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Kevin Harvick would love to add at least a third win t... Loudon, N.H. • Yes, even Dick Vitale has endorsed NASCAR’s new tournament-style bracket to crown a champion. Just win and advance, baby! Time for a T.O. Sure, winning races earn a driver an automatic berth into the next round, decided after every three races, before the final four drivers are left to duke it out for the Sprint Cup championship in the finale at Homestead. But piling up points can get a driver to Homestead even without a win. Kevin Harvick would love to add at least a third win t... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58436355@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:54:26 MDT Auto racing: Grand jury will weigh Tony Stewart case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58422407-77/stewart-case-grand-jury.html.csp A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff’s investigators. Tantillo could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case, but instead announced his deci... A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff’s investigators. Tantillo could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case, but instead announced his deci... 58422407@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:47:41 MDT Mercedes pokes fun at team orders interpretations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58388267-77/rosberg-hamilton-team-mercedes.html.csp Monza, Italy • Mercedes appeared to be amused over interpretations that team orders were behind Lewis Hamilton’s pass of teammate and rival Nico Rosberg that set up his Italian Grand Prix win. The Brackley, England-based team tweeted a picture Monday of flying pigs with the attached message: “BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic scenes in the skies over Brackley as (hash)NR6 hands (hash)ItalianGP victory to (hash)F1 WDC rival (hash)LH44...” The key moment in Sunday’s race came on lap 29 of 53 as Hamilton had... Monza, Italy • Mercedes appeared to be amused over interpretations that team orders were behind Lewis Hamilton’s pass of teammate and rival Nico Rosberg that set up his Italian Grand Prix win. The Brackley, England-based team tweeted a picture Monday of flying pigs with the attached message: “BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic scenes in the skies over Brackley as (hash)NR6 hands (hash)ItalianGP victory to (hash)F1 WDC rival (hash)LH44...” The key moment in Sunday’s race came on lap 29 of 53 as Hamilton had... 58388267@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:04:02 MDT Gibbs cars need to find speed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58386615-77/chase-hamlin-busch-kenseth.html.csp Richmond, Va. • Joe Gibbs Racing got all three of its cars into NASCAR’s playoffs, but if something doesn’t turn around quickly, the organization won’t have a shot at winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have a combined two victories between them, and the trio was hardly impressive in Saturday night’s final warmup before the Chase begins. Busch was never a contender in the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished... Richmond, Va. • Joe Gibbs Racing got all three of its cars into NASCAR’s playoffs, but if something doesn’t turn around quickly, the organization won’t have a shot at winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have a combined two victories between them, and the trio was hardly impressive in Saturday night’s final warmup before the Chase begins. Busch was never a contender in the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished... 58386615@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:17:03 MDT Monza: Battle of wits: Hamilton wins as Rosberg cracks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58385003-77/rosberg-hamilton-lap-race.html.csp Monza, Italy • First it was physical contact. Now it’s turning into a psychological battle. The fierce rivalry between the Mercedes teammates dominating Formula One took a new turn Sunday when Lewis Hamilton pressured Nico Rosberg into a mistake and overtook him to win the Italian Grand Prix. “You have to be prepared for the unexpected,” Hamilton said. “I’m quite grateful for today that I didn’t lose it, didn’t crash into anyone on that first corner. ... I managed to keep my head.” At the Belgia... Monza, Italy • First it was physical contact. Now it’s turning into a psychological battle. The fierce rivalry between the Mercedes teammates dominating Formula One took a new turn Sunday when Lewis Hamilton pressured Nico Rosberg into a mistake and overtook him to win the Italian Grand Prix. “You have to be prepared for the unexpected,” Hamilton said. “I’m quite grateful for today that I didn’t lose it, didn’t crash into anyone on that first corner. ... I managed to keep my head.” At the Belgia... 58385003@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:57:53 MDT NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins at Richmond, gets top seed for Chase http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58382578-77/chevrolet-400-keselowski-ford.html.csp Richmond, Va. • NASCAR’s new win-and-in format had the potential to give one driver a shot at a dramatic last-grasp berth into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. There were 17 drivers who could have raced their way into the Chase by winning Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, but Brad Keselowski would have nothing to do with a storybook ending. 