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Kyle Larson: ‘I Wanted to Win That Race Bad’

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As the laps wound down at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch raced all-out for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race win and championship. Right behind them was Kyle Larson, also sitting front-and-center for all the action. But Larson didn’t want to keep it that way. Surging to third, the Chip Ganassi Racing …

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Paul Menard Has Positive Outlook Before Final Start with Richard Childress Racing

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Sunday marks the end of multiple eras in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. One of them stems from Richard Childress Racing and Paul Menard. Following a seven-year relationship, Menard will split from team owner and friend Richard Childress after the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’ll make the move to Wood Brothers Racing …

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Casey Mears Content if NASCAR Career is Over

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Saturday night’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway could have been the last for Casey Mears. With the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season coming to an end, the 39-year-old has no plans to race for team owner Fred Biagi in 2018 as the No. 98 Ford partners with Stewart-Haas Racing for the year to come. …

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XFINITY Series Championship Ends Early for Daniel Hemric

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If he had a chance, Daniel Hemric felt he could take the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship from JR Motorsports. For the first 45 laps of the race, this young rookie was doing just that. Entering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the “underdog” against the series’ most successful team, Hemric surged to sixth in …

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Cole Custer Wins 1st Race, William Byron Takes XFINITY Title in Homestead

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series championship came down to an epic battle between teammates. In the end, the youngster edged out the veteran as William Byron won the series title at age 19. “This is an incredible feeling,” Byron said. “I’m just very thankful for everyone who made it happen.” But it all happened behind Cole …

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Brad Keselowski Racing Finishes With ‘Bittersweet’ Final Truck Series Race

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Sure, it wasn’t a NASCAR championship. But Brad Keselowski Racing’s final race in the Camping World Truck Series did include some confetti. It came with their non-playoff driver in Chase Briscoe, who, from the pole, led 81 laps and scored the victory Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The maiden win stood as the 11th for …

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Johnny Sauter Leads Opening Trucks Homestead Practice

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A nice way to start the weekend off for one of the Championship 4 contenders for the Camping World Truck Series title. Johnny Sauter, who advanced to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with back-to-back race wins in 2017, led opening practice Friday morning at 32.023 seconds (168.629 mph.) Kaz Grala was second quickest, only …

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4 Burning Questions: Are People Ready for a Double-Departure in Homestead?

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Are People Ready for Double-Departure from Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Postrace Sunday could be a busy, hectic time for reporters, fans and even emotions. Not only could we have a champion and a race winner each celebrating, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth could also be two separate stories needing a follow-up. …

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Kevin Harvick Appreciates the Little Things in Winning a Cup Championship

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A late pass, 190-mph speeds and a wicked burnout capping off 400 miles of some of the hardest driving of his career back in 2014. It all doesn’t compare to the little things for Kevin Harvick. As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series embarks on its final race of 2017 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, all eyes …

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William Byron Expecting Clean Race for XFINITY Championship in Homestead

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For William Byron, he couldn’t have handpicked his three competitors for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship any better. Two are teammates and one is a longtime competitor/friend. For Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, JR Motorsports rookie Byron will have teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier alongside in the Championship 4. Former Legend Car …

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