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Jimmie wins pole for Chase opener

JOLIET, Ill. - Jimmie Johnson took an immediate step toward another Sprint Cup title - but the five-time champion is well aware it was a small one.

September 15, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stenhouse Jr. races to 5th Nationwide win of year

JOLIET, Ill. - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. edged past Kyle Busch and into the lead, then held on for the final 20 laps for a relatively easy victory.

September 15, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt and Gordon take front row at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond International Raceway.

September 14, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jeff Gordon rejuvenated heading into Sprint Cup Chase

CHICAGO - The infamous mustache is making a comeback - and Jeff Gordon believes he is, too.

September 12, 2012 | By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


It's official — Kenseth makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing

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.

September 04, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


IndyCar, NASCAR keep drama rolling

As he clung to his championship chances, Ryan Hunter-Reay was able to see past his selfish motives to the bigger picture.

September 03, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Next tantrum usually just around the corner

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have smoothed things over after their helmet-throwing dustup.

September 01, 2012 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart takes high road to Atlanta pole

HAMPTON, Ga. - On the advice of his teammate, Tony Stewart took the high road

August 31, 2012 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits - Busch on brink of 'Chase'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kyle Busch seems awfully unhappy these days.

August 27, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


'Chase for the Chase' underway

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.

August 17, 2012 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Montoya sits atop pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesn't.

August 11, 2012 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling, even at a road course

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - You can't wipe the smile off the face of Dale Earnhardt Jr., not even at a road course.

August 10, 2012 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR: Debate over weather warnings at Pocono

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.

August 06, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt Jr. enjoying success

LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back on top in NASCAR in something other than a most popular driver poll.

August 03, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Annett returns to Iowa looking for 1st career win

The joy of a top-five finish wears off pretty fast nowadays for Michael Annett.

August 02, 2012 | By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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In the Pits: Gordon on pace for title after Brickyard win

Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.

July 28, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon an Indy threat after 20 years

INDIANAPOLIS - The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 26, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

INDIANAPOLIS - Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Pucker up! NASCAR returns to Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.

July 24, 2014 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Troops entertain Junior, Rahal

EDINBURGH, Ind. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track.

July 23, 2014 | By JIM JOHNSON Associated Press | NASCAR


In the Pits: RTA aiming to close disconnect

There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying.

July 21, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski takes Nationwide race

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski had a couple of impressive performances at New Hampshire. It's the victory celebration that again gave him fits.

July 12, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR: No animosity toward RTA

LOUDON, N.H. - NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday there is no animosity from the governing body toward the recently formed, nine-team Race Team Alliance that will collaborate on initiatives and issues facing auto racing.

July 11, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Helton: Talladega races still have big impact

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mike Helton has seen Talladega Superspeedway's capacity expand in boom times and shrink along with the crowds at one of NASCAR's signature tracks, moving in tandem with the sport's ebbs and flows.

July 10, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Almirola: Congrats from Petty a special moment

RICHMOND, Va. - Aric Almirola waited two days to experience one of the highlights of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series.

July 09, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR penalizes Busch for violation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

July 08, 2014 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


In the Pits: Pulling the plug on Coke Zero 400 was the right call

When the sky opened for a third time during the rain-rescheduled race at Daytona and teams pulled out car covers to wait out the weather, it seemed the right time for NASCAR to put the Coke Zero 400 out of its misery.

July 07, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gilliland takes poll for Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.

July 04, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt still embarrassed over Talladega finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It had been 31 years since a driver won both Daytona races in the same season when Jimmie Johnson pulled off the Sprint Cup Series sweep. A year later, his teammate wants to complete the feat.

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


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