auto racing

Gordon grabs last Chase spot as Busch fades late

RICHMOND, Va. — Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon felt like his hopes were dead in the water when NASCAR red-flagged his last chance to get into the playoffs because of rain at Richmond International Raceway. (Associated Press, 9/10/12)

Gordon manages spot in front row

RICHMOND — It’s a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, turning a lap of 127.023 miles per hour to bump teammate Jeff Gordon from the top starting spot. (Associated Press, 9/7/12)

Kenseth leaves Roush for Gibbs

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Matt Kenseth opened this season with a second victory in the Daytona 500, and it didn’t take him long to establish himself as a legitimate championship contender. (Associated Press, 9/4/12)

Ryan Hunter-Reay wins Grand Prix of Baltimore

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Grand Prix of Baltimore Sunday, a victory that keeps alive his hopes of winning the IndyCar Series championship. (Associated Press, 9/3/12)

Combatants thrown together again in key Atlanta race

HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have smoothed things over after their helmet-throwing dust-up. (Associated Press, 9/2/12)