HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson used pit strategy to grab the lead and won an overtime race under yellow at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, earning his 76th victory to tie the late Dale Earnhardt on the career list.
Kevin Harvick led 131 laps, more than anyone else, but ceded the lead after he made his last green-flag pit stop nine laps after Johnson. The No. 48 car made a quicker stop and wound up with about a 14-second lead, then watched it fade away as Harvick gave chase on newer tires.
Harvick was about 5 seconds behind when Ryan Newman spun on the front stretch with three laps to go, bringing out only the second yellow flag of the race and forcing overtime. Everyone came to the pits for new tires and Johnson returned to the track still leading. The victory was his when a crash on the backstretch — the only wreck of the day — took out four cars.
Johnson stuck three fingers out the window — Earnhardt's car number — on his victory lap. He never got to race the...
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr says he will donate his brain to research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the subject of the recent Will Smith film Concussion.
Earnhardt missed two Cup race weekends in October 2012, after being diagnosed with a second concussion in six weeks during a wreck at Talladega.
The first concussion, after he suffered a 40G impact in a crash during a tire test at Kansas, went undiagnosed until an MRI examination following his second accident.
On Sunday, Earnhardt first retweeted a story from Sports Illustrated . It reported how three former Oakland Raiders NFL players will donate their brains for CTE research body the Concussion Legacy Foundation, as a tribute to a late colleague who, after he passed away from cancer, was discovered to have suffered a serious brain injury.
When quizzed about why he had done so, and the commitment required, Earnhardt replied…
Why? What use is it to you at that point? I'm gonna donate mine.
Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean's debut in NASCAR could happen as early as this summer, after Stewart-Haas Racing revealed it is now working on a plan to get the Frenchman a race entry.
The idea of Grosjean running in a NASCAR has been mentioned before – with the Frenchman telling Motorsport.com during a factory visit last year that he would be up for it.
"We may give it a go. I think it would be really cool," he said after sitting in a Sprint Cup car on the day he was announced as a Haas F1 driver.
But that dream could become a reality sooner than many expected, as Stewart-Haas has admitted it is now investigating what needs to be done to get the Frenchman in to a race.
"It's definitely on our wish list," Joe Custer, chief operating officer of Haas F1, told Motorsport.com. "We just have to make it work — whether it be this year, next year, whenever that is. We're not sure."
Grosjean has scored points in three of the four F1 races this season. If...
HAMPTON, Ga. – Kevin Harvick, a Chevrolet driver throughout his NASCAR career, said his approach won’t change in the wake of Stewart-Haas Racing’s 2017 move to Ford.
“I got a great team, I’ve got great people, I’ve got a great organization that’s wanting to win races,” Harvick said while walking between the Xfinity and Sprint Cup garages Friday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “To not be committed to them would be foolish on my part to be in the best position I’ve ever been in as a driver.”
While teammate and co-owner Tony Stewart (who also has strong Chevy ties) heartily endorsed the move during the team’s announcement Tuesday, Harvick’s reaction to Ford has been muted. The 2014 series champion hadn’t posted about the move on his Twitter account.
That’s fed the speculation about the status of Harvick’s contract with SHR, which he joined in 2014...
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