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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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