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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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