David Newton: NASCAR

Can Matt Kenseth recapture the magic?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth speaks into the phone in a deep bass voice that sounds more like Barry White than a Sprint Cup driver from Wisconsin."Hello, Dave," Kenseth says. "Do I sound like Adam?"Adam is the public relations representative ...

Ryan Newman's Chase chances improving
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- My, how Ryan Newman's season has turned around since last month when Stewart-Haas Racing announced he would not return in 2014.First he wins the Brickyard 400 in his home state of Indiana.Then his boss, Tony Stewart, breaks his ...

Childress: Paul Menard's Indy win tops list
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I dialed into the NASCAR conference call with team owner Richard Childress on Monday in case there were updates on returning the No. 3 to the Sprint Cup Series in 2014 or adding a fourth team.What he said was arguably bigger ...

Improve NASCAR? Some suggestions ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR introduced 11 initiatives on Monday that officials insist will take the sport into the future in terms of technology and transparency.If they accomplish half of them, it will improve the sport. It may even bring in a ...

Chase Elliott chasing his own dream
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Here's a wild but wonderful thought: Chase Elliott racing against his future Hall of Fame father, Bill Elliott, in the Sprint Cup Series.It would be a track promoter's dream.And we can all dream, can't we?There's no denying Chase ...

Jason Leffler remembered as a father first
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The dichotomy of the parking lot at Grace Covenant Church shortly after noon on Wednesday was something Jason Leffler would have loved.As Sprint Cup stars such as Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle made ...

Ford teams in pursuit of performance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Greg Biffle's paint scheme for an upcoming Sprint Cup race at Michigan may be about smiles, but the Roush Fenway Racing driver isn't smiling much these days.Ranked 13th in points, the perennial Chase contender says RFR and Ford ...

Is it time to throw the Cup bums out?
DOVER, DEL. -- There was anticipation, maybe even wishful thinking, that teenagers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Chase Elliott would battle for the victory in Friday's Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.Ryan Blaney and Jeb Burton, too.The ...

Supporting troops does matter to them
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Confession: After 30 years of covering live sporting events, I sometimes get desensitized to patriotic symbols.It happens when you've heard, by my math, the national anthem more than 5,000 times and seen countless more military ...

Jimmie Johnson arrogant? C'mon, people
CONCORD, N.C. -- For most of his career Jimmie Johnson has been called vanilla and boring even though he is neither.Now some are calling him arrogant.He's not that, either.But the five-time Sprint Cup champion was called that by some of you after ...

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