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Brad Keselowski (2) drives in front of Aric Almirola (43) and Greg Biffle during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Brad Keselowski opens Chase with win at Chicagoland

- Associated Press

The Chase this year will eliminate four drivers after every third race, and a win guarantees a driver an automatic berth into the next round. Keselowski, who won last week at Richmond and has a Sprint Cup-leading five wins this season, was the top seed in the Chase.

This July 5, 2014, photo provided by Empire Super Sprints, Inc., shows sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., posed in victory lane at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. Tony Stewart says the death of Ward will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. Stewart spoke Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.,  for the first time Ward died at an Aug. 9, dirt-track event in upstate New York. (AP Photo/Empire Super Sprints, Inc.)

Sheriff: Investigation complete in Stewart accident that killed driver

- Associated Press

An upstate New York sheriff says he has completed his investigation into the death of a driver struck by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart during a sprint car race last month. The district attorney will announce late next week whether Stewart will face any charges.

Brad Keselowski does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Brad Keselowski dominates on way to Richmond win

- Associated Press

Keselowski routed the Richmond field, leading all but 17 of the 400 laps en route to his fourth victory of the season. It gave him the top seed in the Chase, which begins next Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

NASCAR auto racing driver Tony Stewart reads a statement during a news conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Tony Stewart: Ward’s death will affect me forever

Associated Press

Speaking quietly and his voice trembling, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York three weeks ago.

The casket of race car driver Kevin Ward Jr., is carried through mourners outside South Lewis Central School after a funeral on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Turin, N.Y. Ward died after being struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's car during a race last weekend at a dirt track in western New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NASCAR adds rule on exiting cars after crashes

- Associated Press

NASCAR added a rule Friday ordering drivers to not approach the track or moving cars after accidents. The announcement comes less than a week after a driver was struck and killed during a dirt-track race in New York.

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AJ Allmendinger (47) takes the checkered flag to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Watkins Glen N.Y. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

AJ Allmendinger wins at somber Watkins Glen

- Associated Press

Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car during a race in nearby Canandaigua, New York.

A fan takes cover under an umbrella in the grandstands while rain causes a delay during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

NASCAR right to put Daytona race out of its misery

- Associated Press

It would have been comedic if it wasn't such a disastrous day for one of the biggest events on the NASCAR schedule. So pulling the plug seemed like such a logical decision when the track was soaked through shortly before 3 p.m.

Kasey Kahne, front left, Paul Menard (27) and Reed Sorenson (36) are among the cars that crashed coming out of the backstretch going in to turn 3 during the NASCAR Sprint cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ron Sanders)

Aric Almirola declared winner at stormy Daytona

- Associated Press

The Coke Zero 400 was originally scheduled to go off Saturday night, but steady rain forced it to be postponed a day. When it did finally get started Sunday, it was interrupted several more times.

Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Brad Keselowski wins at Kentucky for 2nd time

- Associated Press

The Penske Racing driver and 2012 race winner followed his record-breaking pole effort to lead 199 of 267 laps en route to his second victory of the season and 12th of his career.

Brad Keselowski (2) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) race across the line on a late race restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won and Keselowski was second. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. overtakes Brad Keselowski for Pocono win

- Associated Press

Earnhardt led only 11 laps but his No. 88 Chevrolet was the car to beat down the stretch, and he zipped past the dominant Keselowski, who had debris on his grille and a hot engine, with five laps remaining in the 400-mile race. Keselowski was second for the second straight race.

Denny Hamlin (11) heads to the finish line during the NASCAR Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. Hamlin won the race. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Denny Hamlin holds off Kevin Harvick for 1st Talladega win

- Associated Press

Harvick was the leader on a restart with two laps to go and Hamlin drag-raced him for the lead. Then Harvick was hung out without any drafting partners and Hamlin pulled out to a comfortable lead.

File-This Sept. 7, 2013 file photo shows Clint Bowyer getting sideways during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. Everything could have been handled better. Bowyer's spin in Richmond led to the biggest credibility crisis in NASCAR history. The spin was designed to help a teammate win a spot NASCAR's playoffs. With a little honesty, a few deep breaths and clear thinking, it might have ended there. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Clint Bowyer ready to take another spin at Richmond

- Associated Press

NASCAR's last visit here in September 2013 threatened Bowyer's popularity with the fans when he spun intentionally with seven laps to go, causing a jumble in the race standings — and in NASCAR's playoffs.