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Mark Martin sits atop poll at Dover Speedway

DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has more poles than candles on the birthday cake.

June 02, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt seeks victory

DOVER, Del. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hoping to pick up the next memorable victory for Hendrick Motorsports.

June 01, 2012 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt hopes to forget last year

CONCORD, N.C. - At first Dale Earnhardt Jr. was relieved he didn't fall further back than seventh at last year's Coca-Cola 600. Then he realized what he had lost for just about a gallon of gas.

May 26, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Penske again seeking Memorial Day weekend double

CONCORD, N.C. - Brad Keselowski got the first of many surprises at his first meeting with racing great Roger Penske.

May 25, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Hendrick goes from cold to hot

CONCORD, N.C. - After months of wondering when any Hendrick Motorsports car would win again, NASCAR's powerhouse program is on a major roll heading into Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

May 24, 2012 | BY PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Rusty Wallace heads group of 5 hall of fame inductees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace heads the group of five picked for the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

May 23, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Drama at Sprint All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch thought he and Ryan Newman were friends. He's learned the hard way this week that he was mistaken.

May 18, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Pit crews get their chance to shine during All-Star week

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Carl Edwards loves plenty of things about NASCAR's All-Star week. One of his favorites, though, is seeing his crew members in the spotlight instead of himself.

May 16, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Time to stop hating Danica Patrick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Danica Patrick raced 513 laps around Darlington Raceway last weekend.

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


Biffle takes pole at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle feels he's running like he used to at Darlington Raceway and that's bad news for the rest of the Southern 500 field.

May 11, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt Jr. looks for win at Darlington

HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's gone faster at every track he's raced at this season - and he's certain Darlington Raceway won't be any different.

May 10, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


'Hitman' Harvick and 'Rowdy' Busch set for Round 2

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway is bracing for Round 2 between Kevin "The Hitman" Harvick and Kyle "Rowdy" Busch.

May 08, 2012 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Gordon wins pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jeff Gordon understands winning a pole doesn't mean very much for the big picture.

May 05, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Times have changed for teammates

By HANK KURZ Jr.

April 28, 2012 | By HANK KURZ Jr. | NASCAR


Speedway Motorsports Inc. makes changes to Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Flanked by billboards declaring "Fans Spoke ... We Listened," track operator Bruton Smith unveiled changes Wednesday to Bristol Motor Speedway that he believes will return the excitement to the once-beloved bullring.

April 25, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.

September 16, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | NASCAR


In The Pits: Short stay at the party for Allmendinger and Almirola

AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship.

September 15, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch gets pole for Chase opener at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. - With rain in Friday's forecast at Chicagoland Speedway, the only time on track became a strategy session for the championship contenders.

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


The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins on Sunday

CHICAGO - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.

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


In The Pits: Hendrick, Penske, Harvick prep for Chase

A win in the season-opening Daytona 500 guaranteed Dale Earnhardt Jr. a spot in NASCAR's title race. It also allowed his Hendrick Motorsports team to live in the moment on the race track and not get hung up on results.

September 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: One more Chase chance for Stewart, but does it matter?

Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it's not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002.

September 01, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins Atlanta pole; Stewart is 12th

HAMPTON, Ga. - Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner's return to the track.

August 29, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

August 29, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Power shakes quake, can't close title

It was just past 3 a.m. when Will Power was awakened from a deep sleep on the top floor of his hotel in Napa, California. The IndyCar Series points leader was in the middle of his first earthquake and wasn't certain he was going to make it out alive.

August 25, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano earns first win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

August 23, 2014 | HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.

August 22, 2014 | By HANK KURZ JR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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