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Johnson hopes his luck turns in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Jimmie Johnson hasn't been to Victory Lane in 10 races, his longest drought in two years.

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


No news on the future of Kahne

SONOMA, Calif. - Rick Hendrick dismissed a report that Kasey Kahne will drive for Phoenix Racing next season, the gap year before he moves into Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 car.

June 18, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Phil Mickelson, right, watches his tee shot in front of Tiger Woods on the fifth hole during the fin

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle spent some time at Ford headquarters on Thursday, taking each of the resilient automaker's newest toys out for a spin.

June 12, 2010 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Johnson ready to get back on track

LONG POND, Pa. - Jimmie Johnson hears the buzz. It's been kind of hard to avoid during the four-time defending NASCAR champion's recent slide.

June 05, 2010 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Busch Brothers taking charge of NASCAR

CONCORD, N.C. - It's not that common for siblings to reach the highest level of a professional sport, and when it happens, one of them typically toils in the shadow of the superstar.

May 31, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Tough times help savor Ganassi's double

INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti thought he needed a new challenge after becoming the IndyCar series' big winner in 2007.

May 31, 2010 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


JGR drivers look to keep up streak

CONCORD, N.C. - Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, winners of five of the last seven Sprint Cup Series points races, believe they can continue Joe Gibbs Racing's recent dominance and win the Coca-Cola 600.

May 29, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Busch loving his Nationwide races

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch would like to keep driving in the Nationwide Series - and for good reason.

May 29, 2010 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Danicamania returns

INDIANAPOLIS - Danicamania has returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 29, 2010 | By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR can do some things right

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's been easy the last several seasons to kick NASCAR as it struggled with sinking ratings, slipping sponsorships and, worst of all, lousy racing.

May 24, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kurt Busch wins $1 million All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - The two hottest drivers in NASCAR lined up side-by-side for a final dash toward a cool $1 million prize.

May 23, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


All-Star qualifying rained out; Kurt Busch on pole

CONCORD, N.C. - Denny Hamlin came to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday as one of NASCAR's hottest drivers and guaranteed the first pit stall for the All-Star race.

May 22, 2010 | By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Big names miss NASCAR Hall of Fame induction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors with a star-studded ceremony showcasing many of its stars.

May 17, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


4-time defending champ Johnson eager to end slump

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson is in a slump. A big one by his standards.

May 15, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Busch wins Nationwide race at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Clint Bowyer saw his target and hurried off pit road. Angry after a hard lick only moments earlier, Bowyer sped toward Denny Hamlin and sent him straight into the wall.

May 15, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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In The Pits: Short stay at the party for Allmendinger and Almirola

AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship.

September 15, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch gets pole for Chase opener at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. - With rain in Friday's forecast at Chicagoland Speedway, the only time on track became a strategy session for the championship contenders.

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


The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins on Sunday

CHICAGO - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.

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


In The Pits: Hendrick, Penske, Harvick prep for Chase

A win in the season-opening Daytona 500 guaranteed Dale Earnhardt Jr. a spot in NASCAR's title race. It also allowed his Hendrick Motorsports team to live in the moment on the race track and not get hung up on results.

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


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


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