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Johnson ready to end NASCAR grind and move on with life

Nov. 21, 2019 7:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about Johnson was...

Oh, what a beating! Toyota on a tear entering Cup finale

Nov. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ed Laukes strolled onto the stage with his chest seemingly puffed out. The Toyota executive corrected the moderator, who shorted the manufacturer one victory this season, and then took a few playful shots at the competition. Laukes was clearly feeling confident, maybe even cocky on...

Truex wins at Martinsville to earn spot in championship race

Oct. 27, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. was celebrating the victory that locked him into NASCAR's title race when he heard the crowd roar, looked up at the big screen and saw two championship contenders jawing at each other on pit road. "Oh, look, a fight," the winner said. Indeed, Denny Hamlin was...

AUTO RACING: Auto Racing Glance

Oct. 23, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

all times Eastern () — NASCAR CUP SERIES FIRST DATA 500 Site: Martinsville, Virginia. Schedule: Saturday, practice, 9:05 a.m. (CNBC), practice, 12 p.m. (NBCSN), qualifying, 4:35 p.m. (NBCSN); Sunday, race, 3 p.m., NBCSN. Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.562 miles). Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps....

Hamlin wins chaotic NASCAR cut-off race at Kansas Speedway

Oct. 20, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Denny Hamlin was surrounded by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates at the front on the final restart, and that put Chase Elliott in the most difficult and precarious of situations. Somehow, he figured, he needed to find a way to beat them all to advance in NASCAR's playoffs. It turned out...

The Latest: Hamlin wins chaotic NASCAR elimination race

Oct. 20, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series elimination race at Kansas Speedway (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Denny Hamlin has won the chaotic NASCAR Cup Series elimination race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Chase Elliott on a second overtime restart to pick up some extra...

Hendrick Motorsports in playoff peril at Kansas Speedway

Oct. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Chase Elliott insisted the weekly routine hasn't changed a bit within the Hendrick Motorsports garages, the four teams swapping information and ideas as if they were preparing for any other race. Only their race Sunday at Kansas Speedway isn't just any other race. Especially for...

Hemric beats playoff drivers for NASCAR pole at Kansas

Oct. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Hemric wasn't exactly fired. David Ragan isn't quite yet retired. Yet the two off-the-radar drivers bested 12 playoff drivers and the rest of the Cup Series field to land on the front row for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. Hemric turned a fast lap of 178.047 mph to edge...

Blaney beats Newman in photo finish to advance in playoffs

Oct. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Ryan Blaney emerged safely from the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway that claimed other playoff contenders, winning by a tiny margin that was huge for his championship hopes. Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a door-to-door race to the finish line to win Monday and advance to the third...

The Latest: Blaney beats Newman in photo finish at Talladega

Oct. 14, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local): 4 p.m. Ryan Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a photo finish Monday at Talladega Superspeedway to earn a spot in the third round of NASCAR's playoffs. Blaney's first win of the season advanced him to the round...