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Busch Brothers taking charge of NASCAR

CONCORD, N.C. - It's not that common for siblings to reach the highest level of a professional sport, and when it happens, one of them typically toils in the shadow of the superstar.

May 31, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Tough times help savor Ganassi's double

INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti thought he needed a new challenge after becoming the IndyCar series' big winner in 2007.

May 31, 2010 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


JGR drivers look to keep up streak

CONCORD, N.C. - Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, winners of five of the last seven Sprint Cup Series points races, believe they can continue Joe Gibbs Racing's recent dominance and win the Coca-Cola 600.

May 29, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch loving his Nationwide races

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch would like to keep driving in the Nationwide Series - and for good reason.

May 29, 2010 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Danicamania returns

INDIANAPOLIS - Danicamania has returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 29, 2010 | By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR can do some things right

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's been easy the last several seasons to kick NASCAR as it struggled with sinking ratings, slipping sponsorships and, worst of all, lousy racing.

May 24, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kurt Busch wins $1 million All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - The two hottest drivers in NASCAR lined up side-by-side for a final dash toward a cool $1 million prize.

May 23, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


All-Star qualifying rained out; Kurt Busch on pole

CONCORD, N.C. - Denny Hamlin came to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday as one of NASCAR's hottest drivers and guaranteed the first pit stall for the All-Star race.

May 22, 2010 | By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Big names miss NASCAR Hall of Fame induction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors with a star-studded ceremony showcasing many of its stars.

May 17, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


4-time defending champ Johnson eager to end slump

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson is in a slump. A big one by his standards.

May 15, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch wins Nationwide race at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Clint Bowyer saw his target and hurried off pit road. Angry after a hard lick only moments earlier, Bowyer sped toward Denny Hamlin and sent him straight into the wall.

May 15, 2010 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Drivers use social media to gain All-Star support

DARLINGTON, S.C. - From Tweet-Ups to YouTube ads, chasing the fan vote for a NASCAR All-Star spot has gone viral.

May 12, 2010 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Jeff Burton frustrated after another near-miss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeff Burton couldn't have known in February, when he came up short at California on his chance to put eventual winner Jimmie Johnson a lap down, about all the missed opportunities there would be this season.

May 10, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Hamlin sweeps Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Denny Hamlin has completed a weekend sweep at Darlington Raceway with his first career Sprint Cup Series victory at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.

May 08, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Hamilton not buying 'The New Kyle'

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Denny Hamlin dismissed any notion that Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch has morphed into a more mature race car driver.

May 08, 2010 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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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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