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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) — With only two races remaining before the NASCAR “Chase for the Cup,” Kasey Kahne cemented his spot in the new postseason format, winning the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kahne had to hold off Matt Kenseth on a green-white checkered, but got a good jump on the restart to take the checkered flag. Kenseth did end up qualifying for the Chase on points by finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-5.

The 34-year-old first took the lead off a restart with 23 laps remaining and again surged to the front of the pack on the final restart. Harvick, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, led 195 laps but made contact with Joey Logano on the final restart, denying him a weekend sweep.

Making his return to NASCAR three weeks after a crash that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. at a dirt track race in upstate New York, Tony Stewart blew out his right front tire on lap 172, ending his night in 41st place. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Group H: Belgium 1 (2-0-0, 6pts) – Russia 0 (0-1-1, 1pt)

Algeria 4 (1-1-0, 3pts) – South Korea 2 (0-1-1, 1pt)

Group G: United States 2 (1-0-1, 4pts) – Portugal 2 (0-1-1, 1pt)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (37-37) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (42-35)

New York Mets 11 (35-41) – Miami Marlins 5 (37-38)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (31-46) – Houston Astros 2 (33-44)

Detroit Tigers 10 (40-32) – Cleveland Indians 4 (37-39)

Saint Louis Cardinals 5 (41-35) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (34-40)

Washington Nationals 4 (39-35) – Atlanta Braves 1 (38-37)

Minnesota Twins 6 (36-38) – Chicago White Sox 5 (35-41)

Seattle Mariners 2 (40-36) – Kansas City Royals 1 (39-36)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (39-35) – New York Yankees 0 (39-35)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (37-38) – Chicago Cubs 1 (31-42)

San Francisco Giants 4 (45-30) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (32-47)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (42-35) – San Diego Padres 1 (32-44)

Boston Red Sox 7 (35-41) – Oakland Athletics 6 (47-29) 10 Innings

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (47-30) – Colorado Rockies 5 (34-41)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (41-33) – Texas Rangers 2 (35-40)

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Carl Edwards wins the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

PGA: Kevin Streelman wins the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands

Women’s U.S. Open: Michelle Wie wins by two strokes over Stacy Lewis

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Brad Keselowski Looking Forward to Michigan

Brad Keselowski Looking Forward to Michigan

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Brad Keselowki is hoping to pick up his second checkered flag of the season at the Michigan 400 on Sunday.

Another win for Keselowski would inevitably lock up a spot in the chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

“It’s a great opportunity to come home to Michigan, which is my home state, certainly my home racetrack, with cars that have been just blistering fast this year,” Keselowski said on Tuesday.

“I’m really, really happy where we’re at as a team and how things are progressing and kind of feel like we’re turning a corner to getting back into championship form here as we hit the month of June,” Keselowski continued.  “It kind of gives me some goosebumps knowing that we have an opportunity to, I guess, one, run for another championship in my eyes as it stands right now, and two, win a big Cup race at my home track, and both of them are very realistic at this time.  A lot of things good going on, and I’m just really excited.”

Keselowski’s first win of the season came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9. He has won two poles in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford for Team Penske this season.

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Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LONG POND, Pa.) — Denny Hamlin took home his second pole of the season on Friday after he set the track record at Pocono Raceway.

Hamlin has four career wins at Pocono and already has one Sprint Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway this season.

“Very proud to have that,” Hamlin said after winning the pole.  “Especially on a race track here where track position is going to be premium.”

Hamlin’s last pole win came at Bristol and he will be racing for the second time at the newly paved track on Sunday.

“Hope that this race track has aged a little bit,” Hamlin said of Pocono.  “When it was old and worn out is when we were really good around this race track.”

Jimmie Johnson, who was the last person to win three races in a row in 2007, is seeking his third straight victory at a track that crew chief Chad Knaus enjoys.

“This is Chad’s favorite race track,” Johnson said on Friday.  “[Chad] loves the challenge here.”

