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Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman talks with his crew in the garage after practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR finds Ryan Newman's race team manipulated tires

NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage that teams were drilling tiny holes in their tires to allow air to escape ...

Regan Smith (42) spins out as the field passes by during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

Denny Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, 5th at Martinsville

Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in NASCAR's Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make it better. Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday ...

Nascar team owner Joe Gibbs, addresses the media about the condition of his son J.D. Gibbs in the media center prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 29, 2015. Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function," which likely stem from a head injury suffered earlier in life. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Joe Gibbs on son: most courageous person I've been around

Joe Gibbs says his son, J.D., is his hero and the most courageous person he's been around. Joe Gibbs Racing announced this week the younger Gibbs, who is the team president, is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function." Joe Gibbs says the family has known of the ...

Team owners Roger Penske, left, and Bobby Rahal, shake hands as they walk to pit road before practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The race takes place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Roger Penske warns NASCAR team not to manipulate tires

Roger Penske has warned his NASCAR team to stay out of any controversy regarding the possible manipulation of tires used during races. The team owner is aware of rampant industry speculation that some crews are drilling tiny holes in tires to allow air to escape during a race, a process ...

Kurt Busch, left, and Kevin Harvick lead the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Brad Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place — until the yellow flags started flying. A caution for debris allowed Keselowski to move up to sixth. When a second flag went ...

Actor Kevin Nealon, left, Arnold Palmer, center, and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers chat after a news conference during a pro-am of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 18, 2015.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Blood clots again sideline NASCAR driver Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers has been sidelined again by blood clots that prevent him from safely driving a race car. Vickers' third bout with blood clots was announced Friday by Michael Waltrip Racing, which replaced him with Brett Moffitt for Sunday's NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway. "We support Brian," said Michael ...

Chip Ganassi expands into Global Rally Cross with 2-car team

Chip Ganassi is expanding into Global Rally Cross this season with a two-car team that includes 13-time X Games medalist Brian Deegan. It will be the fourth major American motorsports series for the Ganassi organization. The successful team owner fields cars in IndyCar, NASCAR and the United SportsCar Championship, and ...

In this Feb. 6, 2015 photo, Maria Witkowski prepares a Hunt Brothers Pizza at the Rightway Foodmart in Andersonville, Tenn. Hunt Brothers Pizza is quietly winning over the rural South by slipping into places big-name pizza chains probably couldn’t survive. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Hunt Brothers rules rural pizza market from gas stations

If you're looking for pizza along the Andersonville Highway between the Museum of Appalachia and a mountain lake created by the Tennessee Valley Authority, your best bet may be the same place where you buy your bait and fill up your car. Hunt Brothers Pizza is quietly winning over the ...

Ryan Newman finishes third during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race on Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Harvick heads to California looking for West Coast sweep

When NASCAR headed west two weeks ago, it seemed implausible that one driver could sweep the three-race swing. Three different style race tracks, teams worn down from travel and incredibly short turnaround times simply made it too daunting of a task. Well, Kevin Harvick and his Rodney Childers-led Stewart-Haas Racing ...

Kevin Harvick (4) takes the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race on Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Harvick makes it 4 straight wins at Phoenix with a rout

There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage. Dale Earnhardt had stretches where he was unbeatable, Tony Stewart's had his share of hot streaks, and Rusty Wallace ...

Driver Kevin Harvick watches in the garage before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Avondale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Harvick stamps himself overwhelming favorite at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season. The overwhelming favorite to win Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway, Harvick could realistically have a shot at a three-race sweep of NASCAR's current West Coast swing. He picked up his first win ...

Kurt Busch gets ready to qualify for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Busch lifted by warm reception from race team upon return

Kurt Busch, buoyed by a warm reception from his race team, was finally back in a car Friday preparing for his first race of the season. There was very little rust: He advanced into the final round of qualifying and will start eighth in Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch looks from the garage after practice for the NASCAR Bank of America Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. NASCAR lifted its suspension of Kurt Busch on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, and ruled the former champion can compete in the title Chase should he qualify. Busch missed the first three races of the season when NASCAR suspended him for an alleged domestic assault on his ex-girlfriend.  (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

NASCAR reinstates Kurt Busch; grants him waiver for Chase

Kurt Busch was cleared Wednesday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. "It's been torture sitting out of the car," Busch said in a conference call. ...

Crew chief Chad Knaus talks with driver Jimmie Johnson (48) in the garage during a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Fear of never winning again motivates champion Harvick

It sure looks as though Kevin Harvick hasn't missed a beat since wrapping up his first career Sprint Cup title three months ago. The 2014 champion grabbed his first win of the season on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he continued his hot start to his sophomore season ...

Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Defending champ Harvick grabs 1st win of season at Las Vegas

After winning the Sprint Cup championship in their first season together, Kevin Harvick and his team came up with a new set of goals this year. Near the top of the list was winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick, who grew up racing across the West Coast, had never ...

Jeff Gordon works in the garage during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, March 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gordon went on to win the pole position. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Gordon crashes pole-winning car in final minutes of practice

Jeff Gordon crashed during the final practice before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where his pole-winning car was damaged enough that Hendrick Motorsports pulled out a backup Chevrolet. Gordon had won the pole, but will have to drop to the rear of the field at the start of ...

Jeff Gordon to meet with NASCAR to discuss safety measures

Jeff Gordon, upset after a hard hit into a concrete wall at Atlanta, said Friday he'll meet with NASCAR next week to discuss safety initiatives. Gordon hit a section of wall on Sunday that was not protected by an energy-absorbing SAFER barrier. The four-time NASCAR champion has hit numerous unprotected ...

FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch, left, stands with Patricia Driscoll before qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Delaware prosecutors said, Thursday, March 5, 2015, that they will not file criminal charges against Busch following allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state attorney general's office ends the criminal investigation of Busch, known in NASCAR circles as "The ...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Photos: 2015 Daytona 500

Joey Logano won his first career Daytona 500, which also became Roger Penske's second race win. Jeff Gordon finished 33rd in his final running in "The Great American Race" but had a strong showing.

NASCAR jet dryers help airport dry runways

Charlotte Motor Speedway sent three of its jet dryers to Concord Regional Airport to help dry off the runways so that local race teams can travel to Daytona. Airport officials said more than a dozen flights scheduled to transport more than 700 NASCAR personnel are scheduled to leave over the ...

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