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Penske teammates Busch, Keselowski take opposite approaches

CONCORD, N.C. – To hear Kurt Busch talk, his race team is struggling mightily and maybe some behind-the-scenes changes will save the season. Then there’s Brad Keselowski, excited about three …


Ned Jarrett leads NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Auto racing: Ned Jarrett won 50 races over his career, claimed two NASCAR championships, and once beat the field by 19 miles at Darlington Raceway. Then he moved on to …


Sharks break through against Canucks in Western final

NHL playoffs: Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period and Antti Niemi made the early lead stand up with 27 saves to get the San Jose Sharks back into …


Oklahoma City wins at Dallas to tie NBA series

NBA playoffs: Kevin Durant scored 24 points and James Harden added 23, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-100 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night and …


Audible in pits leads to Kenseth victory at Dover

Matt Kenseth’s first idea was to skip pit road, take a chance he could start first on a restart and hang on for a victory. Then, he had another thought. …


Memphis forces Game 7 by defeating Oklahoma City

NBA: Zach Randolph had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-83 Friday night in Memphis, Tenn., to push their …


Smith wins Southern 500 for first Sprint Cup victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Regan Smith wasn’t sure he’d ever come as close to winning a Sprint Cup race as he did three years ago at Talladega Superspeedway. Now, he can’t …


Busch keeps Hamlin from sweep at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Kyle Busch denied teammate Denny Hamlin a weekend sweep at his home track Saturday night by stretching his final tank of gas 107 laps to win at …


Earnhardt gives teammate Johnson push to victory at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson won a Talladega two-step Sunday, edging Clint Bowyer by about a foot with a big push from Dale Earnhardt Jr. The official margin was 0.002 seconds, tied for …


Busch hangs tough at wild Nationwide

Kyle Busch won under a yellow flag in a wild finish Saturday, taking the Nationwide race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway when the last of 10 crashes sent Mike Wallace’s car …


Expect plenty of radio chatter at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Some compare it to trying to land a date for the prom. Really, it’s just two parties haggling over a potentially lucrative business deal. Only in this …


Kenseth wins for first time in last 76 races

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth can quit wondering. He is still good enough to win. After going 76 races without a win, Kenseth finally got back into Victory Lane …


Jeff Gordon has had tough luck at Texas track

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jeff Gordon prefers to talk about what happened at Texas last year before his two race-ending crashes and the backstretch brawl with Jeff Burton. “I put …


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 …