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NAPA dropping Waltrip after Richmond scandal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR's version of the playoffs.

September 19, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


SpinGate out of control early

JOLIET, Ill. - Everything could have been handled better from the moment Clint Bowyer spun at Richmond to trigger the biggest credibility crisis in NASCAR history.

September 16, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kyle Busch dominates to win at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. - Just when it appeared Kyle Busch couldn't be any stronger in a Nationwide Series race, he broke the record for most laps led on a 1.5-mile track in a Nationwide race in winning the Dollar General 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.

September 15, 2013 | By JERRY BONKOWSKI AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR adds Gordon to Chase field amid controversy

JOLIET, Ill. - NASCAR added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field Friday, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results of the regular season-ending race at Richmond last weekend.

September 13, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Logano defends spot in NASCAR's Chase field

CHICAGO - Joey Logano defended his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Thursday, rattling off his season statistics as proof he earned his spot in the 12-driver field regardless of any help he may have received in the deciding race.

September 12, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Edwards wins race, Keselowski misses Chase

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - NASCAR will have a new champion. For now, it has yet another conspiracy.

September 08, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon wins pole at Richmond, Kurt Busch second

RICHMOND, Va. - Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position.

September 06, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Brad Keselowski passed Brian Scott on a restart with 11 laps to go Friday night and pulled away after another restart with six laps remaining to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond.

September 06, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Keselowski picks Logano to win NASCAR championship

RICHMOND, Va. - Brad Keselowski was probably a dark horse at best to win the Sprint Cup championship a year ago.

September 05, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Earnhardt Jr.'s car finally fully funded

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new look during the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as Hendrick Motorports has finally sold the remaining inventory on his No. 88 Chevrolet.

September 04, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stewart back on the track

September 03, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Just 5 spots still up for grabs in Chase

And then there were five.

September 02, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Chase contenders balance patience, urgency

HAMPTON, Ga. - For drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., patience is definitely a virtue at this point in the season.

August 31, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stenhouse claims 1st Cup pole at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wanted to run at the top of the track.

August 30, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Furniture Row never stood a chance to keep Busch

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Furniture Row Racing never stood a chance at keeping Kurt Busch once Gene Haas began courting the 2004 NASCAR champion.

August 26, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

April 11, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Logano gets first Cup win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Joey Logano had a big lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag at Texas.

April 07, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stewart edges Keselowski for pole at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

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


Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday's race

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday's race before a single lap had been turned.

April 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR: Preserving tires is up to teams

FORT WORTH, Texas - NASCAR will not regulate tire pressures at Texas Motor Speedway, and if drivers have tire failures during Sunday's race officials believe they won't be able to blame Goodyear.

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


Johnson appreciates Hendrick links to Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson doesn't dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway, and that's more than understandable. He has won eight times at the track in 24 career starts.

March 29, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch wins Martinsville pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kyle Busch has seen it time and again at Martinsville Speedway.

March 28, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Larson dazzles in drive to the front at Fontana

Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Larson holds off Harvick for first Nationwide victory

FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Larson won his first Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.

March 22, 2014 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth claims Fontana pole

FONTANA, Calif. - Although Matt Kenseth thinks track position is less important on Fontana's well-aged asphalt than on other NASCAR ovals, he is still excited to start up front Sunday.

March 21, 2014 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Texas Motor Speedway unveils largest HD screen in the world

FORT WORTH, Texas - Talk about a Texas-sized TV.

March 19, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


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