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  • Can it really be that Bears coach Marc Trestman has no idea who Willy Wonka is?

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Minor red flag on TrestmanSep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Things have gotten off to such a strong start for Bears coach Marc Trestman, but one thing he said this week sent up the red flag. That and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  •  Clint Bowyer greets fans Sunday during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. His crew chief decided Bowyer should help MArtin Truex Jr. stave off elimination and so Bowyer spun out. That one move has had a ripple effect bringing with it penalties and questions about what’s legal and what’s not.

    NASCAR’s SpinGate spun out of control early Sep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Everything could have been handled better from the moment Clint Bowyer spun at Richmond to trigger the biggest credibility crisis in NASCAR history. That spin started as the well-intentioned desire to help a teammate earn a valuable spot in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, and with a little honesty, a few deep breaths and some clear thinking, it might have ended there. The situation snowballed, and NASCAR quickly had a full-blown scandal on its hands.

     
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  •  Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

    Kyle Busch dominates to win at Chicagoland Sep 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Just when it appeared Kyle Busch couldn’t be any stronger in a Nationwide Series race, he broke the record for most laps led on a 1.5-mile track in a Nationwide race in winning the Dollar General 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Saturday.

     
  • NASCAR fans take photos of Brad Keselowski's car while Brad Keselowski drives his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    NASCAR seeks to restore credibility after scandal Sep 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    NASCAR took the first step toward restoring its credibility Saturday by telling its teams to give 100 percent at all times. Teams were also told attempts to “artificially alter” a race will face severe punishment and examples were given as to what will be prohibited going forward.

     
  •  Kyle Busch celebrates winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

    Kyle Busch wins truck race at Chicagoland Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kyle Busch won his 34th career Truck Series race Friday night, beating Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway before running out of gas on his way to Victory Lane. It was Busch’s fourth series win of the season and 17th overall spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series.

     
  •  Kyle Busch celebrates winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

    Kyle Busch wins truck race at Chicagoland Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kyle Busch won his 34th career Truck Series race Friday night, beating Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway before running out of gas on his way to Victory Lane. It was Busch’s fourth series win of the season and 17th overall spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series.

     
  •  Joey Logano smiles after winning the pole during Friday’s qualifying for the Geico 400 auto race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

    Penske Racing sweeps pole at Chicagoland Speedway Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Penske Racing swept the front row in qualifying for the first race of the Chase, with Joey Logano winning the pole hours after NASCAR placed his team on probation for allegedly cutting a deal with another organization to help him make the championship field.

     
  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, NASCAR Chase drivers celebrate making the Chase after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. . From left are Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth. NASCAR's investigation into Bowyer's spin at Richmond ultimately uncovered a series of deliberate actions by Michael Waltrip Racing to alter the race results and the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The sordid saga concluded Monday, Sept. 10, 2013, with a hefty penalty that saw Ryan Newman replace Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase as MWR was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)

    Logano defends spot in NASCAR’s Chase field Sep 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Joey Logano defended his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Thursday, rattling off his season statistics as proof he earned his spot in the 12-driver field regardless of any help he may have received in the deciding race. And make no mistake, Logano said: If anybody helped him at Richmond, he had no clue.

     
  •  Carl Edwards approaches the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.

    Edwards wins race, Keselowski misses Chase Sep 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    NASCAR will have a new champion at the end of the season. For now, it has yet another conspiracy. Reigning champion Brad Keselowski failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night when an ill-timed caution ruined his run at Richmond International Raceway.

     
  •  Jeff Gordon is fighting for one of the last five spots in the Chase field.

    Gordon wins pole at Richmond Sep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR’s playoffs from the pole position.The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season.

     
  • NASCAR driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart, left, arrives in a wheelchair assisted by Josh Katz, right, before a news conference at Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Tony Stewart calls injury a small bump in the road Sep 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tony Stewart, upbeat and noticeably thinner, won his first race since breaking his leg in a sprint car accident when he beat an employee around the office at Stewart-Haas Racing in his wheelchair. His injury? The three-time NASCAR champion called it “a small bump in the road” and expects to be back in a race car in time for next year’s Daytona 500.

     
  •  Juan Pablo Montoya won’t be driving the Target car for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing next year.

    NASCAR divers scrambling to land rides for 2014 Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    NASCAR is going through its own version of musical chairs at the moment, with several big-name drivers moving to new rides or scrambling to land a spot in the 2014 Sprint Cup field.

     
  •  Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday at Bristol.

    Kenseth holds off Kahne to get 5th win of season Aug 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kasey Kahne was fed up with all of Joe Gibbs Racing by the time contact with Matt Kenseth ended his race at Watkins Glen earlier this month. It was the fourth time a JGR driver had wrecked him, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, posting: “Headed to Joe Gibbs Racing to talk to whoever will come out front.”

     
  •  Real Solution owner Kenneth L. Ramsey celebrates with jockey Alan Garcia after being announced the winner of the 2013 Arlington Million.

    Track officials vow not to repeat Million TV faux pas Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Million Day had everything going for it: beautiful day, big crowd, great racing ... too bad a glitch at the end of the television broadcast of the race put a little damper on the whole day. That and a little Bears talk and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  •  NASCAR driver Tony Stewart broke his right leg in a race Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

    Tony Stewart to miss rest of season Aug 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Out for the season with a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers to take over the No. 14. At 54, Mark Martin is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his good friend. “Hopefully, we can turn the 14 car back over to Tony an even stronger organization than what it was when he stepped away and got injured,” Martin said.

     
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. performs a burnout Monday morning in front of the Chicago Theatre in Chicago.

    Earnhardt Jr. makes his mark in downtown Chicago Aug 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. burned some rubber Monday morning in downtown Chicago to promote a triple-header chase weekend next month at Chicagoland Speedway.

     
  • In this Aug. 5, 2013 photo, personnel prepare to load NASCAR driver Tony Stewart into an ambulance after being involved in a four-car wreck at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart underwent successful surgery Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, to repair the broken right tibia and fibula suffered in the wreck. Stewart will need a second surgery and remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Mary Willie)

    Tony Stewart has surgery following Iowa crash Aug 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tony Stewart broke his right leg Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, where he flipped his 360 winged sprint car while leading with five laps remaining in the 30-lap feature. He had surgery Tuesday on the upper and lower parts of his leg, and Stewart-Haas Racing said he’ll need a second surgery.

     
  •  Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

    Kahne holds off Gordon at Pocono Raceway Aug 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway.

     
  • Jimmie Johnson drives into the pits after qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday Aug. 2, 2013, in Long Pond, Pa. Johnson qualified on the pole with a speed of 180.654 mph. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Johnson wins 2nd pole of the season at PoconoAug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jimmie Johnson needed multiple attempts to make it through pre-qualifying inspection, then set a track record with a lap of 180.654 mph to win the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.

     
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