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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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - AP


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 - 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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