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Johnson feels good even with Kenseth in mirror

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just like last season, Jimmie Johnson enters the next-to-last race with a seven-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He came up empty in his bid for a sixth title last year, but is more confident about his chances following Sunday's dominating victory at Texas.

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


Johnson takes Cup lead with dominating Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson is the leader again in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title after a dominating victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

November 03, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth, Johnson take Chase to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Matt Kenseth started to answer a question about how he could affect Jimmie Johnson on the track when the five-time Sprint Cup champion suddenly leaned around a corner of the room.

November 02, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Gordon makes most of unprecedented Chase chance

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jeff Gordon acknowledges that most of his answers will be similar when asked about his championship chances, usually along the lines of wait and see what happens.

November 01, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Biffle sorry for not talking to Johnson in private

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Greg Biffle could go back to Sunday, when he grabbed Jimmie Johnson by the collar and spun him around to confront him, he'd probably reach for the five-time champion's arm.

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


In The Pits: Bowyer has Richmond mess in rearview mirror

Clint Bowyer fielded fan questions for nearly 30 minutes Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where the topics covered everything from his recent appearance on an episode of "Duck Dynasty" to his displeasure with people who text while driving.

October 28, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon grabs 1st win of season at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon used an unprecedented chairman's selection to get into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship 48 hours before the opening race.

October 27, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth chasing Johnson, history

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Kenseth will be right behind Jimmie Johnson when the green flag drops at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

October 26, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Talladega fails to live up to chaotic reputation

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chaos is a recurrent theme at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 21, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | NASCAR


Chase leaders hope to avoid carnage

TALLADEGA, Ala. - They plan and tinker, double-check this and triple-check that.

October 19, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


MWR shrinking to 2 teams

CONCORD, N.C.- Michael Waltrip Racing will run only two full-time cars next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA, part of the fallout from its attempts to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.

October 14, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski takes checkered flag at Bank of America 500

CONCORD, N.C. - Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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


Kyle Larson setting sensible goals for Sprint Cup debut

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Larson can't be goaded into setting an unreasonable expectation for his Sprint Cup debut.

October 11, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick, Gordon making moves in Chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldn't have been happier on Sunday.

October 07, 2013 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins wreck-filled race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kevin Harvick didn't simply have his hands full with the rest of the Sprint Cup field Sunday. He also was trying to tame a squirrely surface at Kansas Speedway.

October 07, 2013 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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Penske warns NASCAR team not to manipulate tires

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Roger Penske has warned his NASCAR team to stay out of any controversy regarding the possible manipulation of tires used during races.

March 28, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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


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