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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.

Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing season championship on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) ** FILE **

Kyle Busch leads Joe Gibbs trio to win second NASCAR championship

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Kyle Busch casually collected the championship flag from his team and did a slow, subdued celebratory lap. The most polarizing driver in NASCAR had just won his second Cup title and wanted to soak in the moment with his true fans.

Denny Hamlin picked up his fifth win of the season with a NASCAR Cup Series elimination race victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hamlin wins chaotic NASCAR playoff elimination race as Elliott advances

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Hamlin roared away with a push from behind from teammate Kyle Busch on the second shot at a green-white-checkered finish, and Elliott was unable to chase him down. But deep in the field, Brad Keselowski was going backward, and the spots he lost in the elimination race at Kansas Speedway were enough to send Elliott through in the final cut-off spot to the round of eight. Hamlin won the race. Elliott felt almost as if he did.

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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

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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.

Justin Haley poses for photos with his trophy after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Big rain and big wreck leads to Haley's 1st career Cup win

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A 500-1 longshot making just his third career Cup start, Haley won the rain-postponed, rain-shortened race at Daytona on Sunday. He inherited the lead after a 17-car accident decimated the field and a lightning strike forced NASCAR to stop the race.

Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Busch moves into tie for 9th with 55th career NASCAR Cup Series win

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Busch matched Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace for ninth on the NASCAR Cup Series career victory list with 55. He won for the fourth time this season. And the season of JGR that already includes a Daytona 500 championship and a Hall of Fame nod for patriarch Joe Gibbs shows no sign of tapering off.

Simon Pagenaud, of France, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pagenaud wins Indianapolis 500 on Penske's golden anniversary

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Pagenaud gave the venerable team owner his 18th victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" by outdueling Alexander Rossi in a breathtaking 13-lap sprint to the finish Sunday. The two swapped the lead five times over the final stretch before Pagenaud stormed to the front for good seconds before he took the white flag.

Team owner Joe Gibbs looks down pit road before qualifications for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Gibbs credits his NASCAR success to finding 'gifted people'

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Gibbs had won three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins, but he was an outsider starting from scratch when it came to stock car racing. And when his team failed to win a race in its first season, Gibbs started to doubt his decision. But Gibbs, just as he always seems to do, found a way to win -- and he hasn't stopped winning.

FILE - In this July 7, 2018, file photo, former Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda of Austria walks in the paddock before the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency reported Lauda's family saying in a statement he "passed away peacefully" on Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

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Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70.

President Donald Trump, center, speaks as he welcomes Joey Logano, left, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Penske team owner Roger Penske, right, also attends. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump welcomes NASCAR champ Logano to White House

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Trump celebrated the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tuesday on the South Lawn, along with team owner Roger Penske. With Logano's car parked nearby, Trump praised the driver and called it "one beautiful car."

Chase Elliott celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Elliott wins Cup race at Talladega, gets 1st victory for Chevy

- Associated Press

Elliott won the Cup Series race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, giving Chevrolet its first victory of the season. He finished well in the clear from a race-ending crash that flipped Kyle Larson a half-dozen times.

Kyle Busch gets a hug from brother Kurt Busch, right, after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn.(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Kyle Busch beats brother to grab eighth Bristol win

- Associated Press

Busch grabbed his third Cup win of the season, eighth overall at Bristol, and 10th this year spanning all three of NASCAR's national series. He beat his older brother, who said if given the chance in Sunday's race, he'd have wrecked him so that Kurt Busch was the one celebrating in victory lane.

Kyle Busch is greeted by fans during driver introductions prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at ISM Raceway, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) **FILE**

Busch's drive to reach wins milestone impresses Gibbs

- Associated Press

With Kyle Busch one win away from that milestone following his weekend sweep of the Xfinity and Cup series races at ISM Raceway, his 78-year-old owner is ready to group him with the elites.

Joey Logano celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Logano holds off Keselowski for Vegas NASCAR win

- Associated Press

Logano barely managed to block Keselowski's move, and the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion hung on for his first win in his title defense season.