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William Byron celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Byron gives NASCAR another surprise winner at Homestead

- Associated Press

William Byron was the third surprise winner through three races this season with his victory Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Byron joined Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell as unlikely winners to start this season.

In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson walks to the garage before the final practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Kyle Larson was banished from NASCAR for all but the first month of his last season, his punishment for using a racial slur while racing online. Rick Hendrick felt the driver paid his penalty and deserved a second chance, one that begins with the season-opening Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File) **FILE**

Canceled Larson gets another NASCAR shot after last year’s racial slur

- Associated Press

The excitement of a new season settled Kyle Larson’s nerves and he felt optimistic about his future. After serving a six-month suspension for his use of a racial slur that nearly cost him his career, Larson is just appreciative of the opportunity ahead.

NASCAR revs ahead with new teams, new tracks, new energy

- Associated Press

Perhaps in any other season, NASCAR could raise a glass to what its broadcast partner is billing as “The Best Season Ever.” But promising “best” anything in a pandemic seems as outlandish as a 62-year-old driver in the Daytona 500. Yet here we are.

The Konica Minolta racing team, from left to right, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi, team owner Wayne Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor celebrate with the championship trophy after winning the Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Wayne Taylor Racing wins record-tying third consecutive Rolex 24

- Associated Press

Filipe Albuquerque held off Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande — both part of WTR’s winning teams the last two seasons and both seeking to become the first winners of three consecutive Rolex races — to give the overhauled Taylor team its fourth win in the last five years at Daytona International Speedway.

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.

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Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Kyle Busch wins rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race in Texas

- Associated Press

Busch won the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that finished Wednesday, three days after it started. He was 0.468 seconds ahead of Truex, and had just enough fuel left to do a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch before needing a push from a tow truck to get the No. 18 Toyota to Victory Lane.

Josef Newgarden, right, congratulates Scott Dixon on the NTT IndyCar Series Championship following an IndyCar auto race Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Newgarden wins IndyCar finale but can't deny Dixon 6th title

- Associated Press

Josef Newgarden won the season finale, using a spectacular two-car pass for the lead in a valiant effort to win a second consecutive title. Winning was not enough, though, to deny Scott Dixon his coronation. Dixon stealthily finished third in an easy drive to a sixth IndyCar title.

Kevin Harvick (4) waits on the grid before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Misty, drizzling day postpones Cup race in Texas on Lap 52

- Associated Press

NASCAR's Cup playoff race in Texas was postponed Sunday night after 52 laps on a misty day that slowly deteriorated to drizzle while it never actually rained before the event was called off.

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.