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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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Joey Logano celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

- Associated Press

Logano, the driver who seemed washed up at 22 years old, won his first career Daytona 500, taking the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining on Sunday.

Ex-NASCAR racer due in court on high speed chase case

Associated Press

A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150-mph chase through three states last year is expected in court Tuesday after a judge issued an arrest warrant for him following repeated delays in his case.

FILE - This is a May 22, 2014, file photo showing Kurt Busch waiting by his car before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Police in Delaware say they are investigating a domestic assault allegation made against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. The Dover Police Department said in a statement Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  that the allegations were brought to the department on Wednesday. His ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

NASCAR waits to act on Busch after assault claim

- Associated Press

NASCAR chairman Brian France said Friday no disciplinary action will be taken against driver Kurt Busch while police in Delaware investigate a claim of domestic assault made by his former girlfriend.

Brad Keselowski, right, is punched during a fight after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.  The crews of Jeff Gordon and Keselowski fought after the race. (AP Photo/Matthew Bishop)

Brad Keselowski not respected by most NASCAR drivers, Hamlin says

- Associated Press

"I think the challenge a lot of drivers probably have right now with Brad is there's no remorse," Denny Hamlin said. "He has the right to feel the way that he feels — but when there's no accountability ... they're going to be upset with you."

Pit crew members for drivers Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski fight on pit row after the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.  Keselowski made contact with Gordon's on a restart that knocked Gordon out of of the race.  (AP Photo/Randy Holt)

Jimmie Johnson wins after feisty finish in Fort Worth

- Associated Press

While Johnson celebrated his fourth victory at Texas, an irate Jeff Gordon got out of his car and confronted Brad Keselowski, who appeared to be spitting blood after there were punches thrown.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Out of Chase, Dale Jr. still wins race at Martinsville

- Associated Press

Jeff Gordon was second, giving Hendrick Motorsports a 1-2 finish on the 10-year anniversary weekend of the fatal plane crash that killed owner Rick Hendrick's son and nine others aboard.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano celebrates his victory in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Joey Logano wins at Kansas for 5th Sprint Cup victory of season

- Associated Press

Logano's win advanced him into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which begins after stops at Charlotte and Talladega. Four drivers will be cut from the 12-driver field after Talladega.

Jeff Gordon drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jeff Gordon wins at Dover to secure advancement in Chse

- Associated Press

Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola were eliminated from championship contention. Four more drivers will be eliminated in the next three-race segment that starts next week at Kansas Speedway.

In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart looks out from his garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. A grand jury decided against charging Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. on a dirt track last month in upstate New York. Stewart took three weeks off from racing after the crash. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bergstrom, File)

Tony Stewart unsure if he'll race sprint cars again

- Associated Press

For Tony Stewart, there was no greater joy than escaping his everyday life and climbing behind the wheel of a sprint car. He loves the feel, the way they drive, the purity he finds at all the tiny dirt tracks across the country.

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.  A grand jury will decide whether Stewart will be charged in the August death of fellow driver Kevin Ward at a sprint car race in upstate New York, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Ward, 20, died after being struck by Stewart's car. Ward had climbed out of his car and walked onto the dirt track to confront Stewart after he spun out while the two raced side by side. (AP Photo/Glenn Smith, File)

Tony Stewart grand jury decision to be announced

Associated Press

County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said last week he was taking the matter to the grand jury, which was convened this week. Kevin Ward Jr. was killed on Aug. 9 when a car driven by the three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed him during a dirt track race in Canandaigua.