The Latest: Martin Truex Jr. wins at Richmond Raceway
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race Saturday night at Richmond Raceway (all times local):
Martin Truex Jr. held off Clint Bowyer in a long duel and then...
Harvick wins pole at Richmond Raceway
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.
Harvick turned a fast lap at 124.298 mph Friday for the 27th...
Harvick no plan for 2020 Fox TV booth if Waltrip retires
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick won't be moving to the Fox Sports broadcast booth next year if Darrell Waltrip retires.
Harvick said Friday that he's not getting out of the race car...
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is fighting a cold.
It's the kind of debilitating, in-your-throat cold that makes it painful to swallow, much less go for a run. The seven-time NASCAR...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race in Las Vegas (all times local):
Joey Logano surged into the lead during the second stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race in Las...
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...
NASCAR’s new rule package shrouded in unknowns before debut
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway ready to begin a new era of racing that is shrouded in unknowns.
Logano and Harvick lead Ford sweeps in Daytona qualifying
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 qualifying races in a pair of Ford sweeps that have the new Mustang positioned for a strong showing in "The Great American Race."
Harvick won the first of the 150-mile qualifying races Thursday night that set the field for NASCAR's showcase event. Logano used a last-lap pass for the lead in the second one.
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.
Joey Logano spoils Big Three party to win NASCAR title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano raced into NASCAR anointed as its next star. He was 18, dubbed "Sliced Bread" because of all the hype, and in way over his head.
It made Logano an easy target on and off the track and threatened his career. Logano was out of a job five years after he arrived but given a second chance by Roger Penske, the titans of motorsports.
Now he's part of Penske's storied history as NASCAR's newest champion.
Busch, Harvick see championship runs fall short at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick combined to win 16 races, lead 3,459 laps and each were considered a heavy favorite to win a second NASCAR championship.
They let the race they needed slip away, and champion Joey Logano pounced.
The Latest: Joey Logano wins 1st Cup Series championship
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's Cup Series championship (all times local):
Joey Logano has won his first Cup Series championship, passing defending champion Martin Truex Jr. after the final restart and then driving away from the field.
Logano called him the favorite in the days leading up the season finale and ended up playing the spoiler role. He finished ahead of the "Big Three" of Truex, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
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.
NASCAR sputters toward checkered flag on troubled season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR's season of doom and gloom sputters toward the checkered flag with a stout championship field but the inability to distance itself from everything that's gone wrong in this trying year.
Harvick racing to remove asterisk from spoiler scandal
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has always followed the path that best suits him, even when it created unnecessary chaos for him and his race team.
He picked fights with fellow competitors in spectacular fashion — Harvick grabbed Greg Biffle by the throat, jumped on the hood of Ricky Rudd's car, used moves learned as a high school wrestler to toss aside Carl Edwards — and showed little care for consequences.
Then he became a father and learned to channel his anger.
It’s The Big Three and Joey Logano in NASCAR’s title race
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. sat on a bench, scrolling through their phones , oblivious to their surroundings and the stakes.
Joey Logano was a room away, mingling in the back of a ballroom, grinning ear-to-ear and totally at ease.
"It's the Big Three and me," Logano shrugged. "I might be the underdog in the stats standpoint, but we sure don't feel like we are."
Kyle Busch sets up showdown with Kevin Harvick for the title
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The three most dominant drivers of this NASCAR season will fittingly race each other for the championship, a chance for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. to settle which team is truly the best.
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The Latest: Kyle Busch ties Harvick with 8 wins this season
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's elimination race at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix (all times local):
Kyle Busch has won for the eighth time this season and set up a head-to-head showdown with Kevin Harvick for NASCAR's championship.
Harvick on mission to silence his critics after penalty
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The mood in the desert is tense headed into the final elimination race before NASCAR's championship, a title Kevin Harvick is determined to win.
Harvick on cheating: ‘I just show up and drive the cars’
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick shrugged off a cheating scandal to show he's still a legitimate title contender by winning the pole for his final crack at making the championship race.
As for what exactly happened with his race-winning car last week, Harvick didn't offer any new information after claiming the top starting spot at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix.
Harvick shakes off cheating scandal to win pole at Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The cheating scandal that knocked Kevin Harvick out of NASCAR's championship round didn't slow him a bit at one of his favorite race tracks.
Harvick won the pole for Sunday's final qualifying race for the championship finale with a strong run that briefly overshadowed the controversy his Stewart-Haas Racing team created with an illegal part.
NASCAR’s culture of cheating unmasked during playoffs
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The credo in NASCAR has always been "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'," and that has never changed despite series effort to keep things on the up-and-up.
Now that culture has resurfaced again and at a most inopportune time for the beleaguered series.
Harvick’s championship berth spoiled by NASCAR inspectors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick's bid for a second NASCAR title suffered a massive setback when he was stripped of his berth in the championship race after series inspectors found his winning car from Texas Motor Speedway had been deliberately altered to give him a performance advantage.
Column: Wrong call on Johnson on NASCAR’s bad day in Texas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR did not have its finest day at Texas Motor Speedway, where things first went awry with an erroneous penalty even before the race.
