MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the pole at Martinsville Speedway in a strong session for the Ford camp.
Logano turned a lap at 97.830 mph in Saturday qualifying to earn the top...
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race near Phoenix (all times local):
Kyle Busch has won the NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway, tracking down...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time in his 19-year NASCAR Cup Series career.
Harvick turned a lap in 29.914 seconds Friday in his...
Aric Almirola leads Ford sweep in qualifying at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Aric Almirola gave the new Mustang its first pole of the NASCAR season in Ford sweep of NASCAR Cup qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint.
The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the final 20 laps of regulation, which Kyle Busch described as the portion of the race in which "brains come unglued."
Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.
Kyle Busch laments lack of help, runner-up finish at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch felt like an amiable teammate, willing to do whatever it took to get Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane at the Daytona 500. He's not so sure Denny Hamlin did the same.
Busch finished second in "The Great American Race," extending his winless streak to 14 in NASCAR's season opener, and sounded less than thrilled with the way Hamlin handled the final laps at Daytona International Speedway.
Watermelon farmer Chastain gets top 10 at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ross Chastain always has watermelons around victory lane, a nod to his roots in the family fruit farming business.
He may not spend much time on the Florida farm these days, but with good reason — the eighth-generation watermelon farmer was a 10th-place finisher in the Daytona 500. Chastain was part of a bumper crop of Daytona 500 rookies that made stout runs down the stretch in a "The Great American Race" won by Denny Hamlin.
Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.
He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime. The race and the season have been dedicated to J.D. Gibbs, Joe Gibbs' eldest son who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease.
The Latest: Denny Hamlin wins 2nd Daytona 500 in 4 years
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local):
Denny Hamlin has won his second Daytona 500 in four years, taking the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing a month after Joe Gibbs' oldest son died following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs was 49.
Hamlin predicted a long night of celebrating. He says "I'm going to hate tomorrow, but I'm going to love the rest of my life."
Elliott, Harvick, Hamlin, Newman in 1st wreck at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman have been involved in the first wreck of Speedweeks.
The four Cup Series drivers crashed Saturday during the opening practice for the exhibition Clash race at Daytona International Speedway. The race is slated to start Sunday afternoon.
Joe Gibbs’ eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — J.D. Gibbs, eldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, was remembered as the visionary behind the stellar career of several NASCAR stars following his death from complications a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Gibbs' death Saturday. He died Friday.
Championship driver Busch takes top pit stall from Hamlin
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs issued a team order on the eve of NASCAR's championship that gave Kyle Busch an edge over the other three title contenders.
Busch was gifted the coveted No. 1 pit stall Saturday when Joe Gibbs Racing made the dubious decision to force teammate and pole winner Denny Hamlin to pass on the top spot. Busch qualified second and grabbed the favorable pit stall after Hamlin's team yielded to Gibbs' demand.
Kyle Busch leads title contenders in qualifying for finale
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began.
Hamlin gets the first pick of pit stalls for winning the pole, but Busch wants that spot. Busch is one of four drivers racing Sunday for the championship and Hamlin is not one of them.
Hamlin: Parting with crew chief Wheeler at end of season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin will have a new crew chief next year.
Hamlin tweeted that Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be his last with crew chief Mike Wheeler.
"You were there for me in the beginning when I first started with JGR 14 years ago. It's been a great ride," Hamlin tweeted.
Harvick edges Hamlin for pole at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.
Harvick turned a lap at 121.880 mph on Friday night to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, whose best lap came at 121.847 mph. After several years as the last opportunity for drivers to qualify for the 10-race playoffs, Saturday night's race marks the first time Richmond is part of the playoffs.
Harvick never practiced for qualifying before winning his third pole of the season.
Erik Jones claims pole for 1st NASCAR playoff race in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erik Jones surprised the field by winning the pole Friday for the opening race of the NASCAR Cup series playoffs, turning a lap in 28.705 seconds and narrowly edging Joey Logano.
Jones opened the first weekend of NASCAR's 10-race postseason by earning his second career pole in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The 22-year-old is the youngest driver ever to win the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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Keselowski winning streak pumps life into NASCAR playoffs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski wasn't a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400 — pushed him into the title conversation. His door-slamming race with Denny Hamlin in the closing laps of Monday's rain-delayed Brickyard awakened the NASCAR audience just in time for the postseason.
