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Judge OKs Wards' claims against Stewart

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) A federal judge has ruled the family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star.

In a 28-page ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd dismissed Stewart's counterclaim and said the case was best left to a jury. Hurd concluded it was inappropriate at this early stage of the case to draw factual conclusions from competing evidence in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. Read More...

Earnhardt most popular for 15th time

LAS VEGAS (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up his final season as a NASCAR driver with one last piece of hardware. He won the Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday night for the 15th consecutive time.

The award is based on a fan vote and sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association. Only Bill Elliott won the award more than Earnhardt - 16 times between 1984 and 2002 - before he removed his name from consideration. Read More...

Truex honored as NASCAR's newest champ

It was fitting for Martin Truex Jr. to be introduced as NASCAR's newest champion by his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It was Earnhardt who helped Truex venture out of New Jersey to give it a go in NASCAR. Now, nearly 15 years later, Truex was on racing's biggest stage. Read More...

Retiring Danica excited over next phase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Danica Patrick blazed her way through motorsports like no woman ever had.

She was fearless in an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a white-knuckle track that has shaken the nerves of many a driver. With marketing savvy and strong sponsorship support, she built a platform that made her one of the most recognizable athletes in the world - not just among female athletes, either. Patrick leads all celebrities with a record 14 appearances in Super Bowl commercials. Read More...

Truex, Pollex win Myers Brothers Award

LAS VEGAS (AP) The career year for Martin Truex Jr. rolls on.

Truex and partner Sherry Pollex on Wednesday won the prestigious Myers Brothers Award - the top honor in NASCAR's season-ending awards celebration - for their charitable work. The award is presented by the National Motorsports Press Association and given as the final honor during a formal event that leads to Thursday night's champion celebration. Truex will be feted there for his first career Cup title, a presentation he is prepared for. Read More...

NASCAR honors doctor for autism work

LAS VEGAS (AP) The NASCAR Foundation awarded the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to an Alabama physician who founded an organization that works to improve the lives of autistic children.

KultureCity, the organization founded by Dr. Julian Maha, also seeks to assist in the inclusion of autistic children. KultureCity received a $100,000 donation from the foundation, NASCAR's charitable arm. Read More...

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