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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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR fans are reluctant to change, even when tweaks are made to grossly outdated policies and procedures.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 …


Petty group looks ahead

FORT WORTH, Texas – Kasey Kahne has already signed with another team, ensuring Richard Petty Motorsports of losing its most successful driver after this season. None of RPM’s other three …


Stewart on pole for 400th

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tony Stewart will start his 400th Sprint Cup race from the pole. Stewart won qualifying in NASCAR’s top series for the first time in five years …


Officials close online gambling site in Spokane Valley

An illegal car-racing gambling Web site that authorities say a Spokane Valley man ran from his home may have operated undetected for as long as a decade. But the black …


Kyle Petty: Danica will be under pressure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Most of NASCAR is throwing out the welcome mat for Danica Patrick. Former driver-turned-TV analyst Kyle Petty is a bit more cautious about what her arrival means …


Johnson wins fourth straight NASCAR title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson was chasing much more than a championship. He was also chasing NASCAR history.


Johnson on verge of fourth title

When a fluke accident cost Jimmie Johnson a huge chunk of his points lead, he knew there was no more room for error in his bid to win a NASCAR-record …


Field gains on Johnson

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson’s drive to history took a hard hit against a wall and Kyle Busch ran out of gas trying to complete an unprecedented NASCAR trifecta. …


McMurray wins first race since ’07

TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR demanded drivers be on their best behavior at Talladega Superspeedway, where a ban on bump-drafting sanitized what’s usually one of the most spectacular races of the …


Johnson in Chase driver’s seat

Jimmie Johnson is back in control of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship. The three-time defending Sprint Cup champion easily pulled away from Jeff Gordon following a restart with three laps …


Rubber match goes to Stewart

Tony Stewart didn’t have time for a debate. He had one last chance to grab the win at Kansas Speedway, and it came down to one critical decision. Two tires, …


Opener should drive up interest in the Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If the first round of the Chase for the championship is any indication, NASCAR is in for a doozy of a title race. The contenders went all-out …


Martin’s surprise move wins first race of Chase

When young drivers aren’t sure how to approach an on-track situation, they often ask themselves, “What would Mark Martin do?” With a championship on the line, Martin fooled the competition …


Kahne gives his Chase chances a boost

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kasey Kahne gave himself a huge boost in the Chase for the Championship with a victory Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kahne, of Enumclaw, Wash., leaped …