CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bruton Smith just can't help himself sometimes.
CHARLOTTE - AJ Allmendinger's parents attended their first Indianapolis 500 in 1979, when they camped in a grassy lot and watched Rick Mears win his first 400.
CONCORD, N.C. - Danica Patrick said she can't explain why she's popular among NASCAR fans.
INDIANAPOLIS - A.J. Foyt sits quietly recounting stories in the back of his garage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Matt Kenseth was in Canada when J.D. Gibbs sent him the results of their appeal to NASCAR to reduce sweeping penalties against Joe Gibbs Racing.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ryan Newman had to open his checkbook the last time he spoke out at Talladega.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Steady rain Saturday washed out qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, where the field was set by practice speeds.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Denny Hamlin ran 16 laps at full speed Friday, turned his car over to Brian Vickers and then didn't exactly rule himself out of running a full race this weekend as he recovers from a back injury.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The only certainty at the unveiling of NASCAR's new car was that the Gen-6 was aesthetically pleasing.
RICHMOND, Va. - Mild-mannered Matt Kenseth is spitting mad at NASCAR.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to engines, tires and fuel on a race car. Anything even slightly improper is dealt with swiftly and severely. NASCAR always throws the book at offenders.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jeff Gordon learned his lesson over time. So did Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.
FORT WORTH, Texas - One of the key moments in the development of NASCAR's new Sprint Cup car came in a multicar test at Texas last fall.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Tony Stewart says never. Joey Logano says late in the race. Jimmie Johnson says to protect a victory in the final laps, except, perhaps, if Stewart is behind him because of the potential consequences.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Tony Stewart and Joey Logano say their dustup is over. They just haven't said it to each other.
CHICAGO (AP) - It didn't take Kevin Harvick long to start needling the drivers standing in his way of a second consecutive title.
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