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Driver of the year? Best race? NASCAR superlatives for 2018 are in. Your winners …

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Superlatives for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season:

DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Kyle Busch: Not the champion? Nope. Joey Logano may have walked away from Homestead with his first Cup title, but with just three wins all year and glaring inconsistency before the playoffs, he was far from this year's best driver. That honor instead goes to Kyle Busch, who...Read more

NASCAR champion Joey Logano? He believed, and now he has his long-awaited moment

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The bewilderment washed over his face, and for a second -- just a single moment -- everything around Joey Logano stopped.

No, of course everything didn't actually stop. As much as he might have liked it to. You can't freeze time, you know?

The crowd slowly enveloping him at Homestead-Miami Speedway kept swarming, pushing in,...Read more

Martin Truex Jr. misses title, and Furniture Row's finality is too much to bear

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A swig of beer, and then the can clanked to the concrete. There was still more of their dream to dismantle.

Two hundred feet away from Joey Logano's championship celebration, in earshot of the massive stage with the massive trophy and the massive mob of adoring fans, Martin Truex Jr.'s team began their teardown. A year ago, Truex's No. 78 year ...Read more

Joey Logano wins first NASCAR Cup championship with late pass over Martin Truex Jr.

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- As Joey Logano slowly heaped second by second onto his lead, stretching his margin out front over the last 10 laps of the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the inevitable finally began to dawn:

Logano would finally, at long last, after close defeats and missing the playoffs entirely the season before, win his ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s, first season in retirement wasn't very retiring

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For the first time in decades, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., showed up at NASCAR tracks throughout the season without a ride. And, as a retired driver doing analysis for NBC's NASCAR Monster Energy series coverage, Earnhardt didn't want a ride.

At least, not for any race days.

"Just a practice here and there," Earnhardt said Saturday at Homestead-Miami...Read more

Martin Truex Jr.'s bid for repeat NASCAR glory rife with emotional plot points

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- This story writes itself, right?

A man overcomes incredible odds -- stares the end of his career in the face, watches his life partner fight for her life against an evil disease, joins the smallest team there is, with neither history nor prestige -- and wins a championship in the sports he loves. There's the trophy, confetti....Read more

Tale of the tape is in titles, and nothing else, for NASCAR contender Kyle Busch

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MIAMI -- Somewhere high above South Beach, nestled in a hotel room with a picturesque ocean view, Kyle Busch finally had to do the one thing he least wanted to.

It was the thing he'd been dreading, avoiding, somehow putting off for an entire calendar year: Knowingly watch himself lose.

Sunday, Busch will be racing for a NASCAR Cup Series ...Read more

For 'Normal Kevin Harvick,' contending for title only part of the deal

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MIAMI -- "Uh ... "

Wait. That doesn't sound like Normal Kevin Harvick.

Normal Kevin Harvick is cool, confident, suave even. He's composed, articulate, thoughtful with every word and with every move he makes on the race track. Normal Kevin Harvick belongs at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, competing for NASCAR's Cup Series championship, ...Read more

Joey Logano's controversial move, boos that come with it? 'No regrets at all.'

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MIAMI -- Yes, Joey Logano has heard your boos. Loud and clear.

But does he care what you think?

Please.

"No regrets," Logano told the Observer Thursday. "No regrets at all."

Context, first, would probably go a long way. The boos -- at least the latest crop -- started three weeks ago at Martinsville, Va., with a guaranteed berth in NASCAR's ...Read more

Denny Hamlin steals pole for NASCAR championship race

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr. or Kyle Busch? Busch or Truex?

In the final round of qualifying Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Busch and Truex atop the leaderboard as the final seconds ticked away, Denny Hamlin was closing in on his final lap. And right before the session ended, Hamlin stole the pole away from the two championship...Read more

What you need to know about the four drivers competing for the NASCAR championship in Homestead

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NASCAR's championship will be crowned Sunday in Homestead, Fla., as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the postseason with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Four drivers are in contention, including the sport's so-called "Big Three" of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.

Challenging the threesome, which ...Read more

5 things to watch in NASCAR Cup championship: Revenge, bad starts, and the inevitable

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The NASCAR Cup Series title race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is finally here, and come Sunday night, we'll be reigning in our newest champion. All four contenders -- Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch -- have stellar resumes at Homestead, meaning any of the quartet could reasonably walk away with the trophy.

If Harvick...Read more

NASCAR legend David Pearson, second-winningest driver ever, dies at 83

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David Pearson, the second-winningest NASCAR Cup Series driver in history, died Monday at the age of 83. Wood Brothers Racing, Pearson's former team, confirmed the news on social media.

Throughout his Hall of Fame racing career, which spanned nearly 30 years, Pearson amassed an incredible 105 victories in NASCAR's top division. That mark stands ...Read more

Failed inspection ruins Kevin Harvick's win at Texas Motor Speedway

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Kevin Harvick can't blame the pit guns or anything else for his misfortunes this time around.

Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team only have themselves to blame for NASCAR issuing a potential championship-crippling penalty on Wednesday.

NASCAR stripped Harvick's automatic berth into the Cup championship race after his winning car ...Read more

Joey Logano was a phenom, then a disappointment, now he's on the brink of NASCAR title

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Joey Logano thought he was done with years like 2017.

His move from Joe Gibbs Racing to Team Penske ahead of the 2014 had seemingly salvaged the one-time phenom's career. He never qualified for the postseason during his four years with Joe Gibbs racing, but his move to Penske seemed to unlock his potential.

He finished sixth in the eighth ...Read more

Championship or bust for Stewart-Haas Racing? Tony Stewart answers that and more.

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Tony Stewart's driving accomplishments are well-documented. He succeeded in stock car racing, open-wheel racing and dirt track racing.

He's the only driver in history to win a NASCAR Cup championship and an IndyCar championship.

Stewart is now thriving as a team owner for Stewart-Haas Racing. All four of SHR's drivers are among the final eight...Read more

At 42, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick isn't slowing down

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage had a go-to joke for years whenever he saw Kevin Harvick.

Gossage would always remind Harvick that, in case he had forgotten, Texas Motor Speedway opened its Victory Lane after NASCAR Cup races too.

Harvick had found his way to Texas' Victory Lane multiple times in the Xfinity ...Read more

Kyle Larson has an eventful history at Kansas Speedway, he needs a win Sunday

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It was nearly one year ago that Kyle Larson strolled into Kansas City, Kan., full of optimism. He sat in third place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings, a championship within reach.

And then: Disaster.

Engine failure at Kansas Speedway erased a sizable 29-point cushion and eliminated him from the playoffs.

Some 364 days...Read more

If Tony Stewart runs in Indy 500 again, he won't be a 'sideshow' like Danica Patrick

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If Tony Stewart runs in another Indianapolis 500, he doesn't want to follow the path of Danica Patrick.

Patrick made more of a token appearance in IndyCar's signature event last May, crashing and finishing 30th in the final professional race of her career. Stewart doesn't want to do that.

"I don't want to do like Danica Patrick. I don't want ...Read more

Ryan Blaney survives 'Big One' to win crazy inaugural Charlotte Roval race

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CONCORD, N.C. -- It took a while, but boy did we ever get that Roval wreck-fest we were promised.

The inaugural Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was hailed as one of the more unpredictable, chaotic races in recent NASCAR Cup Series history, and for good reason.

The half-oval, half-road course track, with all its tight ...Read more