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Kyle Busch takes Brickyard 400 at Indy for 3rd straight Cup win

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Kyle Busch continued his remarkable string of success Sunday, winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a green-white-checker finish.

It was Busch's fourth victory in five NASCAR Sprint Cup races since he came back from a broken leg and foot sustained at Daytona Beach, Fla., in February. Busch also swept the ...Read more

'Disappointed' Gordon chasing 6th Indianapolis victory in final attempt

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Starting 19th isn't quite what Jeff Gordon had in mind for his final Brickyard 400 -- far from it, in fact.

"I'm really disappointed," Gordon said Saturday after qualifying. "The car was good. I felt like the car did what I needed it to do. I just didn't go fast enough."

Gordon's qualifying effort is about the only low point of...Read more

Kyle Busch sets Xfinity record with 72nd win

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Kyle Busch passed Ryan Blaney on the backstretch of the final lap and went on to win the Lilly 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It was another chapter in a remarkable comeback story for Busch, who has also won three out of four Sprint Cup races since returning from severe injuries at the ...Read more

NASCAR trying out new aerodynamic package at Indy

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Ever driven down the road and noticed something blocking your rear-view mirror?

That's some of what NASCAR drivers faced this weekend as they prepared for Sunday's Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A 9-inch high rear spoiler -- about 3 inches taller than normal for Cup cars -- will be included in an experimental ...Read more

Brickyard 400 at a glance

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Brickyard 400

--What: 160 laps, or 400 miles.

--Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile, flat, paved oval in Indianapolis.

--When: 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday.

--TV: NBC Sports Network.

--Last year's winner: Jeff Gordon.

--Also this week: Lilly Diabetes 250, Xfinity Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC.

--Worth ...Read more

Joe Gibbs: Kyle Busch's comeback 'a great, great story'

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As a three-time Super Bowl champion coach, NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs has witnessed his share of comebacks.

He even had one of his own. After an 11-year hiatus, he returned as coach of the Washington NFL team in 2004 for a second stint.

But even Gibbs admits he's hard-pressed to put into words the comeback story being written by Joe Gibbs ...Read more

Kyle Busch wins Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Kyle Busch's third victory in four races seemed secure. A caution on the final lap secured it.

Busch had a sizable lead on Brad Keselowski as the final of 301 laps began in Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire. When NASCAR threw a caution for a wreck shortly thereafter, the field was frozen and Busch's Sprint Cup Series ...Read more

Denny Hamlin wins Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Denny Hamlin didn't leave many of his competitors happy, but then that isn't the point.

After run-ins with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon following restarts during the race, Denny Hamlin held on to win Saturday's Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his second win in the NASCAR Xfinity...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on NASCAR safety: 'It was trial and error for a long time'

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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt says he didn't think much about safety early in his career. He basically got in the car and drove.

That changed after the death of his father, seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, in a last-lap wreck in the 2001 Daytona 500.

In a nearly 25-minute, one-on-one interview Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, ...Read more

Consensus in NASCAR garage? Low-downforce package has it

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Consensus in NASCAR is difficult to obtain.

But after last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway and a test at Chicagoland Speedway, drivers in the Sprint Cup Series appear to agree NASCAR's approach to new aerodynamic rules packages is a significant improvement.

In addition to the new rules package for the Kentucky race, a dozen...Read more

Carl Edwards wins first pole since 2013

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Need another sign Joe Gibbs Racing is back on the right track?

Carl Edwards, in his first season driving in the Sprint Cup Series for JGR, won the pole Friday for Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- his first pole since November 2013.

The pole comes on the heels of JGR's strong performance at last ...Read more

NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez looking for first national series victory

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This weekend, for one of the few times this season, Daniel Suarez will be working from ahead.

That may provide the NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie his best opportunity yet to pick up his first series victory.

Suarez, a Mexico native who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing, has almost a half-dozen starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the K&N Pro ...Read more

Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

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One part of Kenny Wallace's long, wide-ranging NASCAR career will come to an end next month.

The Aug. 1 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway, in which Wallace will drive Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Toyota, will be the last of his NASCAR driving career.

"To me, this isn't a sad moment; I'm at a truly happy place in my life right now," said ...Read more

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart looking to turn his season around

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A restful, entertaining offseason left Tony Stewart beaming with optimism for the season ahead.

But that was back in January, during the annual preseason media tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

This is now.

Through 18 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Stewart has one top-10 finish, a sixth at Bristol, Tenn. He is 28th in the ...Read more

New aero package rules the night at Kentucky Speedway

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SPARTA, Ky. -- In his victory in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch once again led the most laps on track where he has always enjoyed success.

Just more of the same?

Hardly.

The celebration in Victory Lane may have seemed a familiar one -- Busch now has two wins and four top-five finishes in five career Sprint ...Read more

New rules, recent crashes have NASCAR facing weekend of uncertainty

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SPARTA, Ky. -- NASCAR finds itself fighting on two fronts entering Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

The race is the scheduled debut of a track-specific aerodynamic rules package, one of five NASCAR has planned this season. The package is designed to improve the racing in the Sprint Cup series.

It has been hard to get a ...Read more

Kyle Larson still looking for repeat of 2014 successes

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After a promising rookie year on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit, Kyle Larson continues to search for his first career victory.

Larson had eight top-fives in 2014, including second-place finishes at Fontana, Kansas and New Hampshire, on his way a 17th-place finish in the points standings.

Things haven't gone as smoothly this season for Larson, who...Read more

NASCAR targets 4 more races with new rules packages

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As part of its continuing efforts to improve its on-track product, NASCAR on Tuesday unveiled aerodynamic rules packages for four upcoming Sprint Cup Series races.

The first of NASCAR's track-specific rules packages will debut this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

The races announced Tuesday will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan ...Read more

Austin Dillon says he feels like Superman after surviving crash

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Austin Dillon doesn't blame the track for his violent wreck in the early-morning hours on Monday at Daytona International Speedway.

That doesn't mean, however, that improvement in safety for NASCAR drivers and fans can't still be made, he said.

"You can't blame things on Daytona. I feel like it's a race track that has done its job to put on ...Read more

After Daytona crash, experts offer 3 solutions to keep race fans safe

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Once again, NASCAR's fans and leaders had reason to gasp.

At 2:41 a.m. Monday, in the final lap of a race at Daytona, Austin Dillon's car hit a competitor's and then went airborne, slamming into the fence that's designed to protect fans.

The safety fence kept the car out of the stands, and Dillon walked away with only bruises. But debris from ...Read more