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Bell wins Xfinity opener, Earnhardt 4th

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not quite finished with racing.

The NASCAR fan favorite got back behind the wheel Friday night, led 96 laps and finished fourth in an Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. It was his first race since he retired from the Cup Series after last season and became a father earlier this year. Read More...

Harvick edges Hamlin for Richmond pole

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Kevin Harvick won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Harvick turned a lap at 121.880 mph on Friday night to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, whose best lap came at 121.847 mph. After several years as the last opportunity for drivers to qualify for the 10-race playoffs, Saturday night's race marks the first time Richmond is part of the playoffs. Read More...

Contenders grow as chase hits Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Brad Keselowski has pushed NASCAR's "Big Three" aside at the start of the playoffs and shaken up the championship picture with nine races left in the season.

Keselowski's victory last week at Las Vegas in the opening round of the 10-race playoffs was his third straight and moved him into title talk. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. had dominated all season and were the clear favorites prior to Keselowski's hot streak. Read More...

Hot Keselowski wins Vegas playoff opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat.

With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again - and he's got NASCAR's Big Three drivers looking over their shoulders. Read More...

Hooters extends sponsor deal for Elliott

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports and Hooters have reached a three-year agreement to extend the restaurant chain's primary sponsorship of Chase Elliott's No. 9 Chevrolet for three races per year in NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series.

The contract covers the 2019-2021 seasons. Hooters joined Hendrick as a two-race primary sponsor for Elliott in 2017. Read More...

Harvick blows tire, crashes out in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on the NASCAR playoff opener at Las Vegas (all times local):

2:22 p.m. Read More...

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