MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Brad Keselowski gave Team Penske and the new Ford Mustang its third Cup victory through the first six races of the season by routing the field at Martinsville Speedway yesterday.
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HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Joey Logano raced into NASCAR anointed as its next star.
He was 18, dubbed “Sliced Bread” because of all the hype, and in way over his head.
It made Logano an easy target on and off the track, and threatened his career. Logano was out of a job five years after he arrived but given a second chance by Roger Penske, the titans of motorsports.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—The three most dominant drivers of this NASCAR season fittingly will race each other for the championship—a chance for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. to settle which team truly is the best.
It was Busch who claimed the latest round, winning for the eighth time this year yesterday to tie Harvick for the most Cup victories.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Kevin Harvick's bid for a second NASCAR title suffered a massive setback when he was stripped of his berth in the championship race after series inspectors found his winning car from Texas Motor Speedway had been deliberately altered to give him a performance advantage.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to win at NASCAR's top level.
Now that he's got that handled, the son of 1988 champion Bill Elliott is chasing a title of his own.
Elliott won at Kansas Speedway yesterday for his second victory in three races, cementing himself as a title threat late in a season in which mighty Hendrick Motorsports has lagged.
CONCORD, N.C.—Jimmie Johnson saw an opportunity to snap a 58-race losing streak and went for it.
It cost him a shot at an eighth NASCAR championship and allowed Ryan Blaney to steal a surprise victory in the debut race of the “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Had Johnson just settled for second, he'd still be in the playoffs.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski wasn't a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories—at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400—pushed him into the title conversation.
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short-track victory.
Busch won for the first time this season—and first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500—but it was his sixth victory on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated.
INDIANAPOLIS—Will Power can win anything now, even the Indianapolis 500, an intimidating race on an oval he hated because it marginalized his talent.
He drives for Roger Penske and nothing matters more to the boss than winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
So Power worked to change his attitude, improve his performance on ovals, and respect the track.
MARTINSVILLE, Va.—When snow at Martinsville Speedway gave NASCAR a rare day off, Clint Bowyer loaded his car with kids and drove them to North Carolina for a day at the Hall of Fame.
As Bowyer returned to the track for yesterday's rescheduled race, he told his three-year-old son he wanted to take a picture with him in victory lane.