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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 …


Hamlin wins one for grandmother

LONG POND, Pa. — Denny Hamlin had few bigger fans than his grandmother. She wore her No. 11 socks, held her No. 11 stuffed bear, and watched every race on …


Busch angry at Johnson over contact on track

JOLIET, Ill. – Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson traded paint. It might be awhile until they exchange pleasantries. Busch was fuming with Johnson after two of NASCAR’s top stars got …


Busch down in dumps

Kyle Busch hasn’t mellowed following his last-lap accident at Daytona that sent him into the wall, and then the infield care center – even as points leader Tony Stewart says …


Logano’s win one for the ages

LOUDON, N.H. – Teenager Joey Logano became the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Sunday, winning the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The …


NASCAR goes after expert witness in Mayfield case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An expert witness for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield does not have the medical degrees or certifications he listed in his qualifications, NASCAR alleged Tuesday. In a motion …


Martin coasts to win in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. – The most surprised person to find Mark Martin in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway was the driver himself. The 50-year-old NASCAR star has run well but …


Fuel gamble pays off for Stewart with win at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. – All Tony Stewart could do the final laps at Pocono Raceway was use every trick available to stretch out his fuel and creep toward the finish …


NASCAR to try double-file restarts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a midseason attempt to add some excitement to Cup racing, NASCAR has moved to double-file restarts beginning with this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway. “We’ve …


NASCAR confident GM will play key role

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — General Motors has become the second of NASCAR’s four manufacturers to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but industry leaders remain confident support will continue as the automakers …


Johnson charges back for Dover win

DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson went from running away from the field to running down Tony Stewart. Johnson nipped at Stewart’s bumper, went nose-to-nose, then soared past him on an …


Commentary: NASCAR, drivers talk openly

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR chairman Brian France held two town hall meetings Tuesday with the sport’s “stakeholders” to discuss everything from its toughened drug policy to the economy, competition and …


Keselowski surprise Talladega winner after crash

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Under normal circumstances, Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 would have been NASCAR’s feel-good story of the year. Brad Keselowski, a 25-year-old driver with a bright future in just his …


Gordon ends winless streak

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jeff Gordon had gone so long without winning a race that he picked up a new trick or two watching other drivers celebrate. No, not a …


Johnson nudges Hamlin aside for Martinsville win

Jimmie Johnson didn’t have the car to beat until late in the Goody’s 500 on Sunday, but that he emerged at the right time should have been no surprise. After …


Busch gets long-awaited Bristol win

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch was furious when his pit crew cost him a win at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he angrily ditched his car on the race track and …


Fantasy better than reality

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s a good thing NASCAR doesn’t still stick to that archaic championship points system. Winning championships through consistency is just plain boring, as NASCAR figured out in …


Reutimann enjoys resurgence

David Reutimann knows it’s early, knows there are too many miles and too many twists and turns left in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season to get too excited. That doesn’t …