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NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Killed in Sprint Car Accident

NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Killed in Sprint Car Accident

Originally posted 06/13/2013 07:30AM

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Leffler, 37, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," NASCAR said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."

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Filed Under: Death, NASCAR
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Former NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dies of Apparent Suicide

Former NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dies of Apparent Suicide

Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:20AM

Dick Trickle, whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle, who said "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.

Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson said foul play was not suspected.

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NASCAR's Danica Patrick Finalizes Divorce | Danica Patrick

NASCAR's Danica Patrick Finalizes Divorce

Originally posted 04/26/2013 08:00AM

Danica Patrick's marriage has come to a screeching halt – her divorce has been finalized.

An Arizona judge signed a consent decree between the NASCAR star and husband Paul Hospenthal on April 15 and it was filed two days later, ending the couple's seven-year union, ESPN reports.

Patrick, 31, had announced in November via her Facebook page that she was splitting from Hospenthal, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken."

The couple originally met after Patrick saw Hospenthal, who is a physical therapist and personal trainer, for treatment of a hip injury. They wed in 2005 and had no children.

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Second Child on the Way for Jimmie Johnson

Second Child on the Way for Jimmie Johnson

Originally posted 04/09/2013 06:00PM

"We are so happy to share news that we're having another baby in September," the NASCAR champ shares

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Filed Under: NASCAR
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Meet the First Female NASCAR Pit Crew Member!

Christmas Abbott Is the First Female NASCAR Pit Crew Member

Originally posted 02/22/2013 09:15AM

Her name is Christmas and if auto racing legend Michael Waltrip is right, she will become more than merry asset in the NASCAR pits – she'll become a racing business goddess.

Christmas Abbott, a fierce CrossFit video star and Raleigh, N.C., gym owner who bears a gun tattoo on her hip and who worked for years as a civilian contractor in Bagdad – doing military laundry, no less – was signed this week as a full-time crew member for the Michael Waltrip Racing team and its Sprint Cup operation, making her the first woman to work the pits at NASCAR's highest level.

While racer Danica Patrick offers star power on the track, Abbott, 31 and a Virginia native, will add her own muscled glamour to crews for this Sunday's Daytona 500, where she will be in the pits with racer Clint Bowyer and will shadow the pit team there in anticipation of her future gig.

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Jimmie Johnson: My Daughter Is a Big Fan of Taylor Swift

Jimmie Johnson: My Daughter Is a Big Fan of Taylor Swift

Originally posted 02/05/2013 02:10PM

Genevieve, 2½, "knows the name of the songs she wants to hear," the NASCAR driver tells PEOPLE

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Filed Under: ESPN, NASCAR, Taylor Swift
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Danica Patrick Crashes in Daytona Debut

Danica Patrick Crashes in Daytona Debut

Originally posted 02/27/2012 07:45PM

Danica Patrick got her first Daytona 500 race off to a nasty start.

The racer, 29, crashed her green car on the second lap in an accident that also involved Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and other drivers.

"Wow," exclaims the NASCAR.com blog. "The wreck was triggered when Elliott Sadler shoved Johnson."

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Filed Under: NASCAR, Danica Patrick
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Danica Patrick: I Could Win the Daytona 500

Danica Patrick: I Could Win the Daytona 500

Originally posted 02/22/2012 05:00PM

Race car driver Danica Patrick is about to embark on her biggest challenge to date – the Daytona 500, a 500 mile-long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

But Patrick, 29, seems fearless, telling Reuters, "I'm not scared of going 200 miles an hour," during Sunday's competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In fact, she believes she has a shot at following in the footsteps of Trevor Bayne, last year's rookie race winner.

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Filed Under: NASCAR, Danica Patrick
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Jeremy Mayfield Arrested on Drug Charge

Jeremy Mayfield Arrested on Drug Charge

Originally posted 11/03/2011 08:05AM

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested and charged Tuesday with possession of 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, the Associated Press reports.

The arrest came after officers searched his western North Carolina home and discovered drugs and $100,000 worth of stolen property, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Mayfield, 42, was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR in 2009 for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.

Detectives told AP that the alleged stolen merchandise – including welding equipment, truck parts and scrap metal – came from local businesses.

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Filed Under: Crime & Courts, NASCAR
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Jeff Gordon's Littlest Cheerleader: Daughter Ella! | Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon's Littlest Cheerleader: Daughter Ella!

Originally posted 08/10/2009 08:00AM

NASCAR star Jeff Gordon’s daughter Ella Sofia, who turned 2 in June, isn’t sure what her daddy does at the track, but she recognizes that his work involves sitting behind the wheel.

"She knows that I have a race car for work and when she sees [one] at the track she says, 'Go papa go!' " Gordon, 38, told PEOPLE's Celebrity Baby Blog late last week at The Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he was preparing to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Ella planned to be on the sidelines "cheering him on" during Monday's race, after being rained out Sunday.

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Filed Under: NASCAR, Jeff Gordon

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