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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


Jimmie Johnson wins Bristol pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jimmie Johnson crossed winning at Bristol Motor Speedway off his to-do list in March. Now he'll try to make it two in a row by starting from the pole in Saturday night's race.

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


Dale, Jr. not up to speed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With a nondescript 19th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. all but ensured he'll miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the third time in four years.

August 16, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Martin more at ease with Hendrick future secure

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Now that it's over, Mark Martin can admit that the speculation about his future at Hendrick Motorsports was weighing on him.

August 14, 2010 | By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Bowyer aiming to hold onto 12th in points

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y - Clint Bowyer is a marked man, and he is up for the challenge as NASCAR goes road racing again.

August 06, 2010 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Win for Jack: Biffle wins one for Roush at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Always wearing his trademark Panama hat, Jack Roush is as much a fixture in the garage during race weekend as the drivers and crew members.

August 02, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Pocono assures safety changes

LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway keeps taking hits.

July 31, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Dillon takes Earnhardt's No. 3 to Victory Lane

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt last drove his famed No. 3 to Victory Lane almost 10 years ago, at Talladega, in the final win of his illustrious career.

July 12, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Reutimann wins at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. - David Reutimann blew by Jeff Gordon and cruised to the victory in the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

July 10, 2010 | By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Bowyer hits Chicagoland scrambling to make Chase

JOLIET, Ill. - After watching a win slip away in a frustrating finish at Daytona last week, Clint Bowyer finds himself stuck in a big group of marquee drivers scrambling to make the Chase.

July 09, 2010 | By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Changes to the Chase the right thing for NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR fans are reluctant to change, even when tweaks are made to grossly outdated policies and procedures. They like how things were done "in the old days" and are quick to criticize new ideas.

July 06, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Race for Chase heats up

LOUDON, N.H. - The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship traditionally kicks off at New Hampshire. So does the 10-race sprint to make the 12-driver field.

June 26, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Johnson hopes his luck turns in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Jimmie Johnson hasn't been to Victory Lane in 10 races, his longest drought in two years.

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


No news on the future of Kahne

SONOMA, Calif. - Rick Hendrick dismissed a report that Kasey Kahne will drive for Phoenix Racing next season, the gap year before he moves into Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 car.

June 18, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Phil Mickelson, right, watches his tee shot in front of Tiger Woods on the fifth hole during the fin

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle spent some time at Ford headquarters on Thursday, taking each of the resilient automaker's newest toys out for a spin.

June 12, 2010 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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In the Pits: Gordon on pace for title after Brickyard win

Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.

July 28, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon an Indy threat after 20 years

INDIANAPOLIS - The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 26, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

INDIANAPOLIS - Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | NASCAR


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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