Keselowski makes it a Penske sweep at Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First, Brad Keselowski figured out the secret to restarting at the Brickyard 400.
Then he safely and strategically bumped his way into the lead and sped to the finish line.
One year after settling for second in a chaotic, crash-marred race last year, Keselowski redeemed himself by earning his second straight major win and finally giving team owner Roger Penske the elusive Brickyard win.
The Latest: Keselowski hands Team Penske 1st Brickyard win
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's two races at Indianapolis on Monday (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has given Roger Penske his first win in the Brickyard 400.
Keselowski took the lead with a daring pass, bumping leader Denny Hamlin as they came around the 2.5-mile oval on the second-to-last lap. Keselowski finally made the pass coming down the front straightaway and pulled away to win by 0.904 seconds over Erik Jones. Hamlin was third 1.703 seconds behind.
Denny Hamlin on the pole for Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin will look to end a yearlong drought in NASCAR's top series when he starts on the pole for the Southern 500.
Hamlin has not won since taking the checkered flag at Darlington Raceway a year ago. He showed his Darlington touch might be back when he turned the fastest lap in qualifying, and then finished fourth in the Xfinity race Saturday.
Keselowski wins Darlington after Harvick and Chastain wreck
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski won his first race at Darlington in a very Darlington way.
Keselowski came out on top in the Xfinity race here Saturday after leaders Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick wrecked 37 laps from the end in an incident where the 2014 NASCAR champion drove into Chastain's pit stall to complain and then pointedly said his 25-year-old colleague was too inexperienced and wreckless to drive at this level.
Former Darlington champ Hamlin wins Southern 500 qualifying
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin is at it again at Darlington Raceway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver who swept both the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races here a year ago got off to a strong start Saturday by winning the pole for the Southern 500. It's the first time Hamlin's won the pole here, but far from the first time he's been on top.
Hamlin looking to his Darlington touch for NASCAR playoffs
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — About the only time Denny Hamlin's had difficulty at Darlington Raceway came when he was trying to impress the brass at Joe Gibbs Racing.
He and Tony Stewart tested at the track "Too Tough To Tame" about 15 years ago and Hamlin remembers tagging the infamous and troublesome wall some 19 or 20 times, "where we didn't have any sheet metal on the side and had worn completely through," he said.
Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch go 1-2 for Gibbs at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch swept the front row in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick, neck-and-neck with Busch all season, was right behind in third.
Hamlin went 202.794 mph in Friday's session to win a pole for the second consecutive week. The JGR veteran is winless this season, while teammate Busch has six victories and Erik Jones has one.
Denny Hamlin wins NASCAR Cup pole at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has been on the outside looking in as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and defending Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr. have dominated the season.
The "Big 3" have won 16 of 21 races while Hamlin is winless, but he took a step toward changing his luck by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — NASCAR has been reluctant to make more than modest tweaks to its schedule. That hasn't stopped its drivers this summer from wondering about possibilities in hopes of luring more fans:
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Site: Daytona Beach, Florida.
Schedule: Thursday, practice, 2:05 & 4:05 p.m. (NBCSN); Friday, qualifying, 4:10 p.m. (NBCSN); Saturday, race, 7 p.m., NBCSN.
Track: Daytona International Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.
Last year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won after starting sixth.
Last race: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag at Chicagoland for the fifth time in 2018.
The Latest from the busiest day in motorsports (all times local):
Kyle Busch has won the Coca-Cola 600, becoming the only active driver to win a Cup Series points race at every racetrack on the NASCAR circuit.
Busch won the first three stages and led 377 of 400 laps overall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway (all times local):
Kevin Harvick passed Martin Truex Jr. with one lap to go to win Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway, his fifth win in what has turned out to be a dominant start to the season.
The Latest: Kyle Busch pulls away to win at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday night at Richmond Raceway (all times local):
Kyle Busch pulled away on a restart in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish and won his third consecutive race in NASCAR's Cup Series.
Busch, who started 32nd but quickly worked his way into contention, outran Chase Elliott and teammate Denny Hamlin for his fifth career victory at Richmond Raceway. The victory is his 46th overall.