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Driver Denny Hamlin speaks with a crew member during practice for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

New Chase format means Cup drivers don’t have to put health on the line

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – There was a time in NASCAR when skipping a race because of illness or injury was simply not considered. Rather than sit out with swollen eyes, Ricky Rudd used tape to keep them open. Richard Petty ran three races hiding a broken neck from NASCAR officials. That bravado – foolishness? – in drivers is no more. Denny …

Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there yesterday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing streak by holding off Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on one final restart in NASCAR’s …

Only shove by Harvick this time at Texas comes on the track

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The only shove by Kevin Harvick in Texas this time came on the track. With 20 laps left in the Duck Commander 500 won by Jimmie Johnson, Harvick tapped the rear of Joey Logano’s car to push past the defending race winner. “You knock them out of the way, …

Defending champ Harvick grabs 1st win of season at Las Vegas

Monday, March 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS – After winning the Sprint Cup championship in their first season together, Kevin Harvick and his team came up with a new set of goals this year. Near the top of the list was winning at …

Edwards looks to grab 1st win at Las Vegas for Gibbs

Sunday, March 8, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Only two races into his new job, Carl Edwards is quickly finding his footing at Joe Gibbs Racing. He left Roush Fenway Racing, where he spent the first 11 years of his career, to drive …

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Friday, March 6, 2015

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said yesterday. The decision by the state …

Suspended Busch agrees to NASCAR’s guidelines for eventual reinstatement

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of …

Follow-up weekend to Daytona 500 an all-around mess in Atlanta

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. …

Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers …

NASCAR notebook: Question of Kyle Busch’s Chase eligibility a difficult one for NASCAR

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A broken leg wasn’t the only malady to occur when Kyle Busch careened off the Daytona International Speedway track and into a concrete wall the afternoon before the Daytona 500. The collision and its aftermath left NASCAR itself …

Dude, where’s my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. – When Travis Kvapil got the call yesterday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. “They said there was trouble with the car,” Kvapil said. “I thought we could figure it out …

NASCAR making plans for SAFER barriers at Daytona, Talladega after Busch injury

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – International Speedway Corp. is developing a plan for the installation of additional SAFER barriers at Daytona and Talladega, and will review the safety standards at its other racetracks. The renewed focus announced yesterday by ISC …

Ragan, Jones announced as weekend replacements for Kyle Busch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

David Ragan will drive Kyle Busch’s car in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, while 18-year-old Erik Jones will drive Busch’s car in the Xfinity Series. Busch broke his right leg and left foot when he crashed head-on into a concrete wall Saturday at Daytona International …

NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were …

Gibbs unsure how long Kyle Busch will be sidelined

Monday, February 23, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Gibbs is unsure how long Kyle Busch will be sidelined with a broken right leg and left foot from a crash at Daytona International Speedway. Busch had surgery on his right leg in …