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Carl Edwards,right, and Cole Whitt, left, lead Kevin Harvick into the first turn during the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

After Brickyard dud, NASCAR has to head back to the drawing board

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one …

Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole, with Tony Stewart fourth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top starting spot. But he then had to see if two-time race winner and Indiana native …

NASCAR Notebook: Racing hopes for another home run as new packages get second test at Brickyard

Friday, July 24, 2015

The first experiment worked. Now we’ll see if the second one is just as big a hit. At one of auto racing’s sacred grounds, no less. The Sprint Cup heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, one of the biggest events on the schedule, and the racing will be under a …

Kyle Busch grabs first win of season as comeback rolls on

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. He repeated the routine the night before Sunday’s race, all in an effort to minimize pain and …

Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. – AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday’s race at winding Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger earned the top starting spot during Saturday’s knockout qualifying with a lap of 96.310 …

Gordon returns to California track where his racing career began

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RIO LINDA, Calif. – Controlling his emotions has never been easy for Jeff Gordon, who openly wept during milestone moments early in his career. Nearly three decades later, Gordon still finds himself struggling to hold it together and …

Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened race in Michigan

Monday, June 15, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kyle Larson knew the rain was coming – and wanted it to arrive as soon as possible. He didn’t get his wish. Instead, the downpour that ended this Sprint Cup race in Michigan gave the …

Kahne tops Michigan qualifying for first pole since 2012

Saturday, June 13, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – It’s hard to believe for those who follow NASCAR, but Kasey Kahne had not won a pole since 2012. That drought is finally over. Kahne took his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in nearly 32 …

Drivers address potential midseason rules changes

Saturday, June 13, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Martin Truex Jr. has plenty of questions about the possibility of midseason rules changes aimed at creating better racing. “What’s it going to be like?” the Sprint Cup driver said. “Is it going to do …

Truex Jr. completes journey from the bottom to the top with victory at Pocono

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s never come easy for Martin Truex Jr., a journeyman driver who has never found the success he hoped to have at NASCAR’s highest level. Oh, it was fun a decade ago when a friendship …

Truex breaks through at Pocono for first win since 2013

Monday, June 8, 2015

LONG POND, Pa. – Martin Truex Jr. slapped the top of his No. 78 Chevrolet, thrust his right fist toward the sky and bounded straight into his girlfriend’s arms. They hugged, kissed and Truex lifted her into the …

Logano’s New Hampshire experiences both plentiful and memorable

Saturday, June 6, 2015

In the weeks and days leading up to races in Loudon, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is just another track to Joey Logano – another speedway, another oval, one of 23 venues on the Sprint Cup calendar where a …

NASCAR makes sensible move by seeking drivers’ opinions on race improvement

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It started last fall as a text message chain that included roughly 20 of NASCAR’s top drivers. The purpose of that group chat was for the drivers to hash out where the current rules package …

Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

Sunday, May 31, 2015

DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson took the congratulatory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie. The six-time series champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sandwiched the 60-pound trophy and smiled for a familiar photo. …

Johnson joins elite 10-at-a-track club

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Drivers with 10 wins at a single racetrack: Richard Petty Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13), Rockingham (11), Daytona (10) Darrell Waltrip Bristol (12), Martinsville (11), North Wilkesboro (10) Dale Earnhardt Talladega (10) David Pearson Darlington (10) Jimmie Johnson Dover (10) …