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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the chase, but he didn't mind taking home the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. was eliminated from title contention last weekend and held off Jeff Gordon, who is one of the eight remaining drivers left in the Chase, for his first career win at the track in 30 starts.

The win comes 10 years after Hendrick Motor Sports lost ten members of their team, including team owner Rick Hendricks son at Martinsville during a plane crash.

"I could feel how important it was to him and his embrace when he hugged me," Earnhardt said. "There's a genuine hug and there's a hug. His was the real deal. This is the 10th anniversary. It's more difficult. The 10th anniversary sort of has you reflecting and remembering."

Ryan Newman, who is also one of the eight remaining drivers, finished in third.  Tony Stewart followed Newman and Joey Logano was fifth.

Gordon said finishing in second was tough, but he's happy to see Team Hendrick get the win at this track.

"I will say that it makes me feel a little bit better about finishing second that it was second to somebody that's not in the Chase," Gordon said. "Had that been somebody in the Chase, it would have been hard to swallow."

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- Brad Keselowski is into the eliminator round after holding off Matt Kenseth at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Keselowski needed to win in order to stay alive in the chase for the championship and took the lead during the final caution flag in the green-white checkered finish.

The win comes after last weekend's post-race brawl between Kenseth and Keselowski, but Keselowski will take a win no matter what.

"I know there's probably some people out there that aren't really happy I won. I can understand that. But I'm a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week," Keselowski said of last weekend's post-race brawl at Charlotte.  "But I'm real proud of today."

"It was funny how this racing world works out. I don't know why it is that way. I don't know why it seems like every week where there's either a fight in the garage or a mishap or something like that happens, those two cars and people end up together."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson were all eliminated from the Chase for the Championship.

Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick teammate of the three who were eliminated, said it's tough to see them go out that way.

"Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there," Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. "I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there's a decent chance three could be there."

Gordon, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Kenseth are all moving onto the next round.

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Terry Labonte to Retire After Talledega

Terry Labonte to Retire After TalledegaBananaStock(TALLEDEGA, AL) -- Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will compete in his final race at Talledega Superspeedway this Sunday. Labonte has zoomed around the track for 26 full seasons at the NASCAR level and run on a partial schedule for th...

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- The Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The final stage of the contender round will take place in the Geico 500 and Denny Hamlin is looking forward to another shot after winning at the track in May.

"My guess is that [Brad Keselowski] will probably try to wreck everyone -- that's his only shot," Hamlin said this week. "He'll just be out of control like normal. We'll do what we have to do to get in and that's the big picture."

Keselowski was fined $50,000 on Tuesday for a post-race altercation with Tony Stewart at Charlotte.

Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with six Talladega victories, but still isn't looking forward to the race.

"Nobody wants to deal with Talladega," Gordon said this week.  "Everybody would like to take the weekend off there if they could. Two guys [Contender Round winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano] in some ways get to, and the rest of us are going to have to go race there. We've got a little bit of a cushion but not near enough to be comfortable by any means."

"We'll go and race the way we normally do there, which is just try to be smart, try to stay out of the mess and then put ourselves in a good position to get a good finish [and] hope it works out," he continued.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories at Talladega and won a record four straight from 2001-2003. Unlike Gordon, he's looking forward to the track.

"[We just have to] go out there and win it. We can do it. We have won there a lot of times," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I know what we need to do. We will just have to build a fast car and hope that we don't have any gremlins and try to go out there and win it."

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Keselowski, Stewart Fined for Postrace Altercation

Keselowski, Stewart Fined for Postrace Altercation

BannanaStock(NEW YORK) -- Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart were fined on Tuesday for their altercation following Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Charlotte.

Stewart was fined $25,000 while Keselowski was hit with a $50,000 penalty. NASCAR issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the fines were "about maintaining a safe environment following the race."

Keselowski was involved in a pair of incidents on Saturday after the checkered flag, including a skirmish with Denny Hamlin.

After hitting Matt Kenseth on pit road, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion inadvertently bumped into Stewart's car. Stewart retaliated by putting his car into reverse and backing into Keselowski.

Hamlin later followed Keselowski into the pits and was held back from confronting him, while Kenseth jumped Keselowski from behind. Members of both pit crews eventually broke up the ordeal.

Neither Hamlin nor Kenseth were disciplined.

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Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Jamie Squire/ Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Kevin Harvick won the second race in the Sprint Cup Contender round at Charlotte Motor Speedway, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Eliminator round.

