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Harvick Wins Ford EcoBoost 400 and Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Kevin Harvick held off Ryan Newman to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and the Sprint Cup championship at Miami-Homestead Speedway.  Harvick was in the lead with 3 laps of the 267 scheduled laps.  A hard driving Newman watched as Harvick got past and kept the lead until the checkered flag to win.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 8:26 PM, 11.16.2014

Who Would Have Won?

Kevin Harvick earlier in the year

(CONCORD, NC - NOV 16, 2014 - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)

Lunch one Thursday in 2004 was interesting. We met, as usual almost every week, at the local Lions' Club for their inexpensive and tasty hot dogs. This gathering has included at times, Chris Economaki, plus drivers, crew, retired drivers and owners, journalists, etc. The weather and home crises cut into attendance this week but it was still an interesting group.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 10:44 PM, 11.16.2014

Unofficial NASCAR Sprint Cup Final Standings

NASCAR Sprint Cup Unofficial Final Points Report

Pos Driver         BPts  Points  Ldr    Nxt   Starts Poles  Wins  T5s  T10s  DNF   PPos  G/L

1. Kevin Harvick        48    5043    0      0     36     8      5     14   20    2     4     3

2. Ryan Newman          7     5042    -1     -1    36     0      0     5    16    1     3     1

3. Denny Hamlin         20    5037    -6     -5    35     3      1     7    18    2     1     -2

4. Joey Logano          40    5028    -15    -9    36     1      5     16   22    4     2     -2

5. Brad Keselowski      50    2361    -2682  -2667 36     5      6     17   20    1     5     0

 
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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 7:17 PM, 11.16.2014

LUCAS OIL JOINS JOHN FORCE RACING AS OFFICIAL OIL SPONSOR

POMONA, CA (November 15, 2014) ---- John Force Racing today announced a multi-year sponsorship with Lucas Oil Products. The announcement makes Lucas Oil the “Official Oil of John Force Racing” and the Corona, California based company will have signage on all the John Force Racing Funny Cars and the Top Fuel dragster as well as driver uniforms and race transporters beginning in 2015.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 10:27 PM, 11.15.2014

Kenseth Wins the Race While Elliott Celebrates his Title at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – With the Nationwide Series driver’s championship already decided, all was left was good racing and an owner’s title to be decided.  Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth fought hard for the win and Chase Elliott was finally able to celebrate his accomplishment.  It was pretty heavy stuff for an 18-year old and a guy who hadn't won anything all year.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 9:33 PM, 11.15.2014

Matt Crafton Wins Championship While "Bubba" Wallace wins Homestead Race

Homestead, FL – RIS – Matt Crafton won the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Series Championship while Darrell Wallace, Jr. drove to victory at Miami-Homestead Speedway Friday night.  Darrell Wallace Jr. held off Kyle Larson on the last lap to win Friday night’s Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his fourth NASCAR Truck series victory of the season.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 1:55 AM, 11.15.2014

A.J. Foyt Undergoes Successful Triple Bypass Surgery in Houston

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A.J. Foyt Undergoes Successful Triple Bypass Surgery in Houston

HOUSTON Nov. 12, 2014-Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt underwent successful coronary bypass surgery today in Houston after being diagnosed with blockages on Monday.

Foyt, 79, had been admitted to the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center on Friday with intermittent chest pains but initial testing results were inconclusive. However, a cardiac catheterization procedure performed Monday revealed blockages in arteries where Foyt had several stents from past procedures, most recently in March, 2010.

The triple bypass surgery was performed by renowned cardiothoracic surgeons O.H. "Bud" Frazier, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery Research at Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Chief of Transplant Service, St. Luke's Medical Center and William Cohn, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology at THI. Both men trained under artificial heart pioneer Dr. Michael DeBakey while Dr. Frazier also worked with Dr. Denton Cooley, a former partner of DeBakey's and founder of the Texas Heart Institute.

Foyt is expected to remain in the hospital through Monday.

Foyt and his son Larry recently announced the expansion of their IndyCar team from one car to two for the 2015-2016 seasons. Jack Hawksworth was named as driver of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda; Takuma Sato will pilot the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for the third straight year. In October, Foyt purchased a building in Speedway, Ind. which will be used by his race team as a Midwest base during the summer.

