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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Another Hamlin win at Martinsville closes gap on Johnson

Denny Hamlin figured if he was going to make a run at Jimmie Johnson’s points lead, there was no better place to start than Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Hamlin passed Kevin …


McMurray spoils things for speedway leaders

CONCORD, N.C. — Everyone was waiting for a wild card. What they didn’t see coming was a spoiler.


Don’t blame NASCAR ails on Johnson

CONCORD, N.C. – There’s a theory that Jimmie Johnson is to blame for what ails NASCAR. Falling television ratings are because the four-time defending Sprint Cup champion kills the suspense …


McMurray continues his rebound at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Jamie McMurray’s career came full circle at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, where he returned to Victory Lane eight years after grabbing his first win with …


Johnson extends Chase lead

“Smoke” finally got his win in California. Jimmie Johnson could be ready to smoke the field again. Tony Stewart pulled away from Johnson on a late restart Sunday to win …


NASCAR’s Chase shapes up as chase

LOS ANGELES – Now this is a chase. NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup title playoff this year is the closest it has been after three races, although Jimmie Johnson is …


NASCAR chase tightens at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Greg Biffle is back in the title hunt, and Jimmie Johnson has resumed his normal spot atop the NASCAR leaderboard. Kansas Speedway once again played a …


Biffle ends skid

As he closed in on the finish line, Greg Biffle knew the only person worthy of dedicating this victory to at Pocono Raceway. “This one’s for Jack!” he said over …


Tire calls cost Montoya, help McMurray win

Jamie McMurray followed teammate Juan Pablo Montoya around and around historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, almost resigned to settling for a second-place finish. McMurray had already won one big race this …


Victory Lane greets No. 3 again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt last drove his famed No. 3 to Victory Lane almost 10 years ago, at Talladega, in the final win of his illustrious career. He was …


NASCAR needs to hear its fans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR fans are reluctant to change, even when tweaks are made to grossly outdated policies and procedures. They like how things were done “in the old days” …


Burton not out for Busch whacking

LONG POND, Pa. – Jeff Burton jokes he gets all the drama in his life he needs from his 14-year-old daughter, he doesn’t need a feud with Kyle Busch to …


Mears back on track

DOVER, Del – Casey Mears is normally the driver watching Cup races on TV. He’ll be in the car at Dover International Speedway while Brian Vickers sits this one out.


Caution boosts Denny Hamlin to first sweep at Darlington in 17 years

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Denny Hamlin became the first driver in 17 years to sweep at Darlington Raceway, winning the Sprint Cup race Saturday night after late mistakes took Jeff Gordon …


Gordon, Johnson smooth over feud

PHILADELPHIA – Jimmie Johnson walked onto a stage where some of his biggest fans got to ask questions of the four-time defending NASCAR champion. One of the easiest suddenly seemed …


Gordon driven

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Jeff Gordon, for at least a decade, was the biggest star in NASCAR. He dominated the sport, steamrolling his way to 47 victories and his first three …