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Chase Elliott holds up the NASCAR Cup Series trophy after winning Sunday in Phoenix. He is the third-youngest champion in NASCAR history. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Chase Elliott earns his first NASCAR Cup title with win at Phoenix

- Associated Press

Chase Elliott took the torch of NASCAR’s most popular driver from teammate Jimmie Johnson by winning his first Cup title Sunday, driving from the back of the field to victory lane at Phoenix Raceway. The win for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet was the first since Johnson, who retired after the race, won his seventh and final crown in 2016.

Scott Dixon has 50 career IndyCar victories, ranking him third all-time behind A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti. Dixon seeks his sixth IndyCar title Sunday. (Associated PRess)

Quiet, calm Dixon moves up in IndyCar record books, goes for sixth title

- Associated Press

In the 19 seasons since Dixon paired with Ganassi, the driver has rocketed through the American open wheel record books and is poised for another milestone. Dixon will race Sunday for his sixth IndyCar championship in the season finale on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, Saturday 9/12/2020. Cars take the first turn amidst empty seats to begin a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (James Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)  **FILE**

NASCAR’s dizzying silly season will change landscape

- Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the inevitable: The driver market bubble, pushed to its limit with multimillion-dollar salaries for nearly two decades, is about to burst. A major reset has arrived and team owners have all the power. They can pick and choose between drivers who bring sponsorship dollars (Bubba Wallace) or drivers who have won races (Erik Jones). When the music stops, the Cup Series lineup will look radically different.

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Marco Andretti, right, poses, with Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, center and Takuma Sato, of Japan, during the front row photos session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Andretti won the pole for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NBC poised to bring unprecedented Indy 500 to huge audience

- Associated Press

Everything was new to Mike Tirico when he walked past the famed pagoda that dominates the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, assumed his broadcast perch high above pit lane and proceeded to host his first Indy 500.

Chase Elliott (9) leads Kevin Harvick (4), Kurt Busch (1) and Ryan Blaney through Turn 3 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Road king: Elliott wins at Daytona for third straight on road

- Associated Press

Elliott won the Cup Series' first road course race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin following a late restart and notching his third consecutive victory away from ovals.

Kevin Harvick crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Harvick holds off Hamlin for Michigan doubleheader sweep

- Associated Press

Harvick held off Hamlin on Sunday to complete a doubleheader sweep in the NASCAR Cup Series. He'd also won Saturday's race, and the two victories gave him six on the season -- the most of any driver.

A NASCAR official checks drivers as the race was red flagged for over 11 minutes due to an 11-car incident  during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin) **FILE**

Houff crash renews debate on NASCAR's standards

- Associated Press

Busch's argument -- that there should be standards to be among the top 40 NASCAR racers each week -- was never actually addressed. And here we are again: Quin Houff, in his 35th career Cup start, made a late mistake Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway that not only scrambled the finish but altered the playoff picture.

Austin Dillon stands on his car in the front stretch after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Dillon leads 1-2 RCR finish in NASCAR Cup race before fans at Texas

- Associated Press

Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie teammate Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a scorching Sunday.

Fans wait for the start of a NASCAR All-Star Open auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASCAR hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

- Associated Press

Up to 30,000 fans were allowed to attend Wednesday night's race, NASCAR's largest with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. Attendance figures were not released, but it appeared at least 20,000 spectators were socially distanced throughout the grandstands - likely making it the largest sporting event in the United States since winter.