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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


Martin takes Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Mark Martin knew he had to save gas to have any chance of winning the Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 05, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth wins Las Vegas pole, sets new record

LAS VEGAS - Matt Kenseth was all too aware of his lousy qualifying record, and even with a fast car, he figured he'd screw up his Friday lap around Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 05, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Uncertainty at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The fans will stand in silence, three fingers raised toward the sky, on the third lap of the Daytona 500 in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt.

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


Tony edges Bower in Nationwide race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart has mastered how to win at Daytona International Speedway on Saturdays.

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


Busch 2-for-2 at Daytona with win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three races down during Speedweeks and nobody has any idea what they'll see in the Daytona 500.

February 17, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


10 years later, Childress keeps promise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It's hard to imagine anybody would have blamed Richard Childress for just walking away, vowing never to set foot at another racetrack after losing his star driver and close friend, Dale Earnhardt.

February 15, 2011 | By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


The Dale Earnhardt legacy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michael Waltrip still remembers what he felt the first time he smacked into one of the impact-absorbing SAFER barriers that sprouted on racetrack walls in the wake of Dale Earnhardt's death.

February 14, 2011 | By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


JGR begins 20th season with high hopes for a title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The presentation at Joe Gibbs Racing last month began as a rambling remembrance of the race team's humble beginnings.

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


NASCAR scraps the points system

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR is replacing the complicated scoring system it has used since 1975 with a more straightforward format.

January 27, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Childress confident his team can dethrone Johnson

WELCOME, N.C. - There's a sign at the top of the road leading into Richard Childress Racing trumpeting next month's season-opening Daytona 500.

January 26, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Tests bring buzz back to NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There's a buzz at Daytona International Speedway, and it's more than the cars humming around the track.

January 22, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson title cements Hendrick Motorsports dynasty

LAS VEGAS - Even as Jimmie Johnson chased his record fifth consecutive championship, a feat that would have cemented Hendrick Motorsports as the best team in NASCAR history, the owner knew he needed to make some dramatic changes to his organization.

December 04, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson's titles speak for themselves

It was early Monday morning, and Jimmie Johnson was celebrating another NASCAR championship in the surf on South Beach.

November 22, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Time for contenders to shut up and drive

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - After all the talk, tweeting and obvious attempts at mind games, it's time for NASCAR's three title contenders to get serious about the tightest championship race in seven years.

November 20, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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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


In The Pits: Stewart return to track uncertain

There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss.

August 18, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jeff Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

BROOKLYN, Mich. - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.

August 18, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Buescher takes Nationwide race

LEXINGTON, Ohio - As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose.

August 16, 2014 | By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR passes post-wreck rule

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper - one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.

August 15, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart could still face legal action

August 12, 2014 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Column: Stewart's hobby called into question

When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America.

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


Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras.

August 03, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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