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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


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


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Busch takes pole at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Kurt Busch's comeback from his season-opening suspension is gathering speed.

March 20, 2015 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: As Harvick soars, it's not clear who can stop the champ

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - To the surprise of none, Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix.

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


NASCAR reinstates Kurt Busch; grants him waiver for Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch was cleared Wednesday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

March 11, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Too early to tell about better racing

Two races is just too early to form a definitive opinion about NASCAR's new rules package, which was tweaked as part of a concerted effort to improve the racing.

March 09, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Dillon claims win at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Austin Dillon appeared headed to an easy victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway until four fresh tires helped Ryan Blaney chase him down.

March 07, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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


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