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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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 In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Longtime fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the marquee name on NASCAR's 2021 Hall of Fame class, announced Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  **FILE**

Dale Earnhardt Jr. headlines NASCAR's 2021 Hall of Fame class

- Associated Press

NASCAR's longtime fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. received the sport's biggest honor Tuesday, being selected to join his father in the series' Hall of Fame. Earnhardt will be inducted in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with the late Mike Stefanik and 87-year-old Red Farmer, who is planning to race on Talladega's dirt track this weekend. Ralph Seagraves was named the Landmark Award winner for his contributions to the sport.

NASCAR wants 30,000 fans at All-Star race in Tennessee

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NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans at the track in Bristol next month when it moves the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the second time in the history of the race.

North Carolina judge orders speedway with large crowds to stop races

Associated Press

A North Carolina judge on Thursday ordered a small stock-car track to halt racing after state health officials declared large weekend crowds at recent races violated an executive order by Gov. Roy Cooper designed to halt the spread of COVID-19.

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flag flies in the infield as cars come out of Turn 1 during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and venues Wednesday, June 10, 2020, formally severing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File) **FILE**

NASCAR's Confederate flag ban raises fan enforcement question

- Associated Press

NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag from its races and venues grabbed headlines and stars were quick to praise the stock car series for ridding itself of a symbol long associated with slavery and racism. Now comes the tricky part. In a matter of days, NASCAR will be faced with a daunting question: How to enforce the ban at its sprawling, rowdy tracks once fans are allowed back in and campers start setting up their RVs for race weekends?

In this photo provided by Chris Owens/INDYCAR Series, Scott Dixon, left, jumps off his car toward team owner Chip Ganassi as the two celebrate Dixon's IndyCar auto race win at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Chris Owens/INDYCAR Series via AP)  **FILE**

IndyCar gets through well-screened, delayed opener in Texas

- Associated Press

There were no spectators, and there won't be for the next race on July 4, but the series finally started its season that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic with a long, well-screened day - from the health screenings everyone had to go through just to get inside Texas Motor Speedway to the new protective windscreens over the cockpits of the cars.