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3dBob Pockrass

Kyle Larson has uphill climb at Chili Bowl

Kyle Larson is doing what a lot of other drivers do during their "offseason." He's racing, and not just anywhere, but at this weekend's Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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5dRyan McGee

Carl Edwards steps away with reputation intact

Carl Edwards only let one moment make him emotional as he announced he is done being a full-time driver. It was an uncharacteristic break for him, and likely the last we'll ever see.

Carl Edwards retires from NASCAR healthy (0:58)
NASCAR's first foreign-born champ has a shot at the Cup Series (0:58)
Why is Carl Edwards considering retirement? (2:07)
Daugherty shocked by Edwards' decision to retire (1:54)
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6dBob Pockrass

Carl Edwards' retirement a mystery for now

Carl Edwards has always been cordial but guarded when it comes to his private life. Why is he going to announce his retirement Wednesday? We might never know.

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13dBob Pockrass

Johnny Sauter happy where he's at savoring Truck title

Johnny Sauter has driven in the Cup and Xfinity series, but the chance to compete and win is what drives him. The 2016 Camping World Truck Series champion is just fine where he's at.

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10dBob Pockrass

Texas to repave surface, install drainage system

Texas Motor Speedway will reduce the banking in its first two turns as part of a repaving project and install a new drainage system.

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27dBob Pockrass

How do drivers move on from losing title?

How do drivers cope with losing as they look forward to a new season? For Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, they conclude that they did all they could, Bob Pockrass writes.

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33dJohn Oreovicz

PRI show is racing's winter oasis

It's a long winter without racing, but the PRI show last week in Indianapolis goes a long way toward keeping the industry excited.

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31dBob Pockrass

RPM downsizing to 1 car for 2017 Cup season

Richard Petty Motorsports will downsize from two Cup cars to one for 2017, making it the fourth organization to either cut its number of cars or close after the 2016 season.

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31dBob Pockrass

Ragan to return to Front Row Motorsports in 2017

David Ragan, who earned the first Cup victory for Front Row Motorsports when he won in 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway, will return to the organization in 2017.

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36dJohn Oreovicz

'The Grand Tour': Not 'Top Gear,' but top-notch

When Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May needed a new gig after their departure from "Top Gear," Amazon stepped in to pay for their brand of car mayhem. "The Grand Tour" is good fun.

Earnhardt Jr. describes emotions on return to track (1:05)
Earnhardt Jr. feeling good, looking forward to next year (1:38)
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40dBob Pockrass

Huge gamble? New sponsor could be Monster benefit

The word "fun" was used a lot when NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the sponsor of its top series. But it's going to take more than fun to make this partnership work, writes Bob Pockrass.

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42dBob Pockrass

HScott Motorsports suspends operations in 2017

After fielding two Sprint Cup cars during the 2016 season, HScott Motorsports has suspended operations and will not compete in NASCAR in 2017.

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45dBob Pockrass

Earnhardt Jr. feels '100 percent' for 2017 return

After accepting his 14th straight most popular driver award, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he doesn't foresee any problems as he eyes his return in 2017 after missing the last 18 races of the season.

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46dBob Pockrass

Monster Energy backing NASCAR's top series

NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy will begin sponsoring its premier series via a multiyear deal that starts in 2017.

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47dBob Pockrass

Jimmie Johnson's championship party includes family time

Don't let Jimmie Johnson's daddy-duty facade fool you in Las Vegas this week. When he finally gets the chance to gear up the party, that's exactly what he plans to do, writes Bob Pockrass.

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46dBob Pockrass

Bowyer settles with ex-team HScott Motorsports

Clint Bowyer and HScott Motorsports owner Harry Scott Jr. say they have reached an amicable settlement of the $2.2 million lawsuit that Bowyer filed last week.

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46dBob Pockrass

Gordon to drive in Rolex 24 at Daytona in Jan.

Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will compete at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January. Gordon finished third in the event in 2007.

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48dBob Pockrass

Roush Fenway downsizes to 2 Cup teams in '17

Roush Fenway Racing will field only two Sprint Cup teams during the 2017 season, but will send driver Chris Buescher to JTG Dougherty Racing on loan.

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49dBob Pockrass

Don't expect Jimmie Johnson to ramp up his endorsements

You would think more endorsements would roll in for Jimmie Johnson after his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship. Balancing his work and family is more important, writes Bob Pockrass.