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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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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


Kurt Busch has Sprint Chase hopes on line in 500th start

DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.

September 27, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart comforted by support of NASCAR family

DOVER, Del. - Tony Stewart's walk back to his motorhome was halted by a pair of old friends. Two longtime NASCAR participants stopped Stewart not far from his car for a lengthy chat in the Dover garage.

September 26, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart won't be charged

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for.

September 24, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | NASCAR


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