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Late pass at Martinsville gives Harvick 2nd straight victory

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – It was supposed to be a showdown between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson, the only two drivers able to win at tricky Martinsville Speedway of late. Instead, …


McMurray tops field in Martinsville qualifying

Jamie McMurray took a step toward jump-starting his season Saturday by winning the pole at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. McMurray turned a lap of 96.509 mph in his Chevrolet to earn …


Roush Fenway drivers have shown early resurgence

CONCORD, N.C. – It didn’t take Carl Edwards but a few minutes following his win at Las Vegas to assess how far Roush Fenway Racing has come in the last …


Patient Harvick wins at Fontana

Kevin Harvick isn’t one of those drivers who jumps out front and stays there all the way to the checkers. He’s more of a lingerer and closer, someone who’s able …


Plenty of challengers for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Fontana

LOS ANGELES – Choosing favorites to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Fontana once was fairly straightforward. It’s now a bit complicated.


Kyle Busch sweeps at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The situation was perfect for Carl Edwards to issue some payback on Kyle Busch. Instead, Edwards passed on a chance to knock Busch out of the lead …


Kahne earns third career trucks victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Kasey Kahne made the right choice in giving up a week off, running up front the final 51 laps to win the Camping World Truck series event …


Stewart’s ‘gift’ helps Edwards win in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Carl Edwards is off to the best start of his career, and credits “a gift” from Tony Stewart for his first win of the season. Stewart had …


Ford team owns top four qualifiers at Las Vegas stop

LAS VEGAS – When Richard Petty Motorsports courted Marcos Ambrose last season, the Australian saw an opportunity to further his NASCAR development and partner with manufacturer Ford. It wasn’t an …


Victory at Phoenix was breakthrough for Jeff Gordon

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Doubt had cast its shadow over Jeff Gordon. He still had the drive. He just wasn’t sure if he could keep up anymore in a sport that …


Bayne makes his way back to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One fan asked Trevor Bayne if he was married. Another wanted to know what his favorite Bible verse is. The Daytona 500 winner grinned as he answered …


Gordon ends 66-race winless streak with Phoenix victory

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Just before peeling off what he called a lame burnout near the finish line, Jeff Gordon screamed into his radio, the emotion pouring out with his voice. …


Sprint Cup drivers return to ‘normal’ racing

AVONDALE, Ariz. – The beast that is the Daytona 500 is in everyone’s rear-view mirror. The two-car drafts, the radio chatter between drivers on the track and the nervous uncertainty …


Rookie Bayne races way into spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR’s most storied race track. And why not? …


Wood Brothers make improbable return to Victory Lane at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Wood Brothers were once a juggernaut in NASCAR, a family team that perfected the modern pit stop and raced to win after win with David …


Bayne, 20, wins Daytona 500 for Wood Brothers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This year’s Daytona 500 was blanketed with emotion on the 10-year anniversary of the crash here that killed Dale Earnhardt, the iconic NASCAR champion known even …


Daytona 500 should feature latest tandem racing strategy

The fans will stand in silence, three fingers raised toward the sky, on the third lap of the Daytona 500 in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt. The tribute to …


Earnhardt Jr. wins pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands the solemn reverence and respect for his father – who died a decade ago on the last lap of the Daytona 500. …


Busch wins Budweiser Shootout when Hamlin draws penalty

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a two-car tango at Daytona International Speedway, where the wild, pack racing was replaced Saturday night by sizzling fast speeds and a strange ending …


Gibbs begins 20th NASCAR season with high hopes for a title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The presentation at Joe Gibbs Racing last month began as a rambling remembrance of the race team’s humble beginnings. As the audience grew restless, and eyes …


Daytona drivers top 203 mph in tests on repaved track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The recently repaved surface at Daytona International Speedway is fast. Really fast. Maybe too fast. In the most significant test on the 21/2-mile superspeedway, cars topped …


NASCAR replaces its complicated scoring system

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR is replacing the complicated scoring system it has used since 1975 with a more straightforward format. None of the changes for the 2011 season announced by …


Johnson overcomes deficit for title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson wasn’t the best all year. Not even close. When it mattered, though, he couldn’t be beat. For the fifth consecutive year.


Now’s the time to drive, NASCAR contenders

After all the talk, tweeting and obvious attempts at mind games, it’s time for NASCAR’s three title contenders to get serious about the tightest championship race in seven years. In …


Many would like to see a new Chase winner

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kevin Harvick said it. A lot of other people, maybe even some in NASCAR’s front office, are thinking it. Anybody but Jimmie.


Pit stop costs Hamlin

Carl Edwards marked the end of a 70-race losing streak by climbing into the grandstands at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., for a raucous celebration with the fans. Denny …


Johnson places hope in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. – After the fireworks in Texas last weekend, Jimmie Johnson seems on the right track as he tries to pass Denny Hamlin for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series …


Texas win changes up Chase with two races left

A suffocatingly tight Chase race got a Texas-sized shake-up on Sunday. Denny Hamlin held off Matt Kenseth in a three-lap dash at the finish to win the AAA 500 at …


Chase same after Talladega

It was wild, all right, it just wasn’t decisive. NASCAR’s three title contenders left Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with their championship chances intact, as Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick …


Talladega could be trouble

Denny Hamlin wishes no ill will on Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He wants a clean race today, with no outside interference and an …