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Max Angelelli, left, of Italy, and Jeff Gordon celebrate after winning the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Max Angelelli, left, of Italy, and Jeff Gordon celebrate after winning the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Jeff Gordon joins exclusive club with Rolex 24 victory

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon’s latest racing accomplishment won’t take up much room in his expansive trophy case. But it’s sure to get a prime spot. The retired NASCAR star joined an exclusive club Sunday by becoming the fourth driver to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500. Racing legends […]
  • Winners of the IMSA 24-hour auto race, from left, Max Angelelli, of Italy, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor celebrate in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Taylor-made move lands brothers, Jeff Gordon win in Rolex 24

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — He’s one of the top racers in America, and almost always overlooked, even on the day the boldest move of his career gave him the biggest win of his life. Ricky Taylor used a gutsy pass with less than 7 minutes remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to fearlessly […]
  • Jeff Gordon, left, waves as he and co-drivers, from second left, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli, of Italy, sign autographs for fans before the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Jeff Gordon races in the rain at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The one thing Jeff Gordon didn’t particularly want was to race in the rain at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The weather didn’t work in his favor, and the semi-retired driver did a Saturday night stint in the wet during the prestigious sports car event. Gordon also drove in the […]
  • Jordan Taylor in a Cadillac Dpi drives through the east horseshoe turn in the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    The Latest: Wayne Taylor Racing wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Rolex 24 at Daytona (all times local): ___ 2:30 p.m. Wayne Taylor Racing has won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, thanks to a controversial pass by Ricky Taylor in the closing minutes. Taylor drove hard into Turn 1, breaking late, and turned race leader Filipe Albuquerque. […]
  • Jeff Gordon signs autographs for fans before the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Rolex 24 begins with Barbosa leading, Gordon waiting

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is underway, with pole-sitter Joao Barbosa leading the 55-car field to the green flag. The twice-around-the-clock endurance race began under cool temperatures and cloudy skies, with a threat of steady rain predicted for later Saturday. Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon started […]
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

    Earnhardt thrilled to be cleared for NASCAR return

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is nothing more tedious to a NASCAR driver than preseason promotional work, which can often be full-day photo shoots and interview sessions. It can be the most dreaded part of the job. Consider Dale Earnhardt Jr. the rare exception. His turn Wednesday at the Charlotte Convention Center was like the […]
  • Steve O'Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer of NASCAR, announces NASCAR's approach to modernizing its series with a new format in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

    Sometimes winning not everything when chasing championships

    So you can’t win for losing? Sure you can, in the long run. NASCAR this week became the latest sport to change its structure in an effort to keep fans engaged and sell the product. Races will be broken into three stages, and points will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in each. The […]
  • FILE - At left, in an April 2, 2014, file photo, Senate Consumer Protection subcommittee Chair Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asks questions during hearings in Washington. At right, in a Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Carl Edwards speaks to the media during a news conference at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, N.C. Carl Edwards remains a hot topic in NASCAR, two weeks after his abrupt retirement as a full-time driver. Terry Smith, a political science professor at Columbia College, speculated in a Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017,  piece for KBIA's Talking Politics that Edwards will challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri next year. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    NASCAR’s Carl Edwards does not rule out US Senate run in ’18

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two weeks after his abrupt retirement as a full-time driver in NASCAR, Carl Edwards on Wednesday would not rule out a potential U.S. Senate campaign in his home state of Missouri next year. Terry Smith, a political science professor at Columbia College, speculated in a Wednesday piece for KBIA’s Talking Politics […]
  • Jimmie Johnson answers a question during a news conference at the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Drivers love new NASCAR format, fans get a look in a month

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At a crossroads with its core audience and eager to attract younger fans, NASCAR took a huge swing at shaking up its model with a progressive new format. The drivers seem thrilled with the changes. Ultimately, though, the only thing that matters is whether fans embrace the new model. Beginning with […]
  • Danica Patrick films a video segment during the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Sponsor questions for Danica Patrick as NASCAR season nears

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick wore an all-white Tax Act uniform to NASCAR’s preseason media event Tuesday, raising eyebrows about her sponsorship situation with the season just a month away. Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing last year signed a deal with Nature’s Bakery as Patrick’s primary sponsor. The company founded in 2010 by the father-and-son […]