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Hendrick gives Kahne 3-year extension

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports announced a three-year contract extension Thursday that keeps Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Chevrolet through the 2018 Sprint Cup season.

The deal removes Kahne from the free-agent market and raises questions about where Rick Hendrick plans to put Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott in his stacked lineup. Kahne's current contract expired after next season, and many believed he'd have to improve his results to remain with the organization. Read More...

Stenhouse crew chief fined $50,000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has fined crew chief Mike Kelley $50,000 for a rules infraction discovered on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car during pre-qualifying inspection at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kelley was also placed on probation for six months, which will extend to June 30 of next season. Patrick Magee, the car chief for the Roush Fenway Racing team, was also placed on probation for six months. Read More...

Johnson says Harvick was worthy champion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jimmie Johnson believes NASCAR's new championship format produced the correct champion and a Ryan Newman victory would have been "tough to swallow for the sport."

Johnson began the season as the six-time and defending champion, but he was eliminated from title contention in the revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup format. A 16-driver field was whittled down to four for Sunday's finale, where Kevin Harvick beat Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to claim his first title. Read More...

Johnson awards $556,623 to 12 schools

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has awarded $556,623 to a dozen different K-12 public and charter schools as part of the annual grants he and wife, Chandra, have given the last six years.

The Johnsons have now donated $3.7 million through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The money is earmarked for schools in Johnson's hometown of El Cajon, California, Chandra Johnson's hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, as well as Charlotte, where the Johnsons live. Read More...

Rodden tabbed as crew chief for Kahne

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kasey Kahne will have a new crew chief in 2015, ending the second-longest active pairing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Hendrick Mostorsports selected Keith Rodden as crew chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet on Wednesday and Kenny Francis moved into the new position of vehicle technical director. Read More...

Earnhardt eyes more success with Letarte

Dale Earnhardt Jr. imagined his Nationwide Series trophy was a chalice, tipped it back and acted like he was taking a big swig of champagne or beer - the beverages of choice for NASCAR winners and champions.

Earnhardt had plenty of practice chugging this season. Read More...

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