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Huge gamble? New sponsor could be Monster benefit

The word "fun" was used a lot when NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the sponsor of its top series. But it's going to take more than fun to make this partnership work, writes Bob Pockrass.

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HScott Motorsports suspends operations in 2017

After fielding two Sprint Cup cars during the 2016 season, HScott Motorsports has suspended operations and will not compete in NASCAR in 2017.

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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 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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