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Vickers wins pole in strange Talladega qualifying

NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race. Kevin Harvick called the format "the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my life," and Kyle Busch said heat races should ...

Timothy Peters wins Truck Series race at Talladega

Timothy Peters picked up his first NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season Saturday by holding off the field on a two-lap sprint to the finish at Talladega Superspeedway. Peters ended a 22-race winless drought with the win for Red Horse Racing. It was his eighth career victory, but first ...

North Carolina How They Fared

Class 4A 1. Richmond County (8-0) beat Pembroke Swett 51-0. 2. New Bern (8-0) idle. 3. Greensboro Dudley (7-0) beat Southern Alamance 44-0. 4. Charlotte Mallard Creek (7-1) beat Charlotte Vance 29-22. 5. Matthews Butler (8-1) beat Rocky River 55-21. 6. Charlotte Independence (8-0) beat Charlotte Garinger 65-0. 7. Mooresville ...

NASCAR driver Terry Labonte announces his retirement during a news conference at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Terry Labonte calling it quits after Talladega

Terry Labonte will compete in his final NASCAR race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The two-time Cup champion ran 26 full seasons at NASCAR's top level, and a partial schedule the last decade. Labonte first announced his retirement in 2006, at home track Texas Motor Speedway, but he's raced 41 times ...

Kyle Busch, wife expecting 1st child in 2015

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his wife are expecting their first child. They made the announcement Saturday on Twitter with a professionally done photograph. The couple called it: "Now announcing our plans for the 2015 race season!" They are kissing between a pair of classic cars, with a child version ...

Matt Kenseth climbs into his car for practice for Sunday's NASCAR Geico 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Talladega, Ala.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Kenseth regrets nothing in scuffle with Keselowski

Matt Kenseth would not change anything about his actions in a post-race scuffle with Brad Keselowski at Charlotte, where tempers flared as several drivers slipped to the edge of elimination in NASCAR's championship race. Brad Keselowski was fined $50,000 by NASCAR for his actions Saturday night. He hit Kenseth's car ...

Keselowski wishes Stewart not caught up in fallout

Brad Keselowski says it's "unfortunate" that Tony Stewart got caught up in the incidents at Charlotte, but that he's not dwelling on "all that garbage." NASCAR fined both drivers for their behavior on the track before other tempers flared outside the cars. Keselowksi was fined $50,000 and Stewart $25,000. Stewart ...

FILE - In this July 6, 2013, file photo, Michael Waltrip greets fans during driver introductions prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Michael Waltrip is gearing up for a weekend of driving and dancing at Talladega Superspeedway. He’ll be practicing for Monday night’s, Oct. 20, 2014, “Dancing with the Stars” appearance when he’s not on the track. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Waltrip juggling driving, dancing at Talladega

Strolling through airports, Michael Waltrip is no longer recognized primarily as the driver who won a pair of Daytona 500s. Now, he's the dancing guy. For this weekend, Waltrip will be both driver and dancer, going back and forth from Talladega Superspeedway to a nearby YMCA to practice the Argentine ...

Brad Keselowski (2) and Kevin Harvick (4) race out of Turn 3 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Bank of America 500 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Keselowski and Stewart fined after Charlotte

NASCAR fined Brad Keselowski $50,000 and Tony Stewart $25,000 on Tuesday for their roles in the fracas at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the weekend. Both drivers also were placed on probation, with NASCAR saying the penalties "are about maintaining a safe environment following the race." Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin ...

Tempers flare at Charlotte as title hopes fade

Matt Kenseth, usually so calm and composed, lost his cool and attacked Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If Kenseth is fighting, then tempers are certainly running quite high. They reached a boiling point in the aftermath of Saturday night's race as Keselowski, Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson ...

Kevin Harvick (4) races out of Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Bank of America 500 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Harvick moves into 3rd round with win at Charlotte

It was fight night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick advanced into the third round of the championship and two drivers had to be restrained from brawling with Brad Keselowski. Harvick won Saturday night to pick up an automatic berth into the next round of the Chase for the ...

Earnhardt Jr. breaks gear shift, loses ground

Chase contender Dale Earnhardt Jr. has dropped off the pace because of a broken gear shift Saturday night in the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte. The issue has Earnhardt dropped from ninth to 23rd place about midway through the race. Earnhardt was in need of a good finish after finishing ...

Busch lands in hot water before Charlotte race

Kurt Busch was in hot water before Saturday night's race and didn't seem to mind a bit. Busch participated in a dunk tank as part of a promotion for State Water Heaters, sponsor of his Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Media members got to take shots at dunking Busch in ...

Kenseth starts Charlotte race at back of field

Chase contender Matt Kenseth was forced to start the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte at the back of the field Saturdy night for what NASCAR termed "unapproved adjustments" to the right rear quarter panel of his No. 20 Toyota. Kenseth's crew chief, Jason Ratcliffe, was not pleased, saying on radio, ...

Toyota unveils 2015 Camry for NASCAR competition

Toyota unveiled a remodeled Camry it will race next season, and the street version was the designated pace car for the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Toyota is the first manufacturer to move to an updated version of its race car. It closely resembles the ...

Keselowksi wins Nationwide race at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski thought he was in for a long night when a tire went down and he scraped the wall on lap 55 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It was a night of adversity to start and we all got really nervous," Keselowski said. But once Keselowski settled down, the No. ...

Logano fastest at final practice at Charlotte

Things continue to go right for Joey Logano. The same can't be said for Jimmie Johnson. Logano recorded the fastest lap in final practice Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while Johnson hit the wall late in the session — another setback for the six-time Sprint Cup champion. Logano, who ...

Earnhardt believes he'll win Charlotte to advance

One bad race knocked three of NASCAR's biggest names to the bottom of the championship standings, and a repeat Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put the trio on the verge of elimination. That's the harsh reality for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and six-time and defending NASCAR champion ...

FILE - In this April 3, 2014, file photo, Goodyear tire technical officials, whom did not which to be identified, discuss tires at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Three NASCAR championship contenders had tire problems in Sunday's Oct. 5, 2014, Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Goodyear warns teams about speeds at Charlotte

Goodyear has warned teams that increased speeds at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put a heavy emphasis on the right front tires in Saturday night's race — a potentially key development for drivers trying to advance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Stu Grant, general manager of worldwide racing ...

Kyle Busch takes pole at Charlotte as JGR surges

Kyle Busch showed Joe Gibbs Racing may have found some speed at just the right time of the season with a pole-winning run Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch turned a lap at 197.390 mph to earn the top starting spot for Saturday night's race. Denny Hamlin, his JGR ...

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