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Tony Stewart takes flag at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There was no fire or rain. Still, another frantic finish at Daytona International Speedway.

July 07, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Matt Kenseth wins pole at Daytona for tonight's race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth will start from the pole tonight at Daytona International Speedway, where he'll try to pull off a season sweep.

July 06, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR not interested in mandatory cautions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bruton Smith has an idea how to create more excitement in NASCAR.

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


Carl Edwards thinks team is better than results show

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Success came quickly for Carl Edwards, who won four times and finished third in the championship race in his first full season at NASCAR's top level.

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


Keselowski takes Quaker State 400

SPARTA, Ky. - Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps remaining and holding off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

June 30, 2012 | By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Jimmie Johnson edges Kyle Busch to win pole in Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. - Jimmie Johnson thought somebody had traded paint with his motorhome.

June 29, 2012 | By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth has a new job lined up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Matt Kenseth has kept his name out of the rumor mill for most of his NASCAR career.

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


Big crowd in hunt for points chase

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


Sonoma is hot spot for hot tempers

SONOMA, Calif. - It used to be that short tracks were the guaranteed place for the bumping, banging and blown tempers. It's now shifted to road courses, specifically Sonoma, where more than a few drivers will likely be raging mad by the end of Sunday's race.

June 23, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


2 poles in a row

SONOMA, Calif. - Marcos Ambrose had never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole before last week.

June 22, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt Jr. ends drought with win in Michigan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - OK, it's just one win. The first in four years, no less.

June 18, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Ambrose takes Sprint Cup pole at over 203 mph

June 16, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Michigan, site of his last win

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Eleven top-10 finishes. Second place in the Sprint Cup standings.

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


Speeds high during test runs

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.

June 14, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Logano sets track record at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Thanks to a repave that led to blistering speeds, Pocono Raceway's track record was topped 36 times.

June 09, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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In the Pits: Points still matter in new championship format

When NASCAR chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward "the most worthy, battle-tested" driver with the Sprint Cup title.

October 27, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Poor qualifying effort hurts Harvick

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high.

October 25, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Edwards and Newman are surprises of NASCAR's Chase

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - NASCAR's new championship format came with fan-friendly brackets that likely had fans advancing Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. deep into the playoffs.

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


In the Pits: Keselowski marches to his own beat

It didn't take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way.

October 20, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Vickers takes pole after strange day of qualifying

TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race.

October 18, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


It's do-or-die time for Jimmie Johnson

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson dismissed the idea that there is any tension with crew chief Chad Knaus after the two were overheard bickering on their team radio.

October 18, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick safe from elimination, at ease at tense Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR's playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 16, 2014 | BY JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: NASCAR has tough calls to make on punishment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR Chairman Brian France has always been very clear about the action he wants to see in races.

October 13, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick 3rd in Chase after win in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick moved into the third round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where tempers flared after the race and two drivers had to be restrained from fighting Brad Keselowski.

October 12, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt believes he'll win Charlotte to advance

CONCORD, N.C. - One bad race knocked three of NASCAR's biggest names to the bottom of the championship standings, and a repeat Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put the trio on the verge of elimination.

October 10, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch takes pole at Charlotte as JGR surges

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch showed Joe Gibbs Racing may have found some speed at just the right time of the season with a pole-winning run Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

October 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Goodyear to blame for tire troubles?

It's impossible to be perfect, to always get everything right and never fail at all.

October 06, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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