DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart has had plenty of chances to win the Daytona 500, and he's had his heart broken every time.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If Michael Waltrip were to count up all the concussions he has sustained over a NASCAR career that stretches back nearly 30 years, he'd certainly hit 10 - and probably keep going.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Over the closing weeks of last season, Steve Addington had been led to believe he would be Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2012.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Since the system isn't broken, NASCAR officials have no plans to change it - at least nothing radical.
By JENNA FRYER
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth couldn't have asked for a better scenario than rain washing out qualifying for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Tony Stewart competes in NASCAR. His heart, though, belongs to open-wheel racing, and he spent the first 25 years of his life trying to get to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch learned his crew chief was leaving right before NASCAR's title race began two years ago. The impending split never distracted him, and Busch won a race and finished fourth in the final 2009 standings.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Carl Edwards doesn't like sneaking up on people. He'd rather have a big lead and let everyone else try to track him down.
JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart ended his season-long funk, winning for the first time this year in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
JOLIET, Ill. - Kyle Busch heads the list of favorites to win the NASCAR championship this season. He's followed by Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, and Jeff Gordon ranks up there, too.
HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Gordon was sliding all over the track those final 10 laps, doing everything he could to hold off five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.
HAMPTON - The remnants from Tropical Storm Lee pushed through the Atlanta area with a fury, bringing heavy rain and fierce wind.
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BROOKLYN, Mich. - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose.
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper - one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.
When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America.
LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras.
Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.
INDIANAPOLIS - The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
INDIANAPOLIS - Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.
EDINBURGH, Ind. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track.
There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying.
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