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Matt Kenseth wins pole at Homestead for finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team took a huge step away from their bad performance last week by winning the pole Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship-deciding race.

November 15, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson has 6th NASCAR title well within reach

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was no trash talking, no attempts at mind games. If there was tension or nerves, nobody could tell.

November 14, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Bayne afflicted with multiple sclerosis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Determined to learn exactly what caused his mystery illness in 2011, Trevor Bayne made repeated visits to the Mayo Clinic over the last two years, asking questions about his health and medical history.

November 12, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Bad day at the worst time dooms Kenseth

Matt Kenseth did his best to put on a brave face following his worst performance of the season, which just happened to come at the worst possible time in his championship battle with Jimmie Johnson.

November 11, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski's reign comes to an end

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Brad Keselowski rolled into Phoenix International Raceway a year ago locked into a tight championship battle with Jimmie Johnson, and left the track poised to claim his first Sprint Cup title.

November 09, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson feels good even with Kenseth in mirror

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just like last season, Jimmie Johnson enters the next-to-last race with a seven-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He came up empty in his bid for a sixth title last year, but is more confident about his chances following Sunday's dominating victory at Texas.

November 04, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson takes Cup lead with dominating Texas win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson is the leader again in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title after a dominating victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

November 03, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth, Johnson take Chase to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Matt Kenseth started to answer a question about how he could affect Jimmie Johnson on the track when the five-time Sprint Cup champion suddenly leaned around a corner of the room.

November 02, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Gordon makes most of unprecedented Chase chance

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jeff Gordon acknowledges that most of his answers will be similar when asked about his championship chances, usually along the lines of wait and see what happens.

November 01, 2013 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Biffle sorry for not talking to Johnson in private

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Greg Biffle could go back to Sunday, when he grabbed Jimmie Johnson by the collar and spun him around to confront him, he'd probably reach for the five-time champion's arm.

October 30, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: Bowyer has Richmond mess in rearview mirror

Clint Bowyer fielded fan questions for nearly 30 minutes Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where the topics covered everything from his recent appearance on an episode of "Duck Dynasty" to his displeasure with people who text while driving.

October 28, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon grabs 1st win of season at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jeff Gordon used an unprecedented chairman's selection to get into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship 48 hours before the opening race.

October 27, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth chasing Johnson, history

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Kenseth will be right behind Jimmie Johnson when the green flag drops at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

October 26, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Talladega fails to live up to chaotic reputation

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chaos is a recurrent theme at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 21, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | NASCAR


Chase leaders hope to avoid carnage

TALLADEGA, Ala. - They plan and tinker, double-check this and triple-check that.

October 19, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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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


Buescher takes Nationwide race

LEXINGTON, Ohio - As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose.

August 16, 2014 | By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR passes post-wreck rule

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper - one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.

August 15, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart could still face legal action

August 12, 2014 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Column: Stewart's hobby called into question

When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America.

August 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras.

August 03, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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


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