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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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Cole Custer (41) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at Kentucky

- Associated Press

Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.

Race driver Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Harvick capitalizes on Hamlin's late crash to win Brickyard 400

- Associated Press

Harvick won for the 53rd time to move within one of tying Lee Petty for 11th on NASCAR's career list, and it gave Stewart-Haas Racing a sweep of the weekend following Chase Briscoe's win Saturday in the Xfinity Series race.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland poses with his trophy and a bottle of champagne after winning the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Mark Thompson/Pool via AP)

Bottas shows he can handle pressure in winning Austrian GP

- Associated Press

Valtteri Bottas insisted before the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday that he has what it takes to win the Formula One world championship. Lewis Hamilton, the only Black driver in F1, wore a T-shirt with Black Lives Matter on the front and End Racism on the back.

Team owner Richard Petty, right, stands with driver Bubba Wallace prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

No charges in NASCAR noose incident involving Bubba Wallace

- Associated Press

The noose found hanging in Bubba Wallace's garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday in announcing there will be no charges filed.

Ryan Blaney celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Blaney wins at Talladega after NASCAR unites behind Wallace

- Associated Press

Ryan Blaney held onto the lead after a restart with two laps to go Monday, earning his second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway on a day that began with NASCAR drivers throwing their support behind Bubba Wallace.

The car of Bubba Wallace (43) is prepped on pit row prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NASCAR's Talladega race begins after show of support for Bubba Wallace

- Associated Press

In an extraordinary act of solidarity with NASCAR's only Black driver, dozens of drivers pushed the car belonging to Bubba Wallace to the front of the field before Monday's race as FBI agents nearby tried to find out who left a noose in his garage stall over the weekend.

Bubba Wallace stands for the national anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) ** FILE **

FBI investigating noose left in stall of black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace

- Associated Press

Federal authorities on Monday confirmed they are investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only black full-time driver who successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues earlier this month.