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Three big changes and what they mean for the future of NASCAR

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Lots of news has broken in NASCAR over the past few weeks. Let's put some if into context:

NEW SPONSORSHIP MODEL

The news: NASCAR announced earlier this month it will move away from a single-entity title sponsorship model to have four separate premium sponsors. The four sponsors -- Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, Geico and Xfinity -- take over from ...Read more

Junior Johnson, a racing icon who ran moonshine before NASCAR fame, dies at age 88

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NASCAR icon Junior Johnson, whose rich history as a driver, mechanic and team owner began as a moonshiner outrunning the law in the NC mountains, has died, NASCAR said Friday. He was 88.

Johnson's death was confirmed by the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., according to NASCAR. Johnson's health had declined and he entered hospice care ...Read more

Chevrolet faces year of transition in 2020 with Jimmie Johnson retiring

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup season figures to be a transitional one for Chevrolet -- especially for the brand's flagship team, Hendrick Motorsports.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will retire after the season, meaning Hendrick will be on the lookout for a fourth driver to partner with young up-and-comers William Byron, Chase Elliott and Alex ...Read more

After a magical 2019 NASCAR season, Toyota looks for more in 2020

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A NASCAR Cup championship. Another manufacturer's title.

The 2019 NASCAR season was memorable for Toyota. Driving the No. 18 Toyota, Kyle Busch became the 16th multiple champion in Cup history. Thanks primarily to Joe Gibbs Racing's depth (three drivers in the championship four), Toyota also claimed its third manufacturer's title in the past ...Read more

2020 NASCAR Ford preview: Expect Team Penske, Stewart-Haas drivers to contend again

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When you have just one driver advance to the NASCAR Cup championship four and then he's not there at the end -- a season can be described as a disappointment.

At least that's the case at Ford, a manufacturer that's used to winning championships at the Cup level but didn't achieve that this season.

Although Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick ...Read more

New schedule, new faces (new sponsor?): Changes coming to NASCAR in 2020

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Kyle Busch has been crowned champion for a second time and the NASCAR Cup season has been put to bed.

What's to come for the upcoming 2020 season? Let's put this way: Although the season will begin as it usually does, with February's Daytona 500, changes are coming next season that have the potential to significantly alter the sport.

Here are ...Read more

Kyle Busch's NASCAR championship was a fitting end to Joe Gibbs Racing's emotional season

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When Kyle Busch won Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he handed team owner Joe Gibbs his fifth NASCAR Cup championship trophy.

And a special and emotional season was complete for Joe Gibbs Racing.

The year began with the death of J.D. Gibbs, team owner Joe Gibbs' oldest son and the organization's co-chairman. J.D. Gibbs ...Read more

Truex's pit road miscue sets up Busch to claim final NASCAR Cup Series win at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr. seemed destined early on to run away with the Ford EcoBoost 400.

But a mistake on pit road deep into Stage 2 cost Truex everything and opened the field on Sunday to close out Homestead-Miami Speedway's 18-year hold on NASCAR's Championship weekend.

Truex rallied his way back to the front pack with his fellow...Read more

New team, same results: Can Martin Truex Jr. win another NASCAR title?

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In what's been a season of transition, Martin Truex Jr. finds himself at the doorstep of his second NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Truex has seamlessly fit in at Joe Gibbs Racing, after spending five years at now-defunct Furniture Row Racing and where he won the title in 2017. He's one of four drivers -- along with teammates Kyle Busch and ...Read more

Kevin Harvick on chasing NASCAR title: Not being dominant 'has made us work harder'

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Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Cup Series race last week at Texas Motor Speedway, meaning he's headed to the playoffs' final four on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Martin Truex Jr. and two other drivers who will be determined Sunday at Phoenix.

It's the fourth consecutive year Harvick -- the 2014 Cup champ -- has made it to the final ...Read more

Aric Almirola — a.k.a. 'The Cuban Missile' — hopes to finish season strong in Homestead

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MIAMI -- The first stop for Aric Almirola every time he steps off the plane in South Florida ahead of a race weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is to find somewhere to get Cuban food for lunch.

Almirola, whose father emigrated from Cuba in the 1960s, grew up in Tampa, but now lives in North Carolina like so many of his fellow drivers do. There...Read more

Daniel Suarez making history and the reason hundreds of Latinos head to NASCAR races

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MIAMI -- When Daniel Suarez was young, he never could have thought about driving in NASCAR.

Racing had its fans in his home of Monterrey, Mexico, but mostly it was for more of the internationally popular variants of the sport, like IndyCar or Formula One. He didn't really know anything about NASCAR until he was 15 or 16, about four or five ...Read more