• Kevin Harvick looks under his car during during practice for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)

    Title contenders eyeing win at Charlotte to ease pressure

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Expect the intensity to pick up a tick in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended last year with mild-mannered Matt Kenseth jumping Brad Keselowski, who had already drawn the ire of Denny Hamlin.

  • Chase Elliott climbs into his car before practice for the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Earnhardt forced to make hard decisions for JR Motorsports

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has tried for five years to push Josh Berry’s career forward. He got him one Xfinity Series start this year driving for JR Motorsports, and was ecstatic when Berry turned it into a seventh-place finish last month at Richmond.

  • Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Harvick victory celebration raises eyebrows among rivals

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — First, Kevin Harvick embarrassed the field with a dominating victory at Dover.