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NASCAR drivers, from left, Brad Keselowski (2), Daniel Suarez (41), Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Jimmie Johnson wait on pit road for their turn on the track during auto racing practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500

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Daytona International Speedway is going to be a little more crowded than usual for the annual Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Erik Jones won Sunday's NASCAR Daytona Clash, which included Kurt Busch (1), Denny Hamlin (11), Aric Almirola (10), Ryan Blaney (12) and Kevin Harvick (4) involved in a multicar collision between Turns 3 and 4 at Daytona International Speedway. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Erik Jones wins crash-filled Daytona race to open NASCAR season

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Erik Jones won Sunday’s race that left a multi-million dollar trail of destruction and masked the fact the Clash was a made-for-TV exhibition race. Only 18 cars were entered and only six were on track when the checkered flag flew at the end of a third overtime.

Team owner Joe Gibbs, left, speaks after being given the Bill France Award of Excellence at the NASCAR Cup Series Awards on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR’s award of excellence

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Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition.

In this Nov. 17, 2013, file photo, Jimmie Johnson, center, his wife, Chandra, and his daughter, Genevieve, celebrate after he won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, in Homestead, Fla. Jimmie Johnson is the latest NASCAR superstar to climb out of his car, with the seven-time champion announcing Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, that 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File) **FILE**

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson to retire after 2020

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The 44-year-old Johnson joins an exodus of popular drivers that began when Gordon retired after the 2015 season. Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick and Jamie McMurray are among those who followed Gordon out the door.

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Denny Hamlin (11) gets to the line to win the second stage during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday's running of the race was postponed by rain. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Denny Hamlin wins third Daytona 500 in photo finish

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Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 on Monday, becoming the first driver since Sterling Marlin in 1995 to win "The Great American Race" in consecutive seasons. His win last year was a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing and kicked off a yearlong company celebration in which Gibbs drivers won a record 19 races and the Cup championship.

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

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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.

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after his NASCAR Cup Series race win in Avondale, Arizona, on Sunday. Hamlin advanced to next week's title race. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hamlin races way into championship field with Phoenix win

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Hamlin snagged his first spot in the championship field since 2014 with his win, a victory that eliminated NASCAR champion Joey Logano from the playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota three of the slots in next week's decider at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Roger Penske takes over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January. (Associated Press)

Roger Penske eager to protect Indianapolis Motor Speedway legacy

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Roger Penske spent part of Tuesday walking Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using a cool, sunny day to look over the historic venue that will soon be his. There is work to be done at the speedway, lots of work before it can be the entertainment mecca he envisions. But more than that, there is a legacy to worry about -- and not just his.