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Bowyer believes Talladega is his shot to pounce

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It doesn't take long to thin the field of championship contenders in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and some believe it has already been reduced to a three-driver race.

October 01, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Dale Jr. says crew shakeup won't affect his drive

LOUDON, N.H. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. insists that he'll be able to ignore the family drama at JR Motorsports when he gets behind the wheel at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

September 22, 2012 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Gordon looks to come back from wreck in Chase opener

CONCORD, N.C. - When a car crashed in his front yard, Jeff Gordon tweeted a photo of the vehicle stuck in his hedges.

September 20, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski helps Penske cope with IndyCar loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fortunes turn fast in racing. Roger Penske knows that well.

September 17, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jimmie wins pole for Chase opener

JOLIET, Ill. - Jimmie Johnson took an immediate step toward another Sprint Cup title - but the five-time champion is well aware it was a small one.

September 15, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stenhouse Jr. races to 5th Nationwide win of year

JOLIET, Ill. - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. edged past Kyle Busch and into the lead, then held on for the final 20 laps for a relatively easy victory.

September 15, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt and Gordon take front row at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond International Raceway.

September 14, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jeff Gordon rejuvenated heading into Sprint Cup Chase

CHICAGO - The infamous mustache is making a comeback - and Jeff Gordon believes he is, too.

September 12, 2012 | By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


It's official — Kenseth makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Matt Kenseth opened this season with a second victory in the Daytona 500, and it didn't take him long to establish himself as a legitimate championship contender.

September 04, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


IndyCar, NASCAR keep drama rolling

As he clung to his championship chances, Ryan Hunter-Reay was able to see past his selfish motives to the bigger picture.

September 03, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Next tantrum usually just around the corner

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have smoothed things over after their helmet-throwing dustup.

September 01, 2012 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart takes high road to Atlanta pole

HAMPTON, Ga. - On the advice of his teammate, Tony Stewart took the high road

August 31, 2012 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits - Busch on brink of 'Chase'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kyle Busch seems awfully unhappy these days.

August 27, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


'Chase for the Chase' underway

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Some of NASCAR's biggest names are trying to keep their championship hopes alive and the Chase for the Sprint Cup is still about a month away.

August 17, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Montoya sits atop pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesn't.

August 11, 2012 | By JOHN KEKIS 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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