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Busch knows all eyes will be on attempt at 'The Double'

INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch grew up glued to the TV, watching the Indianapolis 500 with his father, and he remembered the fervor caused in 1993 when Emerson Fittipaldi bypassed the usual celebratory post-race beverage for a swig of orange juice instead of milk.

May 24, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Busch reshaping 'Outlaw' image

INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch is a jerk. He's A-Rod on four wheels. Lance Armstrong with a Tour de France-sized attitude.

May 22, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Busch looks to reinvent himself

INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch commanded his driver to step on the gas before the UPS truck sped away. Inside, he was hoping for a package from Italy holding the $2,495 firesuit he'll need for his latest - and wildest - racing endeavor.

May 20, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Busch gunning to win 'The Double'

INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch commanded his driver to step on the gas before the UPS truck sped away. Inside, he was hoping for a package from Italy holding the $2,495 firesuit he'll need for his latest - and wildest - racing endeavor.

May 17, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Bowyer wins Showdown, Josh Wise wins fan vote

CONCORD, N.C. - Clint Bowyer, a usual Chase for the Sprint Cup championship participant, had to earn a spot into the $1 million Sprint All-Star Race.

May 16, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Elliott to graduate before revving up

DES MOINES - For many veteran NASCAR drivers, balancing a career while raising kids is a huge challenge.

May 15, 2014 | By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick sets Kansas record, wins pole

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kevin Harvick has a second straight shot at winning from the pole at Kansas Speedway.

May 09, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Darlington's Wile thinks date change will stick

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile likes where his old, country track stands in NASCAR, even if it's no longer the sports' backdrop for honoring mothers this week.

May 08, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski undeterred after Talladega mishaps

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's apparently beat-up Brad Keselowski day, and he's OK with that.

May 05, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Brian Scott leads RCR to win the pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA - A group decision for all of the cars powered by Earnhardt Childress engines to work together at Talladega Superspeedway proved the correct call in NASCAR's new knockout qualifying format.

May 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Talladega could get another driver into the Chase

TALLADEGA, Ala. - David Ragan's surprise victory last season at Talladega Superspeedway gave his fledgling Front Row Motorsports team a taste of the potential inside the organization.

May 02, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Column: No NASCAR penalty needed for Va. scrap

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Quick quiz: Who won the 1979 Daytona 500?

April 28, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano's late move gets him victory at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Joey Logano took advantage of a three-car duel by sneaking below the trio to take the lead Saturday night, outrunning former champions Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keslowski to win at Richmond International Raceway.

April 26, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


'Track Takeover' aims for better fan experience

RICHMOND, Va. - They are calling it "Track Takeover" at Richmond International Raceway, and track President Dennis Bickmeier hopes allowing fans onto the racing surface a few hours before race time on Saturday night will not only improve their experience at the 0.75-mile oval, but bring more of them, or bring them back.

April 24, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Swan racing future in doubt

Swan Racing is reviewing its ability to compete in NASCAR because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship for the two-car operation.

April 17, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.

September 16, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | NASCAR


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


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