Dale Earnhardt Jr. cleared to race again after concussion

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose NASCAR season was cut short by a concussion, has been cleared to return to racing, starting with the Daytona 500 in February, Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday.

Earnhardt was cleared by Dr. Micky Collins in consultation with Charlotte, N.C., neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty after a test session Wednesday at ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart biggest headliners of 2016 NASCAR season

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The 2016 NASCAR season was a memorable one, with the major news coming from Jimmie Johnson winning a record-tying seventh Cup title, Tony Stewart saying farewell and a pesky little piece of metal that keeps tires on axles.

Before the 2017 season gets here -- the Daytona 500 is less than 100 days away -- let's look back at the season that was:

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NASCAR finds title sponsor in energy drink

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NASCAR announced Thursday it has agreed to a multi-year deal with Monster Energy to be the sport's top series' entitlement sponsor.

Terms of the agreement, which was announced at a news conference in Las Vegas, weren't revealed. NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France also said the name of the series -- perhaps it won't be called the Monster Cup? ...Read more

NASCAR's Roush Fenway Racing to field 2 teams in '17

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Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday it will drop to a two-car team in NASCAR's Cup series in 2017. Trevor Bayne will drive the team's No. 6 Ford and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive the team's No. 17.

The team also announced it will lease the No. 16 car -- driven by Greg Biffle until he announced last week that he was leaving the team -- to JTG...Read more

NASCAR's Clint Bowyer sues HScott Motorsports

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NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer has sued HScott Motorsports for allegedly missing monthly payments and sponsorship commission.

"This has been an ongoing issue with HScott Motorsports for some time," said Bowyer's attorney, Robert Muckenfuss, in a statement to the Observer. "We were forced to file the lawsuit after the season because no final payment...Read more

NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus: 'This one is definitely the sweetest'

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Jimmie Johnson won his record-tying seventh NASCAR championship Sunday with a familiar figure by his side -- crew chief Chad Knaus. The two have been together for each of Johnson's titles in Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 Chevy.

Knaus, who is one title shy of tying Dale Inman's NASCAR record of eight titles for a crew chief, talked about this ...Read more

Tony Stewart gets cool gift in Victory Lane after final Cup race at Homestead

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The final race of Tony Stewart's storied NASCAR Cup career wasn't very memorable although he got a pretty cool souvenir.

Stewart may have finished 22nd after hanging at the back of the field for much of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, but he was in Victory Lane following the race celebrating with Jimmie Johnson -- who gave Stewart the helmet he ...Read more

Driver Carl Edwards on NASCAR's Chase-shifting wreck: '100 percent on me'

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Carl Edwards took full responsibility for the wreck that might have changed the course of NASCAR's Chase on Sunday.

"That was 100 percent on me," Edwards said on the radio of his mangled No. 19 Toyota, seconds after he wrecked with fellow championship-round driver Joey Logano on a restart with 10 laps remaining.

The wreck ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson claims record-tying 7th NASCAR Cup championship

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and with it an unlikely seventh and record-tying NASCAR Cup championship.

Johnson took the lead on a restart with two laps remaining and beat Kyle Larson to the start-finish line, igniting a wild celebration with his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team.

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One way or another, history will be made at Homestead on Sunday

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History is about to be made at Homestead.

One of four drivers have the opportunity to do something special in NASCAR's Sprint Cup season finale in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson can join racing immortals Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt by winning his seventh Cup series championship.

Kyle Busch, the...Read more

NASCAR's EcoBoost 400 preview

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Everything you need to know about Sunday's EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

Three things to watch

--1. For all the twists and turns of the Chase, the championship round comes down to something simple: Whomever finishes first among Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano wins the Cup title.

--2. History could be in ...Read more

Respect, acceptance has grown for Jimmie Johnson

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson, standing on the doorstep of NASCAR history, doesn't dispute the impression that he hasn't received the respect and acceptance from fans that the two legendary drivers he's pursuing once did.

"Anybody who is winning gets booed," said Johnson, who as one of the Chase's championship four drivers, can tie Richard ...Read more

Nice guys don't necessarily finish last: Edwards racing for NASCAR's Sprint Cup title

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When a 5-year-old rebroadcast of the closest NASCAR championship finish in history appeared on TV earlier this week, Carl Edwards had to talk himself into watching. He was the loser, after all. The race was taut motorsports theater at its best. But still, he was the loser.

"Turns out it was good for me to relive those emotions because it got me...Read more

Retiring driver Tony Stewart's NASCAR legacy? It's complicated

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart isn't giving much thought to his legacy this weekend. He's been too busy looking for his cell phone.

While walking around downtown Miami on Thursday night with his girlfriend, Stewart had his phone snatched from his pocket. So, instead of concentrating on the final race of his Sprint Cup career on Sunday in the ...Read more

Drivers aren't the only ones nervous at Homestead

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It's not just the drivers in the Championship 4 who feel the pressure of the Ford Championship Weekend held at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Well, I'm not nervous or anything," said Joe Gibbs, who owns the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams for both Kyle Busch and Edwards. "I just walked into the women's restroom. No harm, no foul."

Gibbs is one of three ...Read more

Memories of 2011 NASCAR Chase finale motivate Carl Edwards

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- There are certain races Carl Edwards thought he would rather forget. But earlier this week, Edwards found one staring right back at him from the television in his hotel room in New York.

Edwards was in New York promoting NASCAR's Chase championship round, of which he will be part Sunday, along with Joey Logano, Jimmie ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson still seeks clarity from NASCAR on Phoenix penalty

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Driver Jimmie Johnson hopes for some clarification from NASCAR on Friday about what he felt was an unjust penalty last week at Phoenix International Raceway.

Johnson was called for a rare "pulling up to pit" penalty during the race. Johnson, who was leading the race at the time, passed the pace car as he entered pit road. ...Read more

Breaking down NASCAR's Chase final four

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NASCAR has whittled the Chase for the Cup down to four drivers -- Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson and Team Penske's Joey Logano. They will face off Sunday in the championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the driver who finishes highest among the four in the Ford EcoBoost ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson chases history, as well as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, at Homestead

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The King.

The Intimidator.

Jimmie Johnson?

On Sunday evening in the far reaches of southern Miami-Dade County, Johnson races for his seventh Cup series championship, a feat only accomplished by racing legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

If Johnson were to win Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway -- or just beat out rivals Joey...Read more

Seasoned by past runner-up finishes, Carl Edwards eyes first Sprint Cup crown

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Despite having locked up a spot in NASCAR's championship round, Columbia native Carl Edwards didn't enjoy the relaxing weekend at Phoenix International Raceway he'd hoped for, culminating Sunday with a 19th-place finish in the Can-Am 500.

"I was a little bit (more relaxed) before the race, but then, once the race got going, things weren't going...Read more