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Topic - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. set a record Thursday with his 11th consecutive win as NASCAR's most popular driver.
Danica Patrick traditionally winds down each season with a series of interviews designed to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what's next for one of the most recognizable figures in sports.
Members of Congress are hot under the collar about global warming, and they're anxious to do something about it. As co-chairmen of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island huddled Thursday with executives of the major sports leagues to talk about recruiting third basemen, power forwards, linebackers and masters of the hockey puck to save the planet.
Denny Hamlin had given up on extending his streak.
Clint Bowyer fielded fan questions for nearly 30 minutes Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where the topics covered everything from his recent appearance on an episode of "Duck Dynasty" to his displeasure with people who text while driving.
The Army National Guard has extended its sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr. through the 2014 season with Hendrick Motorsports.
NASCAR will require baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season.
McMurray won at Talladega Superspeedway in a nearly clean race until rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap Sunday, allowing the winner to coast across the line under caution.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s initial reaction to another runner-up finish is a smile and the feeling that second's not so bad.
Jeff Gordon is feeling rejuvenated as the NASCAR Sprint Cup season winds down.
"I don't really keep track of the stats or the score, but Bill was a great driver and ambassador for the sport," Earnhardt said. "He represents the sport really well to this day, as does his son Chase, who's coming up and carrying on the family name. But, I've always looked up to Bill as a driver so it's pretty neat."
"It humbles me deeply to know that you have so many fans in your corner each race weekend," Earnhardt said. "There are a lot of motivating factors in life that drive our race team to be the best we can but none impact us more than the support of our race fans that they've shown over the years. We thank you for your devotion to NASCAR and we look forward to giving you a lot to be excited about in 2014."