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Kurt Busch puts troubles in mirror with win at Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Consider the page turned.

Or a new chapter started.

However you want to describe the latest defining moment in Kurt Busch's NASCAR career -- which has been replete with many -- it comes at a place where Busch has always seemed the most comfortable, in Victory Lane.

Busch, who began the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season under ...Read more

David Ragan set to join Michael Waltrip Racing next month

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Get a good look at the driver lineup for Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, because it won't remain that way much longer.

Yet another round of driver musical chairs is set to unfold as soon as next week as several Sprint Cup teams continue to deal with drivers with extended health issues this season.

David ...Read more

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looks to take Bristol momentum to Richmond

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About a year ago, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was doing the same thing he's doing now: Enjoying a season's-best finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

That's where Stenhouse hopes the comparison to last season will end.

After his second-place finish last spring at Bristol, Stenhouse's sophomore season in the Sprint Cup Series was filled with more ...Read more

Steve Byrnes, NASCAR on Fox broadcaster, dies at 56

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Longtime NASCAR on Fox Sports TV broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who waged a difficult and public battle with cancer over the last two years, died on Tuesday. Byrnes, a resident of Fort Mill, S.C., was 56.

Byrnes joined Fox Sports in 2001, hosting and reporting for multiple NASCAR programs and served as a pit road reporter for NASCAR on Fox's ...Read more

Obama honors NASCAR champ Harvick at White House

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama honored Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team members Tuesday at the White House for winning the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick was accompanied by Rodney Childers, his crew chief, and Greg Zipadelli, his competition director, at the festivities on the White House South Lawn.

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Teen super sub comes to the rescue of Denny Hamlin

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Eighteen-year-old Erik Jones of Byron, Mich., was about to take a nap during a rain delay in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

One text later, Jones was instead flying from Cornelius, N.C. to the world's fastest half-mile oval at Bristol to replace an ailing Denny Hamlin, who had started the Food City ...Read more

Patience powers NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth's victory at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The 51-race gap wasn't the longest winless streak of Matt Kenseth's NASCAR career.

Kenseth's victory in Sunday night's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway wasn't likely his biggest, either.

Yet the win, which came over a nine-hour rain-delayed marathon that stretched a scheduled 500-lap race to 511, may have seem a bit ...Read more

Scott Dixon adds to resume by winning Grand Prix of Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Add another chapter to Scott Dixon's illustrious career.

Dixon is a three-time champion in the Verizon IndyCar Series and a former winner of the Indianapolis 500.

But a victory at the Grand Prix of Long Beach had eluded him -- until Sunday.

A powerful car and a bit of luck enabled Dixon to win the race on the street ...Read more

Scott Dixon seeks his first victory at Long Beach Grand Prix

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- "I've really got to sort my act out at that place," Scott Dixon says.

That place would be the seaside streets of Long Beach, where the three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion remains winless.

Dixon, driver of the No. 9 car for Chip Ganassi Racing, will try to change that with a trip to Victory Lane in Sunday's Toyota ...Read more

Another Kenseth ready to join NASCAR's ranks

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- As Matt Kenseth sits in the prime of his NASCAR racing career, his son, Ross, is now set to embark on one.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday the younger Kenseth will drive its No. 20 Toyota in the June 20 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, which will be his first start in one of NASCAR's three national series.

Ross ...Read more

IndyCar drivers rev up for Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- IndyCar returns this weekend to one of its most legendary circuits, the streets of Long Beach.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the 1.97-mile, 11-turn seaside course is the third race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for Team Penske, won the season opener on the streets of St....Read more

Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Joe Gibbs Racing appears to be picking up right where it left off at NASCAR's most recent short-track event.

Three JGR drivers, led by winner Denny Hamlin, finished in the top five two weeks ago at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

In Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, JGR driver Matt Kenseth will start from the ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says first 2015 Sprint Cup win will be a relief

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What a difference a year has made for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Just not in a way that may first seem apparent.

Through the season's first seven races last season, Earnhardt was sixth in the Sprint Cup Series standings and had four top-five finishes.

After seven races this season, Earnhardt is seventh in the series standings and again has four top-...Read more

NASCAR tire-tampering penalty tempered by appeals panel

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Richard Childress Racing received some relief but for the most part NASCAR's unprecedented penalty on the No. 31 Sprint Cup Series team for tampering with tires remained largely in place by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.

In its decision Thursday, the three-member panel confirmed the team committed the violations, which included ...Read more

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch: Daytona wreck that broke his leg 'all my fault'

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- For a guy who has for most of his NASCAR career let his racing do the talking, Kyle Busch was pleasantly long-winded on Wednesday.

Armed with video clips and a laptop, Busch spent nearly an hour at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters recounting the Feb. 21 accident in the Xfinity Series opener at Daytona that continues to keep ...Read more

What we learned from Saturday's Duck Commander 500 at TMS

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Nobody should be surprised Jimmie Johnson won again at Texas Motor Speedway.

He dominated the final 175 laps of the Duck Commander 500, leading 112 of them, including when the checkered flag dropped. He held off Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final laps to extend his track record to five career wins.

"Texas has just kind of grown ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson wins Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jimmie Johnson has won plenty of times in his Sprint Cup Series career, just never in the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Until Saturday night.

Johnson grabbed the lead with 14 of 334 laps remaining and held off a furious charge from Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Saturday night's Duck Commander 500, his ...Read more

Carl Edwards has extra motivation to win Duck Commander 500

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Carl Edwards has a million reasons to earn the checkered flag during Saturday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

If Edwards wins at the track where he's won three times before, corporate sponsor Stanley Tools will donate $1 million to the Children's Miracle Network through the Ace Hardware Foundation.

Edwards, 35, who is six NASCAR ...Read more

NASCAR's 2015 season so far: A mixed bag through 6 races

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Six race weekends into the 2015 NASCAR season and there are already storylines galore.

We've already seen a driver suspended and reinstated, a record-setting penalty and three drivers -- so far -- have missed Sprint Cup Series races because of injury or illness.

Here are the top six stories from the first six weeks of the season:

6. New rules...Read more

Championships synonymous with Sprint Cup owner Hendrick

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Hendrick Motorsports is among the best dynasties in all of sports, winning a record 11 car owner championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the team was founded in 1984.

That championship rate is more frequent than even the New York Yankees' 27 World Series titles in 112 seasons.

So it's no surprise to see accolades pile up for the ...Read more