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NASCAR will penalize Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano for weaving their cars postrace at Bristol by docking them 30 minutes of practice time today at Richmond l. Weaving is a way teams could work their cars back into compliance for postrace technical inspection. AJ Allmendinger also will lose 30 minutes of practice time and lost pit selection for failing prerace measurements four times at Bristol while Ty Dillon will lose 15 minutes and pit selection for failing three times prerace.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows how he would hope his final NASCAR Cup season will end. No matter what happens, though, he will soak up every minute. He explains:

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy help 11-year-old Stoyan Schuster "ring the bell" for graduating from therapy following brain surgery. Earnhardt delivered the bell to Nationwide Children's Hospital last year. It is shaped like the Hendrick Motorsports bell the team rings when it celebrates race wins.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. helps a patient with his thumbprint Thursday at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is greeted at the Nationwide Children's Hospital. He knows many of the patients treated at the facility.

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The Team Penske final appeal has been moved from today to May 9, meaning that Brad Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe must decide whether to go to upcoming races at Richmond and Talladega with the potential of missing points races at Kansas and Charlotte (as well as possibly the all-star race that comes between those events, depending on how NASCAR interprets the penalty). Wolfe has already served one race of the three-race suspension for the fifth-place car of Keselowski having too much rear skew postrace March 19 at Phoenix, but NASCAR has deferred the remainder of the suspension pending final appeal.

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SMI CEO Marcus Smith, on a call with financial analysts, predicted the tracks will get a boost in attendance this year with Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring from NASCAR Cup racing after 2017. Smith: "The opportunity for fans to see Dale Jr. race one more time is certainly special and something we expect will be inspiring to a lot of fans to come to races. On the flip side for the out years, Dale also expressed his desire to stay involved in a significant way in NASCAR, so we think that will continue to have a positive impact as well. In addition to that, it gives opportunities for the new stars of NASCAR to really shine."

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SVP admires Earnhardt Jr.'s 'normalcy.'

Scott Van Pelt wishes Dale Earnhardt Jr. well for the rest of his season and his future endeavors.

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Smith recalls Earnhardt's contribution to NASCAR.

Marty Smith sees some young drivers with potential, but would be surprised if anyone gets as popular as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is.

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Joe Mattes, who handles licensing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., said no plans had been made for retirement merchandise and he hopes to have merchandise potentially available by July. He said Earnhardt's fans will want merchandise, and the tracks obviously would want to have the opportunity to sell it on race weeends. Mattes: "From a brand, yeah [we were prepared], but not from licensing because Dale's always like, ‘I don't want to talk about it, I want to keep it low, it's not about this right now.' It's about Jr. Nation, but it's not about Dale Jr. putting a t-shirt on."

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