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Tony Stewart Cleared of Criminal Charges in Ward Case

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An Ontario County, New York, grand jury has cleared NASCAR driver Tony Stewart of any criminal charges. The official announcement came at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday afternoon, just over 24 hours since the case was first presented to them. On Aug. 9, Stewart was racing a sprint car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when he appeared …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Calling All Armchair Crew Chiefs!

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It’s moments like this one that I really wish I understood cars better. Like, I know NASCAR issued changes to the car that will reduce horsepower and downforce, with changes to the spoiler and the addition of a tapered spacer. I know that these changes are meant to emphasize passing and better racing, making the …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Risky Play With Tony Stewart

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Did You Notice? … A difference between two leagues? The NFL, after days of pressure, one sponsor (Radisson) pulling out and a second (Budweiser) giving a veiled threat finally pushed the Minnesota Vikings to keep star running back Adrian Peterson off the field. Peterson, accused of child abuse won’t face trial until early next year …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Grand Jury or Grandstanding?

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The news we have all been waiting for finally broke on Wednesday in regards to the Tony Stewart / Kevin Ward, Jr. story. With the investigation complete, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has decided to present the case to a grand jury, despite the fact that those handling the investigation had previously said that they saw …

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Tony Stewart / Kevin Ward, Jr. Case Headed to Grand Jury

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On Tuesday Sept. 16, the Ontario County, NY District Attorney’s Office released a statement with regards to the Kevin Ward, Jr. / Tony Stewart case, stating it will go to a grand jury. “Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the …

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Tony Stewart Investigation Complete, Case Sent to District Attorney

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Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will learn his fate late next week on whether or not he will be charged in the fatal sprint car accident that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department announced today that it has wrapped up its investigation in the Aug. 9 accident …

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Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

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With the news Tuesday that Stewart-Haas Racing has elected to swap the pit crews of Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, it confirmed two things: a squeaky wheel gets you grease, and SHR is serious about capturing its second championship in four seasons. Some traditionalists might balk at the notion, as this move occurs on the …

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Fantasy Insider: Separating Your Team From the Chase

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Yes, it’s certainly easy to understand all the talk about the Chase for the Championship heading into Chicago. We understand that in the real NASCAR world that what happens in each of the next three sets of races is the most important part of the season before the finale at Homestead. However, if you’ve been …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Jimmie Johnson Is Human? Who Knew!

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With Richmond over and the very first Chase Grid upon us, the excitement and tension is in the air now more than ever. Brad Keselowski is atop the standings, surprisingly enough. If someone would have predicted that Keselowski was going to have the most wins at the end of the regular season, I don’t know …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Swaps No. 4 and No. 14 Pit Crews

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What appears to be a routine pit stop for Kevin Harvick, will actually prove to be yet another hold-your-breath moment to see if the No. 4 crew can get their driver out and not throw away a shot at the win.

For most of the season, Kevin Harvick often lost spots on pit road and was forced to gain them back on track. Following the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Harvick criticized his pit crew after they lost the race off pit road each time to either Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Kenseth or …

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The Frontstretch Five: Memorable Chase Moments

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy says that love it or …

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Happiness Is… Drama, Not Fighting & Intelligence

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One race to go until the Cup playoffs begin. That seems like a mismatched sentence, putting together autosport and hockey, but alas, that’s how things are now.  This whole season has seemed like one big Chase storyline, beginning with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Daytona 500.  Almost immediately after he crossed the finish line, it felt like …

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