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) — 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...
The Latest: Keselowski shakes off flu to win at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has recovered from a stomach virus to win Sunday's race at...
Toyota stars Truex, Busch benched for Daytona 500 practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The biggest Toyota stars skipped the final practice for the Daytona 500, with former NASCAR champs Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch among the drivers sitting out.
Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. was just one of many Philadelphia Eagles fans bummed when Nick Foles' pass deflected off a receiver and was intercepted to end a playoff push toward a second straight Super Bowl.
"They had a shot," Truex said. "Without that interception, I think they could have pulled it off."
The Eagles were smacked with the same forlorn reality Truex suffered through only two months earlier — it's hard to win back-to-back championships.
Truex and Wallace top Daytona speed charts in rainy 1st day
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott took blame for the first crash of NASCAR's new season on a blustery day at Daytona International Speedway that was shortened by rain.
Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed chart in his debut for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Bubba Wallace jumped to the top of Saturday's second session before weather brought an early end to NASCAR's Cup Series practice.
Rosters were needed to track all the offseason changes and new faces preparing for the season-opening Daytona 500.
Suarez gets 2nd shot to show he can ride with NASCAR’s best
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Suarez will hit a reset on his career, getting a second chance to prove he can win at NASCAR's top level.
Pushed out of a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the top teams in the sport, Suarez found a soft landing at Stewart-Haas Racing. The SHR four-driver lineup combined for 12 victories last season and claimed half the spots in the round of eight in the playoffs.
Bass Pro Shops moves with Martin Truex Jr. to Gibbs team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. landed Bass Pro Shops as sponsor for 24 races this season with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Bass Pro first partnered with Truex in 2001 and was on his car when he won the 2017 Cup Series championship with Furniture Row Racing. That team folded at the end of November because another sponsor left NASCAR and Furniture Row could not replace the funding.
It made Truex available to move to JGR, and Bass Pro will follow as his primary sponsor.
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.
Truex’s planned goodbye bash turns into pity party at finale
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. badly wanted to end Furniture Row's existence with a second straight championship. He came up one spot short in NASCAR's season finale to spoil the farewell.
Truex was in prime position to repeat his Cup Series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday until a late caution ruined the night and left Truex wondering what might have been.
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.
Former NASCAR champs Busch, Kenseth set to move on in 2019
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR's driver carousel will spin long after the season finale.
Former Cup champions Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth, and Daniel Suarez, AJ Allmendinger, Regan Smith and Jamie McMurray are among the drivers certain to start next season with new teams or new roles.
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.
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.
Truex set to defend championship, send FRR out a winner
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Win or lose, Martin Truex Jr. will be at the center of a goodbye bash that no one at Furniture Row Racing will want to end. Truex will pop open some beers, huddle with friends and reminisce a final time about the team's wild ride from obscurity to greatness.
It's last call for FRR — and there's still a chance to go out on top , leaving the location for Truex's party still to be determined.
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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.
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.
NASCAR champion Truex moving to Gibbs with crew chief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. and his crew chief will move to Joe Gibbs Racing next season to remain in the Toyota organization after their race team folds in two weeks.
Truex won his first Cup title last year driving for Furniture Row Racing. Barney Visser had funded the team out of pocket for most of its existence but received relief help the last few seasons from sponsorship.
Truex trying to keep focus on title shot after Logano bump
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has promised that Joey Logano won't win the NASCAR Cup title.
That is a score that can't be settled at Texas.
For now, defending Cup champion Truex is trying to stay focused on winning at Texas, or next week in Phoenix, or at least getting enough points to make sure that he is one of the four drivers racing for the title in two weeks.
Column: Truex out to prove lame-duck team can win a title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Maybe Martin Truex Jr. is the driver to root for through the rest of the NASCAR playoffs after his last-lap loss to Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway.
Column: Logano put it all on the line, as he should have
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Take a deep breath and rewatch "Days of Thunder" a couple hundred times to put some perspective on Joey Logano's latest dustup with another driver.
Logano shoves past Truex to earn shot at NASCAR championship
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — When the reigning series champion slipped past him with one lap to go at Martinsville Speedway, Joey Logano figured he had lost his shot at racing for NASCAR's title.
A win would earn Logano one of the four spots in the winner-take-all championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. So if he didn't try something, his chance at a Cup championship might slip away.
The Latest: Logano shoves Truex away to move on to Miami
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's playoff race at Martinsville Speedway: (all times local):
Joey Logano has snagged one of the four spots in NASCAR's title race by holding off reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. in a sideways slide across the Martinsville Speedway finish line.
