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.
As he clung to his championship chances, Ryan Hunter-Reay was able to see past his selfish motives to the bigger picture.
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have smoothed things over after their helmet-throwing dustup.
HAMPTON, Ga. - On the advice of his teammate, Tony Stewart took the high road
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kyle Busch seems awfully unhappy these days.
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.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesn't.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - You can't wipe the smile off the face of Dale Earnhardt Jr., not even at a road course.
LONG POND, Pa. - Brian Mattson and Tom Deacher climbed into their truck and got set to leave saturated Pocono Raceway. That's when the lightning bolt slammed into a tent canopy just a couple of rows away from where they parked, shooting off sparks like a Roman candle.
LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back on top in NASCAR in something other than a most popular driver poll.
The joy of a top-five finish wears off pretty fast nowadays for Michael Annett.
A.J. Allmendinger had a ride to envy with one of NASCAR's top teams end in stunning disgrace.
INDIANAPOLIS - Brad Keselowski planted an emphatic kiss on the yard of bricks at the finish line, becoming the first driver to celebrate a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in NASCAR's Nationwide Series.
LOUDON, N.H. - The best car was rolling toward victory - until its driver and crew chief couldn't agree on how many tires to change.
LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski slipped in front when Kevin Harvick got into a traffic jam. Then Harvick got mad.
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.
DOVER, Del. - Tony Stewart's walk back to his motorhome was halted by a pair of old friends. Two longtime NASCAR participants stopped Stewart not far from his car for a lengthy chat in the Dover garage.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for.
As Brad Keselowski flaunted his fast car by leading session after session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took a good-natured swipe at his teammate by asking him via Twitter to slow down.
The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.
AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship.
JOLIET, Ill. - With rain in Friday's forecast at Chicagoland Speedway, the only time on track became a strategy session for the championship contenders.
CHICAGO - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.
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.
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.
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