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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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR fans are reluctant to change, even when tweaks are made to grossly outdated policies and procedures.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


Johnson ready to get back on track

LONG POND, Pa. - Jimmie Johnson hears the buzz. It's been kind of hard to avoid during the four-time defending NASCAR champion's recent slide.

June 05, 2010 | By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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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


In The Pits: Stewart return to track uncertain

There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss.

August 18, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jeff Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

BROOKLYN, Mich. - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.

August 18, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Buescher takes Nationwide race

LEXINGTON, Ohio - As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose.

August 16, 2014 | By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR passes post-wreck rule

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper - one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.

August 15, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Stewart could still face legal action

August 12, 2014 | By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Column: Stewart's hobby called into question

When Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America.

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


Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras.

August 03, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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