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Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin win Budweiser Duels at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin each claimed a Budweiser Duel victory Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, earning top positions for the Daytona 500.
Jimmie Johnson earns sixth Sprint Cup championship

Jimmie Johnson earns sixth Sprint Cup championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson's ninth-place finish Sunday at the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 garnered him his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Johnson wins pole for next-to-last Sprint Cup race

AVONDALE, Ariz., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Championship leader Jimmie Johnson won the pole Friday for Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Jeff Gordon takes Martinsville; Kenseth, Johnson tie for Chase lead

RIDGEWAY, Va., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Jeff Gordon notched his first win of the year Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, while Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson tied for the Sprint Cup championship lead.

Hamlin wins pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Denny Hamlin turned in a track qualifying record Friday to win the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

Matt Kenseth takes New Hampshire for second straight Chase victory

LONDON, N.H., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth extended his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Sunday, holding off Kyle Busch for a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Gordon added to Sprint Cup championship chase

JOLIET, Ill., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- NASCAR Chairman Brian France, calling recent events in his sport "unprecedented and extraordinary," added Jeff Gordon to the Sprint Cup title chase Friday.

Ryan Newman awarded Chase berth after Martin Truex Jr. penalized

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Ryan Newman was awarded a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that opened when Martin Truex Jr. was booted Monday due to NASCAR-imposed penalties.

Carl Edwards wins at Richmond, Sprint Cup Chase field determined

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Carl Edwards edged Kurt Busch to win at Richmond, Va., Saturday in a regular season-ending race that determined the remainder of the Sprint Cup playoff field.

Gordon wins pole in quest for championship chase berth

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Jeff Gordon, seeking a spot in the 10-race Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, won the pole Friday for Saturday's race at Richmond International Speedway.

Kyle Busch clinches Chase spot with Atlanta Speedway victory

HAMPTON, Ga., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Kyle Busch recorded 0.7-second victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, clinching a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Matt Kenseth wrests Bristol Speedway win, clinches Chase spot

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth collected his series-leading fifth win of the season Saturday, shaking off a penalty to claim the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano helps Chase hopes with Michigan Speedway victory

BROOKLYN, Mich., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Pole-sitter Joey Logano grabbed a late lead Sunday and held on to win the Pure Michigan 400, boosting his Chase for the Sprint Cup champion hopes.
Jimmie Johnson completes Daytona sweep with Coke Zero 400 win

Jimmie Johnson completes Daytona sweep with Coke Zero 400 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson became the first driver since 1982 to post a season's sweep at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, dominating the Coke Zero 400.

Kyle Busch wins pole at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 5 (UPI) -- Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth led qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Friday, giving Joe Gibbs Racing both spots on the front row.

Matt Kenseth claims 4th win of season in Quaker State 400

SPARTA, Ky., June 30 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth opted for a fuel-only pit strategy down the stretch at Kentucky Speedway Sunday and rode the decision to his fourth win of the season.

Martin Truex Jr. takes Sonoma in 1st Sprint Cup win since 2007

SONOMA, Calif., June 23 (UPI) -- Martin Truex Jr. snared his first Sprint Cup series win since 2007 Sunday, cruising to an 8.3-second victory at Sonoma Raceway.

Rain wipes out NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying

POCONO, Pa., June 7 (UPI) -- Rains associated with Tropical Storm Andrea wiped out qualifying Friday for Sunday's scheduled Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

David Ragan avoids crashes to pull off Talladega upset

TALLADEGA, Ala., May 5 (UPI) -- David Ragan sidestepped two crashes Sunday, grabbing the lead on the final lap en route to an upset victory in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kevin Harvick's late charge nets Richmond International victory

RICHMOND, Va., April 28 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick moved up six spots after a final restart, nosing past Clint Bowyer at the finish to claim Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International.

Kenseth wins Richmond pole

RICHMOND, Va., April 26 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth broke a nine-year track qualifying record Friday and won the pole for Saturday's running of the Toyota Owners 400.

Matt Kenseth claims STP 400 for second straight Kansas Speedway win

KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 21 (UPI) -- Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth fended off Kasey Kahne down the stretch Sunday to claim the STP 400 and his second straight victory at Kansas Speedway.

Johnson gets 8th career Martinsville win

MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 7 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson took his eighth career Martinsville Speedway crown and became the first repeat winner this year at Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500.

Kahne records first 2013 win at Bristol

BRITSOL, Tenn., March 17 (UPI) -- Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead from Brad Keselowski with 40 laps to go Sunday and went on to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Rain wipes out NASCAR qualifying

LAS VEGAS, March 8 (UPI) -- Steady rains Friday forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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