Foyt has had a number of stays in various Houston hospitals in recent years, most of which were related to injuries stemming from his 1990 Indy car accident at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Last year he underwent back surgery and had his left hip and right knee replaced in separate surgeries, and in 2012, he battled back from a life-threatening staph infection after surgery to remove bone spurs in his artificial left knee, which had been replaced in 2006.

Foyt, who was deemed to be one of the toughest race drivers ever during a career that spanned five decades, has proven to be just as tough in his non-driving 'golden' years.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 7:20 PM, 11.12.2014

Harvick Dominates His Way Into the Chase Final Four

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kevin Harvick led 264 of the advertised 312 laps en route to winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.  It was a do or die situation since only a win could get him into the final round of the 2014 Cup Championship.  Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman also qualified.  Those four will race for the 2014 Sprint Cup next Sunday at Miami-Homestead Speedway.  A second-place finish in Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 did Jeff Gordon no good, thanks to a final-lap run by Ryan Newman, who passed rookie Kyle Larson for the 11th position on the final lap to eliminate Gordon from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by a single point.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 9:44 PM, 11.09.2014

Ballou Sweeps 2014 Oval Nationals

Robert Ballou with the big check.

PERRIS, CA -RIS- It was a 'first' in the 19 year “Budweiser Oval Nationals” as Robert Ballou swept all the 410 sprintcar features at Perris Auto Speedway.

It was Roberts fourth USAC National feature win of the year and maybe the two biggest nights of his career as he took 20 thousand dollars for the championship to add to the five thousand he won in the Friday preliminary feature. Rockland California is where Ballou calls home and winning in his home state was also a big bonus.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 7:11 PM, 11.09.2014

Keselowski's Last-Lap Pass Gets Him Victory In Phoenix Nationwide Race While Elliott Clinches Nationwide Title

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AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Brad Keselowski, who couldn't get past Kyle Busch all day, passed Busch on the final lap of a green-white-checker finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.  While Keselowski was winning the race, Chase Elliott was clinching the 2014 Series Championship with a fifth place finish.  Busch, who led all but 19 of the 206 laps, appeared to have a victory in hand when a caution was thrown on Lap 199 when Alex Bowman suddenly fell of the pace and out of gas.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 8:59 PM, 11.08.2014

Ballou Goes Non-Stop To Win Oval Nationals Prelim

Robert Ballou after Perris non-stop win.

PERRIS, CA -RIS- Friday Night was the second night of the 2014 “Budweiser Oval Nationals” but the first for the USAC National Series traditional 410 sprintcars. With 55 cars qualifying it was becoming a long night as five cars flipped including Damion Gardner getting stuck on the fence during his heat. The Feature did not get started until 11 pm. Robert Ballou won the 30 lap Feature leading 20 laps in a race that was caution free and over in 9:24.75!

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 2:15 PM, 11.08.2014

Erik Jones Wins Power-Shortened Race

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Eric Jones drove his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Tundra to w win at Phoenic International Raceway in the NASCAR Camping World Lucas World 150 Camping World Series race. The race was delayed almost two ahours for electrical issues that did not allow the light to come on and saw the race end early.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 1:48 AM, 11.08.2014

Hamlin and Keselowski on Front Row at Phoenix

Credit: RIS/AZ John Motal.  John suddenly passed away Tuesday.  Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Denny Hamlin, needing a 11th place or better finish to make the final four championship race, accomplished part of that in winning the pole for the Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hamlin covered the one-mile distance in 25.332 seconds (142.113 mph) to win his third Coors Light pole award of the season, his second at Phoenix and the 20th of his career. The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota edged fellow Chase driver Brad Keselowski (142.079 mph) by .006 seconds for the top starting spot in the final race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Eliminator Round.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 11:21 PM, 11.07.2014

Leary Opens 2014 Oval Nationals With 360 Win

Forty Six drivers were at Perris Perris Auto Speedway for the opening night of “The Budweiser Oval Nationals” for sprint cars. Opening night was limited to 360 CID cars and featured many drivers from the USAC National Sprintcar series as well as drivers from the numerous 360 series in the southwest. When the results were in it was the National Series had shown their skills as C. J. Leary and Bryan Clauson fought it out for the $2,500 winner's purse.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 1:41 PM, 11.07.2014

NASCAR Comes Down Hard on the 24 and 5 Hendrick Motorsports Teams

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NASCAR has assessed penalties to crew members from the No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams for their involvement in post-race incidents on Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the crew chiefs from those two teams also have been penalized.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 6:15 PM, 11.04.2014

