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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 …


Martin can’t shake typical bad luck

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If Mark Martin didn’t have bad luck, he probably would have no luck at all. He’s learned that the hard way over his 27 years at NASCAR’s …


Kurt Busch dominates for Atlanta win

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kurt Busch grabbed the checkered flag, shifted his car into reverse and headed off on a unique victory lap. Backward.


Busch starts in back, finishes first

LAS VEGAS – Kyle Busch has had plenty of highlights in his short NASCAR career: setting a record as the youngest winner in series history, giving Toyota its first victory …


Allmendinger not going to give up now

AJ Allmendinger hasn’t spent the last two-plus seasons trying to prove himself on NASCAR’s top circuit to bail out now. Sure, having to race his way onto the grid week …


Gordon on verge of returning to Victory Lane

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rick Hendrick began his 25th season in NASCAR full of expectations for his storied organization. He predicted newcomer Mark Martin would make all four of his drivers …


After winless 2008, Kenseth wins at Fontana to go 2 for 2

FONTANA, Calif. – Matt Kenseth’s team has found some much-needed magic. After going through a winless and disappointing 2008, the former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is 2-0 in 2009, adding …


Kenseth win a tough sell in big event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Kenseth is not boring or bland. Get to know him a bit, and one might find he’s actually rather funny. Sure, he’s a bit quiet …


Kenseth reigns in the rain

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The rain finally fell on Daytona, then it took another 20 minutes for the real downpour. Matt Kenseth, the quiet, unassuming former NASCAR champion who had …


Rookie Logano, 18, finishes last at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joey Logano wasn’t trying to make history. The 18-year-old budding NASCAR star just wanted to get through his first Daytona 500 in one piece. Instead, Logano …


Daytona offers hints on NASCAR future

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The million-dollar motorhomes still crowd the infield at Daytona International Speedway, and the FanZone has hosted a steady stream of cash-carrying customers. The hospitality village is …


Stewart’s fortunes change in mere hours

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It took Tony Stewart just five hours to go from brooding over his battered Daytona 500 car to celebrating a victory in the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide …


Johnson often takes back seat

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson came to Daytona International Speedway with a new beard and a cut finger, two topics that have so far overshadowed his status as NASCAR’s …


NASCAR swami reveals all

Unpredictable is the best way to describe what happened during the 2008 NASCAR season. Few, perhaps outside of Tony Stewart’s circle of confidants, would have predicted that he’d enter 2009 …


Track bidder angry at county

A Deer Park businessman, who cast a higher per-acre bid than Spokane County for Spokane Raceway Park property at an auction Thursday, said Friday he’s angry that he was outbid …