Danica Patrick excited about her way to call it a career
Danica Patrick will be the first to admit things just weren't very fun anymore in NASCAR. She got emotional Friday as she announced plans to run next year's Daytona 500 and Indy 500 and then hang up her helmet. But you could see the excitement too.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. winding down career his way
Dale Earnhardt Jr. never set out to rule the NASCAR world, he just wanted to earn a place in it. He did that and more, becoming the most popular driver in the sport and admiration for the man he became. None of it was easy, Saying goodbye isn't, either.
Danica to race Daytona, Indy before retiring
Danica Patrick says she will run in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year and then end her racing career.
Patrick emotional discussing end of racing career.
Danica Patrick says she will drive in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year. "I never say never, but that's my plan. Indy is the end."
Hard to pick a favorite among this final four, but ...
The four drivers vying for the Cup title Sunday at Homestead are deserving in their own way, but only one will leave happy. Who will that be among Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick? You can pick with your head, or heart.
Earnhardt is ready for life after racing.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on his legacy and what he plans to do once he ends his NASCAR career at the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Matt Kenseth & Dale Earnhardt Jr. came into NASCAR together & they'll head out together.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, who were rookies in 2000 and are running throwback paint schemes in their final NASCAR Cup race this weekend, joke around before posing with their cars and teams Friday at Homestead.
Truex tops contenders in Homestead qualifying
Martin Truex Jr. led the four NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders in qualifying and will start second in Sunday's finale at Miami.
Chip Ganassi said he has talked to Danica Patrick about driving in the Daytona 500 and/or the Indianapolis 500 next year. Ganassi: "It's a fabulous opportunity. The business side of the deal has to work. ... I'm a long way from saying, ‘Yes, I can do that.'"
NASCAR Cup championship favorite Martin Truex Jr. will start second for the season finale Sunday at Homestead. Kyle Busch will start third, Brad Keselowski will start fifth and Kevin Harvick will start ninth. Denny Hamlin, knocked out of contention last week, won the pole.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will officially be listed as starting 24th Sunday at Homestead but will go to the rear at the start of the race because he changed engines prior to qualifying today.
Danica Patrick says she will drive in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year. "I never say never., but that's my plan. Indy is the end."
Danica Patrick says she will race in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 next year but won't be a full-time driver. She said teams are still to be finalized.
Danica Patrick overwhelmed with emotion as she said 2017 is her last as full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver.
Three of the four NASCAR Cup championship finalists were tops in practice Friday at Homestead as Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick were 1-2-3. Brad Keselowski was 21st. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. today.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to start at the rear of his final NASCAR Cup race Sunday for an engine change during practice Friday at Homestead. Teams keep their engines covered as much as possible in the garage as they prepare to make the change.
Ten minutes before the NASCAR Cup practice Friday at Homestead, championship contender Brad Keselowski waits for his car in the garage. The team was taking it through the tech bay again to make sure adjustments didn't put the car out of compliance.
One last weekend: Fans trail Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he walks through the garage toward his car for practice Friday at Homestead. Earnhardt is retiring from NASCAR Cup racing after this weekend.
Dale Jr.'s final pick: Rooting for Truex as champ
With his Hendrick Motorsports teammates knocked out of contention last week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes to see good friend Martin Truex Jr. celebrating a season title on Sunday.
Dale Jr says he wishes he'd been more focused early in his career. Recalls showing up seconds before practice started and staying up all night before races, playing video games. "If I'd taken it more serious in the Bud days, we might have had more success." He changed that approach when he moved to Hendrick Motorsports and saw the work ethic of Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson.
Why Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no regrets about his decision to end his NASCAR Cup career this weekend at Homestead:
Dale Jr: "(My career) has run its course." Very resolute in his decision. Says he was so happy make it through the season without issues. Says "it's time" both for him to hang it up and for Alex Bowman, who takes over the car in 2018. "It's his time now."
Why Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not dreading this weekend as his final NASCAR Cup race: He likes racing at Homestead. He explains:
Marty Smith and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ahead of his final race ever
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