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Earnhardt Jr. feels '100 percent' for 2017 return

After accepting his 14th straight most popular driver award, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he doesn't foresee any problems as he eyes his return in 2017 after missing the last 18 races of the season.

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Monster Energy backing NASCAR's top series

NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy will begin sponsoring its premier series via a multiyear deal that starts in 2017.

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Jimmie Johnson's championship party includes family time

Don't let Jimmie Johnson's daddy-duty facade fool you in Las Vegas this week. When he finally gets the chance to gear up the party, that's exactly what he plans to do, writes Bob Pockrass.

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Bowyer settles with ex-team HScott Motorsports

Clint Bowyer and HScott Motorsports owner Harry Scott Jr. say they have reached an amicable settlement of the $2.2 million lawsuit that Bowyer filed last week.

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Gordon to drive in Rolex 24 at Daytona in Jan.

Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will compete at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January. Gordon finished third in the event in 2007.

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Roush Fenway downsizes to 2 Cup teams in '17

Roush Fenway Racing will field only two Sprint Cup teams during the 2017 season, but will send driver Chris Buescher to JTG Dougherty Racing on loan.

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Don't expect Jimmie Johnson to ramp up his endorsements

You would think more endorsements would roll in for Jimmie Johnson after his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship. Balancing his work and family is more important, writes Bob Pockrass.

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The 2016 season by the numbers

From zero laps led by Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray to the 2,230 miles led by Martin Truex Jr., Bob Pockrass counts numbers that tell the story of 2016, Including 41. 41? Jimmie Johnson's age.

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Power Rankings: The best thing going

You don't necessarily have to like Jimmie Johnson tying legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most Cup championships. You should realize he's the best thing going right now.

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No more doubting Jimmie Johnson among the greatest racers

The respect Jimmie Johnson didn't receive through winning six titles seemed to finally give way as he picked up his record-tying seventh. His greatness is undeniable, and now, finally, historic.

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Biffle parts ways with Roush after 14 seasons

Greg Biffle has parted ways with Roush Fenway Racing after 14 seasons following a frustrating season in which he finished 23rd in the standings.

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Johnson not bound to chasing numbers (2:36)
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Johnson relishing in seventh career title (1:36)
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Johnson's execution makes history with seventh title (1:10)
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Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards come up short in finale

Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards looked like the drivers to beat for the championship most of the race Sunday at Homestead, and then it all came undone at the end.

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Edwards on wreck: 'That's just how it goes sometimes' (0:37)
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Wreck ruins Edwards' chance at elusive title (1:01)
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Stewart: 'True to form all the way until the end' (1:04)
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Sprint Cup standings

Jimmie Johnson crowned Sprint Cup champion for seventh time.

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Hendrick expects Dale Jr. cleared by end of year

"Sometime in December, the doctor is going to give him final clearance and then we'll get him in a car," Rick Hendrick said of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has been out with a concussion since June.

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Turn 4: Who raises the Sprint Cup?

Who raises the Sprint Cup? Should the title race rotate? How should Jimmie Johnson celebrate a seventh title? What should Brian France say? Our gang has at it.

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NASCAR cuts prize for Sprint Cup champ in half

The prize for NASCAR's Sprint Cup championship has been cut in half for this year as the point fund will be spread more equitably among the top 25 drivers and teams.

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16dBob Pockrass

Carl Edwards relishes another chance to finish on top

Carl Edwards isn't going to say that coming up short of a championship three times has taught him how to win one, but he's ready to pounce on his latest chance Sunday anyway, writes Bob Pockrass.

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All week people tried to tell me conference title games don't matter. 24 hrs of cheers, tears & guts seems to say a whole lot of otherwise.

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Just drove by an empty football stadium in Charlotte. I'm assuming the governor is over there guarding the bathrooms.

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Today's only game with potential significant impact on Tuesday's final #Bottom10 standings is up and running, Ark St at 2-9 Texas State.