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Jimmie Johnson pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. Johnson won the race. (AP Photo/Joe Sebo)

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 to beat – boy, does that sound familiar – Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps remaining to win …

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 with a ringing headache, one that isn’t likely to go away too easily in the …

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 when we got in the garage area. They’re like, ‘No, the car is gone.’ ” …

France felt Keselowski’s move at Texas was fine

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR chairman Brian France, who for at least two years has pushed for racing to become more of a ‘contact sport,’ believes Brad Keselowski did nothing wrong in the way he raced Jeff Gordon in …

Hendrick to pay $185,000 in fines for crew members

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne …

NASCAR penalizes 6 Hendrick crew members for fight

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from NASCAR for their post-race altercation at Texas, but two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl. …

Outrage with Keselowski out of place in hyper-competitive Sprint Cup

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him. …

Gordon angry with Keselowski after Johnson’s win

Monday, November 3, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski’s face was puffy, and he took a couple quick drinks of water to wash the blood from his mouth. So close to a big playoff win, Jeff Gordon was left with a …

Despite eliminations, consistency still paying off in Chase

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When NASCAR Chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward “the most worthy, battle-tested” driver with the Sprint Cup …

Earnhardt wins at Martinsville Speedway

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. won for the fourth time this season yesterday at Martinsville Speedway in an emotional victory a week after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Jeff Gordon was …

Gordon takes over Chase for the Sprint Cup lead

Monday, October 27, 2014

The eight remaining Chase contenders, with how they finished and current points: 1. Jeff Gordon, 2nd, 4,044 2. Ryan Newman, 3rd, 4,041 3. Joey Logano, 5th, 4,040 4. Matt Kenseth, 6th, 4,039 5. Denny Hamlin, 8th, 4,037 6. Carl Edwards, 20th, 4,024 7. Brad Keselowski, 31st, 4,013 8. …

Keselowski, once again, backs up his brash personality with his performance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. …

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he …

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SPRINT CUP Vickers wins Talladega pole TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR’s new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, as two full-time teams failed to make today’s race. Drivers admitted when they arrived at Talladega they didn’t understand …

Drama at an extreme as Sprint Cup approaches cutdowns at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The crazy, white-knuckle race is coming – ahead of schedule, it seems. NASCAR promised chaos the moment it unveiled its new elimination-based Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But that was supposed to occur during the all-or-nothing finale …