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Opinions differ on new tire

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Chase leader Matt Kenseth could be forgiven for a relatively sour opinion of the tire that Goodyear brought to Kansas Speedway this weekend.

October 03, 2013 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Defeat leaves Earnhardt with bitter taste in mouth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. chased Jimmie Johnson around Dover International Speedway, only to see his teammate grab his record-setting eighth victory at the Monster Mile.

September 30, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson wins for record 8th time at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover.

September 30, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Biffle refuses to count himself out as contender

DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth has Chase perfection. Kyle Busch nailed the runner-up finishes. And no driver can touch the championship pedigree of Jimmie Johnson.

September 29, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR has turned upside down over last 2 months

These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

September 23, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth wins 2nd Chase race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness.

September 22, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tracks slow to embrace heralded Air Titan

LOUDON, N.H. - The forecast calls for rain at New Hampshire, potentially soaking fans for NASCAR's second consecutive Chase race, and putting the threat of a Monday finish in play.

September 21, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Ryan Newman takes pole

LOUDON, N.H. - Ryan Newman used a track-record lap to fuel his run at a championship.

September 21, 2013 | By DAN GELSTO AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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


Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.

August 22, 2014 | By HANK KURZ JR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: Stewart return to track uncertain

There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss.

August 18, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jeff Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

BROOKLYN, Mich. - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.

August 18, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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