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3-time Bristol champ Kenseth wins pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Matt Kenseth will try for his first win since 2013 when he starts from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kenseth led a strong showing from Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday when he turned a lap at 128.632 mph to grab the top starting spot. Read More...

RCR makes final Newman penalties appeal

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Richard Childress Racing appealed NASCAR's penalties against Ryan Newman's team to the highest level on Friday, and crew chief Luke Lambert was eligible to return to work at Bristol Motor Speedway.

RCR made the move a day after losing its bid to overturn penalties levied against Newman's team for allegedly manipulating tires at a race last month at California. Although a three-person appeals panel reduced some of the sanctions, the six-week suspensions for crew chief Luke Lambert and two other team members were upheld. Read More...

Ross Kenseth's NASCAR debut set for June

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Ross Kenseth will make his national series debut at Chicagoland Speedway, where he will drive for the same team, same sponsor and with the same car number used by his championship-winning father at NASCAR's highest level.

Kenseth will run the Xfinity Series race June 20 in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Toyota sponsored by Dollar General. His father, Matt Kenseth, drives the same combination in the Sprint Cup Series. Read More...

Kyle Busch unsure when he'll be cleared

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) As he pulled off pit road at Daytona International Speedway moments before the season-opening Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch said he looked to the left and noticed for the first time a concrete wall along the race track.

"If someone hits that, it's really going to hurt," he recalled thinking that day. Read More...

Gordon to drive Penn State car at Pocono

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon slid into a street-legal version of his race car and set out for a slow cruise with a passenger who had no idea what kind of ride the four-time NASCAR champion had in store for her.

There was nothing ordinary about this drive in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Gordon revved his engine and peeled away as he put on a show for a large crowd of fans chasing him as he drove through the Penn State campus. He ended the ride in front of Penn State's Berkey Creamery, and even led the enthusiastic crowd on a "We Are! Penn State!" cheer. Read More...

Circle Sport Racing has penalty reduced

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) An appeals panel has reduced the penalty levied against Circle Sport Racing car owner Joe Falk and crew chief Slugger Labbe.

The three-person National Motorsports Appeals Panel reduced Falk's penalty from a loss of 25 points to 10, and Labbe's original $50,000 fine was cut to $20,000. Labbe's three-race suspension was upheld; the crew chief already has missed two races under the punishment. Read More...

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