MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:
Tony Stewart saved fuel when it counted and held off Kevin Harvick to win the first NASCAR Chase for the Championship race Monday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third. Carl Edwards was fourth, Brad Keselowski fifth, Kurt Busch sixth, Clint Bowyer seventh, Ryan Newman eighth, Mark Martin ninth and Jimmie Johnson tenth.
Earlier . . .
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship kickoff was postponed until today when it just wouldn't stop raining at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.
NASCAR tried to get the show in but gave up shortly after 8 p.m. EDT and rescheduled the race for noon today (where it can be seen live on TSN).
Meantime, NASCAR President Mike Helton said he had reviewed audio tapes of radio transmissions between driver Paul Menard and his pit during the race at Richmond, Va., last weekend and concluded there was nothing to suggest that a late-race solo spin by Menard had been ordered by the team.
There were suggestions that Menard had spun on purpose to help his teammate, Kevin Harvick, win the race. Here is what Helton concluded.
In Japan at the weekend, Scott Dixon won the IZOD IndyCar Series race but the big story was the post-race Twitter meltdown of driver Helio Castroneves, who was penalized by Chief Steward Brian Barnhart for passing under a yellow caution flag, a no-no.
Barnhard has been under fire from fans, media and drivers in the series for a series of calls or non-calls and Castroneves suggested that the chief steward was a "circus clown" who was picking on certain teams and drivers.
His actions could result in a suspension, which could have a negative effect on his career. For details, please see post below or click here.
Meantime, Toronto racer Paul Dalla Lana won a major U.S. championship at the weekend, Scott Steckly won the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Antigonish, N.S., at the weekend and both F1 hopeful Robert Wickens of Guelph and Toronto and Canadian Bruno Spengler driving in the German Touring Car Championship were off their games overseas. For details, please see second post below or click here.