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JGR begins 20th season with high hopes for a title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The presentation at Joe Gibbs Racing last month began as a rambling remembrance of the race team's humble beginnings.

February 11, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR scraps the points system

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR is replacing the complicated scoring system it has used since 1975 with a more straightforward format.

January 27, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Childress confident his team can dethrone Johnson

WELCOME, N.C. - There's a sign at the top of the road leading into Richard Childress Racing trumpeting next month's season-opening Daytona 500.

January 26, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Tests bring buzz back to NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There's a buzz at Daytona International Speedway, and it's more than the cars humming around the track.

January 22, 2011 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson title cements Hendrick Motorsports dynasty

LAS VEGAS - Even as Jimmie Johnson chased his record fifth consecutive championship, a feat that would have cemented Hendrick Motorsports as the best team in NASCAR history, the owner knew he needed to make some dramatic changes to his organization.

December 04, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Johnson's titles speak for themselves

It was early Monday morning, and Jimmie Johnson was celebrating another NASCAR championship in the surf on South Beach.

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


Time for contenders to shut up and drive

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - After all the talk, tweeting and obvious attempts at mind games, it's time for NASCAR's three title contenders to get serious about the tightest championship race in seven years.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.

September 16, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | NASCAR


In The Pits: Short stay at the party for Allmendinger and Almirola

AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were the underdogs of the Chase, the two drivers nobody thought could win the Sprint Cup championship.

September 15, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch gets pole for Chase opener at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. - With rain in Friday's forecast at Chicagoland Speedway, the only time on track became a strategy session for the championship contenders.

September 12, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins on Sunday

CHICAGO - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.

September 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: Hendrick, Penske, Harvick prep for Chase

A win in the season-opening Daytona 500 guaranteed Dale Earnhardt Jr. a spot in NASCAR's title race. It also allowed his Hendrick Motorsports team to live in the moment on the race track and not get hung up on results.

September 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: One more Chase chance for Stewart, but does it matter?

Tony Stewart has one final shot to make the Chase, and it's not a very good one: He must win Saturday night at Richmond, where he last visited Victory Lane in 2002.

September 01, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins Atlanta pole; Stewart is 12th

HAMPTON, Ga. - Kevin Harvick took yet another pole, this time with a big assist from Tony Stewart in the team owner's return to the track.

August 29, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

August 29, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Power shakes quake, can't close title

It was just past 3 a.m. when Will Power was awakened from a deep sleep on the top floor of his hotel in Napa, California. The IndyCar Series points leader was in the middle of his first earthquake and wasn't certain he was going to make it out alive.

August 25, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano earns first win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

August 23, 2014 | HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.

August 22, 2014 | By HANK KURZ JR AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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