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Busch outlasts Johnson for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kyle Busch won his 23rd race on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit, pulling even with brother Kurt in career victories. Now, Kyle would like to match another of …


Busch, Keselowski lead resurgent Penske team at Michigan

Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski appear to be on their way to NASCAR’s season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup after combining for seven top-10 finishes in the last five races. …


Ambrose grabs first NASCAR victory

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Marcos Ambrose missed his daughter’s first day of school. She probably won’t mind. The snakebitten Ambrose, deprived more than once of a NASCAR victory, beat Brad …


Hunter-Reay cashes in on IndyCar controversy

Ryan Hunter-Reay raced to his first IndyCar victory of the year on Sunday after a slippery, crash-marred finish in Loudon, N.H., that left drivers upset that it was restarted in …


Jimmie Johnson vents about Kurt Busch

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Jimmie Johnson is about as mild-mannered as a racer can be, but he wasn’t about to take any lip from Kurt Busch. The two drivers had …


Keselowski takes Sprint Cup’s checkered flag

Brad Keselowski raced all 500 miles of Sunday’s Sprint Cup stop at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond., Pa., with a broken left ankle. As if that wasn’t enough, he somehow …


Edwards stays put

Carl Edwards spurned an offer from Joe Gibbs Racing, and signed a multiyear contract extension with current team Roush Fenway Racing. The deal was announced Thursday and puts Edwards, the …


Much-maligned Menard uses strategy to win Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS – Daddy’s Boy. Silver spoon with secure sponsorship. Talentless hack. Paul Menard has heard all the jealous jeering throughout his unremarkable racing career. On Sunday, he added a new …


Menard pulls Brickyard 400 upset

INDIANAPOLIS — Daddy’s Boy. Silver spoon with secure sponsorship. Talentless hack. Paul Menard has heard all the jealous jeering throughout his unremarkable racing career. On Sunday, he added a new …


Fast-track teen

By the time Nicole Behar slid behind the wheel of her No. 38 Ford Mustang on a recent Wednesday night, her family was getting a little nervous. Three other top …


Injury delays Travis Pastrana’s Nationwide Series debut

INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Waltrip can live with the risks taken by Travis Pastrana. He just thought the action sports star was indestructible. Think again, Michael.


Newman wins, Stewart 2nd at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman had his boss on his back and felt pressure to deliver a top performance. Might make an office drone squirm in a cubical.


Vegan Lally has appetite for auto racing

SPARTA, Ky. – Andy Lally wants a hamburger. Badly. The bloodier the better. Yet the former sportscar champion turned NASCAR driver won’t have one. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.


Apology came way too late in Kentucky

Sometimes saying sorry is all it takes to make people feel a little better. That might have been the case with Kentucky Speedway, if the apology had been immediate and …


Kyle Busch takes NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with win

SPARTA, Ky. – Kyle Busch figured the best way to beat the traffic on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. He simply stayed out of it.


Busch crams in busy racing week

If you called Kyle Busch a glutton for racing action, you’d be right. It’s not enough that Busch is running races in each of NASCAR’s three touring series this weekend …


Daytona 500 champ Bayne can’t repeat on track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne was hoping for a repeat trip to Victory Lane at Daytona. Instead, he got an early exit. Bayne wrecked on the …


Ragan redeems himself at Daytona with first win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – David Ragan could have won the Daytona 500 if not for a late-race gaffe that cost him what would have been a life-changing victory. So as …


Martin qualifies on pole at Daytona

Mark Martin bumped Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne from the pole at Daytona International Speedway with a qualifying run that put him in elite company. Martin turned a lap of …


Busch wins on road for first time

The turnaround for Kurt Busch continued Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., with a dominating run at Infineon Raceway that led to his first career road course victory. Busch led a race-high …


Hamlin picks up first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of 2011

Two days after facing questions about unauthorized auto parts and possible penalties, Denny Hamlin enjoyed a happier kind of scrutiny. Hamlin raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of …


Kurt Busch on pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race

Another race, another pole for Kurt Busch. This is a drill he’s happy to get used to. “To be on the pole three weeks, what it does – there are …


Earnhardt back in Michigan, hoping for elusive win

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. tries not to worry about his winless stretch, which reached three years this week. Of course, now that he’s back in Michigan, the site …


Veteran wins, tied for 3rd on NASCAR wins list

LONG POND, Pa. – Jeff Gordon is pushing 40, far removed from the cocky kid who shot to superstardom and helped put NASCAR on the mainstream map. At any age, …


In brief: NFL owners, players meet again in New York

NFL: Whether they are meeting in secret locations or in the middle of Times Square at rush hour, talks between NFL owners and players are a good sign. Commissioner Roger …


Keselowski stretches gas for NASCAR win

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was charging again, hoping that this time he’d be on top of a frantic late fuel-mileage battle. Leader Brad Keselowski stretched his fuel perfectly, dashing Earnhardt’s hopes …


Kurt Busch rebounds to earn Kansas pole

Kurt Busch had never run all that well in Kansas, and a spinout during practice Friday certainly didn’t make it look as if he was about to turn that around. …


Biffle aims to return to successful racing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas Speedway might be the best place for Greg Biffle to cool off after an extremely hot and miserable weekend in Charlotte. Less than 20 laps …


Earnhardt runs out of gas

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was out front on the final lap for the first time in 105 races, and the only thing standing in the way of a …


Harvick wins when Earnhardt runs out of gas

The gas tank in his Chevrolet ran dry along the backstretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and as Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to coast his way through the final turn, Kevin …