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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


Busch faces murky future

LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch's talent behind the wheel has never been challenged. It's why he always had a ride.

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


Mark Martin sits atop poll at Dover Speedway

DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has more poles than candles on the birthday cake.

June 02, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt seeks victory

DOVER, Del. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hoping to pick up the next memorable victory for Hendrick Motorsports.

June 01, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON 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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