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FILE - In this image provided by Jimmie Johnson Racing II, Inc., seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson poses with an IndyCar during testing with Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Indianapolis. Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar's schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.  (Jimmie Johnson Racing II, Inc. via AP, File)

Jimmie Johnson teams with Ganassi on 2-year IndyCar program

Sep. 9, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a...

FILE - Crew members are visible under a COVID-19 alert sign as they push the car of Christopher Bell through the garage area before a scheduled NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Long Pond, Pa. NASCAR will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs which means a positive coronavirus test will end a drivers' championship bid. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

NASCAR drivers cautious of COVID-19 as playoffs begin

Sep. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test could end a driver's championship bid. The playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without a safety net for the 16 participants during the pandemic....

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Dover International Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

Hamlin holds off JGR teammate Truex for 1st Dover victory

Aug. 22, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

DOVER, Del (AP) — Denny Hamlin crossed Dover off the meager list of tracks where he had yet to win and turned his ambitions toward one more goal he’d like to scratch off the docket. Pushing 40, Hamlin’s first career Cup championship is within his grasp -- and he might never be better....

FILE - In this June 4, 2017, file photo, Jimmie Johnson, left, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won a NASCAR Cup series auto race at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Jimmie Johnson has a track-record 11 wins at Dover International Speedway. He’ll have to win No. 12 to guarantee a playoff spot and he has two shots this weekend when the NASCAR Cup series races on Saturday and Sunday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Johnson makes last-gasp playoff push in final year at Dover

Aug. 21, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Jimmie Johnson is at the win-or-else stage of his playoff push as he hits his favorite track. Johnson has a record 11 victories at Dover International Speedway, a staggering total that started in 2002 and stretched to June 2017, a win that has stood for three-plus years as his last in NASCAR. With Dover moving...

Today in History

Aug. 15, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2020. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule. On this date: In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. In...

Maurice Petty, Hall of Fame engine builder, dies at 81

Jul. 25, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Maurice Petty, part of a stock car racing dynasty that includes father Lee and brother Richard and the first engine builder to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 81. Petty's family did not disclose the cause of death. No funeral arrangements have been...

Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Denny Hamlin downright dominant as NASCAR season pushes on

Jul. 25, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — There was no talk of championships when Denny Hamlin's team met during NASCAR's offseason to discuss goals for the upcoming year, even though that is just about the only thing he has yet to win at the sport's highest level. In fact, team owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Chris...