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Kevin Harvick, others need help to contend for Sprint Cup title

...Jimmie Johnson or Matt Kenseth to win it. Since NASCAR adopted the playoffs for the 2004 season, the first-or-second-place driver with two races to go has gone on to win the championship. Kevin Harvick enters Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix...
Mayfield might sell his team

...cause an accident that lets them take the lead. "I think NASCAR can take a step in looking at it, and if the second-place driver bumps the leader, then black-flag (him)," Busch said Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway. "He doesn't get...
Engine problems keep Junior on Chase bubble

...Brickyard, his eighth top-10 finish in a row and his 15th in the last 16 races. He increased his lead over second-place driver Denny Hamlin by 68 points. Yet Gordon remains cautious. His last win came nearly two months ago at Pocono. Tony...
Solid finish gives Stewart breathing room in Chase

...running away with the Nextel Cup points championship coming into Atlanta's fall race a year ago. He led the second-place driver by 96 points and the other eight Chase contenders by more than 100. He blew an engine early in that race, though...
Buzz of Chase quiets critics

...Darlington debuted its lighting system. Track officials say Jimmie Johnson, Gordon's teammate and the current second-place driver, canceled a November test for Darlington the day after the No. 24 car's night laps. Not that Gordon and Johnson...
Harvick probably sees chance at title slip away

...Blaney. Kenseth rallied from early struggles to come home 11th, and his lead ballooned to 258 points over new second-place driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. One spot farther back is Harvick, who's now 262 behind Kenseth. "It's over," was all...
Overtime: Winston Cup points fund up to $10 million

...points fund a year ago was $2 million. This season's champion likely will make at least $3 million. Also, the second-place driver will earn at least $1.05 million. BOXING: Augusta's Jacob Hudson will have a tough opponent today in the...
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Gordon's next win will be 'special'

...Series race was the fact Benson drove below the yellow out of bounds line to pass Kvapil at the finish line for second place. Drivers aren't allowed to go below the yellow line to advance their positions.
NASCAR's double-file restarts debut at Pocono

...option to restart on the inside or outside, with the second-place driver pulling alongside. "If fans like it, if it adds...own row once green comes out. That would mean the second-place driver would have the option to restart high or low...

...weekend's race at Pocono Raceway. The first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. - Goodyear...
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