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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


NASCAR looking at Chase changes

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - NASCAR is still considering changes to its title format even though this is the closest championship race in seven years.

November 19, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Busch knows there's room to grow

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kyle Busch's latest brush with NASCAR cost him $25,000, and proved he's still a work in progress when it comes to maturity.

November 13, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson, Gordon switch pit crews this week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chad Knaus defended the decision to dump Jimmie Johnson's crew with two races remaining, a move he said was done for the overall good of Hendrick Motorsports.

November 09, 2010 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Shake-up shows weakness

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The dust was still settling Monday at Texas Motor Speedway, where Jimmie Johnson lost the championship lead for the first time in five years - on the same day his crew was benched in the middle of the race.

November 08, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Chase to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Denny Hamlin gingerly climbed out of his car in Victory Lane at Texas with his surgically repaired left knee throbbing in pain.

November 06, 2010 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Dentist to sponsor Rusty Wallace

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Rusty Wallace's big smile just got a lot brighter.

November 03, 2010 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Hamlin avoids a big disaster at Talladega Superspeedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Denny Hamlin wanted only to leave Talladega Superspeedway with Jimmie Johnson still in his sights in the tense race for the NASCAR championship.

November 01, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kasey Kane to finish 2010 season with Red Bull

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing, a move made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports granted him an early release, presumably to dump the remainder of his contract.

October 25, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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In the Pits: Points still matter in new championship format

When NASCAR chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward "the most worthy, battle-tested" driver with the Sprint Cup title.

October 27, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Poor qualifying effort hurts Harvick

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high.

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


Edwards and Newman are surprises of NASCAR's Chase

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - NASCAR's new championship format came with fan-friendly brackets that likely had fans advancing Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. deep into the playoffs.

October 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Keselowski marches to his own beat

It didn't take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way.

October 20, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Vickers takes pole after strange day of qualifying

TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race.

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


It's do-or-die time for Jimmie Johnson

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson dismissed the idea that there is any tension with crew chief Chad Knaus after the two were overheard bickering on their team radio.

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


Harvick safe from elimination, at ease at tense Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR's playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 16, 2014 | BY JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: NASCAR has tough calls to make on punishment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR Chairman Brian France has always been very clear about the action he wants to see in races.

October 13, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick 3rd in Chase after win in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick moved into the third round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where tempers flared after the race and two drivers had to be restrained from fighting Brad Keselowski.

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


Earnhardt believes he'll win Charlotte to advance

CONCORD, N.C. - One bad race knocked three of NASCAR's biggest names to the bottom of the championship standings, and a repeat Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put the trio on the verge of elimination.

October 10, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch takes pole at Charlotte as JGR surges

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch showed Joe Gibbs Racing may have found some speed at just the right time of the season with a pole-winning run Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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


Goodyear to blame for tire troubles?

It's impossible to be perfect, to always get everything right and never fail at all.

October 06, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Cup Chase reaches contender round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks.

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


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