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Chase Elliott waves to fans before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) **FILE**

Elliott, Harvick add fiery feud to NASCAR’s playoffs

- Associated Press

Chase Elliott, according to Kevin Harvick, doesn’t race very smart. In fact, moving forward in NASCAR’s playoffs, Harvick plans to run all over the reigning Cup Series champion. Those were the angry words Harvick had for Elliott after Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where a feud no one saw coming took center stage.

Chase Elliott (9) celebrates his victory in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Elliott wins at Road America to start new Hendrick streak

- Associated Press

Chase Elliott started in the 34th position but still found a way to win the NASCAR Cup Series at Road America on Sunday to wrap up a playoff spot. The 25-year-old Hendrick Motorsports has seven career Cup Series victories on road courses, putting him in sole possession of third place in NASCAR history.

Kyle Busch celebrates with teammates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Kyle Busch ends Hendrick win streak at Pocono

- Associated Press

Busch busted Hendrick Motorsports’ winning streak and denied the organization a shot at NASCAR history when he raced to his second victory of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Kentucky Derby entrant Essential Quality waits to work out at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this Thursday, April 29, 2021, file photo. Essential Quality was set as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. Essential Quality went off as the Derby favorite and finished fourth. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) **FILE**

Essential Quality is 2-1 morning line favorite for Belmont

- Associated Press

Essential Quality was set Tuesday as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, which will be run Saturday without a horse from trainer Bob Baffert pending an investigation into Medina Spirit’s failed drug test after winning the Kentucky Derby.

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Essential Quality (2), with jockey Luis Saez up, crosses the finish line to win the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) **FILE**

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

- Associated Press

More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit could be disqualified from the Derby, making Belmont winner Essential Quality probably the best horse in what was a gray area of a Triple Crown season.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, left, and retired race driver, A.J. Foyt pose in the garage area during practice for the Daytona 500 auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in this Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, file photo. Tony Stewart idolized A.J. Foyt as a child and wanted nothing more than to become the same type of racer as Super Tex. They built a decades-long friendship and will spend Sunday together at Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first of Foyts four Indianapolis 500 victories.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File) **FILE**

Tony Stewart to celebrate 60th anniversary of A.J. Foyt's first Indianapolis 500 win

- Associated Press

Although Tony Stewart made his fame and fortune in NASCAR, his no-nonsense, hard-nosed style was reminiscent of A.J. Foyt. The two built a close friendship that has stretched over decades during their Hall of Fame careers. On the 60th anniversary of the first of Foyt's four Indianapolis 500 victories, Stewart will sit side-by-side next to his idol on the pit stand this weekend as Foyt's guest for the celebration.

Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, takes a photo after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Scott Dixon slams brakes on youth movement with Indy 500 pole

- Associated Press

Two of IndyCar's budding young stars sat atop the leaderboard in Sunday qualifying and "The Iceman" was determined to push them aside. Scott Dixon did just that and slammed the brakes on IndyCar's current youth movement by winning his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole by a mere 0.03 seconds, or roughly six feet over the 10-mile qualifying run.

Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Sunday, May 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Chase Elliott wins rain-shortened NASCAR Cup debut in Austin

- Associated Press

When NASCAR's debut at the Circuit of the Americas ended early because of poor racing conditions in the rain, Elliott had earned not just his first victory of the season, but also historic ones for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet. Elliott's Texas Grand Prix victory after 54 of the expected 68 laps was win No. 800 for Chevrolet and No. 268 for Hendrick Motorsports, which tied Petty Enterprises for most victories.

Alex Bowman gets the checker flag as he finishes first during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Dover International Speedway, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Dover, Del. Alex Bowman wins the race. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Alex Bowman parks No. 48 car in familiar spot in victory lane at Dover

- Associated Press

Alex Bowman parked the No. 48 Chevrolet in its familiar spot in victory lane at Dover International Speedway, leading a dominant outing for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday. Bowman led Hendrick Motorsports to a sensational 1-2-3-4 finish in the NASCAR Cup Series races. Kyle Larson was second, Chase Elliott third and William Byron fourth.

Fans walk through the garage area before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Darlington, S.C. It is the first time this year that fans are allowed back in the garage area. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) **FILE**

Column: NASCAR starting to allow access a year after restart

- Associated Press

Vaccines have been available since early April to almost everyone in North Carolina, where most NASCAR teams are based, and it allowed NASCAR to put a plan in place for a reopening. There is no vaccine requirement for competitors, but NASCAR permitted teams, drivers and manufacturers to admit a total of 350 fully vaccinated guests and sponsors Sunday at Darlington.