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Dale Earnhardt Jr. says health top priority as he prepares for return

It took less than four laps for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to feel back at home in his race car. His test this week at Darlington Raceway was the final hurdle …


Jimmie Johnson seizes record-tying 7th NASCAR championship

Jimmie Johnson had the commemorative helmet and a photographer chronicling his every move. He even ran a symbolic seven miles the night before his shot at a seventh championship.


Edwards wins rain-shortened Texas race for Chase finale spot

Carl Edwards got the victory he desperately needed to earn a championship-contending spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, winning at Texas on Sunday night in a race shortened by …


Logano wins Talladega to advance in NASCAR’s playoffs

Two favorites were cut from NASCAR’s championship field at Talladega Superspeedway, where Joey Logano earned a critical victory for Team Penske and Denny Hamlin used a tiebreaker to get the …


Jimmie Johnson heads to Kansas with weight off his shoulders

Jimmie Johnson could feel the pressure mounting all season as he continued to turn into the garage area rather than Victory Lane after failing to win Sprint Cup races.


Auto racing roundup: Truex dominates at Dover for 2nd Chase victory of season

Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday at Dover International Speedway for his second victory in the first three Chase races.


Auto racing roundup: Truex wins Chase playoff opener

Martin Truex Jr. went from a completely unraveled tire that left him a lap down to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead for the first time in …


Tony Stewart plans to meet with Ryan Newman about wreck

Tony Stewart said he expects to meet with fellow driver Ryan Newman and NASCAR officials Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in an attempt to smooth over some hard feelings from last …


Auto racing: Kyle Larson outduels Chase Elliott for first Sprint Cup win

Kyle Larson took the lead on a restart with nine laps remaining and held off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in a duel between two of NASCAR’s …


Kevin Harvick wins rain-delayed NASCAR race at Bristol

Kevin Harvick wasn’t worried about his poor qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, starting 24th gave Harvick exactly what he wanted to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.


Auto Racing: NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol suspended until Sunday

The water-logged Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway was called after just 48 of 500 laps were run because of rainstorms throughout Saturday night in Bristol, Tennessee.


Auto racing: Juan Pablo Montoya keeps his slump in perspective

Juan Pablo Montoya finds himself in a different place as the IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway. With four races left in the season, he’s not the man to beat.


Auto racing notebook: Hamlin wins at Watkins Glen

Denny Hamlin wasn’t about to get shoved aside again. Ignoring what he described as the worst pain he has ever felt in a race, Hamlin prevailed in a four-lap dash …


Auto racing: Joey Logano sets sights on another road course win

A year ago, Joey Logano came to Watkins Glen International hoping for a road course breakthrough to add to his resume. He departed with two trophies after a weekend sweep …


Danica Patrick disappointed with Sprint Cup showing so far

Danica Patrick is grateful and humbled by the popularity and platform she has had over four seasons of Sprint Cup racing. She desperately wishes for success to go with it.


Tony Stewart will drive ‘throwback’ car at Southern 500

Tony Stewart is hoping that going old school will change his luck at Darlington Raceway for his final Southern 500.


Chris Buescher emerges in the fog at Pocono for 1st career Cup win

Chris Buescher sat in his Ford, hoping that the fog would stick over Pocono and the cloud over the rookie’s middling season would start to lift.


Kyle Busch completes weekend sweep at Indianapolis

Kyle Busch won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday to make it a clean sweep at Indianapolis.


Jeff Gordon makes his surprising return to Brickyard

One week after Jeff Gordon asked his publicist to delay a long-planned announcement that he would drive the pace car before a race he won five times, the four-time Cup …


Kenseth pulls away late to win Cup race at New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth was always near the front of the pack. He stalked the leaders and waited for contenders to wilt.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. on bubble to make the Chase

Dale Earnhardt Jr. candidly declared two weeks ago that he has too good of a race team to be worried about making NASCAR’s playoffs.


Auto racing: Brad Keselowski wins for 3rd time at Kentucky Speedway

Brad Keselowski became the first three-time winner at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night in Sparta, Kentucky, overtaking Kevin Harvick on lap 201 and holding on for the Sprint Cup Series …


Harvick takes pole position on points after rain hits

Storms washed out qualifying at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, putting Kevin Harvick on the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race based on owner points.


Brad Keselowski finally earns first Daytona victory

Brad Keselowski had his confidence shaken at Daytona International Speedway more than once.


Joey Logano wins at Michigan, helps make NASCAR history

Joey Logano plopped into a seat, getting a much-needed break, when the 26-year-old driver found out he was just a part of history.


Kurt Busch conserves fuel for a win at Pocono Raceway

Kurt Busch felt like a game show contestant who had to beat the clock to win a prize.


Auto Racing: Power wins at Belle Isle for first victory of season

Hours after that qualifying mishap Sunday, Power raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season, holding off points leader Simon Pagenaud by 0.92 seconds at Detroit’s Belle Isle on …


Martin Truex Jr. dominates Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte

Martin Truex Jr. didn’t avoid ladders or black cats, never worried about cracking mirrors or stepping on cracks. He knew his bad luck on the Sprint Cup circuit would change.


Auto racing: Indianapolis 500 turns 100 on Sunday

Tony Kanaan spent the final practice before the Indianapolis 500 talking to the race track. He wanted to be kind to the old lady, to land in her good graces …


Kenseth holds off Larson for thrilling victory at Dover

Matt Kenseth had eluded the wreckage that turned Dover into a junkyard. He never felt he could escape the pressure that Kyle Larson put on him – the anointed future …