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  • NASCAR BUSCH AUTO RACING Gilliland enjoys Busch competition

    By Jenna Fryer

    AP Auto Racing Writer



    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There have been times this year that David Gilliland couldn’t help but wonder if he was in over his head, that leaving California for a NASCAR career was maybe a bad idea.

    June 19, 2006 1 Photo

  • NASCAR POCONO AUTO RACING Hamlin practiced with video game

    By Jenna Fryer



    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Denny Hamlin opened the season by winning an exhibition race at Daytona, he made it clear that it wouldn’t take long for the rookie to score a victory that counted.

    June 13, 2006 1 Photo

  • NASCAR POCONO AUTO RACING Grubb ready for return to the track

    GLADEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Grubb has his second chance with NASCAR, and the driver who lost more than two years of his career after failing a drug test doesn’t plan on blowing this opportunity.

    June 10, 2006 1 Photo

  • NASCAR DOVER AUTO RACING Auto racing notebook: Stewart needs help from Rudd

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Tony Stewart said he’s ready to go 500 miles at Pocono. Driving only 38 achy laps at Dover International Speedway because of soreness in his broken shoulder blade Sunday.

    Ricky Rudd relieved him and drove the car to a 25th-place finish.

    June 5, 2006 1 Photo

  • NASCAR YATES' MESS Yates team continues to slide

    By Jenna Fryer

    AP Auto Racing Writer



    CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Jarrett could have been home cooking steaks before the halfway mark of the Coca-Cola 600. A wreck on the first lap of the race ended his night before he even settled into the driver’s seat. Elliott Sadler, his teammate, wasn’t much luckier. It was yet another disappointing night for Robert Yates Racing.

    June 1, 2006 1 Photo

  • NASCAR GIRLS GUIDE Girls get a guide to NASCAR

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Liz Allison wasn’t sure how much appeal her latest book about NASCAR would have for men. She was worried the title, “The Girl’s Guide to NASCAR,” would shut out half her potential audience.

    May 25, 2006 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_136105634 Darlington's president hoping to build on momentum

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — No one would blame Chris Browning if he sat back with a satisfied smile about Darlington Raceway’s successful weekend.

    May 16, 2006 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_130184044 Hand it to Hamlin

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin’s first big weekend as a NASCAR star in the area where he grew up couldn’t have started more poorly. It couldn’t have ended much better.

    May 11, 2006 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_124084914 Time for Kyle Busch to grow up

    By Jenna Fryer

    AP Motorsports Writer

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If the NASCAR community had one universal wish for Kyle Busch on his 21st birthday, it probably would be for him to start behaving like an adult.

    May 4, 2006 1 Photo

  • Action heats up at Sharon Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park Racing was hot last weekend at both Sharon Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park as the weather allowed for some exciting track moments.

    May 3, 2006

  • images_sizedimage_119094117 Junior honors his dad

    By Jim Litke

    AP Sports Columnist



    Father-son relationships are complicated enough, never mind trying to sort out the issues while nudging the speedometer toward 200 mph.

    Yet that’s the delicate task Dale Earnhardt Jr. set himself this weekend at Talladega,

    April 29, 2006 1 Photo

  • Jeremy Mayfield Slow start worries Mayfield

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jeremy Mayfield wants to make one thing crystal clear about his sorry start this season: “I didn’t forget how to drive, I can tell you that.”

    April 27, 2006 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_112093840 Harvick wins Busch race

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won his second consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, holding on through several late cautions and an overtime finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

    April 22, 2006 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_109174759 Wannabe drivers get big chance

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There’s “American Idol” for wannabe divas and rock stars. “The Apprentice” looks for a few good tycoons-in-waiting.

    Now drivers wanting to grab fame and fortune have their own chance at creating a new reality: “Operation Big Chance.”

    April 19, 2006 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_107150239 A supposedly quiet NASCAR weekend

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the rest of NASCAR’s stars were nowhere to be found last weekend, seizing the rare open date on the Nextel Cup calendar for a little R&R.

    April 17, 2006 1 Photo