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Kurt Busch (45) crosses the finish line to win a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Kurt Busch drives Jordan Brand to his first Kansas win

- Associated Press

Kurt Busch survived a weary day of tire attrition, then pinched his way past Kyle Larson for the lead with eight laps to go, before driving away from the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to win for the first time at Kansas — and give the up-and-coming 23XI Racing team owned by Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan its second win ever.

Joey Logano reacts in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

Logano bumps Byron on next-to-last lap for Darlington win

- Associated Press

Joey Logano bumped William Byron from behind on the next-to-last lap to win the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. Byron hit the wall in turn three and Logano went on to his first win of the season and first at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson, center, of United States signs a an autograph for a fan before an IndyCar auto race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Long Beach, Calif. Johnson's right hand was injured in a crash on Friday. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) **FILE**

Jimmie Johnson plans to keep driving despite fractured hand

The Washington Times

Jimmie Johnson doesn’t intend to let a fractured right hand keep him off the track. On Tuesday, the seven-time NASCAR champion who has become an IndyCar Series regular announced on Twitter he had surgery Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, to repair the injury he suffered in a practice crash last weekend.

Alex Bowman (48) races beside Kyle Larson (5) during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) **FILE**

NASCAR closes gap between haves, have-nots with new Next Gen cars

- Associated Press

NASCAR’s underdogs will have a fighting chance in the Next Gen car, according to the development plan for the ballyhooed new model, and the racing would be much better. New car configurations would force drivers to muscle the cars like never before. Well, four races into the new season on four entirely different circuits, NASCAR seems to have actually delivered on the promise.

Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Bowman edges Larson in OT in NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas

- Associated Press

Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson went wheel-to-wheel Sunday in a two-lap overtime shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The racing was clean from the restart to the checkered flag and Bowman bested the reigning NASCAR champion for his first win of the season.

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Kyle Larson and his son Owen celebrate after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) **FILE**

Larson wraps up comeback season with first NASCAR title

- Associated Press

Kyle Larson closed his comeback season in NASCAR with his first championship Sunday. He capped his return from a nearly yearlong suspension with a title-winning victory at Phoenix Raceway.

Brandon Brown celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)

NASCAR denounces 'Let's go, Brandon' conservative rally cry

- Associated Press

NASCAR denounced its association with the "Let's go, Brandon" political cry being used across the country as an insult directed at President Joe Biden. Steve Phelps, NASCAR's president, said Friday the top motorsports series in the United States does not want to be associated with politics "on the left or the right."

Kyle Larson (5) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Larry Papke) **FILE**

Larson seeks to cap comeback season with NASCAR championship

- Associated Press

Kyle Larson was a highly desired free agent at the end of the 2020 season and he likely could have named his price with a new team -- right up until he used a racial slur while racing online early in the pandemic. NASCAR suspended him for the season and Ganassi had to fire him to placate angry sponsors. But here he is, headed into Sunday's race in Arizona as the favorite to close out his nine-win season with a championship.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, of the Netherlands, steers through a turn during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Verstappen won the race. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) **FILE**

NASCAR plays a glum, frustrated second fiddle to Formula One

- Associated Press

Not even NASCAR would deny it was second fiddle on Sunday. Nobody needed to see the massive crowds at Formula One's U.S. Grand Prix to know it: one look at NASCAR grandstands the last two playoff races was confirmation enough.

Kyle Larson (5) does a burnout after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Larson wins on 17th anniversary of Hendrick plane crash

- Associated Press

Larson delivered his ninth win of the season, but most meaningful victory to date in his new job with Hendrick Motorsports. Larson crossed the finish line and as part of his celebration stood on the window ledge of the No. 5 Chevrolet and pointed to the sky for Ricky Hendrick and the nine others killed in the 2004 crash of a team plane en route to a race in Virginia.

Kevin Harvick (4) races Chase Elliott (9) for the lead through Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) **FILE**

Hendrick: NASCAR needs to halt Elliott-Harvick spat

- Associated Press

"I think (NASCAR is) the only ones that can really stop it," Hendrick said. "I hope they do because the crew chiefs and everybody can do the best they can, but it's up to the drivers themselves. I've been in this situation before. NASCAR can handle it."

Bubba Wallace celebrates after being pronounced the winner while waiting out a rain delay before which he was the leader in a NASCAR Cup series auto race Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Milestone for Bubba Wallace as he earns first NASCAR victory

- Associated Press

Wallace is the first Black driver to win at the top level of the elite stock car series since Wendell Scott in 1963, a race where he wasn't declared the victor for several months. NASCAR at last presented Scott's family with his trophy from that race two months ago.

Chase Elliott waves to fans before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) **FILE**

Elliott, Harvick add fiery feud to NASCAR's playoffs

- Associated Press

Chase Elliott, according to Kevin Harvick, doesn't race very smart. In fact, moving forward in NASCAR's playoffs, Harvick plans to run all over the reigning Cup Series champion. Those were the angry words Harvick had for Elliott after Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where a feud no one saw coming took center stage.

Martin Truex Jr. talks on a cell phone as team owner Joe Gibbs stands nearby after Truex won the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) **FILE**

Gibbs stable making loudest noise in NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

- Associated Press

Two races into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, regular-season champion Kyle Larson is still the points leader, but the stable of contenders at Joe Gibbs Racing is making the most noise with victories in the last two races.

Martin Truex Jr., celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup series auto race in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Truex hitting stride after another Richmond win

- The Washington Times

In most sports, an athlete hitting his or her 40s means the end is fast approaching -- if not already in the rearview mirror. But in racing, a driver is often hitting his prime at that age. Just ask Martin Truex Jr.