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New Lenox native Marla O’Guin earns her spurs as mechanic on prominent Funny Car team

Marla O’Guin is a “jump in and go for it” person. She was like that as a high-school freshman at Lincoln-Way Central when she tried out for the soccer team. “I didn’t know how to play the game,” she said. “I didn’t know the rules. …


Tony Stewart cleared of charges in fatal crash


A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

Grand jury will decide if Tony Stewart faces charges


A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

Chicagoland Speedway president expects big crowd for Sprint Cup


If you include the pits, the camping area and the suites, Chicagoland Speedway can hold about 60,000 bodies. There won’t be 60,000 there Sunday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs kick off with the 400. Capacity crowds at NASCAR events have been a thing …

Tony Stewart set to go in NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway


As the investigation into an accident that resulted in the death of 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. comes to a close, Tony Stewart will be continuing his return to racing this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

Kevin Ward death investigation results due out next week


The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr. has been completed and results will be announced late next week, the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Ward was struck and killed Aug. 9 by a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart …

Tony Stewart pit crew jumps to Kevin Harvick’s car


Kevin Harvick’s shaky pit crew now belongs to Tony Stewart.

Harvick got a pit crew upgrade on Tuesday for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet when Stewart-Haas Racing announced it has swapped Harvick’s crew for Stewart’s. Harvick is participating in the Chase …

Tony Stewart: ‘This will affect my life forever’


Tony Stewart said “this has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. This will affect my life forever,” in his opening remarks from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday as he returned to NASCAR for the first time since Kevin Ward Jr. was killed Aug. 9.

Kevin Ward’s father questions Tony Stewart’s innocence in fatal crash


The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard that “there’s no reason for” the crash that led to his son’s death.

Kevin Ward Jr. built reputation as fearless wheelman


Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.

Autopsy: Kevin Ward Jr. died of massive blunt trauma


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Kevin Ward Jr. died of “massive blunt trauma” according to the Ontario County coroner, said county sheriff Philip Potero during a news conference Monday afternoon. “The autopsy was conducted today. The Ontario County coroner has stated cause of death was massive blunt …

Tony Stewart crash is a tragic lesson in road rage


RICK MORRISSEY: Tony Stewart hasn’t been charged with a crime, but that hasn’t stopped national discussion about his intent in the tragedy.

Crash leaves Tony Stewart with uncertain future


For the second consecutive Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart’s future is unclear after missing the August race at Watkins Glen International.

Tony Stewart fatal crash probe focuses on track, lighting


The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

Tony Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

Chase Elliott wins third race, takes Nationwide points lead


Chase Elliott didn’t have a particularly good Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet during practice for the Nationwide Series race ­Saturday. “Our car had speed at times; we just weren’t as good the whole time as I wanted to be,” he said. The 18-year-old has …