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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


Johnson gets wild

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson had a wild ride qualifying for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.

April 21, 2012 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


In The Pits - Biffle on top, others mired in pack

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Greg Biffle fell two laps down at Martinsville, clawed his way to a 13th-place finish, then headed to the Bahamas as NASCAR's points leader.

April 09, 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


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