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Jimmie Johnson makes case as one of the all-time greats

MaIt took Jimmie Johnson just 13 races into his rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports to prove to his team he was a rare talent.

November 18, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Jimmie Johnson wins 6th NASCAR championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Soaked in sweat, champagne and success, Jimmie Johnson celebrated yet another NASCAR championship by sipping a beer.

November 17, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Matt Kenseth wins pole at Homestead for finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team took a huge step away from their bad performance last week by winning the pole Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship-deciding race.

November 15, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson has 6th NASCAR title well within reach

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was no trash talking, no attempts at mind games. If there was tension or nerves, nobody could tell.

November 14, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Bayne afflicted with multiple sclerosis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Determined to learn exactly what caused his mystery illness in 2011, Trevor Bayne made repeated visits to the Mayo Clinic over the last two years, asking questions about his health and medical history.

November 12, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Bad day at the worst time dooms Kenseth

Matt Kenseth did his best to put on a brave face following his worst performance of the season, which just happened to come at the worst possible time in his championship battle with Jimmie Johnson.

November 11, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Keselowski's reign comes to an end

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Brad Keselowski rolled into Phoenix International Raceway a year ago locked into a tight championship battle with Jimmie Johnson, and left the track poised to claim his first Sprint Cup title.

November 09, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson feels good even with Kenseth in mirror

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just like last season, Jimmie Johnson enters the next-to-last race with a seven-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He came up empty in his bid for a sixth title last year, but is more confident about his chances following Sunday's dominating victory at Texas.

November 04, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson takes Cup lead with dominating Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson is the leader again in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title after a dominating victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

November 03, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth, Johnson take Chase to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Matt Kenseth started to answer a question about how he could affect Jimmie Johnson on the track when the five-time Sprint Cup champion suddenly leaned around a corner of the room.

November 02, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon makes most of unprecedented Chase chance

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jeff Gordon acknowledges that most of his answers will be similar when asked about his championship chances, usually along the lines of wait and see what happens.

November 01, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Biffle sorry for not talking to Johnson in private

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Greg Biffle could go back to Sunday, when he grabbed Jimmie Johnson by the collar and spun him around to confront him, he'd probably reach for the five-time champion's arm.

October 30, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Bowyer has Richmond mess in rearview mirror

Clint Bowyer fielded fan questions for nearly 30 minutes Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where the topics covered everything from his recent appearance on an episode of "Duck Dynasty" to his displeasure with people who text while driving.

October 28, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon grabs 1st win of season at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon used an unprecedented chairman's selection to get into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship 48 hours before the opening race.

October 27, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth chasing Johnson, history

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Kenseth will be right behind Jimmie Johnson when the green flag drops at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

October 26, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


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Swan racing future in doubt

Swan Racing is reviewing its ability to compete in NASCAR because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship for the two-car operation.

April 17, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

April 11, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Logano gets first Cup win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Joey Logano had a big lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag at Texas.

April 07, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stewart edges Keselowski for pole at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

April 05, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday's race

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday's race before a single lap had been turned.

April 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR: Preserving tires is up to teams

FORT WORTH, Texas - NASCAR will not regulate tire pressures at Texas Motor Speedway, and if drivers have tire failures during Sunday's race officials believe they won't be able to blame Goodyear.

April 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson appreciates Hendrick links to Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson doesn't dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway, and that's more than understandable. He has won eight times at the track in 24 career starts.

March 29, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch wins Martinsville pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kyle Busch has seen it time and again at Martinsville Speedway.

March 28, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Larson dazzles in drive to the front at Fontana

Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Larson holds off Harvick for first Nationwide victory

FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Larson won his first Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.

March 22, 2014 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth claims Fontana pole

FONTANA, Calif. - Although Matt Kenseth thinks track position is less important on Fontana's well-aged asphalt than on other NASCAR ovals, he is still excited to start up front Sunday.

March 21, 2014 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Texas Motor Speedway unveils largest HD screen in the world

FORT WORTH, Texas - Talk about a Texas-sized TV.

March 19, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


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