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Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Earnhardt is at peace with his decision to retire as he straps into the No. 88 Chevrolet for the final time in his NASCAR Cup career on Sunday. The 43-old Earnhardt has Homestead-Miami Speedway stamped as the final spot in his farewell tour. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 17, 2017 - 1:24 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran into problems in the first practice session of his final race weekend. Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet had engine problems that will require a new motor before NASCAR's season finale...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Kevin Harvick stands by his car before practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. In the Cup Series, the finale features Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
November 17, 2017 - 12:48 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Tony Stewart has enjoyed his first year of retirement. The three-time NASCAR Cup champion kept busy running Stewart-Haas Racing and has driver Kevin Harvick racing for the championship Sunday. Stewart...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt will retire after Sunday's race having never won a championship. He never filled his father's shoes on the race track. But he won two Daytona 500s and built an army of loyal fans. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
November 17, 2017 - 10:27 am
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he would consider returning to Homestead-Miami Speedway next season to drive in the Xfinity Series finale. Earnhardt is set to retire from the NASCAR Cup Series after of Sunday's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Johnny Sauter holds up the trophy as he celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. The Truck Series will crown a champion Friday night, Nov. 17, 2017. The four contenders are two-time champion Matt Crafton, defending champion Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric.(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
November 17, 2017 - 10:11 am
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 10 a.m. Defending Truck Series champion and 2017 title contender Johnny Sauter posted the fastest lap at 169.629 mph in the first practice of the day. Christopher Bell, also among the four championship contenders...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, driver Kyle Busch (18) climbs into his car during practice for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on in Bristol, Tenn. In the Cup Series, the finale features Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
November 16, 2017 - 5:45 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 5: 30 p.m. Kyle Busch wants a second championship to validate his first. Busch missed nearly half the 2015 season because of injuries sustained before the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. He...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, driver Kyle Busch (18) climbs into his car during practice for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on in Bristol, Tenn. In the Cup Series, the finale features Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
November 16, 2017 - 4:37 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 4 p.m. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch have a long standing feud that isn't going away anytime soon. Asked Thursday why they've never put their rivalry behind them, Keselowski tried to toe the line. Busch? Not so...
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November 16, 2017 - 2:04 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Austin Cindric says he's not worried about possible retaliation from other drivers in Friday night's Truck Series championship. Cindric earned the final spot in the championship field after a battle...
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Matt Kenseth celebrates his win in Victory Lane after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
November 12, 2017 - 7:55 pm
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kenseth doesn't get to end his career the way he hoped. He thinks he's got a handful of good years left in him, and can win races and compete for championships. But, the economics of the sport have made Kenseth a casualty of NASCAR's new youth movement. He doesn't have a...
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Chase Elliott, left, and Jimmie Johnson talk inside the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. Both drivers are looking to fill the final spot for the Championship 4. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
November 12, 2017 - 5:03 pm
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson's bid for a record eighth NASCAR championship is over. Needing a win at Phoenix to make the final four in next weekend's championship finale, Johnson saw his hopes crumple with a blown tire that sent his No. 48 Chevrolet into the wall with one lap remaining in...
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Ryan Blaney points to the pole award stuck on his car after winning the starting position for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
November 11, 2017 - 6:20 pm
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There's no denying the rapid changing of the guard in NASCAR, and this year's playoffs proved how quickly the young new drivers can make their way in this sport. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson claimed four of the 16 playoff positions — a glimpse of...
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