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Earnhardt gets fourth win of season

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. roamed around Martinsville Speedway as a child, soaking in the sights and the sounds and the smells while his dad collected six of the treasured grandfather clocks awarded to the winner.

Earnhardt desperately wanted to win at the historic short track, to bring one of those big `ol clocks home to his house. Read More...

Points still matter in new Chase format

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) When NASCAR chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward "the most worthy, battle-tested" driver with the Sprint Cup title.

"Riding around and being pleased because the (previous) format rewards consistency, those days are going to be pretty much over," France said in January. Read More...

Gordon driver's ed teacher dies in crash

PITTSBORO, Ind. (AP) A retired Indiana school principal who was NASCAR star Jeff Gordon's driver's education teacher was killed with his wife in a Tennessee crash while returning from watching Gordon race.

Officials say 78-year-old Larry Sparks and 77-year-old Jacqueline Sparks of Pittsboro, Indiana, died in Monday's crash. WBIR-TV reports their recreational vehicle went off Interstate 75 near Jellico, Tennessee, and ran into a tree. Read More...

Stewart's late pit gamble backfires

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Tony Stewart let his crew chief set the final strategy in the closing laps Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, where the decision not to take tires put him in contention for his first victory of the year.

Stewart was fourth during a late caution period with teams frantically debating whether to pit before the race resumed for one final five-lap sprint to the finish. The first three cars in front of him darted onto pit road so crew chief Chad Johnston called for Stewart to stay out on old tires for track position. Read More...

Patrick still hasn't forgiven Logano

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Things may not be as rosy between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano as Logano believes.

Logano said earlier this week he had smoothed things over with Patrick and did not expect retaliation over an incident earlier this month between the two at Charlotte. Patrick cautioned Saturday she will not be pushed around by Logano or anyone else on the race track. Read More...

Wallace wins Martinsville Truck race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Darrell Wallace Jr. made Saturday a tribute to the late Wendell Scott with a truck painted and numbered for the Hall of Fame inductee.

Then he drove it to Victory Lane.


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