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 ... Richmond, Va. • NASCAR’s new win-and-in format had the potential to give one driver a shot at a dramatic last-grasp berth into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. There were 17 drivers who could have raced their way into the Chase by winning Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, but Brad Keselowski would have nothing to do with a storybook ending. 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 ... 58382578@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:40:01 MDT NASCAR: Nationwide picks up more races with Dale Earnhardt Jr. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58378195-77/nationwide-earnhardt-hendrick-season.html.csp Ricihmond, Va. • Nationwide will be the primary sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. starting next season under an expanded agreement with Hendrick Motorsports. Nationwide had already signed on for 12 races for NASCAR’s most popular driver, but picked up an additional nine races for next season to push its total to 21. The deal runs through the 2017 season and includes the Daytona 500. “We’re thrilled to be deepening our partnership with the Hendrick Motorsports team,” said Matt Jauchius, chief market... Ricihmond, Va. • Nationwide will be the primary sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. starting next season under an expanded agreement with Hendrick Motorsports. Nationwide had already signed on for 12 races for NASCAR’s most popular driver, but picked up an additional nine races for next season to push its total to 21. The deal runs through the 2017 season and includes the Daytona 500. “We’re thrilled to be deepening our partnership with the Hendrick Motorsports team,” said Matt Jauchius, chief market... 58378195@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:51:22 MDT Ferrari announces engine-supply deal with Haas Formula One http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58369084-77/ferrari-haas-team-deal.html.csp Maranello, Italy • Ferrari will supply the engines for the Haas Formula One team when the American outfit makes its debut in 2016. Ferrari announced the deal Wednesday saying “the multi-year agreement is for the supply of the entire power unit.” Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci says “we’re delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula One.” NASCAR team owner Gene Haas is putting together a team to ... Maranello, Italy • Ferrari will supply the engines for the Haas Formula One team when the American outfit makes its debut in 2016. Ferrari announced the deal Wednesday saying “the multi-year agreement is for the supply of the entire power unit.” Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci says “we’re delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula One.” NASCAR team owner Gene Haas is putting together a team to ... 58369084@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:37:01 MDT NASCAR: Jeff Gordon says Tony Stewart can run strong at Atlanta http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58355949-77/stewart-gordon-race-chase.html.csp Hampton, Ga. • Jeff Gordon is expecting Tony Stewart to be a contender in his return to the track. Kevin Harvick will be on the pole but Stewart, who will start 12th, will be in the spotlight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart is competing for the first time since the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 9 race at a dirt track in upstate New York. Gordon was impressed when Stewart ran close to 190 mph... Hampton, Ga. • Jeff Gordon is expecting Tony Stewart to be a contender in his return to the track. Kevin Harvick will be on the pole but Stewart, who will start 12th, will be in the spotlight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart is competing for the first time since the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 9 race at a dirt track in upstate New York. Gordon was impressed when Stewart ran close to 190 mph... 58355949@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:24:13 MDT Mercedes disciplines Rosberg over Spa collision http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58351738-77/rosberg-hamilton-team-drivers.html.csp Nico Rosberg was disciplined by Mercedes on Friday after accepting responsibility for a collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix that deepened the rift between the two rivals for the drivers’ title. The tension between the Mercedes pair ratcheted up Sunday when Hamilton claimed Rosberg had admitted to deliberately driving into him on the second lap of the race at Spa. The crash effectively ended Hamilton’s hopes of victory — he sustained a puncture to his tire ... Nico Rosberg was disciplined by Mercedes on Friday after accepting responsibility for a collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix that deepened the rift between the two rivals for the drivers’ title. The tension between the Mercedes pair ratcheted up Sunday when Hamilton claimed Rosberg had admitted to deliberately driving into him on the second lap of the race at Spa. The crash effectively ended Hamilton’s hopes of victory — he sustained a puncture to his tire ... 58351738@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:58:43 MDT NASCAR: Joey Logano edges Brad Keselowski for first win at Bristol http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58330123-77/logano-laps-kenseth-keselowski.html.csp Bristol, Tenn. • Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second. “It’s awesome,” Logano said in Victory Lane. “I’ve never won more than one race... Bristol, Tenn. • Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second. “It’s awesome,” Logano said in Victory Lane. “I’ve never won more than one race... 58330123@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:10:57 MDT