Jimmy Johnson Wins Third Straight at Texas as Tempers Flare Afterward

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The old joke used to be about going to a fight and a hockey game breaking out.  The same thing could be said for NASCAR these days.  Jimmie Johnson won his fourth race of 2014 in fine fashion in a green-white-checker finish, but what became after might be best described as frustration due to the nature of the format of the championship.  Regardless, let’s talk about what happened on the track.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 PM, 11.02.2014

Kyle Busch Does the Double in Winning Texas Nationwide Race

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FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Kyle Busch had just celebrated a win Friday night in the Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, but he proved he wasn't finished in the Lone Star State.  He had cause for more celebration Saturday afternoon by winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge by outdueling Joey Logano. 

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 12:04 AM, 11.02.2014

Kyle Busch Wins Truck Race at Texas

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FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Kyle Busch passed German Quiroga off a restart in a two-lap shootout in the Camping World Truck race Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway for his seventh victory in nine series starts this year.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 2:07 AM, 11.01.2014

Kenseth Wins Texas Pole as Stewart Breaks the 200 MPH Barrier

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FT WORTH, TX – RIS – Matt Kenseth, winless in 2014, put his No. 20 Toyota on the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  Kenseth ran a lap of 199.299 mph in securing the pole over Jeff Gordon (199.291 mph).

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 11:20 PM, 10.31.2014

INDYCAR REVEALS 2015 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014) - INDYCAR announced the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today featuring 17 race events, two new race venues and a total of six ABC and 13 NBCSN event broadcasts. The diverse calendar of events - which features six ovals, six road courses and four temporary street circuits - includes a total of 13 markets making a return to the calendar from 2014.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 4:30 PM, 10.30.2014

Play-by-play Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon over the final five laps after a red flag condition to win a typical dramatic short track race at Martinsville Speedway.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won the coveted grandfather clock trophy by winning the 66th Annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 7:15 PM, 10.26.2014

It Was a Special Day for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – It might have taken over four hours, but the fans roared and darkness didn’t come.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr., out of the championship picture, came on late to outduel Jeff Gordon to win the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.  On a day when it seemed all the drivers who did qualify to continue on the championship quest had rough days, Earnhardt steadily moved to the front and led the final laps to take home the Grandfather Clock he so coveted. 

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 7:07 PM, 10.26.2014

Darrell Wallace Jr. Wins Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Darrell Wallace Jr. in the throwback #34 Wendell Scott number and paint scheme  started from the pole position for the Kroger 200 race at the historic half mile Martinsville Speedway and he finished in the same position for his third victory of 2014 and fourth victory in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 4:55 PM, 10.25.2014

Kroger 200 Results from Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Darrell Wallace, Jr. led the most laps (97) and became the winner of Saturday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.  Wallace's Toyota truck carried the colors of new Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott and had the number changed from his usualy number of 54 to 34, Scott's number. 

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 4:24 PM, 10.25.2014

Bubba Wallace On Pole for Martinsville Truck Race

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Darrell (Bubba) Wallace, Jr. won the pole for the NASCAR Camping World Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.  Wallace's Toyota is painted like  the colors that NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott used in the Sprint Cup Series.  The number has been changed to 34, the number Scott used when racing.  Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race last year.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 1:28 PM, 10.25.2014

McMurray Wins Pole Position at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Jamie McMurray surprised most of the small crowd of fans watching by winning the pole position for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Bomb 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.  McMurray circled  the .526-mile short track in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) in his No. 1 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, far ahead of the championship contenders on Friday in winning the pole for the first race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 8:46 PM, 10.24.2014

Veteran Crew Chief Prock Joins DSR

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2014) - Veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock has been hired by Don Schumacher Racing for a position yet to be determined, DSR owner Don Schumacher announced Thursday.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 1:58 PM, 10.23.2014

New Surface To Greet WoO World Finals at Charlotte

The Dirt Track at Charlotte has hosted some great racing

The Dirt Track at Charlotte to Feature New Track Surface At Nov. 6-8 World of Outlaws World Finals
More the 1,500 yards of clay were added to the surface at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The new surface will make its debut on Nov. 6 at the World of Outlaws World Finals. (RIS photos by John Davison)
For Immediate Release (CONCORD, N.C. Oct. 22, 2014) – When more than 150 competitors and thousands of fans return for the World of Outlaws World Finals, Nov. 6-8, they'll be welcomed with new North Carolina red clay at the lightning-fast, fourth-tenths-mile oval. Track officials resurfaced the facility over the summer in preparation for the three biggest nights on dirt to ensure more thrilling racing and improve track conditions.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 5:58 PM, 10.22.2014

