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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Carl Edwards races to 1st career road course win

SONOMA, Calif. - His future with Roush Fenway Racing is uncertain, but Carl Edwards isn't letting that slow him down this season.

June 23, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon content with Sonoma result

There's no better driver at Sonoma Raceway than Jeff Gordon, and for more than a decade he was head of the class on road courses.

June 21, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kahne needs to step it up for Hendrick

Hendrick Motorsports likes things neat and clean and organized. NASCAR's top team works hard to avoid drama, and its way of doing business is a huge part of the organization's success.

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


Jimmie Johnson finally wins at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - In the final seconds of his first victory at Michigan International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson could finally relax a bit.

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


Earnhardt, Keselowski the favorites in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a long losing streak when he won at Michigan International Speedway two years ago.

June 14, 2014 | By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


In The Pits: Selfies can't fix attendance woes

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Larson lingered near his car waiting for the race to begin at Dover International Speedway when British television presenter Cherry Healey joined him on the concrete. Kneeling next to a rear tire, Healey snapped a selfie with NASCAR's newest star.

June 02, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Jimmie Johnson's title defense is on after win

CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson's run at another Sprint Cup title is on and could bring him a piece of NASCAR history.

May 26, 2014 | By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Busch knows all eyes will be on attempt at 'The Double'

INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch grew up glued to the TV, watching the Indianapolis 500 with his father, and he remembered the fervor caused in 1993 when Emerson Fittipaldi bypassed the usual celebratory post-race beverage for a swig of orange juice instead of milk.

May 24, 2014 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


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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


In the Pits: Keselowski marches to his own beat

It didn't take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way.

October 20, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Vickers takes pole after strange day of qualifying

TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race.

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


It's do-or-die time for Jimmie Johnson

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson dismissed the idea that there is any tension with crew chief Chad Knaus after the two were overheard bickering on their team radio.

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


Harvick safe from elimination, at ease at tense Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR's playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

October 16, 2014 | BY JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


In the Pits: NASCAR has tough calls to make on punishment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR Chairman Brian France has always been very clear about the action he wants to see in races.

October 13, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Harvick 3rd in Chase after win in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick moved into the third round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where tempers flared after the race and two drivers had to be restrained from fighting Brad Keselowski.

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


Earnhardt believes he'll win Charlotte to advance

CONCORD, N.C. - One bad race knocked three of NASCAR's biggest names to the bottom of the championship standings, and a repeat Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put the trio on the verge of elimination.

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


Kyle Busch takes pole at Charlotte as JGR surges

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch showed Joe Gibbs Racing may have found some speed at just the right time of the season with a pole-winning run Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

October 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Goodyear to blame for tire troubles?

It's impossible to be perfect, to always get everything right and never fail at all.

October 06, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Cup Chase reaches contender round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks.

October 01, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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