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Keselowski taking long road toward respect in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast.

February 16, 2015 | By DAN GELSTON AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon on pole for final Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The qualifying session for NASCAR's biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as "a complete embarrassment" and called a "cute show" by Clint Bowyer.

February 16, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth wins Sprint Unlimited

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Kenseth, coming off a winless 2014 season, has opened the new year with a victory.

February 14, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Daytona hosts media day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk - talk about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet - and a lot of conversation about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and what could be his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race.

February 12, 2015 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Chase Elliott to replace Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

January 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Chariman Brian France discusses 2015 season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR won't change its new championship format, which chairman Brian France said Monday is "overwhelmingly popular" with fans.

January 26, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon announces 2015 will be final fulltime season

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.

January 22, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kurt Busch testifies at court hearing

DOVER, Del. - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her.

December 17, 2014 | By RANDALL CHASE Associated Press | NASCAR


Harvick finally climbs to NASCAR's summit

LAS VEGAS - Two years ago, Kevin Harvick was evaluating his life. He and his wife, DeLana, had welcomed a son, their only child. They'd sold their race team and began to prioritize what really mattered to their growing family.

December 05, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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


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New format means injured drivers don't have to race

There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials.

April 20, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano leads flag-to-flag

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano led flag-to-flag Saturday to win the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

April 18, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Penske warns NASCAR team not to manipulate tires

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Roger Penske has warned his NASCAR team to stay out of any controversy regarding the possible manipulation of tires used during races.

March 28, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Busch takes pole at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Kurt Busch's comeback from his season-opening suspension is gathering speed.

March 20, 2015 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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