This is the time of season when Jimmie Johnson thrives, and his Hendrick Motorsports team smooths out any chinks in its seemingly indestructible armor.
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.
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.
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Now that it's over, Mark Martin can admit that the speculation about his future at Hendrick Motorsports was weighing on him.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y - Clint Bowyer is a marked man, and he is up for the challenge as NASCAR goes road racing again.
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.
LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway keeps taking hits.
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.
JOLIET, Ill. - David Reutimann blew by Jeff Gordon and cruised to the victory in the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.
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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR fans are reluctant to change, even when tweaks are made to grossly outdated policies and procedures.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.
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.
SONOMA, Calif. - Jimmie Johnson hasn't been to Victory Lane in 10 races, his longest drought in two years.
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.
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.
Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.
INDIANAPOLIS - The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.
EDINBURGH, Ind. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track.
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.
LOUDON, N.H. - Brad Keselowski had a couple of impressive performances at New Hampshire. It's the victory celebration that again gave him fits.
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.
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.
RICHMOND, Va. - Aric Almirola waited two days to experience one of the highlights of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.
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.
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