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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s confidence sky high amid return for Daytona 500

- Associated Press

Earnhardt is the biggest story of Speedweeks. While it’s fairly common for the two-time Daytona 500 winner to be the center of attention at Daytona International Speedway, especially given his father’s fame and tragic fate at the superspeedway, it’s been considerably different this year.

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2016, file photo, Carl Edwards waves during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is retiring. Joe Gibbs Racing has scheduled a pair of news conferences Wednesday. Jan. 11, 2017, in which Edwards is expected to announce he is giving up the sport immediately. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Carl Edwards reportedly walking away from final year with Joe Gibbs Racing

- Associated Press

In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is walking away from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Jimmie Johnson celebrates his NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race and season title win Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Jimmie Johnson seizes record-tying 7th NASCAR championship

- Associated Press

Johnson was the dog of the championship contenders in a winner-take-all season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He needed only to beat three other drivers to tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as drivers with seven titles, but he was the worst of the final four for all but one lap Sunday night.

Alexander Rossi, a 24-year-old American, smiles after he won the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday as a 66-to-1 long shot. (Associated Press)

Alexander Rossi pulls off stunning upset in Indianapolis 500

- Associated Press

As a 66-to-1 long shot entering the race, Rossi stunned the field and won the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 by using a fuel strategy to outsmart a handful of drivers with the race’s most dominant cars.

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Travel 2016: Rio, Indy 500, German beer, Christo in Italy

- Associated Press

Rio and Cuba. The Pope's Year of Mercy and artist Christo's walk on water. Philadelphia, Cleveland and the next U.S. president. Super Bowl in California and the Indy 500 at 100. A centennial for America's National Park Service, 400 years since Shakespeare died and 500 years of pure German beer.

Jimmie Johnson sprays sparking wine as he celebrates in Victory Lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jimmie Johnson makes history with 10th victory at Dover

- Associated Press

Johnson joined Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and David Pearson, all NASCAR Hall of Famers, as the only racers to win 10 times at a single track when he coasted under the checkered flag on Sunday.