NASCAR's top storylines after 10 Sprint Cup Series races

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup season is 10 races old. Several storylines have developed. Here are the most intriguing of them:

Better racing: The new low-downforce aerodynamic package has worked better than expected. With downforce taken off cars (except at the Cup series' restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega) drivers are forced to use their...Read more

NASCAR releases 2017 schedule, including some changes

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NASCAR announced its 2017 race schedules Thursday with a few notable changes in the Sprint Cup season:

--Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway will switch places in the Chase's second round, with Talladega being the second race on Oct. 15 and Kansas the round's third race on Oct. 22.

--Texas Motor Speedway's spring race moves from...Read more

Clint Bowyer optimistic trucks race, homecoming will be turning point

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During NASCAR's 2012 campaign, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon were the protagonists for perhaps the season's most unforgettable moment.

A year-long feud boiled over during the penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway, the crescendo coming in the closing laps as Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer (and accidently collected Joey Logano and...Read more

Competition crisis in IndyCar: Chevrolet leaving Honda in the dust

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The IndyCar Series is four races into its season, and a Chevrolet driver has celebrated in Victory Lane each time. A Chevy driver started on the pole each time.

More telling, of the 530 total laps raced this season, Chevy has led a remarkable 506 of them, including every lap run at Phoenix and Long Beach. Yes, that's right. Honda drivers have ...Read more

Simmering feud between Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano returns to Kansas Speedway

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The feud between NASCAR stars Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano, which started during last fall's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, apparently isn't finished.

Kenseth accused Logano of running him off the track during Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

He then gave Logano a piece of his mind in a finger-wagging exchange outside the ...Read more

Tough day for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finishes last at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had as much success at Talladega Superspeedway as anywhere on the NASCAR circuit.

That wasn't the case Sunday in the Geico 500.

Earnhardt crashed twice and even temporarily lost the use of his steering wheel on his way to an early exit and eventual 40th -- and last -- place finish.

Earnhardt's ...Read more

Brad Keselowski wins wreck-filled Talladega race

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Brad Keselowski won a wreck-filled Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

In a race during which rain threatened but never came, Keselowski crossed the finish line after yet another accident broke out behind him on the frontstretch. It was the third multi-car wreck over the race's final 26 laps. One of the wrecks involved 21 ...Read more

NASCAR Geico 500 preview

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Everything you need to know about Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway:

Three things to watch

--1. There's a high probability of thunderstorms for Sunday afternoon. NASCAR could start the race sooner than the scheduled 1:20 p.m. green flag, but no earlier than 1 p.m., which is when Fox comes on the air.

--2. Carl Edwards has ...Read more

Carl Edwards flipping his way to NASCAR success

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- At 36, Carl Edwards is maybe getting up there a little bit in age.

He's not too old to be a stock-car driver; in fact, he's probably in his prime as a competitor on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit.

But whenever Edwards wins -- and he's attempting to do so for the third consecutive week Sunday in the Geico 500 at Talladega ...Read more

Kasey Kahne hopes to build on strong finish after Richmond's NASCAR race

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Kasey Kahne hopes he's back on track.

Kahne, who had a season-best fourth-place finish Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, has had a tough time of it in recent seasons. He hasn't won since Atlanta in 2014, a streak of 56 races. Before Richmond, he hadn't had a top-five since Kansas on Oct. 18.

So his ...Read more

Martin Truex proves he's a better driver than bowler before Go Bowling 400

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Martin Truex had a simple goal Wednesday at Park Lanes Family Fun Center: He didn't want to embarrass himself.

Truex, who currently sits 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings, was in town for a promotional event at the Lenexa bowling and sand volleyball center ahead of the Go Bowling 400, which is set for May 7 at Kansas ...Read more

Panthers' Greg Olsen to drive pace car at NASCAR's All-Star race

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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will drive the pace car before the Sprint All-Star Race May 21 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

"Since arriving in Charlotte I have developed a great admiration for NASCAR and their athletes," Olsen said. "Their concept of teamwork and commitment to excellence is second to none and I have a great deal ...Read more

NASCAR updates, clarifies rule, will require 5 tight lug nuts

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NASCAR has moved quickly to update and clarify a lug nut rule that has dominated the news recently, although it appears enforcing the rule will continue to be hit-and-miss for at least the immediate future.

In a memo sent Monday by Sprint Cup managing director Richard Buck, crew chiefs were told of "rulebook updates (that) will be made to ...Read more

Carl Edwards bumps teammate Kyle Busch out of the way for NASCAR victory at Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Carl Edwards bumped Kyle Busch out of the way in the final turn Sunday and won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Busch had appeared to have the race under control after a restart with 37 laps left. But Edwards, Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, gradually closed in on him and nudged Busch out of the way ...Read more

NASCAR's Tony Stewart: 'I'm always going to speak my mind'

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart didn't back down Sunday from the statements that got him fined $35,000 last week by NASCAR.

"I'm always going to speak my mind," Stewart told Fox before Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Speedway.

NASCAR fined Stewart last week after he was critical of a recent policy that doesn't require all ...Read more

Strong finish buoys little-known Matt DiBenedetto's NASCAR career

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RICHMOND, Va. -- It was late last Sunday afternoon and Carl Edwards had just a few minutes earlier won the Food City 400 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. During his post-race news conference, Edwards fielded a question about the performance of Matt DiBenedetto, a little-known driver from California who had finished sixth.

"They finished sixth...Read more

NASCAR Drivers Council makes presence felt in Tony Stewart controversy

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RICHMOND, Va. -- News that NASCAR had fined Tony Stewart $35,000 for critical comments about a recent rule change has resonated quickly in the drivers community.

Enough so that the Drivers Council -- a recently formed nine-member group that gives the sport's drivers a unified voice -- took the unprecedented action of denouncing the fine and ...Read more

NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 preview

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Everything you need to know about Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway:

Three things to watch

--1. Tony Stewart makes his return after missing the season's first eight races due to a broken back he suffered in a dune buggy accident. Stewart, who has three career victories at Richmond, starts 18th.

--2. Will there...Read more

Canine companion helps former Army captain survive head injury

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Former Army Captain Piper Hill will soon be a guest of honor at the second-biggest NASCAR race of the year, but a few years ago she could barely move.

"I don't remember three years of my life," said the Peachtree City, Ga., resident, of the period after her 2003 head injury. "I do remember that she never left my side."

"She" -- that faithful ...Read more

NASCAR to look at different ways to enforce lug nut rules

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RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR will look at new ways to enforce a policy change involving lug nuts during pit stops.

Responding to recent driver criticism, senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said Friday at Richmond International Raceway that the sanctioning body will look at "possibly different ways to enforce pit rules."

Miller was ...Read more