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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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Brad Keselowski (2) bumps Kurt Busch (41) as they enter Turn 1 during a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville, Speedway, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Martinsville, Va. The two drivers were involved in a pit road accident earlier in the race. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Kurt Busch outduels Jimmie Johnson for Martinsville win

- Associated Press

Johnson, with eight wins in 25 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval, led 11 times for 296 laps. He seemed on his way to another when he took the lead from Busch with 17 laps remaining. But Busch stayed close, ducked underneath Johnson seven laps later and Johnson never made a good run at the lead again.

Kyle Busch, center, celebrates, as the team drenches his wife, Samantha Busch, left, in victory circle after winning the NASCAR Sprint Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Kyle Busch holds on for win in wild finish at Fontana

- Associated Press

Kyle Busch capably blocked Larson and outlasted Stewart and Kurt Busch to win a wacky race featuring a track-record 35 lead changes and numerous tire problems. With his 29th career Sprint Cup victory in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch is NASCAR's fifth winner in five races already this season.

Kevin Harvick leads a group of cars into Turn 1 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kevin Harvick dominates at Phoenix, comes away with win

- Associated Press

Coming off a disappointing finish at the Daytona 500, Harvick had the fastest car in practice and kept it rolling in the race, leading 224 of 312 laps on the odd-shaped mile oval.

No criminal wrongdoing in Schumacher ski accident

- Associated Press

French investigators have ruled out any criminal wrongdoing in the debilitating ski accident of Formula One great Michael Schumacher, a state prosecutor said Monday.

Driver Austin Dillon answers reporters questions during NASCAR auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Daytona 500: Rookie Austin Dillon earns pole driving the No. 3 car

- Associated Press

Austin Dillon won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet — a car Richard Childress has refused to field at NASCAR's top level since Dale Earnhardt's fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 race.

Driver Danica Patrick laughs at a question during an interview at NASCAR auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Danica Patrick blows off Richard Petty criticism

- Associated Press

Petty said last week that Patrick can only win a Sprint Cup race "if everybody else stayed home." Petty also said Patrick gets attention because she's a woman, but added that publicity is good for NASCAR.

Willie Robertson from the TV show Duck Dynasty watches from the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game  between LSU and Florida in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.  LSU won 17-6. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

'Duck Dynasty' moves to NASCAR with race sponsorship

Associated Press

Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday announced a multiyear title sponsorship agreement for its spring race with Duck Commander, the brand of best-selling duck calls and Robertson family-owned company featured on the A&E show "Duck Dynasty."

Driver Kyle Busch, center, answers a question as teammates Denny Hamlin, right, and Matt Kenseth, left, listen during a news conference at the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo)

NASCAR creates winner-take-all championship format

Associated Press

NASCAR has overhauled its championship format to create an elimination, winner-take-all system designed to reward "the most battle-tested" driver at the end of the season.

French investigators seek alleged Schumacher video

- Associated Press

A French state prosecutor said Sunday he wants to obtain an alleged mobile-phone video of a skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher's helmet camera given to investigators

- Associated Press

Michael Schumacher's family has provided French investigators with the helmet camera that the Formula One great wore during a skiing incident in which he was critically injured, his manager said Saturday.

Schumacher's helmet given to French investigators

- Associated Press

Michael Schumacher's manager has confirmed that the Formula One great's family has provided French investigators with the camera he wore on his helmet during a skiing incident in which he was critically injured.