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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


Kahne hops on board 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 21, 2010 | 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

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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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