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NASCAR falls flat after Daytona 500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin's motorhome.

Qualifying was a debacle for the second week in a row, rain delayed the start of Sunday's race and Jeff Gordon once again managed to crash into a concrete wall that lacked an energy-absorbing barrier. Read More...

Smith to again replace Busch in Vegas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Regan Smith will again replace Kurt Busch this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch was suspended two days before the Feb. 22 season-opening Daytona 500. Smith was named interim driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet for Daytona and Sunday's race at Atlanta. Read More...

JGR picks 3 for Kyle Busch's Xfinity car

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joe Gibbs Racing has planned for at least 14 Xfinity Series races that Kyle Busch will miss as he continues to recover from a broken right leg and broken left foot.

JGR has already hired David Ragan to drive Busch's car in the Sprint Cup Series. Read More...

Comcast to sponsor Edwards in 4 races

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Comcast will sponsor Carl Edwards in four races this season, beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Comcast Business will be the primary paint scheme on the No. 19 Toyota. It marks the first major NASCAR sponsorship for Comcast's business services unit that provides data, Internet, TV and phone services. Read More...

Johnson pulls away in fourth Atlanta win

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

Quickly establishing he's one of the drivers to beat - boy, does that sound familiar - Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps remaining to win Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Read More...

Stolen NASCAR ride found undamaged

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.

While the discovery didn't occur in nearly enough time for Team XTREME to compete in this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it was a huge boost for the small-budget operation in its bid to make the next event at Las Vegas. Read More...

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