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Texas is next test for NASCAR's new Sprint Cup car

FORT WORTH, Texas - One of the key moments in the development of NASCAR's new Sprint Cup car came in a multicar test at Texas last fall.

April 12, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Blocking theories like opinions - everybody has one

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Tony Stewart says never. Joey Logano says late in the race. Jimmie Johnson says to protect a victory in the final laps, except, perhaps, if Stewart is behind him because of the potential consequences.

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


Stewart, Logano say they have moved on from fracas

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Tony Stewart and Joey Logano say their dustup is over. They just haven't said it to each other.

April 05, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Hamlin has back fracture after wreck at Fontana

Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during a last-lap crash while racing for the win against former teammate Joey Logano, and Joe Gibbs Racing gave no indication Monday how long its driver could be sidelined.

March 25, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch keeps Joe Gibbs' Fontana streak alive

FONTANA, Calif. - Another Nationwide Series race at Fontana, another victory for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing.

March 23, 2013 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Dale focused after fast start

FONTANA, Calif. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. had never filled out an NCAA tournament bracket before this year, even though he's a hoops fan.

March 22, 2013 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


What makes a great race?

BRISTOL, Tenn. - It was a simple question asked the day before the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway that started a debate: "Who won the last race here?"

March 18, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Nationwide: Busch holds off Larson at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kyle Larson's first chance to get a big win in NASCAR ended with him claiming a controversial win.

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


Denny Hamlin felt disrespected by NASCAR fine

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Denny Hamlin said Friday that he believes NASCAR was disrespectful by not contacting him before fining him $25,000 over critical comments about the new race car.

March 15, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR overpolicing in case of Denny Hamlin?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - What a great NASCAR race that was at Las Vegas! The new Gen-6 car sure put on an amazing show, one for the ages, for sure.

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


Hornish holds off Busch for victory

LAS VEGAS - Sam Hornish Jr. didn't know the name of Saturday's race until he went to the drivers' meeting for the Sam's Town 300.

March 09, 2013 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Drivers eager to take Gen-6 car for a real spin

LAS VEGAS - A daylong rainstorm kept NASCAR's teams mostly confined to their garages Friday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 08, 2013 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Hamlin fined for criticizing new car

LAS VEGAS - A furious Denny Hamlin says he won't pay the $25,000 fine leveled on him by NASCAR on Thursday after his criticism of the Gen-6 race car.

March 07, 2013 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch ends 24-race Nationwide winless streak

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kyle Busch spun his wheels at the start/finish line for a few extra rotations, filling the track and grandstand with a fog of white smoke.

March 02, 2013 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Martin to start up front at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Mark Martin may be getting better with age.

March 01, 2013 | By JOHN MARSHALL 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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