, 2011
Certainly there have been worse transactions in the history of sports. Take your pick: The Red Sox selling Babe Ruth so they could finance a Broadway musical. The Baltimore Colts forcibly dumping pouty Sanford rookie QB John Elway for Mark Hermann and a couple of offensive linemen. The Dodgers trading promising Pedro Martinez for second baseman Delino DeShields. But somewhere down the line, in the zip-zip world of stock car racing, comes this one: Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Kyle Busch.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
LONG POND, Pa. -- Knock, knock. Who's there? Alan Kulwicki. Alan Kulwicki who? Alan Kulwicki, the man who blew the doors off the rest of the Champion Spark Plug 500 field yesterday and let just about everyone know he is ready to beat down the door for a little respect.It isn't just that Kulwicki won this Winston Cup 500-miler at Pocono International Raceway at a record-setting 144.069 mph. It isn't simply that he beat Mark Martin to the finish line by 2.34 seconds. It is both of those and more.
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By Tribune Newspapers | October 9, 2010
As Danica Patrick resumed her NASCAR racing this weekend in Southern California, the popular IndyCar driver acknowledged that she's struggling with stock cars and now needs a driving coach. "I really do need help," Patrick said in an interview. Her coach could be Mark Martin, the veteran driver in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series, when his schedule permits, and other experienced drivers as well, according to both Patrick and Kelley Earnhardt, general manager of JR Motorsports, which provides the cars Patrick drives in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,The Orlando Sentinel | November 1, 2009
TALLADEGA, Ala. - -It was with this racetrack in mind that the No. 48 team built its lead throughout NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everybody knows anything can happen at Talladega. A team's championship chances can end here, lost in the wreckage of a massive accident, as they did for Carl Edwards last season. Four races remain in the Chase. And this weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will be run at Talladega Superspeedway, a track known for its big unpredictable wrecks, where driver ability and team quality means less than in most places.
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By Jim Peltz and Jim Peltz,Tribune Newspapers | November 17, 2009
AVONDALE, Ariz. - -Mark Martin often says he's "blessed," and for good reason. The driver from Batesville, Ark., has competed in NASCAR's top league for more than 25 years, amassing 40 victories, nearly $73 million in race winnings and a reputation as a fan favorite. But it also appears likely that, once again, Martin will fall short of the one goal that has eluded him: winning a championship. Martin, 50, was in striking distance of catching teammate Jimmie Johnson for the lead in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, but Johnson all but clinched the title Sunday with his win at Phoenix International Raceway.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tribune Newspapers | April 7, 2010
Let's try this again. Two weeks ago, I wrote if Denny Hamlin wants to challenge Jimmie Johnson's success, he would have to start at Martinsville, during short-track season when he typically excels. Hamlin then won at Martinsville. Can Mark Martin follow suit? If Martin is to challenge for a championship this season, he must start having better finishes. What a better weekend to start than this one. Martin notched his first of five victories last season at Phoenix.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newpapers | August 31, 2011
Certainly there have been worse transactions in the history of sports. Take your pick: The Red Sox selling Babe Ruth so they could finance a Broadway musical. The Baltimore Colts forcibly dumping pouty Sanford rookie QB John Elway for Mark Hermann and a couple of offensive linemen. The Dodgers trading promising Pedro Martinez for second baseman Delino DeShields. But somewhere down the line, in the zip-zip world of stock car racing, comes this one: Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Kyle Busch.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,Tribune Newspapers | November 23, 2009
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - -It will take some time for the magnitude of what Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team accomplished at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to sink in for the men who made it happen. But Johnson knows it's big. Johnson, 34, won an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship. He joined Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as the only drivers to win at least four championships and broke a tie with Cale Yarborough, who won three consecutive championships.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1999
While drivers are scrambling all around him, Dale Jarrett, 42, remains the self-possessed leader of the Winston Cup points race.The rest of the field is trying to claw its way into contention and at the same time retain equilibrium in this crazy time known as "The Silly Season," when drivers jump from team to team for next year's run at the championship.There has been a driver change on the Yates team, too. But it involves only his teammate's car, not Jarrett. Beginning next season, veteran Ricky Rudd will be driving the second Robert Yates-owned car now driven by Kenny Irwin.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tribune Newspapers | April 7, 2010
Let's try this again. Two weeks ago, I wrote if Denny Hamlin wants to challenge Jimmie Johnson's success, he would have to start at Martinsville, during short-track season when he typically excels. Hamlin then won at Martinsville. Can Mark Martin follow suit? If Martin is to challenge for a championship this season, he must start having better finishes. What a better weekend to start than this one. Martin notched his first of five victories last season at Phoenix.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,Tribune Newspapers | November 23, 2009
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - -It will take some time for the magnitude of what Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team accomplished at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to sink in for the men who made it happen. But Johnson knows it's big. Johnson, 34, won an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship. He joined Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as the only drivers to win at least four championships and broke a tie with Cale Yarborough, who won three consecutive championships.
