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Jeff Gordon drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jeff Gordon wins at Dover to secure advancement in Chse

- Associated Press

Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola were eliminated from championship contention. Four more drivers will be eliminated in the next three-race segment that starts next week at Kansas Speedway.

In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart looks out from his garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. A grand jury decided against charging Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. on a dirt track last month in upstate New York. Stewart took three weeks off from racing after the crash. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bergstrom, File)

Tony Stewart unsure if he’ll race sprint cars again

- Associated Press

For Tony Stewart, there was no greater joy than escaping his everyday life and climbing behind the wheel of a sprint car. He loves the feel, the way they drive, the purity he finds at all the tiny dirt tracks across the country.

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.  A grand jury will decide whether Stewart will be charged in the August death of fellow driver Kevin Ward at a sprint car race in upstate New York, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Ward, 20, died after being struck by Stewart's car. Ward had climbed out of his car and walked onto the dirt track to confront Stewart after he spun out while the two raced side by side. (AP Photo/Glenn Smith, File)

Tony Stewart grand jury decision to be announced

Associated Press

County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said last week he was taking the matter to the grand jury, which was convened this week. Kevin Ward Jr. was killed on Aug. 9 when a car driven by the three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed him during a dirt track race in Canandaigua.

Driver Joey Logano sits in his car before qualifying at NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Joey Logano wins at New Hampshire as Chase continues

- Associated Press

Logano and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski have both advanced to the next round. Four drivers will be eliminated drivers after every third race, and a win guarantees a driver an automatic berth into the next round. The first cutoff race is next week at Dover International Speedway.

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.

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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.

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.