Matt Kenseth wins Windows 10 400 as Kyle Busch runs out of gas

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LONG POND, Pa. -- An empty gas tank finally ended Kyle Busch's dominance in Sprint Cup racing.

After a long stretch of green-flag racing, the lead in hand after Joey Logano ran out of fuel, Busch also ran out of gas, giving Matt Kenseth an unexpected victory in the Windows 10 400.

Busch was in place to win what would have been a fourth ...Read more

Kasey Kahne runs into pit wall in scary crash

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LONG POND, Pa. -- The look on Kasey Kahne's face said helplessness, shock and grave fear of what might have happened.

Early in Sunday's Windows 10 400, Kahne's Chevrolet spun dramatically down the track at Pocono Raceway, pointing his race car straight at the retaining wall protecting pit road from the various pit boxes.

Unable to avoid that ...Read more

Jack Beckman sets Funny Car record

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Jack Beckman established a Funny Car national record for elapsed time Saturday and also made himself the favorite to win the NHRA Sonoma Nationals crown.

Beckman ran 3.958 seconds in his second Saturday qualifying pass, backing up his blistering time of 3.921 seconds set Friday night and setting a national record.

Beckman is ...Read more

At home and on track, Kyle Busch is having a memorable summer

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LONG POND, Pa. -- NASCAR is a sport of constant revision: New parts, new rules, new aerodynamic packages, plus track conditions that can shift with a passing cloud.

Kyle Busch, who is dominating Sprint Cup of late, loves it that way.

"I kind of like change and feel I am fastest to adapt to it," Busch said Friday in anticipation of Sunday's ...Read more

Kyle Busch captures NASCAR Truck Series race

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Kyle Busch did what he always seems to do these days -- win.

Also, it's safe to say Brad Keselowski and Matt Crafton won't be hanging out together anytime soon.

Busch conserved enough fuel to survive three green-white-checkered restarts and take the Mountains 150 race in the Camping World Truck Series.

Crafton, the series ...Read more

Earnhardt Jr.: Hendrick cars 'not at the top of the mountain' right now

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., was surprised to hear Friday he's the only Hendrick Motorsports driver with a top-five finish in the past three Sprint Cup races.

That doesn't mean, however, Earnhardt or his colleagues are in denial about being off their own standard for excellence.

"The (Joe) Gibbs guys have found more speed over the ...Read more

Kyle Busch takes pole for Sunday's Pocono race

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Kyle Busch's dad told his son this week not to question success, just embrace it.

"Just ride it as long as you can," Busch said of his father's words after winning the pole for Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Busch has never won at Pocono, but he's on one incredible roll. He's won four of the past five Sprint Cup ...Read more

Not everyone on track enjoys open-mic spats

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Is there such a thing as radio etiquette in NASCAR?

Driver Jamie McMurray isn't saying there needs to be, but he subscribes to a theory that the less said the better when on-track tempers become frayed.

"I think I do a better job of hiding it than everybody else," McMurray said at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week. "I also don't key (turn ...Read more

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