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Denny Hamlin, left, embraces car owner Joe Gibbs in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at ISM Raceway, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) **FILE**

Joe Gibbs walks fine line managing three title contenders

- Associated Press

Gibbs is taking three drivers to Sunday’s championship-deciding finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the Toyota trio of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. will race Ford driver Kevin Harvick for the title. The highest-finishing driver wins the Cup.

Kyle Larson stands next to the trophy after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

Larson flashes superstar potential with playoff win at Dover

- Associated Press

As Larson stood atop his Chevy with a two-year winless streak behind him, perhaps his playoff victory Sunday at Dover International Speedway was indeed a preview of a championship celebration ahead.

Kyle Busch prepares for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens) **FILE**

Kyle Busch criticism highlights NASCAR’s financial disparity

- Associated Press

The massive divide between NASCAR’s heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch’s damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over the weekend.

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Kevin Harvick crosses the finish line to win a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Harvick wins NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

- Associated Press

Harvick raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his career and his second in less than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to win at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight year.

Chase Elliott celebrates his victory with his pit crew after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

Elliott wins NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen again

- Associated Press

A year after racing to his first career NASCAR Cup victory at The Glen, Elliott won a second time in the No. 9 for Hendrick Motorsports, besting Martin Truex Jr. just as he did a year ago. The Glen hadn't had a repeat winner in nearly a decade, since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12.

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Hamlin stamps himself a championship contender at Pocono

- Associated Press

Denny Hamlin had enough speed In his Toyota, enough confidence in his crew chief, and just enough fuel to reach the finish line. Hamlin got the win Sunday at Pocono Raceway -- his fifth at the tri-oval track nestled in the mountains -- but so much more could be on the horizon.

Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Sunday, July 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Harvick holds off Hamlin at New Hampshire

- Associated Press

Harvick won at New Hampshire last year after a late bump from behind knocked Kyle Busch off the lead. On Sunday, Harvick had a late bump again, but this time it was nudging Hamlin just enough to the side coming out of the final turn.