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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

NASCAR's Johnson OK'd to race after 2 negative virus tests

Jul. 8, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. He was tested after his wife received a positive result. Hendrick...

Team Penske's injured crew member returns to North Carolina

Jul. 6, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An injured crew member on Ryan Blaney's NASCAR team has returned to Team Penske's headquarters in North Carolina, where he will undergo further evaluation. Zachary Price was treated and released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and returned home with the rest of Penske's travel...

Race driver Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Harvick takes advantage of Hamlin's crash to win Brickyard

Jul. 6, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Harvick turned up the pressure on Denny Hamlin late in the Brickyard 400. And on a cooling track, Hamlin's worn tires simply gave out. As the sun set Sunday over Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hamlin seven laps from one of the few victories that has eluded him, he went careening...

Crew members for the car driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. work on the car after a crash in the pit area during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Blaney crew member taken to hospital for further evaluation

Jul. 5, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A tire changer for NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney was taken to a hospital after being injured Sunday early in the Brickyard 400. Zachary Price was pinned between Blaney's No. 12 car and another car, the result of a six-car pileup near the entrance of pit road 16 laps into the race. Five of...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020 file photo Jimmie Johnson climbs intp his car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Knocked out of Brickyard, Johnson copes at home with virus

Jul. 4, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson and his family took every precaution to avoid the coronavirus. They washed their hands frequently, diligently followed the face-mask guidelines and even left their home in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the less densely populated Aspen, Colorado. And yet both Johnson and...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020 file photo Jimmie Johnson climbs intp his car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

NASCAR races on at Indy after Johnson contracts coronavirus

Jul. 4, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NASCAR's extravagant weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — where the back-and-forth battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin should continue — has been rocked by its first driver testing positive for the coronavirus. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will...

FILE - In this May 16, 2019, file photo, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, center, talks with Will Power, left, of Australia, and Josef Newgarden during practice for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Jul. 4, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old Johnson is the first driver in any NASCAR series to test positive and the news Friday evening cast a shadow over the...

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Kyle Weatherman drives through a turn during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, July 3, 2020. The car carries the hashtag #standfortheFlag and features a We Stand for the National Anthem paint scheme. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Paint schemes go political as NASCAR season heats up

Jul. 3, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Many a fan is quick to insist they do not like politics in their sports — no kneeling, no raised fists, no T-shirt messages. Just the game or event, please and thank you. That has not been the case of late as the nation goes through a reckoning on race and racism following the...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 29, 2007 file photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and his crew kiss the bricks at the start/finish line after winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. On Friday, June 19, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that NASCAR, which recently banned the Confederate flag at its events, is now forcing its drivers to engage in Muslim prayer. Drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway take part in a longstanding tradition called “kissing the bricks.” It was started by driver Dale Jarrett in 1996 after he won the Brickyard 400 race. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 19, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: NASCAR, which recently banned the Confederate flag at its events, is now...

Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway early Monday, May 25, 2020, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Keselowski gets win but Hendrick Motorsports takes 2 losses

May. 25, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the Southern 500, the Bristol night race, the Brickyard 400 and has now crossed the Coca-Cola 600 off his checklist of crown jewel victories. Chase Elliott lost two races in four days, both in heartbreaking fashion. Jimmie Johnson had a shot at snapping his...