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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


Kahne hops on board 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 21, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon looks to end losing streak

CONCORD, N.C. - Jeff Gordon earned the first of his 82 victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now, 16 years later, he's stuck in the longest losing streak of his career.

October 15, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Waltrip Hall of Fame snub felt personal

CONCORD, N.C. - Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 races and three championships on the track, lost a popularity contest among his peers that stung more than any other defeat in his illustrious career.

October 14, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Clint Bowyer's car fails inspection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clint Bowyer's race-winning car at New Hampshire failed an intense NASCAR inspection on Wednesday, earning the driver a 150-point penalty that could wipe out his championship chances.

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


Clint Bowyer brings breath of fresh air to Sprint Cup

There's a swagger and style about Clint Bowyer that should put him high on the list of NASCAR's most likable drivers.

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


Cup Chase features five winless drivers

NEW YORK - Jeff Gordon has one win in his last 103 races and is mired in the longest losing streak of his illustrious career. Yet as he heads into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, he likes his title chances.

September 15, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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


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Kurt Busch has Sprint Chase hopes on line in 500th start

DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.

September 27, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Tony Stewart comforted by support of NASCAR family

DOVER, Del. - Tony Stewart's walk back to his motorhome was halted by a pair of old friends. Two longtime NASCAR participants stopped Stewart not far from his car for a lengthy chat in the Dover garage.

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


Stewart won't be charged

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for.

September 24, 2014 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press | NASCAR


Penske in front after first two races of Chase

As Brad Keselowski flaunted his fast car by leading session after session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took a good-natured swipe at his teammate by asking him via Twitter to slow down.

September 22, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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


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