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He’s back: Matt Kenseth returns to capture pole for All-Star race

Matt Kenseth’s return to racing is already paying big dividends for Roush Fenway Racing. Kenseth captured the pole for the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway during qualifying on Friday night. Kenseth agreed to return to race on a limited schedule this year for his original team after being dumped by Joe Gibbs Racing. He will start alongside RFR teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the front row. Clint Bowyer qualified third and Kevin Harvick was fourth.

NASCAR adds quirky plate package to $1 million All-Star race

NASCAR has attempted to spice up its $1 million All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a quirky new rules package. The cars have restrictor plates on the engines to reduce horsepower and potentially create pack racing. It had drivers nervous headed into Saturday night’s race because rain at the track prevented them from getting much practice in the setups.

Kevin Harvick keeps hot streak going with pole at Kansas

Kevin Harvick kept his hot streak going by qualifying on the pole for Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway. Ryan Blaney qualified second, followed by Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Chase Elliott. Several drivers, including Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer, failed to pass inspection and get on the track for qualifying.

Drivers steer clear of discussing potential NASCAR sale

Kevin Harvick thinks the potential sale of NASCAR could provide an opportunity for the series to grow and evolve. But with so much unknown about the business side of the sport, most drivers showing up at Kansas Speedway preferred to keep their focus on the track.

Matt Kenseth ready for season debut at Kansas Speedway

Matt Kenseth says he will be in the No. 6 car for Roush Fenway Racing for the next five weeks, beginning with his season debut at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. That stretch continues with next weekend’s All-Star race, Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan.

AP source: NASCAR memo: France family ‘dedicated’ to sport

NASCAR President Brent Dewar has told employees the France family “remains dedicated to the long term growth of our sport.” The memo sent to employees on Tuesday addressed a report a day earlier that said the France family was exploring the sale of its stake in the nation’s top racing series. Dewar’s memo does not specifically address a possible deal by the France family, which holds a majority stake in NASCAR.

Retired NASCAR driver James Hylton, 83, killed in car wreck

The Georgia State Patrol says former NASCAR driver James Hylton was killed in a traffic accident. He was 83. Hylton was the 1966 Rookie of the Year. Hylton and his son, 61-year-old James Hylton Jr., died at the scene of the wreck. It happened on Interstate 85 in Carnesville, Georgia. The Hyltons were from Inman, South Carolina.

Kevin Harvick, eyeing 4th win of year, to start on Talladega pole

Kevin Harvick will start on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway while he goes for his fourth win of the year. Harvick won the pole for the first time since last September at Darlington. Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch joins him on the front row. Harvick won three consecutive races earlier this season, matching Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch’s current streak.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hoping for boost from Matt Kenseth, Talladega return

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is hoping the hiring of Matt Kenseth can help turn things around for struggling Roush Fenway Racing. Kenseth will share the No. 6 Ford with Stenhouse’s teammate Trevor Bayne. Stenhouse will also get a boost this week from his return to Talladega, where he got the first Cup win of his career last spring.

Roush driver Trevor Bayne sharing races but says he’s healthy

Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne says his health isn’t a factor in sharing seat time with Matt Kenseth. Bayne insists he’s as fit as ever. Kenseth was hired by Roush Fenway Racing this week to split races in the No. 6 Ford with Bayne. Bayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013.

Kyle Busch pulls away at Richmond for 3rd Cup win a row

Kyle Busch pulled away on a restart in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish for his third consecutive NASCAR’s Cup Series victory. Busch outran Chase Elliott and teammate Denny Hamlin for his fifth career victory at Richmond Raceway.

Martin Truex claims pole at Richmond; third of the season

Martin Truex Jr. has won three poles this season, the latest at Richmond Raceway. Now he wants to get his first career short-track victory. Truex edged Chase Elliott for the top spot with a lap at 123.859 miles per hour. Defending race champion joey Logano will start third, with hometown favorite Denny Hamlin fourth.

Kyle Busch returns to the scene of his infamy a decade ago

Kyle Busch is arriving at Richmond Raceway on a hot streak. He’s won the last two races in NASCAR’s top series and leads the points race. He’s also tops among active drivers with four Richmond victories. But it is a race he didn’t win a decade ago that cleared the way for him to became NASCAR’s newest villian.

Ford announces switch to Mustang beginning at Daytona in ’19

Ford is bringing its Mustang to NASCAR’s top series for the first time. The American automaker says the Mustang will replace the Fusion in the Monster Energy Cup Series beginning next February at Daytona International Speedway. This will be Ford’s fourth Cup model in NASCAR’s modern era, following the Thunderbird, the Taurus and the Fusion.

Kyle Busch passes Kyle Larson to win rain-delayed race at Bristol

Kyle Busch was all smiles and Kyle Larson was all scowls. Busch passed Larson with five laps remaining at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday to win his second straight Cup Series race, culminating a rain-delayed weekend when temperatures dipped into the high 30s.

Erik Jones in search of breakthrough win at Bristol

Second-year Cup Series driver Erik Jones may be on the verge of a getting a breakthrough win at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones is coming off a fourth-place finish last week at Texas and has finished in the top 11 five times in seven Cup races this season. He also has a history of running well at Bristol, earning the pole last August and leading a race-high 260 laps before finishing second to current teammate Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch will start on the pole Sunday.

Busch brothers will start on the front row at Bristol

NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch edged older brother Kurt Busch by 0.002 seconds to take the pole for the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch is coming off a victory last week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch: All-Star race rules ‘not what I signed up for’

Kyle Busch is growing tired of stock car racing’s governing body trying to manufacture tighter competition in the annual All-Star race at the expense of the Cup Series’ heavy hitters. NASCAR announced this week it will require cars to have restrictor plates at the All-Star race on May 19. Busch won the event last year and says it’s a bad idea to bunch up the cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.