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Harvick finally climbs to NASCAR's summit

LAS VEGAS - Two years ago, Kevin Harvick was evaluating his life. He and his wife, DeLana, had welcomed a son, their only child. They'd sold their race team and began to prioritize what really mattered to their growing family.

December 05, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Earnhardt wants more success in '15 with new chief

Dale Earnhardt Jr. imagined his Nationwide Series trophy was a chalice, tipped it back and acted like he was taking a big swig of champagne or beer - the beverages of choice for NASCAR winners and champions.

November 19, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Harvick finds happiness long before championship

It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career.

November 17, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


1st-time champion set to be crowned

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR's new championship format.

November 16, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Winless Newman on brink of title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Ryan Newman is the underdog - minus the darling - of NASCAR's final four, making a mockery of the revamped playoff format that was supposed to put a premium on winning.

November 13, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


The Final Four

MIAMI - There's no Jeff, Jimmie or Junior. Bad Brad missed the cut and Smoke never contended.

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


In the Pits: New format crushes Gordon's championship bid

NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 10, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Just two races remain in Chase

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Denny Hamlin had a championship within his sights before, four years ago when the Sprint Cup title was his to lose.

November 08, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR's Kurt Busch facing assault probe

DOVER, Del. - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and police in Delaware said Friday they are investigating.

November 07, 2014 | bY RANDALL CHASE Associated Press | NASCAR


Hamlin: Most drivers don't respect Keselowski

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Denny Hamlin thinks most drivers don't respect Brad Keselowski, and the contempt stems from the 2012 NASCAR champion's refusal to show any remorse for his aggressive driving.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Are there double standards for Keselowski?

In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Newman, Kenseth still in contention

FORT WORTH, Texas - Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth look a bit out of place this late in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with those zeroes under the column for wins.

November 02, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Points still matter in new championship format

When NASCAR chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward "the most worthy, battle-tested" driver with the Sprint Cup title.

October 27, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Poor qualifying effort hurts Harvick

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high.

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


Edwards and Newman are surprises of NASCAR's Chase

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - NASCAR's new championship format came with fan-friendly brackets that likely had fans advancing Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. deep into the playoffs.

October 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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Penske warns NASCAR team not to manipulate tires

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Roger Penske has warned his NASCAR team to stay out of any controversy regarding the possible manipulation of tires used during races.

March 28, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Busch takes pole at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Kurt Busch's comeback from his season-opening suspension is gathering speed.

March 20, 2015 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: As Harvick soars, it's not clear who can stop the champ

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - To the surprise of none, Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix.

March 16, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR reinstates Kurt Busch; grants him waiver for Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch was cleared Wednesday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

March 11, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: Too early to tell about better racing

Two races is just too early to form a definitive opinion about NASCAR's new rules package, which was tweaked as part of a concerted effort to improve the racing.

March 09, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Dillon claims win at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Austin Dillon appeared headed to an easy victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway until four fresh tires helped Ryan Blaney chase him down.

March 07, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Follow-up to Daytona falls flat

NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin's motorhome.

March 02, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

HAMPTON, Ga. - The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

March 01, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kvapil's No. 44 car found in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.

February 28, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Kvapil's car stolen from racetrack

HAMPTON, Ga. - When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

February 28, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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