NASCAR en Michigan driver clinches NASCAR title <p>HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Brad Keselowski has won his first NASCAR championship.<br><br>The 28-year-old Detroit native clinched the Sprint Cup title Sunday when fellow title contender Jimmie Johnson pulled out of the season finale because of a parts failure. The championship is the first for longtime NASCAR owner Roger Penske and gives outgoing car manufacturer Dodge the sweetest of parting gifts.<br><br>All Keselowski had to do was stay out of trouble over the final 60 miles, which essentially turned out to be 40 victory laps around Homestead-Miami Speedway.<br> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:24:19 +0000 The Associated Press 9971 at Michigan driver clinches NASCAR title Michigan man on the verge of winning NASCAR's biggest prize <p>Tomorrow, a man from Rochester Hills has a chance to do something no one from the state of Michigan has ever done.</p><p></p><p>28 year old Brad Keselowski is the son, nephew and brother of race car drivers.</p><p>But he’ll have the bragging rights at the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, if he becomes the first Michigander to win stock car racing’s biggest prize: the Sprint Cup title.</p><p></p><p>Keselowski currently leads in the NASCAR points standings going into the season’s final race at Homestead, Florida. He only has to place 15th or better to take the NASCAR crown.</p><p></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 19:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 9967 at Michigan man on the verge of winning NASCAR's biggest prize Dodge to withdraw from NASCAR racing in 2013 <p>Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition at the conclusion of the 2012 season - this after its partner Penske Racing announced earlier this year that it had decided to switch to Ford Motor Company in 2013.</p><p>Chrysler&#39;s Ralph Gilles said the company &quot;couldn&#39;t make the pieces of the puzzle fit together&quot; in trying to find a new racing team that would&nbsp;maintain the level of competition Dodge wanted to maintain.</p><p>He didn&#39;t rule out re-entering NASCAR competition at a later time.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:52:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8581 at Dodge to withdraw from NASCAR racing in 2013 In this morning's Michigan news headlines... <p><strong>Romney to wrap up Battleground Bus Tour in Michigan</strong></p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is on a tour of half a dozen battleground states that winds up tomorrow in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio&rsquo;s Rick Pluta reports:</p><blockquote><p>Romney will make three campaign stops and attend a pair of fundraisers.&nbsp; Matt Frendeway is with the Michigan Republican Party.&nbsp; He says the swing through Michigan is a signal that Romney will make a strong play for Michigan and its 16 electoral votes.</p><p>&quot;He&rsquo;s going to come to Michigan and talk to folks who are struggling under President Obama&rsquo;s economy, under his failed policies. He&rsquo;s going to be visiting small towns and talking to folks about the difficulties they&rsquo;ve faced, the 400,000 Michiganders here who are still out of work, looking for work, looking for jobs.&quot;</p><p>Democrats have tried to make an issue of Romney&rsquo;s opposition to federal loans to GM and Chrysler. But two recent polls show the race for Michigan&rsquo;s 16 electoral votes is tightening. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Rich Robinson tracks political spending for the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He says Romney appears to be benefiting from advertising by independent groups attacking the president&rsquo;s job performance.<br /><br />&quot;They&rsquo;re not explicitly saying, &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t vote for this guy,&rsquo; but the effect of what they&rsquo;re doing is pretty obvious.&quot;<br /><br />The Republican presidential nominee last won Michigan in 1988.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:52:23 +0000 Rebecca Williams 7917 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines... NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at MIS, ends winless streak <p>BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:00:02 +0000 The Associated Press 7916 at NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at MIS, ends winless streak 'Pure Michigan' to sponsor NASCAR race <p>The state&rsquo;s popular <a href="">Pure Michigan</a> tourism campaign is headed to the race track this summer.</p><p>Pure Michigan will sponsor its first <a href="">NASCAR race</a> at the Michigan International Speedway. It will be billed as the Pure Michigan 400. <a href="">ESPN</a> will be broadcast the race&nbsp; nationwide and run Pure Michigan ads during the event.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2966 at 'Pure Michigan' to sponsor NASCAR race