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Larson on Fontana pole, Johnson crashes

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Although Kyle Larson has been in second place for most of this NASCAR season, nobody could catch him in qualifying at Fontana.

Larson turned a lap in 38.493 seconds Friday in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, hitting 187.047 mph to claim the pole for Sunday's race. Read More...

Young drivers help NASCAR go Hollywood

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Ryan Blaney already had his Hollywood moment earlier in the week when he got a photo with actress Daisy Ridley at a Lakers game.

"She had no idea who I was," Blaney said with a grin. "I wasn't going to be like, `Hey, I drive race cars.' You can't do that. That's not cool. ... We didn't really talk that much. I was just trying not to sweat profusely and make a fool out of myself." Read More...

Patrick questions why Dillon not fined

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) When NASCAR decided not to fine Austin Dillon for running Cole Custer into a wall last week in Phoenix, other drivers were left wondering how the sport decides who gets fined and who gets away with rambunctious behavior.

"Give me my money back," Danica Patrick said Friday at Fontana. Read More...

Earnhardt looks back as 600th race looms

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) While Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepared for his 600th NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend, he couldn't help thinking about his first time.

He still recalls his conversation with Tony Eury Jr., his cousin and crew chief, as he sat on that starting grid in Charlotte in 1999. Read More...

2-time Daytona champ Hamilton dies at 74

Pete Hamilton, who captured the Daytona 500 in 1970 and won twice at Talladega Superspeedway the next year, has died at 74.

His death Wednesday was announced by Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR. Read More...

NASCAR bans 2 crew chiefs for violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway.

Keselowski's car failed post-race inspection on Sunday and NASCAR suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 and Team Penske was docked 35 driver and owner points. Read More...

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