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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sported an Ole Miss hat at a fan event Friday at Pocono Raceway. Former football coach Hugh Freeze is friends with Stenhouse and tweeted congratulations following a Stenhouse win at Talladega earlier this year. Stenhouse: "I'm very disappointed in everything that happened. From the coach I know, I stand behind him. He's a good man and does a lot of great things for all the kids there. I don't know all the details and don't pretend to know. … You can't blame one thing in a program on one person. But things happen, and I'm sure everybody regrets things that they do."

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Martin Truex Jr. said he didn't think his tire changers did a whole lot wrong to be suspended for three races for a confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens. Truex: "It's a tough situation for us to be in. There's no doubt about that. I'm obviously not happy with how it all went down. I'm disappointed that I made a mistake and it got us kind of in this position. … You don't want to see guys get in a confrontation, but I think it shows their passion for what they're doing; it shows their passion for our team."

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Target, which is leaving the Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR team after 16 years, said it saw tremendous success in NASCAR, but it is shifting its focus to soccer. Target: "As we looked to evolve our sports marketing program, soccer provided Target with a unique opportunity to reach our guests in new places, and at all levels of the sport. Through partnerships with Major League Soccer, Minnesota United FC, US Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Target has been able to create meaningful connections with players, fans and families, no matter how they participate in the sport."

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Target will not return as sponsor for Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson after this season. Larson, second in the NASCAR Cup standings, was sponsored for the majority of races by Target, a sponsor for Ganassi in NASCAR for 16 years and 28 years overall with Ganassi. Chip Ganassi: "I have had an unbelievable relationship with Target for 28 years and I have to thank them for their long-time support. ... Kyle Larson is a once-in-a-generation talent, he and the No. 42 Chevrolet will still be on the track for a long time, the only difference is that they will have different colors." SportsBusiness Journal first reported the news.

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Team owner Barney Visser, whose Furniture Row Racing gets its pit crew from Joe Gibbs Racing, said he supports the decision to suspend two Martin Truex Jr. pit-crew members for a confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens at Indianapolis. Visser: "Our No. 78 pit crew is hired, trained and managed by Joe Gibbs Racing. They are one of the best pit crews on the circuit and have kept us up front all season. We admire the talent and dedication of our pit crew and support all of the decisions and actions taken by Joe Gibbs Racing."

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Clint Bowyer's chances to make the playoffs on points were dealt a blow when Kasey Kahne won at Indianapolis. Bowyer, winless in his last 169 starts, said Tuesday he needs a win:

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