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NASCAR vows to fix the Kentucky traffic issues

LOUDON, N.H. - Bruton Smith boasted about the largest crowd to attend a NASCAR race this season: More than 100,000 fans filled Kentucky Speedway in its inaugural Sprint Cup Series event.

July 15, 2011 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kentucky Speedway forgot about those two key words

Sometimes saying "I'm sorry" is all it takes to make people feel a little better.

July 11, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Ragan eager to prove breakthrough win was no fluke

SPARTA, Ky. - David Ragan finally shrugged off the "best NASCAR driver without a Cup victory" tag when he took the checkered flag last weekend in Daytona.

July 08, 2011 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Edwards has no reason to leave team

Carl Edwards is no longer NASCAR's points leader, his 10-week streak at the top snapped by an early accident at Daytona International Speedway.

July 04, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Red Bull out of NASCAR at season's end

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The owner of energy drink Red Bull plans to leave NASCAR at the end of this season, The Associated Press has learned.

June 20, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kyle Busch penalized after Pocono

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kyle Busch was docked six points Monday and his crew chief fined $25,000 because his car failed post-race inspection at Pocono Raceway.

June 13, 2011 | The Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


Off track fights, fines hit NASCAR

LONG POND, Pa. - Richard Childress refuses to talk about what he did to Kyle Busch. Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya won't talk about secret fines or threatened lawsuits.

June 10, 2011 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Ragan takes Showdown

CONCORD, N.C. - David Ragan passed Brad Keselowski with just over a lap remaining to win The Sprint Showdown, the qualifying event that moves three drivers into the $1 million Sprint All-Star Race.

May 21, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kurt Busch loses cool, blasts Penske

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There's little doubt Roger Penske made the right choice in skipping the NASCAR race at Richmond, a decision that spared him from the R-rated rant driver Kurt Busch launched against his race team.

May 02, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Tag-team racing here to stay

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jimmie Johnson didn't mind a little tag teaming.

April 18, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon leads Hendrick sweep at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jeff Gordon put himself in select company. So did Rick Hendrick.

April 16, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth ends 76-race drought with Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Matt Kenseth can quit wondering. He is still good enough to win.

April 10, 2011 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Bristol drivers thrown a curveball

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Carl Edwards had every reason to believe he had one of the best cars at Bristol Motor Speedway.

March 19, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Earnhardt tempers strong start with caution

BRISTOL, Tenn. - When Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to qualify for last year's championship race, he spent the final three months of the season out of the spotlight.

March 18, 2011 | Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR's bad boys are behaving better

Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart are known for their racing success and explosive tempers.

March 07, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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In the Pits: RTA aiming to close disconnect

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.

July 21, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Keselowski takes Nationwide race

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski had a couple of impressive performances at New Hampshire. It's the victory celebration that again gave him fits.

July 12, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR: No animosity toward RTA

LOUDON, N.H. - NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday there is no animosity from the governing body toward the recently formed, nine-team Race Team Alliance that will collaborate on initiatives and issues facing auto racing.

July 11, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Helton: Talladega races still have big impact

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mike Helton has seen Talladega Superspeedway's capacity expand in boom times and shrink along with the crowds at one of NASCAR's signature tracks, moving in tandem with the sport's ebbs and flows.

July 10, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Almirola: Congrats from Petty a special moment

RICHMOND, Va. - Aric Almirola waited two days to experience one of the highlights of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series.

July 09, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR penalizes Busch for violation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

July 08, 2014 | The Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


In the Pits: Pulling the plug on Coke Zero 400 was the right call

When the sky opened for a third time during the rain-rescheduled race at Daytona and teams pulled out car covers to wait out the weather, it seemed the right time for NASCAR to put the Coke Zero 400 out of its misery.

July 07, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gilliland takes poll for Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.

July 04, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Earnhardt still embarrassed over Talladega finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It had been 31 years since a driver won both Daytona races in the same season when Jimmie Johnson pulled off the Sprint Cup Series sweep. A year later, his teammate wants to complete the feat.

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


Bumpy track means anyone's race

SPARTA, Ky. - NASCAR drivers won't be shocked if Kentucky Speedway's fourth Sprint Cup Series race yields a repeat winner or new face spraying champagne in victory lane.

June 27, 2014 | By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Carl Edwards races to 1st career road course win

SONOMA, Calif. - His future with Roush Fenway Racing is uncertain, but Carl Edwards isn't letting that slow him down this season.

June 23, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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