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Kurt Busch fending off crew chief distractions

CONCORD, N.C. - Kurt Busch learned his crew chief was leaving right before NASCAR's title race began two years ago. The impending split never distracted him, and Busch won a race and finished fourth in the final 2009 standings.

October 14, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Edwards qualifies second at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Carl Edwards doesn't like sneaking up on people. He'd rather have a big lead and let everyone else try to track him down.

October 07, 2011 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart opens Chase with first victory of season

JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart ended his season-long funk, winning for the first time this year in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

September 19, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson starts bid for sixth straight title under radar

JOLIET, Ill. - Kyle Busch heads the list of favorites to win the NASCAR championship this season. He's followed by Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, and Jeff Gordon ranks up there, too.

September 17, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon notches 85th career win at soggy Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Gordon was sliding all over the track those final 10 laps, doing everything he could to hold off five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.

September 06, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR holds race until storms pass

HAMPTON - The remnants from Tropical Storm Lee pushed through the Atlanta area with a fury, bringing heavy rain and fierce wind.

September 05, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski grabs 3rd win of season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brad Keselowski moved a step closer to making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, his third victory of the season.

August 27, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Busch cops to speeding charge

STATESVILLE, N.C. - NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch lost his driver's license for 45 days on Tuesday for driving 128 mph on a road close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. His lawyer said his client was not treated "like any other citizen."

August 23, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP AUTO RACING WRITER | NASCAR


Michigan race crucial for Chase wild card hopefuls

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Denny Hamlin won Michigan's Sprint Cup race back in June. If he can repeat the feat this weekend, he might have a few more fans than usual.

August 19, 2011 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Notebook: Said goes off on Biffle

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Boris Said touched off a wild crash that ended the Sprint Cup road race at Watkins Glen International. He was looking to wreak some more havoc off the track afterward.

August 15, 2011 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Kyle Busch takes pole at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Qualifying last, Kyle Busch did what he'd never done before - he won a pole on a road course, shattering the track record at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.

August 13, 2011 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


Logano takes Pocono pole

LONG POND, Pa. - Joey Logano heard the rumors at Joe Gibbs Racing.

August 06, 2011 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


All eyes on Carl

INDIANAPOLIS - Carl Edwards is under no obligation to publicly discuss his ongoing contract negotiations or to hurry his decision along.

August 01, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Ragan takes pole at Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS - David Ragan, in the midst of a career breakthrough, added the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to his suddenly improved resume.

July 30, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Montoya expects to be competitive at Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS - Juan Pablo Montoya said Friday a crew chief change should not hurt his chances to finally win a NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 29, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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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


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


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