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NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson remembers 'Baja Bob' Gordon

NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson remembers 'Baja Bob' Gordon

CHICAGO (AP) — Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson remembers vividly the first time he rode in an off-road desert car with ''Baja Bob'' Gordon approximately 25 years ago.

Johnson retold the story Thursday while saying he was in ''complete & utter shock'' to learn Gordon, father of former NASCAR & open-wheel driver Robby Gordon, had been found dead with his wife in their Southern California home. Police said 68-year-old Robert Gordon strangled 57-year-old wife Sharon Gordon & fatally shot himself in their gated house in Orange.

''I had a motion sickness problem, riding in a car. And I rode in the Baja 500 & puked, literally, for 499 miles,'' Johnson said. ''My dad was in one of the pitstops & we stopped & I'm just covered in vomit. And he's trying to pull me out. But I wanted to race so offensive I didn't care how offensive I felt. I said, 'I'm staying in this race car. I'm not getting out.' I made the race, yet it wasn't pretty.''

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NASCAR beefs up penalties stop blatant cheating in Chase

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NASCAR beefs up penalties stop blatant cheating in Chase

NASCAR beefs up penalties stop blatant cheating in Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's playoffs are set to commence with a new set of rules that gives the sanctioning body the power to issue far stiffer penalties – so stringent that a driver could lose the championship if his team fails inspection.

The increased penalties announced Wednesday donate NASCAR the authority to levy a harsh penalty should a car fail a post-race trip to the Laser Inspection Station. How stiff? A winning team would not be able to use the victory to advance to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

The same penalty could apply to a team that does not have enough secure lug nuts on a car's wheels at the end of a race.

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Gibbs is again the favorite at the start of NASCAR's Chase

Gibbs is again the favorite at the start of NASCAR's Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The odds are once again stacked for Joe Gibbs Racing, the team with all four of its drivers in NASCAR's playoffs.

Throw in Martin Truex Jr., who is aligned with the team, & the numbers point to a Toyota winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for a second consecutive year.

Kyle Busch gave Toyota its first Cup title last season, & the first championship for team owner Joe Gibbs in a decade. His bid to repeat begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, where the 10-race Chase begins.

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NASCAR playoffs begin with amped up aggression and attitude

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After seven months & 28 races, NASCAR has hit that part of the season that really matters. The start of the playoffs signifies a shift in attitude & aggression, & if there was any doubt the mindset had changed, Kevin Harvick posted a warning approximately his mood for the next 10 weeks.

It was a video of an angry bull charging into the grandstands.

And so the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with 16 drivers laser-focused on the huge prize. It's 10 races, three rounds of elimination, & every man for himself.

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NASCAR playoffs begin with amped up aggression and attitude

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After seven months & 28 races, NASCAR has hit that part of the season that really matters. The start of the playoffs signifies a shift in attitude & aggression, & if there was any doubt the mindset had changed, Kevin Harvick posted a warning approximately his mood for the next 10 weeks.

It was a video of an angry bull charging into the grandstands.

And so the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with 16 drivers laser-focused on the huge prize. It's 10 races, three rounds of elimination, & every man for himself.

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NASCAR needs a spurt of new superstars to make racing fun

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is mostly retired & Tony Stewart is almost out the door. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sidelined for the rest of the year, exposing NASCAR's glaring need for new stars to captivate the audience.

The three huge names who have moved the needle for NASCAR the past two decades have a combined seven championships, 168 career Cup wins & five Daytona 500 victories. More important, they are the household names for NASCAR, the ones who move the needle & make people pay attention.

But Gordon called last year his last, only to be called back to the race car in late July when a concussion knocked Earnhardt out for the season. Stewart, meanwhile, has just 13 races left in his NASCAR driving career.

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NASCAR needs a spurt of new superstars to make racing fun

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is mostly retired & Tony Stewart is almost out the door. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sidelined for the rest of the year, exposing NASCAR's glaring need for new stars to captivate the audience.

The three huge names who have moved the needle for NASCAR the past two decades have a combined seven championships, 168 career Cup wins & five Daytona 500 victories. More important, they are the household names for NASCAR, the ones who move the needle & make people pay attention.

But Gordon called last year his last, only to be called back to the race car in late July when a concussion knocked Earnhardt out for the season. Stewart, meanwhile, has just 13 races left in his NASCAR driving career.

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