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Jimmy Johnson greets race fans before the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

NASCAR: Johnson says Harvick was correct winner

Jimmie Johnson believes NASCAR's new championship format produced the correct champion and a Ryan Newman victory would have been "tough to swallow for the sport." Johnson began the season as the six-time and defending champion, but he was eliminated from title contention in the revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup ...

FILE - This is a May 22, 2014, file photo showing Kurt Busch waiting by his car before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.  Police in Delaware have interviewed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and are continuing to investigate allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he assaulted her during the September race at Dover International Speedway. Busch, 36, and his attorneys met with investigators Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, Dover police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

NASCAR's Kurt Busch meets with investigators

Police in Delaware have interviewed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and are continuing to investigate allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he assaulted her during the September race at Dover International Speedway. Busch, 36, and his attorneys met with investigators Tuesday afternoon, Dover police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Hoffman said Wednesday ...

Kevin Harvick celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race, Sunday, Nov. 16,2014 in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Harvick wins Homestead to claim 1st championship

Kevin Harvick jostled his 2-year-old son on his lap, egging him on to speak into the microphone and tell the world his daddy was the NASCAR champion. "Say, 'We win,'" said Harvick, who beamed during the celebration. Keelan Harvick clammed up in the moment and stayed quiet. That's OK. Kevin ...

Denny Hamlin drives in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Jordan supports friend Hamlin at Homestead

Michael Jordan was one of Denny Hamlin's biggest fans in the pits, rooting on the NASCAR star as he fell short of winning the Sprint Cup championship. Air Jordan still has a 6-0 edge in championship rings over Hamlin. "I wish we could have been celebrating with him," Hamlin said. ...

Chase Elliott stands by his car before the Nationwide series championship auto race, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter))

Elliott celebrates Nationwide title at Homestead

Chase Elliott could let Matt Kenseth take a spin with the checkered flag. Even without the win, Elliott had a championship celebration waiting for him in Victory Lane. Elliott finally got to enjoy his Nationwide Series title after he finished 17th in the season finale Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ...

Driver Kevin Harvick  sits in his garage as he prepares for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup sereis auto race, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

NASCAR set to crown 1st-time champion at Homestead

There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR's new championship format. For all the hand-wringing, all the skepticism from loyal fans, all the ...

FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, Kevin Harvick, right, gets a hug from Tony Stewart after Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. The bond is deep between Harvick and Stewart. Harvick said. "He's been an owner, he’s been a friend and he’s been somebody I've been able to lean on over these last nine weeks." (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Stewart's 15-year winning streak on line in finale

Tony Stewart moved slowly through the garage, still hobbled a bit by a lingering limp in his surgically repaired right leg. He's sluggish on foot, in his car, and stumbling through what will undoubtedly go down as the worst year of his storied career. His 15-year winning streak will likely ...

Gordon wins pole for season finale at Homestead

Jeff Gordon did his best to shake off the disappointment over his elimination from the championship field by winning the pole for Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gordon turned a lap at 180.747 mph in Friday qualifying to earn the top starting spot for a race that became meaningless ...

NASCAR chairman Brian France talks to the media about the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

NASCAR waits to act on Busch after assault claim

NASCAR chairman Brian France said Friday no disciplinary action will be taken against Kurt Busch while police in Delaware investigate a claim of domestic assault made by the driver's former girlfriend. Patricia Driscoll has filed court documents asking a judge to order Busch to stay away from her and not ...

NASCAR chairman Brian France talks to the media about the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Chairman believes Chase format has improved NASCAR

After a wild playoff round filled with brawls and go-for-the-throat racing that left NASCAR's biggest stars out of title contention, chairman Brian France said Friday the series would "be delighted" if winless Ryan Newman defied the odds and claims the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. France announced the revamped ...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Ryan Newman greets fans during driver introductions prior to the start of a NASCAR  Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. Newman has crashed NASCAR's version of the Final Four. His resume may crown him an unworthy champion but Newman doesn't really care just as long as you call him champ. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Winless Newman on cusp of NASCAR championship

Ryan Newman is the underdog — minus the darling — of NASCAR's final four, making a mockery of the revamped playoff format that was supposed to put a premium on winning. He is the odd man in NASCAR's finale in south Florida Sunday, the party crasher that few have embraced, ...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, Kevin Harvick talks to his crew in the garage as he waits for practice to begin for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Harvick finally has a shot to win his first Sprint Cup championship.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Harvick tries to rattle Logano in contenders event

As the youngest driver in NASCAR's championship race, Joey Logano hasn't been in the same high-stakes situations as his other three competitors. Seeing an opportunity to maybe rattle his cage, Kevin Harvick pounced. Harvick poked at Logano during Wednesday night's championship kickoff news conference when the four drivers were asked ...

Newman's late pass dooms Gordon at Phoenix

This season has played out as a battle between Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports. All the while, Kevin Harvick was holding his own with NASCAR's heavyweights. With his season on the line, it was Harvick who stepped up to earn the right to race for his first Sprint Cup title. ...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, Kurt Busch and Patricia Driscoll arrive at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing awards ceremony at The Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Police in Delaware say they are investigating a domestic assault allegation made against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. The Dover Police Department said in a statement Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  that the allegations were brought to the department on Wednesday. His ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

Busch ex-girlfriend thought driver was in distress

Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend believed the NASCAR driver was in emotional distress when she drove to a Delaware race track to visit him, even though they had broken up earlier that week, an attorney for Patricia Driscoll said Saturday. Driscoll has accused Busch of domestic assault, and police in Delaware said ...

Nationwide points leader Chase Elliott waves to fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Elliott becomes NASCAR's youngest champion at 18

Chase Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history on Saturday when he wrapped up the Nationwide Series title at Phoenix International Raceway. The 18-year-old rookie is the youngest driver to win a title in any of NASCAR's three national series. He broke the mark set by Brian Vickers, who ...

Denny Hamlin holds the pole flag after winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz.(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

Hamlin doesn't want another title to slip away

Denny Hamlin had a championship within his sights before, four years ago when the Sprint Cup title was his to lose. It slipped away over the final two races of the season, including a demoralizing defeat at Phoenix International Raceway. He arrived in Phoenix as the points leader and had ...

Kyle Larson, right, and Jamie McMurray spend some time together in the garage area during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race practice session at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Harvick shows speed in final practice at Phoenix

Jamie McMurray was the fastest driver in Saturday's final practice at Phoenix International Raceway, where Kevin Harvick established himself as the driver to beat. Harvick was second fastest behind McMurray, and Harvick led the morning session. Winner of three of the last four races at Phoenix, Harvick wants a win ...

Driver Brad Keselowski practices for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Harvick doesn't regret shoving Keselowski

Kevin Harvick doesn't regret shoving Brad Keselowski from behind — a move that escalated a pit road brawl between Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and their teams — but acknowledged Friday that he could have behaved differently. "I never look back on something as a regret," Harvick said Friday at Phoenix International ...

FILE - In this April 24, 2014, file photo, race car driver Kurt Busch, right, kisses his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at a coffee shop in Ellicott City, Md. Police in Delaware say they are investigating a domestic assault allegation made against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. The Dover Police Department said in a statement Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  that the allegations were brought to the department on Wednesday. His ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NASCAR's Kurt Busch facing assault investigation

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and police in Delaware said Friday they are investigating. The Dover Police Department said the allegations were brought to the department Wednesday. Busch's ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, 36, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at ...

Hendrick to pay $185,000 in fines for crew members

Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne were also fined. Hendrick Motorsports ...

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