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Oct 20
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sprint Cup title aspirations end at Talladega

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet, drives past Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 SKF Ford, after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan / Getty Images) TALLADEGA, Ala.–- As Dale Earnhardt Jr. went spinning madly on the backstretch, careening from the wall to the infield grass, these words painted on the wall appeared clearly on television via his in-car camera: "This is Talladega." As if Earnhardt and the rest of the field of Sunday afternoon’s frenetic NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 needed a reminder where they were. NASCAR’s most precarious, unpredictable track—Talladega Superspeedway—was the setting for the most pivotal race of the season for Earnhardt and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, the six-time premier series champion. They needed a victory to advance into the eight-driver “Eliminator” Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. When Earnhardt was caught up in his wreck halfway through the first lap of ... FULL STORY »

Jimmie Johnson’s Sprint Cup championship defense ends at Talladega

2014 NSCS Driver Jimmie Johnson - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images TALLADEGA, Ala.— Jimmie Johnson stood on pit road at Talladega Superspeedway late Sunday afternoon and “vividly remembered” missing a meal. It was a luncheon press conference in 2011, the year that a five-year Johnson reign as NASCAR champ was coming to ... FULL STORY »

Jeff Gordon Slips Into Eliminator Round

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, prepares to drive in practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. - Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/Getty Images Over the last few laps of the GEICO 500, Jeff Gordon’s campaign for a possible fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hung by a thread as drivers at Talladega swapped positions. Ultimately, Gordon finished 26th, good enough to keep him in ... FULL STORY »

Hendrick Motorsports’ Big One Comes In Form Of Elimination From Chase

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. - Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images Hendrick Motorsports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne all won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014, but they won’t win the championship, after being eliminated from the Chase following Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In a ... FULL STORY »

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says it’s every man for himself at Talladega

Steve Letarte is retiring from his crew chief duties for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of the season, but he's still got a lot left to accomplish this season. (CMS/HHP photo) TALLADEGA, Ala.— For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the only realistic way to keep the championship hopes of the No. 88 team alive is to win Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). If Earnhardt wins, however, there’s a ... FULL STORY »

2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr

2014 NSCS Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 DIET MOUNTAIN DEW CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media today at Talladega Superspeedway. He discussed his standing in the Chase, needing a winSunday to advance, how to control the race, Talladega preparation and ... FULL STORY »

Jimmie Johnson’s Daunting Task

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images For practical purposes, if Jimmie Johnson hopes to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, he has to win Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega, the cutoff race for the Contender Round. Despite pondering possible strategies ... FULL STORY »



Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
2014 NSCS GEICO 500 Q&A with Jimmie Johnson
Posted 10.17.14
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media today at Talladega Superspeedway. He discussed the pressures of advancing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship and racing at Talladega, his relationship with crew chief Chad Knaus, drafting at Talladega and other topics.   TALK A LITTLE ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes to rediscover magic after decade-long ‘Dega drought
Posted 10.16.14
At one point in time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated Talladega Superspeedway in such a way that only one word could describe him: Untouchable. From 2001-04, Earnhardt rattled off a track-record four consecutive victories, followed by two straight runner-up finishes and a fifth checkered flag. A decade has passed since the ...FULL STORY »
Kasey Kahne, DRIVER of the #5 Pepsi Chevrolet, speaks with the media after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 9, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. - Photo Credit: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images
2014 NSCS Bank of America 500 Q&A with Kasey Kahne
Posted 10.09.14
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 PEPSI CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discussed his chances this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his thoughts on Danica Patrick’s progress this season and many other topics. TALK ABOUT YOUR ANNUAL 5K THAT IS THIS WEEKEND: “10:00 AM Sunday morning ...FULL STORY »
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, sits in his car - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
2014 NSCS Bank of America 500 Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr
Posted 10.09.14
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 DIET MOUNTAIN DEW CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discussed his outlook for this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his surprise birthday party and many other topics. TALK ABOUT YOUR MINDSET COMING INTO CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, OBVIOUSLY A BIG ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Jimmie Johnson - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
2014 NSCS Bank of America 500 Q&A with Jimmie Johnson
Posted 10.09.14
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discussed racing at Charlotte, past success here, season to-date, performance in the Chase, Jeff Gordon and other topics. Full transcript: TALK ABOUT YOUR MINDSET AS YOU HEAD INTO CHARLOTTE, A TRACK WHERE YOU ...FULL STORY »
Steve Letarte is retiring from his crew chief duties for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of the season, but he's still got a lot left to accomplish this season. (CMS/HHP photo)
Junior’s Crew Chief Has Unfinished Business At This Weekend’s Bank of America 500
Posted 10.07.14
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2014) -- Nobody could ever accuse Steve Letarte of being a late bloomer. In 1996, when most 16-year-olds were serving up burgers at a local fast food joint, Letarte was already working full time for Hendrick Motorsports. A year later he was a tire specialist, then a ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr (National Guard) - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Missed Opportunity: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecks while leading at Kansas
Posted 10.05.14
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was with a sense of renewed hope that Dale Earnhardt Jr. began Sunday’s opening race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway. It was with a feeling of missed opportunity that he left Kansas after the Hollywood ...FULL STORY »
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
Jimmie Johnson’s championship hopes take hit in Kansas
Posted 10.05.14
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically. Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint ...FULL STORY »
2014 NSCS Driver Jeff Gordon (AARP Drive to End Hunger) - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
2014 NSCS Hollywood Casino 400 First Practice Session Speeds
Posted 10.03.14
Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway, Jeff Gordon - with a lap speed of 196.257mph - was the quickest during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400. Kevin Harvick was second quickest with a lap speed of 196.178mph, and he was followed by Greg Biffle ...FULL STORY »


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