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By Jim Peltz and Jim Peltz,Tribune Newspapers | November 17, 2009
AVONDALE, Ariz. - -Mark Martin often says he's "blessed," and for good reason. The driver from Batesville, Ark., has competed in NASCAR's top league for more than 25 years, amassing 40 victories, nearly $73 million in race winnings and a reputation as a fan favorite. But it also appears likely that, once again, Martin will fall short of the one goal that has eluded him: winning a championship. Martin, 50, was in striking distance of catching teammate Jimmie Johnson for the lead in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, but Johnson all but clinched the title Sunday with his win at Phoenix International Raceway.
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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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By Tania Ganguli | November 13, 2009
It took only one word for Mark Martin to explain his humility, his pessimism at times and his tendency to insist he's not really that good. "Experience," Martin said, calmly and quietly, shortly before NASCAR's Chase for the Cup began. Martin and teammate Jeff Gordon received a gift Sunday when another teammate, Jimmie Johnson , crashed on the third lap at Texas Motor Speedway. Having entered the race with a 184-point deficit, Martin goes to Phoenix this weekend just 73 points behind leader Johnson.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,The Orlando Sentinel | November 1, 2009
TALLADEGA, Ala. - -It was with this racetrack in mind that the No. 48 team built its lead throughout NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everybody knows anything can happen at Talladega. A team's championship chances can end here, lost in the wreckage of a massive accident, as they did for Carl Edwards last season. Four races remain in the Chase. And this weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will be run at Talladega Superspeedway, a track known for its big unpredictable wrecks, where driver ability and team quality means less than in most places.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1995
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chad Little drove his Ford from the 42nd and provisional starting spot to first place in the Goody's 300 yesterday for his first Grand National victory."
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May 23, 1991
ACC basketball tourney grows by gameThe Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament grew one game larger yesterday when league officials decided -- against the wishes of the ACC coaches -- to recommend a game between the eighth and ninth seeds to open the tournament.The proposal is expected to be officially adopted today at the ACC spring meetings in Myrtle Beach, S.C.Under the format, which will accommodate Florida State's entry as the ninth team, the 8-9 game will be played Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte (N.C.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1999
While drivers are scrambling all around him, Dale Jarrett, 42, remains the self-possessed leader of the Winston Cup points race.The rest of the field is trying to claw its way into contention and at the same time retain equilibrium in this crazy time known as "The Silly Season," when drivers jump from team to team for next year's run at the championship.There has been a driver change on the Yates team, too. But it involves only his teammate's car, not Jarrett. Beginning next season, veteran Ricky Rudd will be driving the second Robert Yates-owned car now driven by Kenny Irwin.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1995
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chad Little drove his Ford from the 42nd and provisional starting spot to first place in the Goody's 300 yesterday for his first Grand National victory."
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