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IndyCar opener fails to meet hype

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - IndyCar needed a nice, smooth race to open its season.

March 26, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Knaus has suspension overturned

CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR's chief appellate officer overturned on Tuesday the bulk of the penalties levied against five-time championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus, who still must pay a $100,000 fine because Jimmie Johnson's car failed the opening day inspection of the Daytona 500.

March 20, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Bristol showcases 2nd chance success

Everyone deserves another chance at some point, even a NASCAR driver who has wrecked everyone in his way, or let his temper derail his career, or lost both his confidence and competitive edge.

March 19, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Bad luck for Busch

BRISTOL, Tenn. - If Kurt Busch had any doubt he's stuck in a run of bad luck, it was probably confirmed when he hit a bird in one of the final practices for the Daytona 500.

March 17, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Brian Vickers grateful to be behind the wheel

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brian Vickers will race for the first time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, and believes he's got nothing to lose and nothing to prove.

March 16, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Vickers has perspective after time out of race car

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brian Vickers will race for the first time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, and believes he's got nothing to lose and nothing to prove.

March 16, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Knaus: cheater or innovator?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The court of public opinion has long been divided on Chad Knaus. Depending on who you ask, the crew chief is a world-class cheater, a masterful innovator, or maybe a combination of both.

March 12, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Stenhouse takes Nationwide race

LAS VEGAS - Nationwide races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been dominated by Sprint Cup drivers, big names like Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth crossing the checkers first since the inaugural race in 1997.

March 10, 2012 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Hamlin back in Victory Lane

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darian Grubb sure hasn't missed a beat since he was unceremoniously fired by Tony Stewart.

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


Sadler ends winless streak

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Elliott Sadler pulled up to the grandstand, revved his engine and spun his tires until there was hardly any rubber left. A wall of white smoke billowed up the flag stand and drifted over pit road, leaving the rest of the field in a fog.

March 03, 2012 | By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Neither rain nor fire ruined NASCAR's marquee show

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball.

February 28, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Stewart seeks 1st win at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart has had plenty of chances to win the Daytona 500, and he's had his heart broken every time.

February 26, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NFL concussion fallout raises red flags in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If Michael Waltrip were to count up all the concussions he has sustained over a NASCAR career that stretches back nearly 30 years, he'd certainly hit 10 - and probably keep going.

February 21, 2012 | By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Speedweeks has strong opening

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway.

February 20, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Stewart goes into 2012 with new crew chief

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Over the closing weeks of last season, Steve Addington had been led to believe he would be Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2012.

February 15, 2012 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing 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


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