SONOMA, Calif. - Marcos Ambrose had never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole before last week.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - OK, it's just one win. The first in four years, no less.
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Eleven top-10 finishes. Second place in the Sprint Cup standings.
BROOKLYN, Mich. - After four drivers posted laps of over 200 mph during a morning test session, Greg Biffle was asked if the fast new track at Michigan International Speedway might be good for the sport.
LONG POND, Pa. - Thanks to a repave that led to blistering speeds, Pocono Raceway's track record was topped 36 times.
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch's talent behind the wheel has never been challenged. It's why he always had a ride.
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has more poles than candles on the birthday cake.
DOVER, Del. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hoping to pick up the next memorable victory for Hendrick Motorsports.
CONCORD, N.C. - At first Dale Earnhardt Jr. was relieved he didn't fall further back than seventh at last year's Coca-Cola 600. Then he realized what he had lost for just about a gallon of gas.
CONCORD, N.C. - Brad Keselowski got the first of many surprises at his first meeting with racing great Roger Penske.
CONCORD, N.C. - After months of wondering when any Hendrick Motorsports car would win again, NASCAR's powerhouse program is on a major roll heading into Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace heads the group of five picked for the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch thought he and Ryan Newman were friends. He's learned the hard way this week that he was mistaken.
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Carl Edwards loves plenty of things about NASCAR's All-Star week. One of his favorites, though, is seeing his crew members in the spotlight instead of himself.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, a feat so grueling that only Tony Stewart has successfully completed all 1,100 miles.
Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kyle Busch didn't mind the rain that ended the race early.
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Tony Stewart came back from a broken right leg at the Daytona 500 still not fully healed, yet able to race.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart does not consider the Daytona 500 a disaster, despite the engine problems that spoiled his return to racing from a broken right leg.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised down pit road, stopping just long enough for Rick Hendrick to climb halfway inside his window for the short lift to Victory Lane.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Denny Hamlin almost couldn't help himself at the start of his Daytona 500 qualifying race, when his anxiously tried to charge to the front and shake out all the cobwebs and frustration from his injury-plagued season a year ago.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The King was holding court, trying to explain why the words of a driver who has been retired since 1992 carry as much weight today as they did back in the day when Winston was the name of the Cup game.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Richard Childress pumped his fist above his head, emphatically celebrating his grandson's latest accomplishment.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The countdown clock for Tony Stewart's return to racing is no longer at months, weeks or even days.
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