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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at the end of the 2017 season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, will retire after the end of the 2017 season.

"After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017," said the statement from HENDRICKMOTORSPORTS.COM

Earnhardt first ...Read more

Chiefs' Colquitt trades gridiron for NASCAR asphalt

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Two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt's impulse was to mash the gas pedal to the floor when his driving instructor told him he was entering his final lap at Kansas Speedway.

That's also when the specter of Chiefs coach Andy Reid popped into Colquitt's mind.

"I didn't think I would, but I know that in my last lap, when (the instructor) said ...Read more

New format for NASCAR All-Star Race announced

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Charlotte Motor Speedway announced a new format for May's NASCAR All-Star Race at the track. And following the theme for NASCAR rules changes in 2017, the drama relies on gimmicks.

The May 20 race at the 1.5-mile track will be contested in four stages, of 20, 20, 20 and 10 laps.

The three winners of the 20-lap stages, as long as they're still ...Read more

NASCAR drivers approve of Texas Motor Speedway's track overhaul

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Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage couldn't have been more pleased with how his repaved and reconfigured track behaved in the opening race weekend.

After all, a common knock on new asphalt is that it breeds single-file racing with minimal movement among drivers. Well, on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson charged from the back of the field to win...Read more

Jimmie Johnson reminds everyone he's the safe bet at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bet on Jimmie Johnson in Texas.

New asphalt? New configuration? No problem for NASCAR's most accomplished driver, and same old story at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson found his way back to Victory Lane on Sunday, putting together an impressive run from the back of the field to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'...Read more

How does Tony Stewart feel about being in the Bobblehead Hall of Fame?

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Tony Stewart has won three NASCAR championships and one IndyCar championship. He's the only driver in history to accomplish that feat.

He's a surefire Hall of Famer with a countless number of accolades. Stewart is also in another Hall of Fame -- the "Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum" in Milwaukee.

Texas Motor Speedway had a promotional ...Read more

Clint Bowyer resurrects his career with move to Stewart-Haas Racing

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Clint Bowyer is no longer an afterthought in NASCAR, and he couldn't be happier. He's finally back in a car capable of winning races.

Bowyer is among the surprise stories early on in the NASCAR season, contending for wins for the first time in years. This is a guy who last won in October 2012, a stretch of 155 races.

But ...Read more

Denny Hamlin spins on second practice lap on TMS' new racing surface

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Well, that didn't take long.

NASCAR Cup driver Denny Hamlin spun on his second practice lap Friday, the first time cars ran on the new surface. Hamlin was among the first three drivers to test the new surface, and got loose between Turns 1 and 2 on his second practice lap.

It was less than five minutes into Monster Energy ...Read more

Fans' guide to NASCAR race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway

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Mother Nature looks like it'll be cooperating with Texas Motor Speedway's opening race weekend this year.

Forecasts don't call for rain until Monday, which means the NASCAR doubleheader Saturday and Sunday should go on without a hitch. Rain ruined every race weekend a season ago.

That won't be the case this time around.

Even if TMS gets hit ...Read more

Jimmie Johnson on track for NASCAR history

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Jimmie Johnson secured his place among the all-time greats in November when he won his seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.

The others in that fraternity? Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

And Johnson isn't done. Nobody would be surprised to see him win an eighth championship before he walks away.

"He's completely not appreciated for ...Read more

Chevy engine producing NASCAR wins 10 years after debut at TMS

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In a sport that relies so heavily on technology, it's hard to imagine something staying around for a decade.

But the Chevrolet R07 engine block is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. And the automobile manufacturer clearly hit a home run when it introduced it in the spring 2007 race at Texas. It has accounted ...Read more

Keselowski picks up Martinsville clock, now eyeing Texas win

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Brad Keselowski finally has a grandfather clock.

Now he's looking to add a cowboy hat and a pair of six-shooters to his collection.

"Texas has been a track very similar to Martinsville for us where we've led a lot of laps and been in front," Keselowski said. "I've made some mistakes at the end and haven't brought it home."...Read more

Kyle Busch capitalizing on early season fight with Joey Logano

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Busch is known for his abrasive behavior.

Look no further than his Texas Motor Speedway resume that includes intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. during a truck race and giving a NASCAR official a one-fingered salute.

So nobody should have been surprised when Busch went after Joey Logano at Las Vegas on March 12, ...Read more

Daniel Suarez hopes to continue Carl Edwards' success at TMS

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The No. 19 Toyota visited Victory Lane the last time the NASCAR Cup Series ran at Texas Motor Speedway.

Carl Edwards manned that car, winning for the fourth time at the track. But Edwards abruptly and surprisingly walked away from his racing career in the offseason.

Joe Gibbs Racing then turned in house to promising ...Read more

Kyle Larson is NASCAR's next budding superstar

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Larson is the toast of NASCAR these days.

Kevin Harvick compared him with a young Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls Larson a future star of the sport, too, saying fans will embrace his personality because he's a "really, really cool guy."

And it's easy to see why there is so much buzz throughout the garage about ...Read more

NASCAR owner Chip Ganassi keeps 'peeling the onion'

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Kyle Larson's victory Sunday in the Auto Club 400 at Fontana, Calif., only furthered what's been a strong start to the NASCAR Cup season for the young driver from California.

Larson's triumph followed three consecutive second-place finishes and puts Chip Ganassi Racing in the enviable position of having two drivers in the top six of NASCAR's ...Read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels no obligation to race despite dwindling star power

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DALLAS -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't feel any obligation to stay in NASCAR just because he's the most popular driver.

That should make the sport's executives uneasy.

Stars are the lifeblood of NASCAR, and household names such as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have walked away in recent years. The 42-year-old Earnhardt doesn't seem far behind, ...Read more

Kyle Larson gets Fontana sweep with victory in Auto Club 400

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FONTANA, Calif. -- After the recent postrace fight between NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, fellow driver Kyle Larson -- a slight, 24-year-old Californian -- was asked if he could ever punch another racer in anger.

"Look how big I am," Larson quipped. "I'm scared that I am the one that is going to get beat up."

On Sunday, though, it ...Read more

Chip Ganassi driver Kyle Larson setting NASCAR pace

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It took a little patience, but Kyle Larson has lifted decorated car owner Chip Ganassi back to the top of the stock car racing world.

Larson, 24, enters the Auto Club 400 Sunday in Fontana, Calif., as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader through four races after a third consecutive runner-up finish last week at Phoenix. It's the ...Read more

Ryan Newman: Ending 127-race winless streak about perseverance and rules changes

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Ryan Newman broke a 127-race NASCAR Cup series winless streak Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. It also snapped a 112-race streak without a victory for Richard Childress Racing, which hadn't had a car in Victory Lane since Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix in November 2013.

Here are five questions with Newman, speaking with reporters after ...Read more

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