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Talladega expected to be crapshoot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The score is tied 3-3 between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in the race for hottest driver in NASCAR. Each has won three races in a row and has been nearly unbeatable through the first nine races of the season.

Up next, though, is Talladega Superspeedway, a wild-card race track that could even the field. Read More...

Kyle Busch pulls away for 3rd win in row

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory, celebrated, and then got yelled at by his boss.

Joe Gibbs, it seems, hadn't seen Busch climb into the crowd to acknowledge what appeared to be friendly fan. Read More...

Bell holds off Gragson to win Xfinity

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Christopher Bell grabbed the lead from Noah Gragson shortly after a restart to begin the final stage and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate after a late challenge to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway on Friday night.

Bell led by nearly 0.6 seconds at one point during the final stage, then had Gragson close onto his rear bumper with about 10 laps to go. But just as quickly as Gragson mounted a challenge in his first career start, Bell again pulled away for his second career victory in the series. Read More...

Johnson mapping out potential sponsors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jimmie Johnson's alarm clock beeps at 4:30 a.m. His wife and two daughters are still sleeping. So are his fellow NASCAR drivers.

Johnson quietly slips out for a workout, the first of two on a typical day. Two hours later, he's in his kitchen, whipping up breakfast that will be ready when his girls get up for school. Read More...

Stenhouse Jr. inks deals with 3 sponsors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Roush Fenway Racing has reached contract extensions with three of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s primary sponsors through 2021.

Fastenal will remain the anchor sponsor and has been with the team since it paired with Carl Edwards in 2010. Stenhouse was partnered with Fastenal in 2015. Fifth Third Bank was on Stenhouse's car last year when he won his first two Cup races, at Talladega and at Daytona in July. The third company, SunnyD, was Stenhouse's sponsor at Bristol, his first top-10 finish of the season. Read More...

Ford bringing Mustang to NASCAR in 2019

Ford is bringing its Mustang to NASCAR's top series for the first time.

The American automaker said Tuesday the Mustang will replace the Fusion in the Monster Energy Cup Series beginning next February at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR team owner Roger Penkse slipped earlier this year, divulging that Ford would have a new body in 2019. Read More...

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