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.
October 12, 2011
The NBA is on lockdown. Fortunately, all doors are open for business at NASCAR. Let the good times roll, preferably as fast as possible. The sport roars into the final weeks of the season energized by one of the most competitive Chases in Sprint Cup history. The Daytona 500 has been recognized as one of the most valuable sports brands in the world, according to the Forbes Fab 40 published last week. Jimmie Johnson is on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And Dale Earnhardt Jr. — NASCAR's favorite son — is in the competitive scrum to try to win his first Cup title.
April 21, 2010
Monday was one of the longest days of racing NASCAR has had. Because of rain, the sanctioning body had to stack races and run both the Cup race and the Nationwide race on the same day. The big winner in all of that was Joe Gibbs Racing. Not only did JGR win the Cup race with driver Denny Hamlin just 2 1/2 weeks removed from surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, the team now has all three cars in the top 12. Considering Joey Logano's growth, that is a significant accomplishment.
February 20, 2013
WEDNESDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS NASCAR Sprint Cup: Daytona 500, Practice SPEEDNoon Sprint Cup: Daytona 500, Final Prac. SPEED2:30 Sprint Cup: Daytona 500, Practice (T) SPEED7 M. bask. Georgia Southern@Florida FCS7 Whiparound Coverage ESPNU6:30 Minnesota@Ohio State BIGTEN7 James Madison@Northeastern CSN7 Fordham@George Washington CSNP, TCN7 Providence@Syracuse ESPN27 Oklahoma@Texas Tech ESPNU7 DePaul@Georgetown MASN7 Wisconsin@Northwestern BIGTEN9 Kansas@Oklahoma State ESPN29 Iowa State@Baylor ESPNU9 Houston@Memphis TCN9 Colorado State@UNLV CBSSN10 Washington@Arizona ESPN211 Santa Clara@Gonzaga ESPNU11 W. bask.
October 29, 2010
TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS NASCAR Truck Series: Mountain Dew 250 prac. SPEED10 a.m. Sprint Cup: Amp Energy 500 prac. SPEED2 Sprint Cup: Amp Energy 500 final prac. SPEED3:30 Truck Series: Too Tough to Tame 200 (T) SPEED4:30 Sprint Cup: Amp Energy 500 prac. (T) SPEED9 Spr. Cup: Amp Energy 500 final prac. (T) SPEED10 NBA Washington@Orlando (T)
October 13, 2010
NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus had a mediocre season, but the pair's usual late-season charge continues to come together. Johnson leads the Chase standings, but just 107 points separate Johnson from fifth-place Tony Stewart, last week's winner. Denny Hamlin remains second. Six races remain, with Saturday's Bank Of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway an undeniably pivotal factor — not just because of the points, but because every team wants to look good in front of their sponsors and the home crowd.