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Johnson takes pole at Texas Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson finished his qualifying run at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, with the fastest lap of the day, then stayed in his car while waiting to see …


Johnson takes accustomed spot at the top

Jimmie Johnson knows how to win on the half-mile track at Martinsville Speedway. He knows how to win a Sprint Cup championship.


Win at Martinsville puts Johnson in points lead

Jimmie Johnson’s expectations are high at Martinsville Speedway, and his results keep showing why. The five-time series champion raced to his seventh career victory on NASCAR’s trickiest oval Sunday in …


Auto racing: Keselowski likes his position as Chase leader

Brad Keselowski is leading the standings in NASCAR’S Chase for the Sprint Cup, and while his margin over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson is a mere seven points, and perennial contender …


Kenseth wins as cautions fly

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The fast, smooth new surface at Kansas Speedway had the potential to wreak havoc on the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The recent repave cluttered …


Perfect day to walk

One of these days, Clint Bowyer might have enough gas in his tank to do a celebratory burnout. Until then, he’s just fine walking to Victory Lane. Bowyer and crew …


Show goes on at Charlotte without Earnhardt Jr.

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up one town away from Charlotte Motor Speedway, running wild with his friends through the infield as his daddy thrilled the hometown crowd. …


Gordon seeks to continue hot streak

If nothing else this season, Jeff Gordon (pictured) has proved to be a man of his word. He promised to grow back the cheesy mustache he sported at the start …


Talladega crash boosts Kenseth

The championship contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That was an understatement.


In brief: Las Vegas guard commits to Eastern

Shooting guard headed to Eastern Men’s basketball: Sir Washington, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard from Las Vegas, made an oral commitment this week to play basketball next season at Eastern …


On top of Chase

Brad Keselowski had fuel to spare for a couple of victory burnouts. Those few splashes of gas left down the stretch were just enough for a checkered flag — and …


Crew chief Grubb gives boost to Hamlin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The hottest crew chief in NASCAR was available, and yet Denny Hamlin wasn’t sure he wanted him to lead his race team. Darian Grubb was out of …


Hamlin’s prediction happens

Denny Hamlin stepped out of his car, pointed into the air and took a mighty swing of an invisible baseball bat. Like Babe Ruth did before him (or so the …


Still time to get back into NASCAR title hunt

It doesn’t take long for the pretenders to be separated from the contenders in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Sometimes, through bad luck or mediocre performance, a driver …


Chase off and running

Brad Keselowski raced to an impressive victory in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, outdueling five-time champion Jimmie Johnson at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on …


Earnhardt captures 11th pole of his career

It’s a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (pictured right) won the pole for tonight’s “regular-season” finale, turning a lap of 127.023 mph in …


Newman needs win to make Sprint Cup’s Chase

Two weeks ago Ryan Newman (pictured right) held a wild-card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Two races and two wrecks later, he’s on the outside looking …


Busch unhappy with track at Bristol Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch has three races remaining to claim a spot in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Under normal circumstances, his chances would be good heading into tonight’s …


Win at Michigan gives Biffle points lead

Jimmie Johnson looked as if he had already finished the hardest work. After starting at the back of the pack, he had moved up quickly, and when he passed Brad …


Keselowski would like to serve home cooking

With three wins this season – and a near-victory last weekend – Brad Keselowski has established himself as one of NASCAR’s top drivers. Now, he just needs to reverse an …


‘Chase for the Chase’ has four races left

Some of NASCAR’s biggest names are trying to keep their championship hopes alive and the Chase for the Sprint Cup is still about a month away. Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch …


Ambrose holds off Keselowski

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Marcos Ambrose passed Brad Keselowski on the final lap, then held him off in a fender-banging duel to win the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen …


Johnson positions himself for another title attempt

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Here we go again. The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship looms in mid-September after five more races, and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson is gaining momentum …


Relieved Earnhardt sits atop Sprint Cup standings

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – You can’t wipe the smile off the face of Dale Earnhardt Jr., not even at a road course. With five races before the Chase for the …


Gordon dedicates cancer center in Rwanda

LONG POND, Pa. – The African boy must have been about 10 years old and suffered from a form of cancer that gutted his frame to just bones. There was …


Gordon wins Pocono in 98 laps

Jeff Gordon took advantage of an accident sparked by teammate Jimmie Johnson and a touch of timely rain at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., to win his first race …


Earnhardt returns to form in Sprint Cup

LONG POND, Pa. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back on top in NASCAR in something other than a most popular driver poll. Earnhardt has soared into the Sprint Cup points …


Johnson dominant at Indy, wins 4th Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmie Johnson fondly recalls watching the Indianapolis 500 as a kid in California, rearranging the couch cushions so he could pretend he was sitting in a race car. …


Advantageous Kahne wins

LOUDON, N.H. – The best car was rolling toward victory – until its driver and crew chief couldn’t agree on how many tires to change. Kasey Kahne capitalized on that …


Auto racing: Truex brothers return to scene of past success

Ryan Truex remembers when the workers on his older brother’s car would stuff him in a box used to hold dirty rags and tape up the hole on top. Terrifying …