Harvick wins at Darlington, second of the year

Kevin Harvick became the first repeat winner in the first eight NASCAR races when he won the Sprint Cup Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Saturday night. Harvick was dominant all night, leading 238 laps to win the race from the pole. The Stewart-Haas driver drove his Chevy to the win over a pair of Hendricks drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. Matt Kenseth finished fourth, and pulled to within a point of Jeff Gordon for the Sprint Cup lead. Gordon finished 7th. Carl Edwards is third in points, just ahead of Earnhardt, Johnson and Kyle Busch. Traditionally, Sprint Cup does not race on Easter weekend. Teams return to the track May 26th at Richmond where last year's winner was….Kevin Harvick His other win this year was at Pheonix, the second race of the season.

Logano wins rain-delayed Texas race, Gordon takes points lead

Joey Logano was the dominant driver in the dominant car yesterday in the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. But a late caution with a half lap remaining cost him the lead. After falling behind on the re-start in the rain-delayed race, Logano made a last lap pass of Jeff Gordon in what is NASCAR's version of overtime to become the seventh different winner in the seven Sprint Cup races this season. With his second place finish, Gordon took over the points lead from Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and leads Matt Kenseth by four points after seven races. Earnhardt, whose car burst into flames after he hit the wall on lap 13, finished last. Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five finishers yesterday. Pole sitter Tony Stewart was tenth. Earnhardt dropped to sixth in points, behind Carl Edwards, Logano and Busch.

Sprint Cup race delayed till Monday, Stewart on pole

Rain delayed the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway until today. When the drivers roll off shortly after noon, Tony Stewart will be sitting on the pole after nipping Brad Keselowski in qualifying. Stewart's qualifying time of 195.45 was .04 mph better than Keslowski in a battle between Chevy and Ford. Points leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified 19th. Last week's winner Kurt Busch is eleventh. Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle start in the second row, with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin in row three. Matt Kenseth, second in points after six races, starts 26th.

Kurt Busch wins at Martinsville, Dale, Jr. retakes points lead

Kurt Busch passed Jimmie Johnson with ten laps to go yesterday, and held off the Martinsville master to win the STP 500 for his first win at the Martinsville Speedway since 2002. Johnson finished second and his Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr reclaimed the Sprint Cup points lead with a third place finish. He trailed Carl Edwards by just one point going into the race, and now leads Edwards by ten. Matt Kenseth is second, nine behind Dale, Jr. Jeff Gordon is fourth and Johnson is fifth after six races. Unadilla's David Ragan finished 28th yesterday. Busch's younger brother Kyle won last week's event in California and enters this week's race at Texas Motor Speedway in sixth place in points, 38 behind Earnhardt, Jr. Kurt Busch is 20th, up four spots with yesterday's win.

Linda Petty loses long battle with cancer

Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, has lost a lengthy battle with cancer. She passed away Tuesday at the age of 72. Linda Petty was one of the founders of the Racing Wives Auxiliary, established to provide financial help for those in the NASCAR community. The group was made up of wives of drivers, crew members and sponsors. Lynda Petty was surrounded by her family Tuesday at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina when she passed away. Besides her husband, Lynda Petty is survived by son Kyle and two daughters.

Kyle Busch wins at Fontana

Kyle Busch survived a wild finish at Fontana yesterday, making a bold move on the final lap to take the lead, then holding off rookie Kyle Larson, his brother Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart to win the Auto Club 400. Carl Edwards finished tenth and took over the points lead from Brad Keselowski, who finished a lap down in 26th place and dropped to fourth place. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. also moved ahead of Keselowski into second place, finishing twelfth yesterday. Jeff Gordon was leading the race yesterday with two laps remaining when a caution brought on a green-white-checkered finish. Gordon finished 13th. Jimmie Johnson, another Hencrick Motorsports driver, was leading with eight laps left when he blew a tire and finished 24th. Rounding out the top ten in points after five races, Gordon is third, followed by Keselowski, Kenseth, Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano.

Carl Edwards wins Sprint Cup event at Bristol

Carl Edwards won the rain-soaked Sprint Cup event at Bristol, leading a contingent of Fords to four of the top five spots. After rain halted the start of the race by two hours, drivers were called off the track again for three hours and 18 minutes before Edwards was declared the winner when a downpour hit the track with two laps remaining. The Fords of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Aric Almirola finished second and third, with Marcus Ambrose driving his Ford home in fifth, behind the Chevrolet of Tony Stewart. Points leader Dale Earhhardt, Jr, finished 24th and relinquished the lead to Brad Keselowski, whose 14th place finish was good enough to move him into the lead by ten points. He trailed by just one point going into the fourth race of the season. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, KaseyKahne, Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson rounded out an unlikely top ten yesterday. Danica Patrick finished 18th, Jimmie Johnson 19th, Kyle Busch 29th and Unadilla's David Ragan was 31st.

Keselowski wins at Vegas, Junior is second

Dale Earnhardt. Jr. ran out of gas on the final lap yesterday, and Brad Keselwoski roared past him to take the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Earnhart appeared on the way to his second win of the season with a last-lap lead before he began slowing coming out of the final turn. He still finished second, becoming just the fifth driver to finish in the top two in each of the first three races of the season. Keselowski moved to within one point of Earnhardt for the points lead, Jimmie Johnson moved into third place, Joey Logano is fourth and Jeff Gordon dropped from third to fifth. Kevin Harvick, fourth a week ago, dropped ten spots after finishing 41st yesterday. David Ragan was 32nd yesterday, Danica Patrick finished 21st.

Harvick dominates at Phoenix, holds off Dale, Jr. for win

Kevin Harvick held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. yesterday to win the Profit on CNBA 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt, who won last week at Daytona, finished second while failing to lead a lap. Harvick dominated the race, leading 224 of the 312 laps. Brad Keselowksi finished third and Joey Logano, who led 71 laps, came in fourth ahead of the Hendrick Motor Sports cars of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. It's the second week in a row that three Hendrick cars finished in the top six. David Ragan finished 28th, two laps down. Earnhardt has a 6-point lead over Keselowski after two races. The Sprint Cup series moves to Las Vegas for this week's race.

Dale Junior ends drought win Daytona 500 win

The drought is over for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The Hendricks Motor Sports driver won the rain-delayed Daytona 500 yesterday, holding off Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. The race was halted fro more than six hours by rain. It was Earnhardt's second Daytona 500 win, but the first in a decade. It was also his first win overall in 55 starts. Pole sitter Austin Dillon, driving the Richard Childress Racing number 3 Chevrolet for the first time in a Sprint Cup event since Dale Earnhardt, Sr's fatal crash in the car on February 18, 2001 on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Earnhardt, Jr. had a dominant car all da y, leading 54 laps after starting the race number nine.

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