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Speedweeks has strong opening

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway.

February 20, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Stewart goes into 2012 with new crew chief

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Over the closing weeks of last season, Steve Addington had been led to believe he would be Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2012.

February 15, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR wants to reduce two-car drafting in 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Since the system isn't broken, NASCAR officials have no plans to change it - at least nothing radical.

January 26, 2012 | By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Edwards dignified in defeat

By JENNA FRYER

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


'Best-case' for Edwards, Kenseth thanks to rain

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth couldn't have asked for a better scenario than rain washing out qualifying for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

October 30, 2011 | By BRIAN MAHONY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR remembers Wheldon as it prepares to race

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Tony Stewart competes in NASCAR. His heart, though, belongs to open-wheel racing, and he spent the first 25 years of his life trying to get to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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


Kurt Busch fending off crew chief distractions

CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch learned his crew chief was leaving right before NASCAR's title race began two years ago. The impending split never distracted him, and Busch won a race and finished fourth in the final 2009 standings.

October 14, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Edwards qualifies second at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Carl Edwards doesn't like sneaking up on people. He'd rather have a big lead and let everyone else try to track him down.

October 07, 2011 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart opens Chase with first victory of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart ended his season-long funk, winning for the first time this year in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

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


Johnson starts bid for sixth straight title under radar

JOLIET, Ill. - Kyle Busch heads the list of favorites to win the NASCAR championship this season. He's followed by Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, and Jeff Gordon ranks up there, too.

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


Gordon notches 85th career win at soggy Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Gordon was sliding all over the track those final 10 laps, doing everything he could to hold off five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.

September 06, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR holds race until storms pass

HAMPTON - The remnants from Tropical Storm Lee pushed through the Atlanta area with a fury, bringing heavy rain and fierce wind.

September 05, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski grabs 3rd win of season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brad Keselowski moved a step closer to making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, his third victory of the season.

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


Busch cops to speeding charge

STATESVILLE, N.C. - NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch lost his driver's license for 45 days on Tuesday for driving 128 mph on a road close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. His lawyer said his client was not treated "like any other citizen."

August 23, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP AUTO RACING WRITER | NASCAR


Michigan race crucial for Chase wild card hopefuls

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Denny Hamlin won Michigan's Sprint Cup race back in June. If he can repeat the feat this weekend, he might have a few more fans than usual.

August 19, 2011 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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Follow-up to Daytona falls flat

NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin's motorhome.

March 02, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

HAMPTON, Ga. - The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

March 01, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kvapil's No. 44 car found in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.

February 28, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kvapil's car stolen from racetrack

HAMPTON, Ga. - When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

February 28, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Back on the track in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - After the glitz of Daytona, it's time for the NASCAR grind.

February 26, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Daytona gets the race it needed

It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

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


Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Joey Logano had a shot to win the NASCAR championship last year. A flawed late pit stop cost him the chance, and he went into the offseason determined to get back into contention again.

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


Gordon ready to lead the way

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a Sharpie and turned to the assembly to autograph the dozens of die casts, programs and T-shirts they shoved at him.

February 21, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kurt Busch loses appeal of suspension

By JENNA FRYER

February 21, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future.

February 20, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Larson aiming for superstar status

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started.

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


Keselowski taking long road toward respect in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast.

February 16, 2015 | By DAN GELSTON AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon on pole for final Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The qualifying session for NASCAR's biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as "a complete embarrassment" and called a "cute show" by Clint Bowyer.

February 16, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth wins Sprint Unlimited

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Kenseth, coming off a winless 2014 season, has opened the new year with a victory.

February 14, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Daytona hosts media day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk - talk about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet - and a lot of conversation about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and what could be his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race.

February 12, 2015 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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