While Harvick was the winner, former champion Brad Keselowski's championship hopes took a huge blow.  Keselowski traded paint with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin under a late yellow flag and the dust up spilled into the pits. 

After the race, Hamlin threw a towel at Keselowski.  Kenseth, however took things to a personal level.  In between the racer's trailers Kenseth charged after Keselowski and put him in a headlock.  The two racers traded fists until officials and crew members could restrain the two. 

"The race is over -- come back to pit road," Kenseth said of Keselowski "If you want to talk about it like a man, go do that. But if you want to wreck somebody on the racetrack with people standing around, that's just inexcusable."

Hamlin shared a similar sentiment, calling Keselowski desperate to save his title hopes and claiming "He's just out of control."

Keselowski saw things differently, stating that the other two were the instigators.

"I figured, if we're going to play car wars under yellow and after the race, I'll join, too," Keselowski said. "Those guys can dish it out, but they can't take it. I gave it back to them, and now they want to fight."

The final race of the Contender round wraps up next week at Talledega. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 6 - Baltimore Orioles 4 (Orioles Lead ALCS, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - St Louis Cardinals 0 (Giants Lead NLCS 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 38 (6-0) Syracuse 20 (2-4)

(3) Mississippi State 38 (6-0) - (2)Auburn 23 (5-1)

(3) Mississippi  35 (6-0) - Texas A&M 20 (5-2)

(5) Baylor 61 (6-0) - (9) TCU 58 (4-1)

(6) Notre Dame 50 (5-0) - North Carolina 43 (2-3)

(7) Alabama 14 (5-1) - Arkansas 13 (3-3)

(8) Michigan State 45 (5-1) - Purdue 31 (3-4)

USC 28 (4-2) - (10) Arizona 26 (5-1) 

(11) Oklahoma 31 (5-1) - Texas 26 (2-4) 

(12) Oregon 42 - (5-1) - (18) UCLA 30 (4-2)

(13) Georgia 34 (5-1) - (23) Missouri 0 (4-2)

(16) Oklahoma State 27 (5-1) - Kansas 20 (2-4)

(19) East Carolina 28 (5-1) - South Florida 17 (2-4)

Duke 31 (5-1) - (22) Georgia Tech 25 (5-1) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Wins Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NHL: Washington Captitals 4 (1-0-1, 3 pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (1-0-1, 3 pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (0-1-1, 1 pts)

New York Islanders 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Final/SO)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 - New York Rangers 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (1-1-0, 2 pts)- Calgary Flames 1 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (0-1-1 1pt)

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (1-1-0 2pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ OT)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (2-0-0 4pts)- Edmonton Oilers 4 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ SO) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-1-0 2pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals 8  -Baltimore Orioles 6 - 10 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0) NCAAF: Stanford Cardinal 27 (4-2) - Washington State Cougars 17 (2-5) NHL: New York Islanders 5 (1-0-0) - Carolina ...

Joey Logano Wins at Kansas Speedway

Joey Logano Wins at Kansas Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Joey Logano is headed into the next round of the Chase for the championship after cruising to victory at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

Logano held off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch for his fifth win of the year.

"Getting us to the next round, that's awesome," Logano said. "This is so much fun, I'm having a blast this year, and we've got a real shot to win this championship. I feel like we're one of the teams to beat."

Logano avoided the tough track's corners and will play with house money in the next two stops at Charlotte and Talladega.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was forced to stop after he was hit by Greg Biffle on the 85th lap.

"It just means we've got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega," Johnson said. "We'll see how the other Chasers fare. If I can get taken out today, somebody else can later in this event or at Charlotte. Certainly need W's, I would assume, going forward."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading when a flat tire caused him to hit the wall and he finished 39th.

"Just the whole surface of the tire unwound like a string. It just came off the tire and it popped off the corner," said Earnhardt. "Man, that was a great race car. We hadn't been running very good the last several weeks."

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Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Geoff Burke/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) -- Jeff Gordon led the final 71 laps of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, cementing his spot in the next round of the NASCAR's 10-race "Chase for the Sprint Cup". It was Gordon's fifth win at The Monster Mile, and his first since winning his last series crown in 2001.

"I think it makes a statement of what type of team we are," Gordon said. "I think that it makes a statement that we're a team to beat for this championship."

Although he didn't need the win to advance, Gordon joined Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as winners through the first round of NASCAR's new playoff format which eliminates four drivers after every third race. At the conclusion of the race at Dover, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, and Aric Amirola were knocked from championship contention.

