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Brad Keselowski holds an American flag 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 wins 600 to extend Johnson's losing streak

May. 25, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski, in a contract year and trying to up his value in free agency, gave Roger Penske a victory on what should have been the most celebrated day in motorsports but was instead just a 6-plus hour NASCAR show. Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson's losing streak to 102 races by...

Denny Hamlin (11) drives during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. Hamlin won the race shortened by rain. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Hamlin scores 2nd win of season at rain-shortened Darlington

May. 21, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle...

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Latest: Harvick's 50th Cup win 'just weird' without fans

May. 17, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's return at Darlington Raceway (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Kevin Harvick screamed in celebration as he crossed the finish line and then performed a traditional, smokey burnout. His 50th career Cup Series victory felt like a lot like the others — until he...

FILE - In this May 11, 2012, file photo, drivers take the green flag for the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR will re-fire the engines moments after mask-clad drivers climb into their cars at Darlington Raceway. The season will resume Sunday May 17, 2020, without spectators and drivers will have no practice before they pull away from pit road for the first time in more than two months. (Tyler Barrick/Pool Photo via AP, File)

NASCAR picks up at tricky Darlington after 10-week hiatus

May. 16, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — NASCAR will not be as you remember it when racing returns at old egg-shaped Darlington Raceway. There will be no elaborate infield tailgates, inflatable pools or hundreds of American flags that fly above the campers. The grandstands will be empty gray rows, no spectators allowed. ...

This March 8, 2020 photo shows Brad Keselowski during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Keselowski will start on the pole when the NASCAR season resumes Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Darlington, S.C. The 2012 Cup champion earned the top starting spot through a random draw. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Keselowski draws pole for NASCAR's return to Darlington

May. 15, 2020 2:46 AM EDT

Brad Keselowski celebrated his first pole win of the season — and perhaps the most memorable of his career — from afar. After waiting nearly a full hour Thursday evening, the Team Penske driver watched NASCAR's chief scorer Kyle McKinney finally pluck the No. 1 ball out of a random draw —...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing into Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Newman, who suffered a head injury in the season opening Daytona 500, will race Sunday, May 17 when NASCAR resumes its season at Darlington Raceway. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Newman eager to race again after violent Daytona accident

May. 14, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman says he has no memories of his harrowing accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500. He doesn't remember being in the hospital, who came to visit or anything else about his two-night stay for treatment of a head injury. The first thing Newman can recall is walking out...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, Kevin Harvick (4) leads the field past the green flag at the start of a NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Faced with many of its teams falling into financial ruin or going racing, NASCAR is throwing the green flag on a plan it believes allows the series to safely resume the season. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Column: NASCAR set for 'huge microscope' as racing returns

May. 11, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's season started with the Secret Service doing a security check on the firesuit-clad pole-sitter for the Daytona 500 and thousands of fans waiting hours in line to pass through a metal detector. When the season resumes on Sunday some 13 weeks later, drivers will have their...

FILE - In this  Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, Denny Hamlin smiles during an interview after he won the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hamlin closed NASCAR's iRacing Series virtual auto race with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Hamlin closes NASCAR's iRacing Series with another victory

May. 9, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR's iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. The Daytona 500 winner was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. Hamlin, who races...

FILE - In this July 29, 2017, file photo, Matt Kenseth stands in his garage stall after practice for a NASCAR Cup series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. At 48, Kenseth will be the oldest driver in the field when racing resumes. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Kenseth dusting off firesuit for chance to win races again

Apr. 29, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth had a blissful year of retirement. He had time to travel with his wife and four daughters, made his first visit to Europe and took up marathon running. It was free time he never had in 22 years of racing at NASCAR's national level. “It was really just spending...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Matt Kenseth answers questions during NASCAR Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth will once again come out of retirement to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing as the replacement for fired driver Kyle Larson. Larson lost his job two weeks ago for using a racial slur while competing in a virtual race.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Matt Kenseth back to NASCAR as Larson replacement at Ganassi

Apr. 27, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth will again come out of retirement to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing as the replacement for fired driver Kyle Larson. Larson lost his job two weeks ago for using a racial slur while competing in a virtual race. Although Ganassi developement driver...