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.
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.
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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darian Grubb sure hasn't missed a beat since he was unceremoniously fired by Tony Stewart.
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Elliott Sadler pulled up to the grandstand, revved his engine and spun his tires until there was hardly any rubber left. A wall of white smoke billowed up the flag stand and drifted over pit road, leaving the rest of the field in a fog.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart has had plenty of chances to win the Daytona 500, and he's had his heart broken every time.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If Michael Waltrip were to count up all the concussions he has sustained over a NASCAR career that stretches back nearly 30 years, he'd certainly hit 10 - and probably keep going.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Over the closing weeks of last season, Steve Addington had been led to believe he would be Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2012.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Since the system isn't broken, NASCAR officials have no plans to change it - at least nothing radical.
By JENNA FRYER
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth couldn't have asked for a better scenario than rain washing out qualifying for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Tony Stewart competes in NASCAR. His heart, though, belongs to open-wheel racing, and he spent the first 25 years of his life trying to get to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch learned his crew chief was leaving right before NASCAR's title race began two years ago. The impending split never distracted him, and Busch won a race and finished fourth in the final 2009 standings.
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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