Reddick wins 2nd consecutive Xfinity Series championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick won his second consecutive Xfinity Series championship by snatching the lead away from Cole Custer in a spirited season finale Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Reddick and Custer traded the lead three times in a single lap with Reddick finally surging his Richard Childress Racing entry

Oh, what a beating! Toyota on a tear entering Cup finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ed Laukes strolled onto the stage with his chest seemingly puffed out. The Toyota executive corrected the moderator, who shorted the manufacturer one victory this season, and then took a few playful shots at the competition. Laukes was clearly feeling confident, maybe even cocky on the eve

Last hurrah for Homestead: track hosts final title races

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — In many ways, Homestead-Miami Speedway was the ideal spot for NASCAR’s “championship weekend.” Great weather, especially for November. A famous beach and trendy nightlife nearby. And a worn-out asphalt track that’s produced slipping, sliding, side-by-side racing and nine different winners in the last nine years. The Cup Series

Tifft leaves Front Row Motorsports to focus on health

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Tifft has parted ways with Front Row Motorsports to focus on his health after suffering a seizure at the track late last month. Tifft felt ill before practice at Martinsville Speedway and has not been in the car since his health scare. Tifft said then that

Column: Gibbs walks fine line managing 3 title contenders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs is a retired Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl titles who changed course in his early 50s to wade into NASCAR and see if he couldn’t build a second career and a family business. Gibbs not only developed a championship-winning organization that

Logano can’t defend NASCAR title after mystery slide

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano’s promising start to the afternoon fell apart with a slow, helpless slide though the field at ISM Raceway. Now he won’t have the opportunity to defend his NASCAR title at Homestead. The outcome would have been disappointing no matter how it happened. It’s even worse because

Hamlin races way into championship field with Phoenix win

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Denny Hamlin adamantly insisted ‘it’s not over” after a critical mistake last week put the Daytona 500 winner on the verge of elimination from NASCAR’s championship race. He remained undeterred, confident in his chances to win Sunday at ISM Raceway and save his season with a victory

Penske Perfect: Indy goes to right man

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — He doesn’t golf, fish or hunt. Roger Penske doesn’t particularly have time for hobbies. The automobile industry. Transportation. Trucking. Sales. Community improvement. Promotions. That takes up almost all of his time. And, of course, racing. A man with a rich career that is woven through America’s fabric —

Kyle Busch wins pole for playoff race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch won the pole and all eight title contenders qualified in the top 10 for the final race to decide the championship field. Busch earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix. He turned a lap in Saturday qualifying at

Wallace fined $50,000 by NASCAR for intentional spin

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bubba Wallace said he wasn’t worried about repercussions for intentionally causing a caution because NASCAR doesn’t do anything about the practice. NASCAR accepted the dare from Wallace. He was fined $50,000 and docked 50 points on Saturday, a day after admitting to an NBC Sports reporter his