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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


Earnhardt Jr.'s car finally fully funded

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new look during the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as Hendrick Motorports has finally sold the remaining inventory on his No. 88 Chevrolet.

September 04, 2013 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


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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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