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Busch and Kenseth sweep Daytona front row for JGR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth had two of the strongest cars in the season-opening Daytona 500 but had nothing to show for it after a pair of engine failures.

July 05, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Daytona finishes revamped gates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona International Speedway just completed one project and is about to start another.

July 04, 2013 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR confiscates roof flaps from 31 teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before Thursday's practices at Daytona International Speedway.

July 04, 2013 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


After beauty of Corsica, the brunt of Tour awaits

CALVI, Corsica - A funny thing about the Tour de France is that it can give competitors the most fabulous terrain on which to ride, but it cannot force them to race.

July 01, 2013 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Defending champion Keselowski could miss Chase

Tony Stewart's defense of his 2005 championship doesn't look so bad on paper, and it sure seemed to be soaring during his laborious celebratory fence-climb following his July win at Daytona.

July 01, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson, New Hampshire track laud first responders

BOSTON - The New Hampshire Motor Speedway will honor and welcome first responders from the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shootings at the July 14 New Hampshire 301.

June 27, 2013 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Clock ticking on Hamlin's chance

SONOMA, Calif. - Denny Hamlin closed in on a slower car at Sonoma Raceway, changed lanes to make the pass and was instead slammed into from behind - contact that sent him spinning off the course.

June 24, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jamie McMurray wins Sonoma pole

SONOMA, Calif. - As Jamie McMurray turned a corner on the season with a string of solid finishes, he picked Sonoma Raceway as an upcoming track he was looking forward to racing.

June 22, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Smith holds on for Nationwide win

BROOKLYN, Mich. - The rain drops splashed down on the pavement at Michigan International Speedway about an hour after Regan Smith's victory Saturday.

June 15, 2013 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Leffler's death puts spotlight on short tracks

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Tony Stewart opened his remarks with a few words about his relationship with Jason Leffler.

June 14, 2013 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Leffler death investigated by NJ authorities

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. - New Jersey State Police on Thursday were trying to determine what caused the dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on Wednesday night.

June 13, 2013 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Dale Jr. looks to make run at victory

LONG POND, Pa. - By the time Dale Earnhardt Jr. reached Victory Lane last season at Michigan, the win seemed as much inevitable as implausible.

June 10, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart a Cup contender

LONG POND, Pa. - Tony Stewart ducked through a tarp-covered tent in the garage and was off to the No. 14.

June 08, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Logano wins Nationwide race at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Joey Logano savors the times he led Joe Gibbs Racing into Victory Lane.

June 01, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Overhead camera on hold follwing Sunday's accident

CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR will wait on Fox Sports' investigation of what caused an overhead TV camera rope to snap during the Coca-Cola 600 before deciding if such technology will be used in future races.

May 27, 2013 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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Earnhardt wants more success in '15 with new chief

Dale Earnhardt Jr. imagined his Nationwide Series trophy was a chalice, tipped it back and acted like he was taking a big swig of champagne or beer - the beverages of choice for NASCAR winners and champions.

November 19, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick finds happiness long before championship

It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career.

November 17, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


1st-time champion set to be crowned

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR's new championship format.

November 16, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Winless Newman on brink of title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Ryan Newman is the underdog - minus the darling - of NASCAR's final four, making a mockery of the revamped playoff format that was supposed to put a premium on winning.

November 13, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


The Final Four

MIAMI - There's no Jeff, Jimmie or Junior. Bad Brad missed the cut and Smoke never contended.

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


In the Pits: New format crushes Gordon's championship bid

NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

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


Just two races remain in Chase

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Denny Hamlin had a championship within his sights before, four years ago when the Sprint Cup title was his to lose.

November 08, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR's Kurt Busch facing assault probe

DOVER, Del. - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and police in Delaware said Friday they are investigating.

November 07, 2014 | bY RANDALL CHASE Associated Press | NASCAR


Hamlin: Most drivers don't respect Keselowski

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Denny Hamlin thinks most drivers don't respect Brad Keselowski, and the contempt stems from the 2012 NASCAR champion's refusal to show any remorse for his aggressive driving.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Are there double standards for Keselowski?

In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Newman, Kenseth still in contention

FORT WORTH, Texas - Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth look a bit out of place this late in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with those zeroes under the column for wins.

November 02, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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


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