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Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Kyle Busch celebrates birthday with win at Kansas Speedway

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Kyle Busch was perfect on a pair of late restarts and won a two-lap sprint to the finish at Kansas Speedway, becoming the 10th different winner through the first 11 races of a topsy-turvy NASCAR Cup Series season. On his 36th birthday, no less.

Water floods the vendor area as races for both the Truck Series and NASCAR Cup Series auto race were postponed due to inclement weather at Bristol Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)

Rain swamps Bristol dirt track, forcing NASCAR to try again Monday

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NASCAR’s hyped return to dirt is instead a muddy mess on hold at least until Monday. Torrential rains flooded campgrounds and parking lots surrounding Bristol Motor Speedway and created a rut for NASCAR far deeper than anything the Cup Series drivers encountered on the track.

Martin Truex Jr waves to fans from Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix Raceway

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Truex blew past Logano on the final restart and pulled away for his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and 28th overall. That set off a hearty celebration from his Joe Gibbs Racing team, especially after a frustrating 2020 season that included just one win.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Chase Elliott (9) drives during final laps during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Nov.1, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Luther Jr.)

Harvick eliminated as Elliott races into NASCAR championship

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Kevin Harvick was on cruise control all season long, the most dominant driver in NASCAR, coasting into the championship round with a comfortable cushion that left plenty of room for error. Then his nearly perfect season came to a spinning and sudden halt Sunday when a mediocre run bounced Harvick from the playoffs in a stunning upset at Martinsville Speedway.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 In this Saturday, May 18, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Larson has been working behind the scenes to educate himself on racial issues since his firing from NASCAR for using a racial slur. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)  **FILE**

NASCAR's Kyle Larson on racial slur: 'I was just ignorant'

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Depressed and devastated, NASCAR race Kyle Larson began a journey to understand both why he had said the word and how to grow from the experience. What he discovered was that he'd been living in a bubble most of his life in which winning races was the only thing that mattered.

Marco Andretti, right, poses, with Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, center and Takuma Sato, of Japan, during the front row photos session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Andretti won the pole for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NBC poised to bring unprecedented Indy 500 to huge audience

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Everything was new to Mike Tirico when he walked past the famed pagoda that dominates the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, assumed his broadcast perch high above pit lane and proceeded to host his first Indy 500.

Chase Elliott (9) leads Kevin Harvick (4), Kurt Busch (1) and Ryan Blaney through Turn 3 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Road king: Elliott wins at Daytona for third straight on road

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Elliott won the Cup Series' first road course race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin following a late restart and notching his third consecutive victory away from ovals.