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Johnson, Gordon switch pit crews this week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chad Knaus defended the decision to dump Jimmie Johnson's crew with two races remaining, a move he said was done for the overall good of Hendrick Motorsports.

November 09, 2010 | The Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


Shake-up shows weakness

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The dust was still settling Monday at Texas Motor Speedway, where Jimmie Johnson lost the championship lead for the first time in five years - on the same day his crew was benched in the middle of the race.

November 08, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Chase to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Denny Hamlin gingerly climbed out of his car in Victory Lane at Texas with his surgically repaired left knee throbbing in pain.

November 06, 2010 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Dentist to sponsor Rusty Wallace

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Rusty Wallace's big smile just got a lot brighter.

November 03, 2010 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Hamlin avoids a big disaster at Talladega Superspeedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Denny Hamlin wanted only to leave Talladega Superspeedway with Jimmie Johnson still in his sights in the tense race for the NASCAR championship.

November 01, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kasey Kane to finish 2010 season with Red Bull

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing, a move made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports granted him an early release, presumably to dump the remainder of his contract.

October 25, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kahne hops on board Red Bull

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing, a move made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports granted him an early release, presumably to dump the remainder of his contract.

October 21, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon looks to end losing streak

CONCORD, N.C. - Jeff Gordon earned the first of his 82 victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now, 16 years later, he's stuck in the longest losing streak of his career.

October 15, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Waltrip Hall of Fame snub felt personal

CONCORD, N.C. - Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 races and three championships on the track, lost a popularity contest among his peers that stung more than any other defeat in his illustrious career.

October 14, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Clint Bowyer's car fails inspection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clint Bowyer's race-winning car at New Hampshire failed an intense NASCAR inspection on Wednesday, earning the driver a 150-point penalty that could wipe out his championship chances.

September 22, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Clint Bowyer brings breath of fresh air to Sprint Cup

There's a swagger and style about Clint Bowyer that should put him high on the list of NASCAR's most likable drivers.

September 20, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Cup Chase features five winless drivers

NEW YORK - Jeff Gordon has one win in his last 103 races and is mired in the longest losing streak of his illustrious career. Yet as he heads into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, he likes his title chances.

September 15, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson focus is on who will beat him, not himself

This is the time of season when Jimmie Johnson thrives, and his Hendrick Motorsports team smooths out any chinks in its seemingly indestructible armor.

September 13, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Jimmie Johnson wins Bristol pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jimmie Johnson crossed winning at Bristol Motor Speedway off his to-do list in March. Now he'll try to make it two in a row by starting from the pole in Saturday night's race.

August 20, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Dale, Jr. not up to speed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With a nondescript 19th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. all but ensured he'll miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the third time in four years.

August 16, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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Swan racing future in doubt

Swan Racing is reviewing its ability to compete in NASCAR because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship for the two-car operation.

April 17, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


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


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