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Monster Energy to sponsor Cup Series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR's top series will be called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning next year.

The change of name from the Sprint Cup Series comes with Monster Energy's new deal to be the title sponsor of NASCAR's top division. Read More...

Texas Speedway to repave, reduce banking

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Texas Motor Speedway is going to completely repave its 1 1/2-mile track and reduce the high banking in the first and second turns.

The project announced Friday comes after both NASCAR weekends and the IndyCar race at Texas last year were hampered by rain. TMS President Eddie Gossage said the old asphalt has become porous, almost like sponge, making it difficult to dry in a timely matter. Read More...

Earnhardt says health is top priority

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It took less than four laps for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to feel back at home in his race car. His test this week at Darlington Raceway was the final hurdle for NASCAR's most popular driver to earn clearance to compete next season.

The test ended months of speculation - should Earnhardt retire? Was the risk of suffering yet another concussion too great? - and a detailed medical plan helped get him back on the track when many thought he should just step away for good. Read More...

Earnhardt cleared to return for Daytona

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the final 18 races of last season because of a concussion, has been medically cleared to return next year.

Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Earnhardt will take part in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. Read More...

NASCAR honors Johnson, Stewart, Junior

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jimmie Johnson called winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title "insane" Friday night, while Tony Stewart was sent off into retirement and Dale Earnhardt Jr. told his adoring fans at the season-ending banquet that he'll be ready to race in 2017.

Johnson's dramatic victory in the finale last month at Homestead moved him into a tie with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most series championships. Johnson was introduced by 23-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps at the Wynn Las Vegas. Read More...

Stewart leaving NASCAR to race more

LAS VEGAS (AP) Tony Stewart sat in a casino ballroom wearing a coat and tie he no doubt wanted to rip off and brushed off a question about whether he was happy his NASCAR career was over.

"It's not over yet," Stewart said. "Still got a banquet." Read More...

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