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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


SpinGate out of control early

JOLIET, Ill. - Everything could have been handled better from the moment Clint Bowyer spun at Richmond to trigger the biggest credibility crisis in NASCAR history.

September 16, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Kyle Busch dominates to win at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. - Just when it appeared Kyle Busch couldn't be any stronger in a Nationwide Series race, he broke the record for most laps led on a 1.5-mile track in a Nationwide race in winning the Dollar General 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.

September 15, 2013 | By JERRY BONKOWSKI AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


NASCAR adds Gordon to Chase field amid controversy

JOLIET, Ill. - NASCAR added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field Friday, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results of the regular season-ending race at Richmond last weekend.

September 13, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Logano defends spot in NASCAR's Chase field

CHICAGO - Joey Logano defended his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Thursday, rattling off his season statistics as proof he earned his spot in the 12-driver field regardless of any help he may have received in the deciding race.

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


Edwards wins race, Keselowski misses Chase

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - NASCAR will have a new champion. For now, it has yet another conspiracy.

September 08, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Gordon wins pole at Richmond, Kurt Busch second

RICHMOND, Va. - Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position.

September 06, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - Brad Keselowski passed Brian Scott on a restart with 11 laps to go Friday night and pulled away after another restart with six laps remaining to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond.

September 06, 2013 | By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Keselowski picks Logano to win NASCAR championship

RICHMOND, Va. - Brad Keselowski was probably a dark horse at best to win the Sprint Cup championship a year ago.

September 05, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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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


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


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