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Sprint Cup's race for Chase is getting tight

Jeff Burton will drive in place of Tony Stewart in tonight's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, Tennessee. Wade Payne / Associated Press

Matt Kenseth stands fifth in the points standings and seems a lock to make in into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when the 10-race playoffs begin in three weeks at Chicagoland Speedway. More

Thursday's motors roundup: Brad Keselowski joins dad as winner in truck series

Driver Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR UNOH 200 Truck Series auto race Thursdayin Bristol, Tenn. Wade Payne / Associated Press

Keselowski (Rochester Hills) passed defending champion Kyle Busch with 75 laps to go and held off Busch's teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. More

Joe Gibbs Racing hires star driver Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards, signing autographs before the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, was introduced as Joe Gibbs Racing's newest driver Tuesday. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Carl Edwards scrolled across a stage at Joe Gibbs Racing and jokingly yelled, 'Surprise!' There was no surprise whatsoever about his formal introduction Tuesday as a fourth driver in the JGR Sprint Cup lineup. More

NASCAR tests ways at MIS to make racing better

Sometimes a safer car actually goes a bit faster. And if the cars are all getting too fast, it is important to systematically slow everyone down. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Seventeen hours after the last fans left the stands at Michigan International Speedway, and as a long promenade of overnight campers still snaked their ways home on U.S. More

Jeff Gordon wins Pure Michigan 400, ends MIS drought

Jeff Gordon earned his first victory at Michigan International Speedway since 2001. Steve Perez / Detroit News

It was Gordon's third win of the season, the 91st of his career and first at MIS since 2001. He started from the pole and won by 1.41 seconds over Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet), who also finished second in the June race at MIS. More

Thrill of speed redeems racing's risks for drivers, fans

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the Pure Michigan 400. Steve Perez / Detroit News

If one does not understand that exhilaration, if one does not feel a special something in the presence of high-technology automobiles traveling 217 mph down a straightaway in competition with the best drivers in the world, then one likely thinks of racing as merely 'driving around in a circle.' More

Roush-Fenway enduring frustrating season, but future looks bright

Team owner Jack Roush walks through pit lane Sunday prior to the start of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Livonia businessman Jack Roush took a seat next to Greg Biffle's transporter prior to Sunday's race, talking about the season and the future of Roush-Fenway racing. Roush, 72, desperately wanted one of his drivers to win the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race at MIS, but it didn't happen. More

Sunday's Pure Michigan 400: Live tweets from MIS

Brad Keslowski (2) of Rochester Hills and Kevin Harvick compete in the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Follow the action from Michigan International Speedway with live tweets from our Detroit News team: More

Best drivers promise crowd-pleaser at Pure Michigan 400

Jimmie Johnson, seventh in points this season, didn't help himself by qualifying 30th on Friday. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Brooklyn, Mich. — Heading into the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, the fourth race before the start of the Chase, the seven top NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are separated by just 123 points. More

Jeff Gordon again tops 200 mph in lead-up to Sunday's race at MIS

Jeff Gordon driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet puts his arms up as he exits his car, Friday Aug. 15, 2014, during qualifying for Pure Michigan 400, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday's race. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Jeff Gordon has turned back the clock and is a legitimate contender for the Sprint Cup championship. More

MIS victory gives Johnny Sauter Truck Series points lead

Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Toyota, celebrates after winning the 15th Annual Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Truck Series race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Johnny Sauter took advantage of a late mistake by Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace Jr.'s team to win the 15th Annual Careers For Veterans 200 Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon. More

Ryan Truex crashes in Sprint Cup practice at MIS

Crew members work on the engine of Ryan Truex #83 Burger King Toyota backup car, Saturday Aug. 16, 2014, prior to final practice for Pure Michigan 400, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Truex hit the Turn 2 wall hard Saturday morning. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

— Ryan Truex had an accident Saturday morning in Sprint Cup practice at Michigan International Speedway. More

Saturday's motors roundup: Chris Buescher hangs on for Nationwide win

Chris Buescher celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday in Lexington, Ohio. Tom E. Puskar / Associated Press

As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose. The 21-year-old rookie was leading the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course — gunning for his first victory — but was running out of fuel. More

Team: It was Stewart who decided not to race at MIS

Tony Stewart is seen Sunday in the garage area after a practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen N.Y. Derik Hamilton / AP

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is grieving, and it was his decision not to compete in this weekend's Sprint Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway, according to Stewart-Haas Racing team officials. More

Jeff Gordon sets track record at MIS to capture Pure Michigan 400 pole

Jeff Gordon set the track record at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Jeff Gordon set the track record at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon, circling the 2-mile track with a lap of 205.885 mph in Round 2 of qualifying for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. More

Tragedy overshadows big weekend of auto racing at MIS

The death of Kevin Ward Jr. will keep racer Tony Stewart from driving Sunday. Jerry Markland / Getty Images

A significant event, the death of young driver Kevin Ward Jr. — which will keep the three-time former champion racer Tony Stewart from driving Sunday — competed with Keselowski's intentions, just as it is likely to provide some distraction for other drivers and racing teams this weekend. More

Stewart-Haas Racing going forward with Jeff Burton behind the wheel for now

Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers talks with crew members after practice at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Steve Perez / Detroit News

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is grieving and decided to not compete in this weekend's Sprint Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway, according to Stewart-Haas Racing team officials. More

Younger — much younger — generation invading Sprint Cup

Kyle Larson is 22, but by next season some of his competitors might be calling him 'Gramps.' Steve Perez / Detroit News

It seems the Sprint Cup series is getting younger and younger with rookie drivers like 22-year-old Kyle Larson in the field, and with the recent news that 20-year-old Ryan Blaney will be driving a dozen or more races for Wood Brothers Racing in 2015. More

Tony Stewart says he will not race Sunday in Pure Michigan 400 at MIS

Driver Tony Stewart hasn't raced since he struck and killed a driver during a dirt-track race Saturday. Jim Cole / Associated Press

Stewart's car 'fishtailed' and struck 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. with the right rear wheel during a dirt-track race in upstate New York on Saturday. Ward died from his injuries. More

For embattled Tony Stewart, dirt-track racing is part of his core

Tony Stewart competes in dirt-track racing, in part, because racing is his 'life,' ESPN analyst Ricky Craven says. John Raoux / Associated Press

The 43-year-old Hoosier and three-time Sprint Cup series champion always has been a throwback racer with his old-school toughness and swagger and his need to fill any and all free time with racing. More

Praise during funeral for 'small-town boy' hit by Tony Stewart's car

The casket of race car driver Kevin Ward Jr., is taken from a hearse before being carried into South Lewis Central School before a funeral on Thursday in Turin, N.Y. Mike Groll / Associated Press

Kevin Ward Jr. was remembered as a 'small-town boy' who loved his sport during Thursday's funeral for the 20-year-old dirt-track racer whose car was hit by one driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. More

Thursday's motors roundup: Nine teams join Alliance

Martin Truex Jr. will miss Sprint Cup qualifying Friday at MIS but return Saturday and race Sunday. Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images

The top nine teams had for the first time formed a single entity to collaborate on initiatives that could help them cut costs and communicate with one voice to NASCAR. More

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