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NASCAR'S new charters create puzzling payouts for drivers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR's new charter system was introduced as a monumental moment in auto racing - a triumphant merger between a one-time dictatorship and a group of team owners finally organized enough to demand their fair share of the financials.

February 17, 2016 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR allows franchise system to give team owners value

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors.

February 09, 2016 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

November 23, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick primed to defend NASCAR championship at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Go ahead, just try and wrestle the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship away from Kevin Harvick.

November 21, 2015 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Logano focused on title chase at Texas with Kenseth absent

FORT WORTH, Texas - Joey Logano arrived at Texas with a clear conscience, an easy smile and a new focus after being intentionally wrecked by Matt Kenseth last weekend.

November 06, 2015 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth loses final appeal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - His appeals rejected, Matt Kenseth defiantly vowed Thursday to race as he always has and accused NASCAR of "unfairly" making an example out of him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over the weekend at Martinsville.

November 05, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski looking forward to 3rd round of NASCAR playoffs

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - It's been a ho-hum year for Brad Keselowski, who has been overshadowed all season by teammate Joey Logano.

October 31, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jeff Gordon leads Hendrick Motorsports charge at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jeff Gordon led a Hendrick Motorsports rout in qualifying Saturday to win the pole for his final race at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 24, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Edwards heads to Kansas hoping for Chase win at home track

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Carl Edwards threw out the first pitch for the Kansas City Royals last season, and remembers walking back to the dugout afterward when one of the players pulled him aside.

October 16, 2015 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Title contenders eyeing win at Charlotte to ease pressure

CONCORD, N.C. - Expect the intensity to pick up a tick in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended last year with mild-mannered Matt Kenseth jumping Brad Keselowski, who had already drawn the ire of Denny Hamlin.

October 09, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick ready to "pound" Joe Gibbs Racing in title chase

CHICAGO (AP) - It didn't take Kevin Harvick long to start needling the drivers standing in his way of a second consecutive title.

September 17, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano defends Bristol victory to hold off Gibbs drivers

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano spoiled what was expected to be a rout by Joe Gibbs Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

August 22, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Gordon's farewell tour hits snag at Watkins Glen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Perhaps Jeff Gordon should have known what was to come this season, his final as a NASCAR driver, when he crashed on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Then he crashed the next week at Atlanta and this farewell tour of sorts had officially stalled out of the gate.

August 10, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


King of the road Jeff Gordon says good-bye to road racing

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - It's been nearly two decades since Jeff Gordon won his first Sprint Cup road race. He has one more chance to add to his legacy on the two twisting courses NASCAR visits each year.

August 07, 2015 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: NASCAR blew it on Indy rules package

Run, NASCAR, don't walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected.

July 27, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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