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Martin qualifies on pole at Daytona

Mark Martin bumped Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne from the pole at Daytona International Speedway with a qualifying run that put him in elite company. Martin turned a lap of …


Busch wins on road for first time

The turnaround for Kurt Busch continued Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., with a dominating run at Infineon Raceway that led to his first career road course victory. Busch led a race-high …


Hamlin picks up first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of 2011

Two days after facing questions about unauthorized auto parts and possible penalties, Denny Hamlin enjoyed a happier kind of scrutiny. Hamlin raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of …


Keselowski stretches gas for NASCAR win

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was charging again, hoping that this time he’d be on top of a frantic late fuel-mileage battle. Leader Brad Keselowski stretched his fuel perfectly, dashing Earnhardt’s hopes …


Smith wins Southern 500 for first Sprint Cup victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Regan Smith wasn’t sure he’d ever come as close to winning a Sprint Cup race as he did three years ago at Talladega Superspeedway. Now, he can’t …


Busch keeps Hamlin from sweep at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Kyle Busch denied teammate Denny Hamlin a weekend sweep at his home track Saturday night by stretching his final tank of gas 107 laps to win at …


Jeff Gordon has had tough luck at Texas track

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jeff Gordon prefers to talk about what happened at Texas last year before his two race-ending crashes and the backstretch brawl with Jeff Burton. “I put …


Late pass at Martinsville gives Harvick 2nd straight victory

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – It was supposed to be a showdown between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson, the only two drivers able to win at tricky Martinsville Speedway of late. Instead, …


Patient Harvick wins at Fontana

Kevin Harvick isn’t one of those drivers who jumps out front and stays there all the way to the checkers. He’s more of a lingerer and closer, someone who’s able …


Kyle Busch sweeps at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The situation was perfect for Carl Edwards to issue some payback on Kyle Busch. Instead, Edwards passed on a chance to knock Busch out of the lead …


Stewart’s ‘gift’ helps Edwards win in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Carl Edwards is off to the best start of his career, and credits “a gift” from Tony Stewart for his first win of the season. Stewart had …


Bayne makes his way back to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One fan asked Trevor Bayne if he was married. Another wanted to know what his favorite Bible verse is. The Daytona 500 winner grinned as he answered …


Gordon ends 66-race winless streak with Phoenix victory

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Just before peeling off what he called a lame burnout near the finish line, Jeff Gordon screamed into his radio, the emotion pouring out with his voice. …


Sprint Cup drivers return to ‘normal’ racing

AVONDALE, Ariz. – The beast that is the Daytona 500 is in everyone’s rear-view mirror. The two-car drafts, the radio chatter between drivers on the track and the nervous uncertainty …


Rookie Bayne races way into spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR’s most storied race track. And why not? …


Johnson overcomes deficit for title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson wasn’t the best all year. Not even close. When it mattered, though, he couldn’t be beat. For the fifth consecutive year.


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 …