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Chase leaders hope to avoid carnage

TALLADEGA, Ala. - They plan and tinker, double-check this and triple-check that.

October 19, 2013 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


MWR shrinking to 2 teams

CONCORD, N.C.- Michael Waltrip Racing will run only two full-time cars next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA, part of the fallout from its attempts to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.

October 14, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Keselowski takes checkered flag at Bank of America 500

CONCORD, N.C. - Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

October 12, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kyle Larson setting sensible goals for Sprint Cup debut

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Larson can't be goaded into setting an unreasonable expectation for his Sprint Cup debut.

October 11, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Harvick, Gordon making moves in Chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldn't have been happier on Sunday.

October 07, 2013 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Harvick wins wreck-filled race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kevin Harvick didn't simply have his hands full with the rest of the Sprint Cup field Sunday. He also was trying to tame a squirrely surface at Kansas Speedway.

October 07, 2013 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Opinions differ on new tire

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Chase leader Matt Kenseth could be forgiven for a relatively sour opinion of the tire that Goodyear brought to Kansas Speedway this weekend.

October 03, 2013 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Defeat leaves Earnhardt with bitter taste in mouth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. chased Jimmie Johnson around Dover International Speedway, only to see his teammate grab his record-setting eighth victory at the Monster Mile.

September 30, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Johnson wins for record 8th time at Dover

DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover.

September 30, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Biffle refuses to count himself out as contender

DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth has Chase perfection. Kyle Busch nailed the runner-up finishes. And no driver can touch the championship pedigree of Jimmie Johnson.

September 29, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NASCAR has turned upside down over last 2 months

These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

September 23, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth wins 2nd Chase race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. - Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness.

September 22, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Tracks slow to embrace heralded Air Titan

LOUDON, N.H. - The forecast calls for rain at New Hampshire, potentially soaking fans for NASCAR's second consecutive Chase race, and putting the threat of a Monday finish in play.

September 21, 2013 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Ryan Newman takes pole

LOUDON, N.H. - Ryan Newman used a track-record lap to fuel his run at a championship.

September 21, 2013 | By DAN GELSTO AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


NAPA dropping Waltrip after Richmond scandal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR's version of the playoffs.

September 19, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR - AP


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Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

April 11, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Logano gets first Cup win

FORT WORTH, Texas - Joey Logano had a big lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag at Texas.

April 07, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Stewart edges Keselowski for pole at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

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


Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday's race

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday's race before a single lap had been turned.

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


NASCAR: Preserving tires is up to teams

FORT WORTH, Texas - NASCAR will not regulate tire pressures at Texas Motor Speedway, and if drivers have tire failures during Sunday's race officials believe they won't be able to blame Goodyear.

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


Johnson appreciates Hendrick links to Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson doesn't dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway, and that's more than understandable. He has won eight times at the track in 24 career starts.

March 29, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Busch wins Martinsville pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kyle Busch has seen it time and again at Martinsville Speedway.

March 28, 2014 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Larson dazzles in drive to the front at Fontana

Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

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


Larson holds off Harvick for first Nationwide victory

FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Larson won his first Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.

March 22, 2014 | By GREG BEACHEM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Kenseth claims Fontana pole

FONTANA, Calif. - Although Matt Kenseth thinks track position is less important on Fontana's well-aged asphalt than on other NASCAR ovals, he is still excited to start up front Sunday.

March 21, 2014 | By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


Texas Motor Speedway unveils largest HD screen in the world

FORT WORTH, Texas - Talk about a Texas-sized TV.

March 19, 2014 | By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer | NASCAR - AP


In The Pits: Revamped schedule needed

Of the many things NASCAR can't control, the weather is at the top of the list.

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


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