Automobile racing

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race and season championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 19, 2017 - 7:56 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR's newest champion wouldn't take his helmet off. He couldn't. If he did, then everyone would see Martin Truex Jr. cry. Truex capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR's champion Sunday, then struggled to start the celebration. He was mobbed on...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, driver Danica Patrick waves prior to the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Patrick announced plans Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, to run just 2 races in 2018, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, and end her full-time driving career. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
November 19, 2017 - 4:56 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's season finale (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Danica Patrick crashed in her final race as a full-time NASCAR driver. Patrick lost control in Turn 1 and hit the wall with 125 laps remaining in Sunday's season finale. The contact started a small fire on her...
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Drivers make their way at the start of the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)
November 18, 2017 - 6:10 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the best retirement gift he could have asked for when William Byron won the Xfinity Series championship for JR Motorsports on Saturday, one day before Earnhardt's final race as a full-time driver. NASCAR's most popular driver is a part owner of the race...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Earnhardt is at peace with his decision to retire as he straps into the No. 88 Chevrolet for the final time in his NASCAR Cup career on Sunday. The 43-old Earnhardt has Homestead-Miami Speedway stamped as the final spot in his farewell tour. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 18, 2017 - 12:39 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. got a firsthand look at Hurricane Irma's destruction when he made the drive from Key West to Homestead this week. Displaced residents. Damaged homes. Downed trees. Debris piles. It clearly affected NASCAR's most popular driver, who has a second home in Key...
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Martin Truex Jr. walks on pit road before qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 17, 2017 - 7:43 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest of the four NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders in qualifying and will start second Sunday in the season finale. Truex, the regular-season champion, turned a lap of 173.952 mph in the No. 78 Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday...
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Martin Truex Jr., right, smiles with crew chief Cole Pearn before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.(AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 17, 2017 - 7:41 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Team Chip Ganassi says he has spoken to Danica Patrick about possibly allowing her to drive for him in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500. Patrick announced her retirement from full-time racing Friday but...
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Danica Patrick wipes away tears as he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in next year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. ( AP Photo/Darryl Graham)
November 17, 2017 - 3:47 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Discussing her decision with The Associated Press...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, driver Kyle Busch (18) climbs into his car during practice for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on in Bristol, Tenn. In the Cup Series, the finale features Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
November 16, 2017 - 5:45 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local): 5: 30 p.m. Kyle Busch wants a second championship to validate his first. Busch missed nearly half the 2015 season because of injuries sustained before the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. He...
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Kyle Busch, right, and Martin Truex Jr. laugh inside the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. Both drivers have secured a spot in the Championship 4 heading into Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
November 13, 2017 - 2:05 am
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick wasted zero time in leveling the first volley in NASCAR's championship race. In Harvick's opinion, he's playing with house money when he races Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title. It's Truex,...
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Matt Kenseth celebrates his win in Victory Lane after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
November 12, 2017 - 7:55 pm
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kenseth doesn't get to end his career the way he hoped. He thinks he's got a handful of good years left in him, and can win races and compete for championships. But, the economics of the sport have made Kenseth a casualty of NASCAR's new youth movement. He doesn't have a...
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