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Martin Truex Jr. survives as playoff elimination race brings high drama to Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- NASCAR's multitude of stakeholders decided to swap weekends for the playoff races at Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway during the offseason.

Drivers hated that the crapshoot on the most dangerous -- or exciting, depending on your perspective -- track in auto racing served as the final word with respect to yearly ...Read more

Martin Truex Jr. wins crazy race at Kansas Speedway, playoff standings shaken up

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It's probably easy to save the following line than to type it again this season, since it's almost certain we'll see it again:

Martin Truex Jr. won another NASCAR race on Sunday, and he's still the favorite to win the championship in November at Homestead.

The only difference between this race, Truex's league-leading seventh win this season, ...Read more

Kyle Larson was supposed to compete for a title, now his season is unexpectedly over

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was only a little past 3 p.m. local time on Sunday, but here came Kyle Larson, slowly driving his No. 42 car into the garage.

Or rather, the shell of his car. That's probably more accurate, what with its blown engine and all. Now it's just a hulking metal skeleton, a hearse of sorts for Larson's season. His championship ...Read more

Aric Almirola unfazed about returning to Kansas, where he broke his back during the spring race

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There was nothing particularly unusual Thursday as Aric Almirola packed up to leave his North Carolina home and travel halfway across the country for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

At least, nothing was different until he told his 5-year-old son, Alex, where he was going for Sunday's race.

"No, dad, you can't go to Kansas," a ...Read more

Which drivers will survive Kansas after havoc at Talladega jumbled the standings?

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It's NASCAR elimination time again, only this time, there's no telling who'll be in and who'll be out.

That's because Talladega lived up to its reputation as cursed, or mysterious, or just nearly impossible to finish. By the time Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag, more than half the field was already in the garage for the day, relegated ...Read more

Talladega takes its toll, but Earnhardt rides to the finish

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- It was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day everywhere in Alabama except for the 2.66-mile circuit of slanted asphalt where it mattered most.

No, at Talladega, the day belonged to mayhem, which seems to win here more often than even the Earnhardt family.

And, almost parenthetically, Brad Keselowski grabbed a piece of Sunday for himself by...Read more

Talladega presents daunting, mysterious challenge for most drivers

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Some NASCAR drivers laughed, others cringed, but they all had something to say about Talladega.

Sunday's Alabama 500 is at the famous (or infamous, depending on whom you ask) track, and even at Charlotte it dominated conversation among drivers. Kyle Larson said he hates Talladega. Martin Truex Jr., who ended up winning Sunday's Bank of America ...Read more

Truex Jr. surges late to win in overtime at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Martin Truex Jr. is originally from New Jersey, but he's making Charlotte Motor Speedway something of a second home.

He won the Coca-Cola 600 last season at the track and came third at this year's iteration, building something of a reputation here. That he won Sunday's Bank of America 500, his sixth win this year, only adds to ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is end of an era

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CONCORD, N.C. -- After the fans have emptied out of Charlotte Motor Speedway, after the engines have fallen silent and the stock cars have been packed up in their haulers, then Dale Earnhardt Jr. will finally have to leave.

Maybe he'll walk down pit road here one last time as a driver, peer into Victory Lane, where he once celebrated all those ...Read more

NASCAR championship favorites took different paths, but both had to learn how to win

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CONCORD, N.C. -- It hasn't been easy for Martin Truex Jr. to get to this point. It hasn't been easy for Kyle Larson, either. But despite their different histories, the different routes they've taken to reach Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, they're both here this weekend as viable threats to win.

And not just this race ...Read more

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. barely advanced in NASCAR playoffs, but now he could make a run

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It's a Thursday night in Mooresville, N.C., and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is racing cars like usual.

Well, sort of. He's actually racing go-karts, not stock cars, and instead of being under the bright lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway or any other NASCAR track, Stenhouse and his guests for a SunnyD event are cooped up inside a converted warehouse. ...Read more

Kyle Busch comes from behind to deny Chase Elliott at Dover

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DOVER, Del. -- Normally we marvel at Victory Lane, fixate on the victors of a race on any given weekend.

And that held true on Sunday, as Kyle Busch passed Chase Elliott on the second-to-last lap to win at Dover. It was his fourth win this season and second in a row, not to mention a magnificent pass at the finish, and he deserved to take his ...Read more

NASCAR has a youth problem, could answer be younger drivers, relatable sponsors?

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Kyle Larson has a busy day ahead of him.

For now, he's climbing out of his car and peeling off his navy fire suit in the back of the garage at Chip Ganassi Racing. Next up: The barber shop, then McDonald's.

But none of those errands are by chance. On Tuesday, Larson is spending the day darting across Charlotte, N.C., to film a commercial for ...Read more

William Byron will join NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, but first he has a gut punch to avenge

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William Byron still remembers the championship celebration unfolding in front of him -- only this time, he wants to be part of it.

Byron, 19, is in his first season in NASCAR's Xfinity Series, but this time last year he was still part of the Camping World Truck Series. He was the playoffs' top seed as a rookie. He broke Kurt Busch's record for ...Read more

NASCAR Cup series champion for 2017 … Jamie McMurray? What are the odds?

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Gamblers, beware, at least if you planned to put money on NASCAR Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray.

A reporter told the longtime NASCAR driver on Wednesday that according to Las Vegas, he's the only playoff driver without any championship odds. None. And it's just him, out of the 16 left.

McMurray turned to respond, then smiled.

"I don't care,...Read more

With NASCAR playoffs set, our 4 favorites to race for Cup Series title at Homestead

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Finally, the initial questions and wondering are through. The 16 drivers who will compete for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship have been decided.

At Richmond, Va., on Saturday, there was one final win-and-you're-in slot up for grabs, with drivers such as Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking to squeak into the playoffs....Read more

Danica Patrick out at Stewart-Haas Racing

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There was long been speculation regarding Danica Patrick's future at Stewart-Haas Racing, but finally there was some clarity on Tuesday.

Patrick, who has been with the team for the past six seasons, announced via Facebook that she would not continue driving for the team in 2018.

"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and ...Read more

Here's NASCAR's playoff field after final win-and-you're-in chance goes unclaimed

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Three winless drivers -- Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray -- rounded out NASCAR's Cup Series playoffs after Saturday night's race at Richmond Raceway.

The trio join 13 drivers that had already clinched a spot in the 16-team postseason field with a win. The playoffs begin next week at Chicagoland Speedway.

A win in Saturday's ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports raising $500K for hurricane victims

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Can Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the Hendrick Motorsports team raise half a million dollars in two weeks?

They're certainly going to try.

On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports -- whose drivers include Earnhardt, Johnson, Chase Elliott, and Kasey Kahne -- announced it was starting a disaster relief fund for victims of Hurricane...Read more

Jeremy Clements perseveres for first NASCAR win at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Jeremy Clements epitomizes resilience and perseverance.

He nearly lost his right hand in 2004 when the driveshaft of his dirt late-model broke into the cockpit.

He rarely has driven frontline equipment in NASCAR and never has raced any. Everything in the Spartanburg, S.C., shop of his family-owned Xfinity Series team is a...Read more

 

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