Kevin Harvick led 223 laps but poor tire management left him with a 13th place finish. Keselowski took second while Jimmie Johnson, Logano and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. The points will now reset for the "Contender Round" which features races at Kansas, Charlotte, and Talladega.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Green Bay Packers 38 (2-2) - Chicago Bears 17 (2-2)

Indianapolis Colts 41 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 17 (1-3) 

Baltimore Ravens 38 (3-1) - Carolina Panthers 10 (2-2)

Detroit Lions 24 (3-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-3)

Miami Dolphins 38 (2-2) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (1-3) - Pittsburgh Steelers 24 (2-2)

Houston Texans 23 (3-1) - Buffalo Bills 17 (2-2)

San Diego Chargers 33 (3-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-4)

Minnesota Vikings 41 (2-2) - Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-2) 

San Francisco 49ers 26 (2-2) - Philadelphia Eagles 21 (3-1)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (3-1) - New Orleans Saints 17 (1-2)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 7 (85-77) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-85)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (76-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (88-74)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (96-66) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (83-79)

New York Mets 8 (79-83) - Houston Astros 3 (70-92)

Detroit Tigers 3 (90-72) - Minnesota Twins 0 (70-92)

Washington Nationals 1 (96-66) - Miami Marlins 0 (77-85)

Atlanta Braves 2 (79-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (73-89)

New York Yankees 9 (84-78) - Boston Red Sox 5 (71-91)

Kansas City Royals 6 (89-73) - Chicago White Sox 4 (73-89)

Chicago Cubs 5 (73-89) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (88-74) - Texas Rangers 0 (67-95)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (90-72) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (64-98)

San Francisco Giants 9 (88-74) - San Diego Padres 3 (77-85)

Seattle Mariners 4 (87-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-64)

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 (94-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-96)

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

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Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 56 (4-0) - NC State 41 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 45 (4-0) - Louisiana Tech 17 (2-3)

(6) Texas A&M 35 (5-0) - Arkansas 28 (3-2) In Overtime

(7) Baylor 49 (4-0) - Iowa State 28 (1-3)

(8) Notre Dame 31 (4-0) - Syracuse 15 (2-2)

(9) Michigan State 56 (3-1) - Wyoming 14 (3-2)

(10) Mississippi 24 (4-0) - Memphis 3 (2-2)

(12) Georgia 35 (3-1) - Tennessee 32 (2-2)

Missouri 21 (4-1) - (13) South Carolina 20 (3-2)

(16) Stanford 20 (3-1) - Washington 13 (4-1)

(17) LSU 63 (4-1) - New Mexico State 7 (2-3)

(18) USC 35 (2-1) - Oregon State 10 (3-1)

(19) Wisconsin 27 (3-1) - South Florida 10 (2-3)

(21) Nebraska 45 (5-0) - Illinois 14 (3-2)

(22) Ohio State 50 (3-1) - Cincinnati 28 (2-1)

(25) Kansas State 58 (3-1) - UTEP 28 (2-2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 10 (71-90) - New York Yankees 4 (83-78)

Cincinnati Reds 10 (75-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (88-73) - 10 Innings

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (83-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-66)

Washington Nationals 5 (95-66) - Miami Marlins 1 (77-84)

San Francisco Giants 3 (87-74) - San Diego Padres 1 (77-84)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-84) - Cleveland Indians 0 (84-77)

Minnesota Twins 12 (70-91) - Detroit Tigers 3 (89-72)

Atlanta Braves 4 (78-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (73-88)

New York Mets 2 (78-83) - Houston Astros 1 (70-91)

Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-79) - Chicago Cubs 1 (72-89)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (64-97) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (89-72)

Texas Rangers 5 (67-94) - Oakland Athletics 4 (87-74)

Chicago White Sox 5 (73-88) - Kansas City Royals 4 (88-73)

Seattle Mariners 2 (86-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-63) 11 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (93-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-95) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway

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NASCAR’s Chase Continues at the Monster Mile

NASCAR’s Chase Continues at the Monster Mile

BananaStock(DOVER, Del.) -- NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues this Sunday afternoon with the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. It’s the third race in the 10-race Chase.

Joey Logano won last week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will join his Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, who won the opener at Chicagoland Speedway, with automatic bids into the second round.

Aric Almirola is currently 16th in the 16-driver Chase field. “Our goal is to transfer to that next round, but we can’t really worry about what everybody else is doing,” Almirola said during a teleconference. “All we can do is worry about ourselves.”

