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'Hitman' Harvick and 'Rowdy' Busch set for Round 2

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway is bracing for Round 2 between Kevin "The Hitman" Harvick and Kyle "Rowdy" Busch.

May 08, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon wins pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jeff Gordon understands winning a pole doesn't mean very much for the big picture.

May 05, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Times have changed for teammates

By HANK KURZ Jr.

April 28, 2012 | By HANK KURZ Jr. | NASCAR - AP


Speedway Motorsports Inc. makes changes to Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Flanked by billboards declaring "Fans Spoke ... We Listened," track operator Bruton Smith unveiled changes Wednesday to Bristol Motor Speedway that he believes will return the excitement to the once-beloved bullring.

April 25, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson gets wild

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson had a wild ride qualifying for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.

April 21, 2012 | The Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits - Biffle on top, others mired in pack

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Greg Biffle fell two laps down at Martinsville, clawed his way to a 13th-place finish, then headed to the Bahamas as NASCAR's points leader.

April 09, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kahne takes pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kasey Kahne is the first two-time pole winner of the season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after he posted the fastest lap in qualifying Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

March 31, 2012 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


IndyCar opener fails to meet hype

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - IndyCar needed a nice, smooth race to open its season.

March 26, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Knaus has suspension overturned

CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR's chief appellate officer overturned on Tuesday the bulk of the penalties levied against five-time championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus, who still must pay a $100,000 fine because Jimmie Johnson's car failed the opening day inspection of the Daytona 500.

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


Bristol showcases 2nd chance success

Everyone deserves another chance at some point, even a NASCAR driver who has wrecked everyone in his way, or let his temper derail his career, or lost both his confidence and competitive edge.

March 19, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Bad luck for Busch

BRISTOL, Tenn. - If Kurt Busch had any doubt he's stuck in a run of bad luck, it was probably confirmed when he hit a bird in one of the final practices for the Daytona 500.

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


Brian Vickers grateful to be behind the wheel

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brian Vickers will race for the first time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, and believes he's got nothing to lose and nothing to prove.

March 16, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Vickers has perspective after time out of race car

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brian Vickers will race for the first time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, and believes he's got nothing to lose and nothing to prove.

March 16, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Knaus: cheater or innovator?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The court of public opinion has long been divided on Chad Knaus. Depending on who you ask, the crew chief is a world-class cheater, a masterful innovator, or maybe a combination of both.

March 12, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stenhouse takes Nationwide race

LAS VEGAS - Nationwide races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been dominated by Sprint Cup drivers, big names like Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth crossing the checkers first since the inaugural race in 1997.

March 10, 2012 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


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Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

April 11, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Logano gets first Cup win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Joey Logano had a big lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag at Texas.

April 07, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stewart edges Keselowski for pole at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

April 05, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday's race

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday's race before a single lap had been turned.

April 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR: Preserving tires is up to teams

FORT WORTH, Texas - NASCAR will not regulate tire pressures at Texas Motor Speedway, and if drivers have tire failures during Sunday's race officials believe they won't be able to blame Goodyear.

April 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson appreciates Hendrick links to Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson doesn't dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway, and that's more than understandable. He has won eight times at the track in 24 career starts.

March 29, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch wins Martinsville pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kyle Busch has seen it time and again at Martinsville Speedway.

March 28, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Larson dazzles in drive to the front at Fontana

Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Larson holds off Harvick for first Nationwide victory

FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Larson won his first Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.

March 22, 2014 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth claims Fontana pole

FONTANA, Calif. - Although Matt Kenseth thinks track position is less important on Fontana's well-aged asphalt than on other NASCAR ovals, he is still excited to start up front Sunday.

March 21, 2014 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Texas Motor Speedway unveils largest HD screen in the world

FORT WORTH, Texas - Talk about a Texas-sized TV.

March 19, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Revamped schedule needed

Of the many things NASCAR can't control, the weather is at the top of the list.

March 17, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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