Kevin Harvick won and advanced to the championship round for the fourth time in five years. His victory wasn't all that surprising because the 2014 champion had said for months he was most looking forward to Texas because he believed it would be his winning ticket into the final four.
Harvick earns his shot at NASCAR Cup title with win at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick gave the checkered flag to a young fan he brought onto the track to take a selfie — one with the winning driver and car that will have a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship.
The Latest: Harvick gets Cup title shot with win at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):
Kevin Harvick has won at Texas to earn a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship.
Harvick shot past polesitter Ryan Blaney on the final restart in overtime Sunday. As the leader, Harvick took the outside line for the third restart in the last 35 laps. By time they got to the backstretch to start a green-white-checkered finish, Harvick had already cleared the field.
Column: SHR will be hard-pressed to get 4 cars into finale
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are through to the next round of NASCAR's playoffs. That is the entire lineup at Stewart-Haas Racing, for those keeping score at home, and quite an impressive display of balance and teamwork.
It is also half the eight slots in the playoff field and SHR of course wants to get its quartet into the championship round and guarantee itself a title at Homestead-Miami next month.
The Latest: Elliott wins at Kansas to roll into next round
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's elimination race at Kansas Speedway (all times local):
Chase Elliott has won at Kansas Speedway to take momentum into the third round of NASCAR's playoffs.
Elliott's victory Sunday bookended the second round of the playoffs, which he opened with a victory at Dover and closed with the win at Kansas. He was already locked into the third round of the playoffs.
The Latest: Almirola wins Talladega in Stewart-Haas rout
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local):
Aric Almirola finished a Stewart-Haas Racing rout at Talladega Superspeedway by taking his first win of the season with a last-lap pass for the victory.
Almirola's win earned him an automatic berth into the third round of the playoffs.
Kurt Busch leads Stewart-Haas Racing sweep at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Kurt Busch led a Stewart-Haas Racing sweep to put all four of the company cars up front at Talladega Superspeedway for a critical playoff race.
Busch turned a lap at 195.804 mph to qualify in the top spot for Sunday's race. He edged teammate Clint Bowyer, who qualified second, ahead of Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola as the Ford horsepower built by Doug Yates' engine shop proved superior in qualifying.
The Latest: Elliott wins NASCAR playoff race at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway (all times local):
Chase Elliott pulled away in overtime and earned an automatic berth into the next round of NASCAR playoffs with a win Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
Elliott was the surprise winner in a race that had been dominated by Stewart-Haas Racing drivers. But when a slew of issues took Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer late, Elliott was there in the No. 9 Chevrolet to pounce.
Kyle Busch, Harvick start 1-2 in playoff race at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have been the drivers to beat all season.
They'll be the ones to catch again at Dover.
Busch and Harvick, who each have seven wins, will start 1-2 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway to kick off the round-of-12 playoff race on the mile concrete track.
Rain washed out NASCAR Cup qualifying Friday, setting the lineup on points and giving the top dozen spots to the 12 playoff drivers.
The Latest: Kyle Busch wins fall race at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway (all times local):
Kyle Busch passed Brad Keselowski with 38 laps to go and held off hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond.
Busch won for the sixth time in his career on the 0.75-mile oval of Richmond Raceway, and for the first time in the fall.
Newman moving to Roush-Fenway in 2019
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ryan Newman will drive full-time for Roush-Fenway Racing in the No. 6 Ford next season in NASCAR's Cup series.
The team announced the move Saturday at Richmond Raceway, hours before the second race of the playoffs.
Newman has driven the No. 31 for Richard Childress Racing since 2014, but did not make the playoffs as one of the top 16 teams for the second time in three years. He announced earlier this year he would leave the team at the end of the season.
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.
Hailie Deegan riding fast lane on rise in auto racing
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — There are three questions that Hailie Deegan gets from everybody she comes across, and while she insists they're not necessarily annoying, they certainly are persistent.
The first is about NASCAR star Kevin Harvick, who gave the young driver a shout-out after they raced against each other in a small event earlier this year. The second is about her favorite driver, and the last is about what it's like being the next coming of Danica Patrick.
Big 3 now a foursome: NASCAR wild card Richmond is next
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has pushed NASCAR's "Big Three" aside at the start of the playoffs and shaken up the championship picture with nine races left in the season.
Keselowski's victory last week at Las Vegas in the opening round of the 10-race playoffs was his third straight and moved him into title talk. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. had dominated all season and were the clear favorites prior to Keselowski's hot streak.
Ross Chastain earns 1st Xfinity win, holding off Allgaier
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ross Chastain held off Justin Allgaier for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday, pulling away on the final restart for a long-awaited breakthrough in his 132nd series start.
Chastain led 180 of the 200 laps, but had to dig in on several restarts to stay in front of Allgaier, the regular-season Xfinity champion.
The heat is on: NASCAR playoff push kicks into gear in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seven months into the NASCAR Cup series season, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are dead-even atop the standings. Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. is right behind them, and the other 13 drivers in the playoff field are desperate just to keep up.