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Kahne takes pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kasey Kahne is the first two-time pole winner of the season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after he posted the fastest lap in qualifying Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

March 31, 2012 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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


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Back on the track in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - After the glitz of Daytona, it's time for the NASCAR grind.

February 26, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Daytona gets the race it needed

It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

February 23, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Joey Logano had a shot to win the NASCAR championship last year. A flawed late pit stop cost him the chance, and he went into the offseason determined to get back into contention again.

February 23, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon ready to lead the way

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a Sharpie and turned to the assembly to autograph the dozens of die casts, programs and T-shirts they shoved at him.

February 21, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kurt Busch loses appeal of suspension

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February 21, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future.

February 20, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Larson aiming for superstar status

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started.

February 17, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski taking long road toward respect in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast.

February 16, 2015 | By DAN GELSTON AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon on pole for final Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The qualifying session for NASCAR's biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as "a complete embarrassment" and called a "cute show" by Clint Bowyer.

February 16, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kenseth wins Sprint Unlimited

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Kenseth, coming off a winless 2014 season, has opened the new year with a victory.

February 14, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Daytona hosts media day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk - talk about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet - and a lot of conversation about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and what could be his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race.

February 12, 2015 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Chase Elliott to replace Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

January 29, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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