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NASCAR looking at Chase changes

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - NASCAR is still considering changes to its title format even though this is the closest championship race in seven years.

November 19, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch knows there's room to grow

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kyle Busch's latest brush with NASCAR cost him $25,000, and proved he's still a work in progress when it comes to maturity.

November 13, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson, Gordon switch pit crews this week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chad Knaus defended the decision to dump Jimmie Johnson's crew with two races remaining, a move he said was done for the overall good of Hendrick Motorsports.

November 09, 2010 | The Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


Shake-up shows weakness

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The dust was still settling Monday at Texas Motor Speedway, where Jimmie Johnson lost the championship lead for the first time in five years - on the same day his crew was benched in the middle of the race.

November 08, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Chase to Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Denny Hamlin gingerly climbed out of his car in Victory Lane at Texas with his surgically repaired left knee throbbing in pain.

November 06, 2010 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Dentist to sponsor Rusty Wallace

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Rusty Wallace's big smile just got a lot brighter.

November 03, 2010 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Hamlin avoids a big disaster at Talladega Superspeedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Denny Hamlin wanted only to leave Talladega Superspeedway with Jimmie Johnson still in his sights in the tense race for the NASCAR championship.

November 01, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kasey Kane to finish 2010 season with Red Bull

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing, a move made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports granted him an early release, presumably to dump the remainder of his contract.

October 25, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kahne hops on board Red Bull

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing, a move made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports granted him an early release, presumably to dump the remainder of his contract.

October 21, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gordon looks to end losing streak

CONCORD, N.C. - Jeff Gordon earned the first of his 82 victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now, 16 years later, he's stuck in the longest losing streak of his career.

October 15, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Waltrip Hall of Fame snub felt personal

CONCORD, N.C. - Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 races and three championships on the track, lost a popularity contest among his peers that stung more than any other defeat in his illustrious career.

October 14, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Clint Bowyer's car fails inspection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clint Bowyer's race-winning car at New Hampshire failed an intense NASCAR inspection on Wednesday, earning the driver a 150-point penalty that could wipe out his championship chances.

September 22, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Clint Bowyer brings breath of fresh air to Sprint Cup

There's a swagger and style about Clint Bowyer that should put him high on the list of NASCAR's most likable drivers.

September 20, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Cup Chase features five winless drivers

NEW YORK - Jeff Gordon has one win in his last 103 races and is mired in the longest losing streak of his illustrious career. Yet as he heads into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, he likes his title chances.

September 15, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson focus is on who will beat him, not himself

This is the time of season when Jimmie Johnson thrives, and his Hendrick Motorsports team smooths out any chinks in its seemingly indestructible armor.

September 13, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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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 - AP


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 - AP


In the Pits: RTA aiming to close disconnect

There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying.

July 21, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Keselowski takes Nationwide race

LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski had a couple of impressive performances at New Hampshire. It's the victory celebration that again gave him fits.

July 12, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR: No animosity toward RTA

LOUDON, N.H. - NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday there is no animosity from the governing body toward the recently formed, nine-team Race Team Alliance that will collaborate on initiatives and issues facing auto racing.

July 11, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Helton: Talladega races still have big impact

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mike Helton has seen Talladega Superspeedway's capacity expand in boom times and shrink along with the crowds at one of NASCAR's signature tracks, moving in tandem with the sport's ebbs and flows.

July 10, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Almirola: Congrats from Petty a special moment

RICHMOND, Va. - Aric Almirola waited two days to experience one of the highlights of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series.

July 09, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR penalizes Busch for violation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

July 08, 2014 | The Associated Press | NASCAR - AP


In the Pits: Pulling the plug on Coke Zero 400 was the right call

When the sky opened for a third time during the rain-rescheduled race at Daytona and teams pulled out car covers to wait out the weather, it seemed the right time for NASCAR to put the Coke Zero 400 out of its misery.

July 07, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Gilliland takes poll for Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.

July 04, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Earnhardt still embarrassed over Talladega finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It had been 31 years since a driver won both Daytona races in the same season when Jimmie Johnson pulled off the Sprint Cup Series sweep. A year later, his teammate wants to complete the feat.

July 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Bumpy track means anyone's race

SPARTA, Ky. - NASCAR drivers won't be shocked if Kentucky Speedway's fourth Sprint Cup Series race yields a repeat winner or new face spraying champagne in victory lane.

June 27, 2014 | By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


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