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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Talladega fails to live up to chaotic reputation

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chaos is a recurrent theme at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 21, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | NASCAR


Chase leaders hope to avoid carnage

TALLADEGA, Ala. - They plan and tinker, double-check this and triple-check that.

October 19, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


MWR shrinking to 2 teams

CONCORD, N.C.- Michael Waltrip Racing will run only two full-time cars next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA, part of the fallout from its attempts to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.

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


Keselowski takes checkered flag at Bank of America 500

CONCORD, N.C. - Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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


Kyle Larson setting sensible goals for Sprint Cup debut

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Larson can't be goaded into setting an unreasonable expectation for his Sprint Cup debut.

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


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Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.

September 16, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | NASCAR


In The Pits: Short stay at the party for Allmendinger and Almirola

AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship.

September 15, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch gets pole for Chase opener at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. - With rain in Friday's forecast at Chicagoland Speedway, the only time on track became a strategy session for the championship contenders.

September 12, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins on Sunday

CHICAGO - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.

September 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: Hendrick, Penske, Harvick prep for Chase

A win in the season-opening Daytona 500 guaranteed Dale Earnhardt Jr. a spot in NASCAR's title race. It also allowed his Hendrick Motorsports team to live in the moment on the race track and not get hung up on results.

September 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: One more Chase chance for Stewart, but does it matter?

Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it's not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002.

September 01, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins Atlanta pole; Stewart is 12th

HAMPTON, Ga. - Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner's return to the track.

August 29, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

August 29, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Power shakes quake, can't close title

It was just past 3 a.m. when Will Power was awakened from a deep sleep on the top floor of his hotel in Napa, California. The IndyCar Series points leader was in the middle of his first earthquake and wasn't certain he was going to make it out alive.

August 25, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano earns first win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

August 23, 2014 | HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.

August 22, 2014 | By HANK KURZ JR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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