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Clint Bowyer Signs New Deal with MWR

Clint Bowyer Signs New Deal with MWR

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Clint Bowyer received a new three-year deal with Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday.
“This is big news for all of us,” said Bowyer, who was in the final year of his contract. “It creates great …

Juan Pablo Montoya Making NASCAR Return

Juan Pablo Montoya Making NASCAR Return

Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) — Juan Pablo Montoya will make a return to NASCAR this season, driving for Team Penske, the team announced Wednesday.
 
Montoya will make his NASCAR return on June 15 at Michigan driving …

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/6/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NCA Women’s Basketball Tournament – Final Four:  (1) Notre Dame 87 (37-0) – (4) Maryland 61 (28-7)
(1) Connecticut 75 (39-0) – (2) Stanford 56 (33-4)
MLB:  Baltimore Orioles 3 (2-4) – Detroit Tigers 1 (4-1)
Ci…

Tony Stewart’s Ready for Las Vegas

Tony Stewart’s Ready for Las Vegas

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(LAS VEGAS) — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is hoping to carry over his success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Stewart currently sits 20th in the Sprint Cup standings, but has one victory…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Daytona 500

Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) –  It was a long day in Daytona, but when it was all said and done, NASCAR’s most popular driver stood alone: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on Sunday for the second time i…

Joey Logano Leaning on Chase Experience

Joey Logano Leaning on Chase Experience

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Joey Logano is eager to get this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series season started off. Along with the rest of NASCAR, he’ll kick off his season Sunday at the Daytona 500.
“After last year and making th…

Jimmie Johnson Wins At Texas, Leads Chase

Jimmie Johnson Wins At Texas, Leads Chase

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) –  Jimmie Johnson is once again the leader in the chase for the Sprint Cup after a dominating win Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The five-time Sprint Cup champion now leads Matt Kenseth by seven poi…

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole At Martinsville

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole At Martinsville

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Denny Hamilin picked up his 17th career pole at Martinsville Speedway on Friday in dominant fashion.  Hamlin recorded a lap at 99.595 mph around the 0.526-mile oval for the track record …

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole at Kansas

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole at Kansas

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kevin Harvick took home his first pole since September 2006 on Friday at Kansas Motor Speedway.
Harvick was followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Jimmie Johnson.
“When you win that few poles, you remember everyt…

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/13

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  NFL:  Carolina Panthers 38 (1-2) – New York Giants 0 (0-3)
Baltimore Ravens 30 (2-1) – Houston Texans 9 (2-1)
New York Jets 27 (2-1) – Buffalo Bills 20 (1-2)
Chicago Bears 40 (3-0) – Pittsburgh Steele…

Matt Kenseth Wins at Chicagoland Speedway

Matt Kenseth Wins at Chicagoland Speedway

John Harrelson/ Getty Images (JOLIET, Ill.) –  Matt Kenseth got off to a fast start in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Kenseth pulled away from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch late to win the Geico 400 Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch fin…

Joey Logano Defends His Spot in the Chase

Joey Logano Defends His Spot in the Chase

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHICAGO) –  Joey Logano is out to prove that he belongs in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Logano said Thursday that radio communications being investigated by NASCAR that could be construed as evidence of co…

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/13

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) –  College Football Top 25:  (9) Louisville 49 (1-0) – Ohio 7 (0-1)
MLB:  Baltimore Orioles 7 (72-63) – New York Yankees 3 (72-64)
Cleveland Indians 4 (72-64) – Detroit Tigers 0 (80-57)
Kansas City Royals …

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/11/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/11/13

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) –  MLB:  New York Yankees 5 (59-57) – Detroit Tigers 4 (69-47)
Cleveland Indians 6 (63-55) – Los Angeles Angels 5 (53-63)
Oakland Athletics 6 (66-50) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-63)
Minnesota Twins 5 (52-63) – Ch…

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