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Jimmie Johnson answers a reporter's question during his retirement announcement from NASCAR at a news conference near Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
November 21, 2019 - 7:51 pm
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about Johnson was...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2003, file photo, Jimmie Johnson, center, celebrates with his crew in victory lane after winning The Winston, NASCAR's all-star race, in Concord, N.C. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing. The winningest driver of his era will have a 19th season in the No. 48 Chevrolet and once again chase a record eighth championship. Johnson made the announcement in a video posted on social media, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
November 20, 2019 - 1:59 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson sat down next to Jeff Gordon at a 2001 driver meeting and asked the champion if he had time to offer any career advice. Gordon was so impressed with the fellow California native that he encouraged Rick Hendrick to start a team built specifically for the 25-year...
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Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing season championship on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 17, 2019 - 7:37 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch casually collected the championship flag from his team and did a slow, subdued celebratory lap. The most polarizing driver in NASCAR had just won his second Cup title and wanted his true fans to enjoy the moment with him. It was a lesson learned from his first Cup...
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Kyle Busch drives on the front stretch during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Busch is one of four drivers running for the championship. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 17, 2019 - 6:22 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s Cup Series championship (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Kyle Busch has won his second NASCAR Cup Series championship, giving team owner Joe Gibbs his fifth title. Busch emerged from the Joe Gibbs Racing juggernaut and clinched his second title in five...
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Tyler Reddick holds his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto racing championship on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 16, 2019 - 7:03 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick won his second consecutive Xfinity Series championship by snatching the lead away from Cole Custer in a spirited season finale Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Reddick and Custer traded the lead three times in a single lap with Reddick finally surging his...
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Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
November 14, 2019 - 3:54 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three contenders for the NASCAR championship have already given Kyle Busch a good run for the money three days before the race. Busch and teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin were stuck in New York City traffic with Kevin Harvick and the Joe Gibbs Racing trio decided...
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October 15, 2019 - 7:28 pm
Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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Ryan Blaney (12) narrowly slides by driver Ryan Newman (6) to take the checkered flag in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Monday, Oct 14, 2019, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Amanda Newman)
October 14, 2019 - 6:06 pm
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Ryan Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a door-to-door race to the finish line to win Monday at Talladega Superspeedway and advance to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs. Blaney's first win of the season came as he was desperately trying to remain in title contention. The playoff...
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott wins the pole for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, Oct 12, 2019, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
October 13, 2019 - 1:56 pm
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress steered clear of politics in his pre-race invocation at Talladega Superspeedway. Jeffress is the Dallas pastor who has made comments warning of "a civil war-...
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Denny Hamlin competes at the Drydene 400 - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff auto race, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)
October 11, 2019 - 3:46 pm
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Denny Hamlin went nearly 205 mph at Talladega Superspeedway, where he was among seven drivers to top 203 mph in Friday's first practice. The Daytona 500 winner went 204.904 mph in the closing moments of the first drafting session of the weekend. He was the only driver to top...
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