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  • Gordon Breaks Texas Jinx

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Jeff Gordon broke a 17-race winless jinx at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday in the 334-lap Sprint Cup Samsung 500. Ironically, it was Gordon’s pit crew that helped propel him to his first win since October 2007. “You guys gave me a win, I love you guys,” said Gordon after taking the

  • Johnson Muscles to Martinsville Win

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jimmie Johnson won the Goody’s 500 Sunday at Martinsville on the 25th anniversary of team owner Rick Hendrick’s first Cup victory. It was also Johnson’s fifth Martinsville win in the last six races. “We didn’t have the best car at the start, but we opted to lose track position to work on

  • On the Road Review: The Tale of Two Compact SUVs, Part 1

    The compact sport utility class has suddenly become the leading wagon segment for families large and small in a tightly constrained automotive market. Buyers have discovered that many of these designs — most are based on compact car platforms — deliver admirably improved fuel economy over their previously owned large and midsize SUVs, while exhibiting good ride dynamics and reasonable cargo flexibility. Sometimes, common sense does prevail.

  • On the Road Review: The Tale of Two Compact SUVs, Part 1

    The compact sport utility class has suddenly become the leading wagon segment for families large and small in a tightly constrained automotive market. Buyers have discovered that many of these designs — most are based on compact car platforms — deliver admirably improved fuel economy over their previously owned large and midsize SUVs, while exhibiting

  • On The Road Review: Hummer H3T

    Dear readers: Don’t reel in horror that a Hummer is before you this week. I only collected two Priuses and one Mini Cooper in the H3T’s toothy front grille all week, proving once again that Hummers don’t consume every living thing on the planet.

  • On The Road Review: Hummer H3T

    Dear readers: Don’t reel in horror that a Hummer is before you this week. I only collected two Priuses and one Mini Cooper in the H3T’s toothy front grille all week, proving once again that Hummers don’t consume every living thing on the planet. It seems that you can’t talk about GM’s smallest division without

  • On The Road Review: Ford Flex

    It is 0-dark-400 and five degrees below zero as I exit my garage on a recent Saturday morning. A golden full moon dances above the northwest horizon as I point this week’s Ford Flex down the long ribbon of interstate that will deposit me in southern Massachusetts later in the morning.

  • On The Road Review: Ford Flex

    It is 0-dark-400 and five degrees below zero as I exit my garage on a recent Saturday morning. A golden full moon dances above the northwest horizon as I point this week’s Ford Flex down the long ribbon of interstate that will deposit me in southern Massachusetts later in the morning. I’ve washed the top