Logano led 309 of the 500 laps Sunday in the opening race of the third round of the playoffs. Eight drivers are racing for four slots and a win earns an automatic berth into the championship event.
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.
Vicious cycle: Johnson buys kids bikes to settle Truex spat
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson put the brakes on a small spat with Martin Truex Jr., with an apology in the form of kids bicycles.
Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, tried to get the last laugh on a last-lap wreck last week at Charlotte that cost Truex a victory. Truex's crew chief Cole Pearn told Johnson he could make good on the mistake by buying the afflicted team road bikes.
Fresh off win, Blaney tries to move in NASCAR title hunt
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Ryan Blaney kept the party rolling from his first win this season long enough to stimulate business at his favorite bar. He soaked in the celebration from his checkered flag on the roval at Charlotte. Now he hopes to stamp himself a contender in the next round of NASCAR's playoffs.
Jimmie Johnson knocks himself out of playoffs with ‘mistake’
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson stood outside of his banged up No. 48 Chevrolet still in disbelief over the blunder he'd made on the final lap Sunday' at Charlotte Motor Speedway that cost him a shot at advancing in the playoffs.
"Shell-shocked," said the seven-time Cup champion.
Johnson had all but secured a spot in the round of 12 with a strong showing through 108 laps. Sitting in second place, all he had to do was follow race leader Martin Truex Jr. to the finish line.
Blaney wins on roval after Johnson crashes out of playoffs
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson saw an opportunity to snap a 58-race losing streak, and went for it. It cost him a shot at an eighth NASCAR championship and allowed Ryan Blaney to steal a surprise victory in the debut race of the "roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Latest: Blaney wins on roval when leaders wreck
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR playoff race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (all times local):
Ryan Blaney has won the debut race on the roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway because leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson wrecked racing for the victory.
NASCAR’s current youth movement pushing out veteran drivers
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jamie McMurray set a record at Charlotte Motor Speedway by winning his second career Cup Series start. Back for the 16th anniversary of that surprise trip to victory lane, McMurray is just another veteran at a career crossroads in NASCAR.
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.
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.
The Latest: Brad Keselowski wins NASCAR playoff opener
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR playoff opener at Las Vegas (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has earned his third consecutive victory by winning the playoff-opening NASCAR race at Las Vegas, persevering through a wreck-filled afternoon and roaring away from the field in overtime.
Keselowski excelled on the final restart and secured team owner Roger Penske's landmark 500th victory across all competitions.
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.
‘Let’s go do this’: Truex craves big finish at Furniture Row
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. could have been down this week while he prepared for the start of the NASCAR playoffs. After all, his race team is going out of business soon, and nobody has confirmed where he'll drive next year.
Instead, the defending Cup series champion was excited as he returned to Las Vegas. Furniture Row Racing's days are definitively numbered, but he wants the entire crew to seize the opportunity to go out with a once-in-a-lifetime bang.
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.
Rain washes out practice, qualifying for Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rain washed out all Saturday track activity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the field for the final race of the regular season was set by points.
Kyle Busch will start on the pole Sunday for the Brickyard 400 because qualifying was canceled. Kevin Harvick will start second and Martin Truex Jr. third.
Drivers will have no practice or any other track time before the race.
Furniture Row Racing closing a year after NASCAR title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Saying it cannot find enough funding to remain competitive, Furniture Row Racing announced Tuesday it will close its doors at the end of season, one year after Martin Truex Jr. won the maverick Colorado-based team its first NASCAR championship.
Team owner Barney Visser said it was a painful decision but "the numbers just don't add up."
"I would have to borrow money to continue as a competitive team and I'm not going to do that," Visser said.
Team Penske with big weekend at Darlington Raceway
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Watch out Big Three, Team Penske is coming on strong.
Penske racers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finished first and second in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night in a powerful performance that gives them confidence of being a factor in the upcoming playoffs in couple of weeks.
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.
Kyle Busch not his usual dominant self at Bristol this time
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch had cars strong enough to contend for his third sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway. Instead, he had two eventful races and left the track without a win.
The Latest: Kurt Busch wins Bristol for 6th victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest from NASCAR's race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local):
Kurt Busch has won the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway to steal the spotlight from his younger brother.
Busch's victory was his first of the season and sixth career Cup win on the Tennessee bullring. He raced Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer hard on a late restart to grab the lead and hung on to earn a spot in the playoffs.
NASCAR champion Truex needs sponsor to keep team intact
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. needs sponsorship to stay with his championship-winning race team.
Truex is locked in a fierce battle with former champions Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in his push to defend last year's Cup Series title. His Furniture Row Racing team is in the mix even though the future of the No. 78 team is in flux.