KIA MOTORS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH B.R.A.K.E.S. TEEN PRO-ACTIVE DRIVING SCHOOL

Doug Herbert founded B.R.A.K.E.S. following the loss of his two sons in a crash

KIA MOTORS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH B.R.A.K.E.S. TEEN PRO-ACTIVE DRIVING SCHOOL TO PROVIDE NO-COST DEFENSIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTION

Kia and B.R.A.K.E.S. Gear Up for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 19-25) to Raise Awareness for Free, Hands-On, Behind-the-Wheel Education

B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained more than 12,000 teens and their parents in 10 states

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 7:49 PM, 10.21.2014

Facing Elimination, Keselowski Comes Through at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – After last week’s fiasco at Charlotte Motor Speedway, no one gave Brad Keselowski any chance of making the Chase.  He had a bad finish because of a blown tire at Kansas and been caught up in the scramble to win at Charlotte and faced elimination.  Then, he took on what seemed to be the entire field when the checkers flew at the Bank of America 500 and was hunted down by his fellow drivers, resulting in Matt Kenseth catching him and putting him in a headlock.  Later he was fined $50,000 and put on probation for the rest of the season.  How could that team and driver recover?  Very well, thank you.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 8:57 PM, 10.19.2014

Brian Vickers on Pole at Talladega as Favorites Fall to the Back

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Brian Vickers surprised everyone when he won the pole position for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race with a lap of 196.129 mph.  It was Vickers’ first pole since 2009.  Vickers will start first in Sunday's action, the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's race, four drivers will be eliminated from the field of title-eligible drivers, leaving just eight remaining in the championship hunt.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 PM, 10.18.2014

Lenny White Wins First Super Late Race and Championship @ Irwindale

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IRWINDALE, CA -RIS- It was “The Night of Champions” on the final night of stock car competition of 2014 at Irwindale. In the top class, the Super Late Models the racing was as close as it could be during the fifty lap event with Jason Patison leading most of the way. Patison started the race in a tie with Tony McCray for the season title but his main rivals were third place Linny White and fourth place Jack Madrid. Patison took the lead when White went off line on the first lap and held it. White and Madrid kept at his heels the whole time.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 PM, 10.19.2014

Harvick Adds No. 4 to Chase Field

Kevin Harvick with the winner's trophy

(CONCORD, NC - OCT 11, 2014 - RIS) Kevin Harvick added his name to the roster of drivers locked into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase by winning the Bank of America 500 over Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 12:46 AM, 10.12.2014

Keselowski Grabs Fourth Nationwide Win of 2014

Brad Keselowski added another win to his Nationwide Series total

(CONCORD, NC – OCT 10, 2014 – RIS) After Chase Elliott scored his second pole in the 2014 season and his career, Brad Keselowski led a pack of five Cup regulars in sweeping the 33rd Annual Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott won the pole with a lap of 29.776 seconds at 181.354 mph, beating out Matt Kenseth's lap of 29.838 seconds.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 11:23 PM, 10.10.2014

Kyle Busch Qualifying Consistency Rewarded with Bank of America 500 Pole

Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday's Bank of America 500

(CONCORD, NC – OCT 9, 2014 – RIS) Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 Doublemint Toyota to the fastest pole lap ever on a mile and a half superspeedway tonight with a lap of 27.357 sec/197.390 mph. The record book, though, will show his brother with the fastest lap of the evening, set in the second session at 198.771 mph and 27.167 seconds, setting a new qualifying record for the track. The average of the pole winner's three laps was 197.352 mph.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 PM, 10.09.2014

Updated: Kristen Yeley Wins Fourth Better Half Dash

JJ, Faith-Ann and Kristen celebrate in Victory Lane

(CONCORD, NC – OCT 9, 2014 – RIS) After setting fastest time in qualifying Monday evening, Kristen Yeley, wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver JJ Yeley, drove to victory in the Better Half Dash 25-lap race for wives and girlfriends supporting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities. In the race's fourth running, Yeley stayed in front of the crash-filled field before the race ended under time restraints instead of running its full length.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 7:18 PM, 10.09.2014