After the race, the field will be whittled down to 12 drivers.

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Logano Wins at Loudon

Logano Wins at Loudon

BannanStock(LOUDON, N.H.) -- Joey Logano etched his spot in the next round of NASCAR's "Chase for the Cup" by winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, and happened at the track he considers to be home.

"To me this is almost like Daytona," said the Connecticut native. "I watched my first Cup race here when I was five, and started my first one, and won my first one...to top it off with a win was really neat."

Logano was the second member of Team Penske to win a Chase race, following Brad Keselowski's victory last week. Keselowski finished seventh and led 78 laps, but hit the wall in the second half of the race. 

The race was marred by a season-high 15 cautions, the last of which came in overtime and saw Logano pull away for the win. Kyle Larson took second followed by Kevin Harvick, who led 27 laps.

Next week's race at Dover International Speedway marks the first "elimination" race in NASCAR's new playoff format where four drivers will be bounced from contention every three weeks. Currently, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Aric Amirola are in the bottom four spots.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: New York Giants 30 (1-2) - Houston Texans 17 (2-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 37 (3-0) - Washington Redskins 34 (1-2)

Dallas Cowboys 34 (2-1) - St. Louis Rams 31 (1-2)

Baltimore Ravens 23 (2-1) - Cleveland Browns 21 (1-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 33 (3-0) - Tennessee Titans 7 (1-2) 

Indianapolis Colts 44 (1-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-3)

New England Patriots 16 (2-1) - Oakland Raiders 9 (0-3)

San Diego Chargers 22 (2-1) - Buffalo Bills 10 (2-1)

Detroit Lions 19 (2-1) Green Bay Packers 7 (1-2)

New Orleans Saints 20 (1-2) - Minnesota Vikings 9 (1-2)

Kansas City Chiefs 34 (1-2) - Miami Dolphins 15 (1-2)

Arizona Cardinals 23 (3-0) - San Francisco 49ers 14 (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 26 (2-1) - Denver Broncos 20 (2-1) - Overtime

Pittsburgh Steelers 37 (2-1) - Carolina Panthers 19 (2-1)

MLB: New York Mets 10 (76-80) - Atlanta Braves 2 (76-79)

New York Yankees 5 (80-75) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (78-77)

Boston Red Sox 3 (68-88) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (93-62)

Washington Nationals 2 (91-64) - Miami Marlins 1 (74-81)

Chicago White Sox 10 (70-84) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (75-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (84-71) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (80-76)

Kansas City Royals 5 (83-70) - Detroit Tigers 2 (86-68)

Cleveland Indians 7 (80-74) - Minnesota Twins 2 (68-88)

Houston Astros 8 (68-87) - Seattle Mariners 3 (83-71)

San Diego Padres 8 (74-81) - San Francisco 2 (84-71)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (89-67) - Chicago Cubs 5 (69-87)

Texas Rangers 2 (62-93) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (96-60)

Oakland Athletics 8 (85-70) - Philadelphia Phillies 6 (71-85)

Colorado Rockies 8 (65-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (62-94)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (72-84) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (87-69)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Brad Keselowski Wins Pole at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski Wins Pole at New Hampshire

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) -- Brad Keselowski took home the pole on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will start up front after winning last weekend at Chicagoland.

Keselowski set a track-record lap of 140.598 mph and is hoping to win the second race in the first round, even though he's already advanced.

"This kind of track is kind of right in my wheelhouse, right in our team's wheelhouse," Keselowski said. "We had this race circled before the Chase started and we felt decent about Chicago, but really felt like this was a race of emphasis for us to get a win and get out of the first bracket."

Keselowski swept the Cup and Nationwide races at Loudon in July.

"It's positive momentum," he said, "but when it resets it resets and nothing that you've done in the past really matters as long as you're eligible for the bracket. I'm a long, long ways from using the word favorite or feeling overly confident."

Jamie McMurray, who is a non-chase driver finished second and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson.

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Grand Jury to Hear Tony Stewart’s Case

Grand Jury to Hear Tony Stewart’s Case

BananaStock(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) -- NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will have his sprint car case in New York presented in front of a grand jury, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said on Tuesday.

“Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter,” Tantillo said.

Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9. After Stewart spun him out, Ward climbed out of his car to confront Stewart while the race was still taking place.

“I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office in investigating this tragic accident,” Stewart said in a statement. “I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.”

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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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