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posted NOVEMBER 20, 2017

ESPN
Martin Truex Jr. shares special night with friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
Martin Truex Jr. finally sees results match his ability and
Brad Keselowski: If Ford doesn't redesign for '18, we risk 'drubbing' by Bob Pockrass;
For his final race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made sure everyone was covered and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. savors final Cup Series race: 'My time has passed, and I am cool with that' by Ryan McGee

Associated Press
Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st NASCAR title by Jenna Fryer;
Party time! Junior throws epic retirement party after finale by Dan Gelston;
Patrick crashes in final NASCAR race as full-time driver by Mark Long;
The Latest: Keselowski: Ford could 'take a drubbing' in '18

Press of Atlantic City
Truex Jr. wins NASCAR Cup Series Championship by Dave Weinberg

Autoweek:
Destiny steered Martin Truex Jr.'s NASCAR championship bid and
Pit decision, late caution derails Kyle Busch in NASCAR championship race by Matt Weaver

Autotechreviews
Who's cutting onions?: Emotions run high as Truex takes title; Dale Jr. says farewell by Matt Myftiu

CawsnJaws
Commercial breakdown and links related to the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 by Cheryl Walker

Charlotte Observer
Martin Truex Jr. wins first NASCAR championship in thrilling season finale and
NASCAR Cup Series | 3 takeaways from Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and
Kyle Busch knew he had lost with 25 laps to go. His brother might have been responsible by Brandan Marks

Cup Scene
NASCAR gets a deserving champion as Martin Truex Jr. wins it all and
The NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead as it happened by Greg Engle

Frontstretch:
Up to Speed: Is Martin Truex Jr. the New Dale Jarrett? By Bryan Gable;
Thinkin' Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Caps Impressive 2017 with First Cup Series Title By Mike Neff;
Matt Kenseth Humbled By Support From NASCAR Family By Joseph Wolkin;
The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 By Michael Finley;
Pace Laps: First-Timers Shine in Homestead Finale In NASCAR's Top-3 Divisions By Frontstretch Staff;

JeffGluck.com
The Top Five: Breaking down the NASCAR championship race

LASTCAR
Joey Gase scores third last-place finish in as many seasons one day after final start with Jimmy Means Racing and
Jeff Green closes out record-breaking season with 13th last-place finish of 2017 and
Ciccarelli takes last at Homestead, Senica takes the title by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Dream Championship Season for Truex Jr. and
Earnhardt Jr. Taking Home Final Ride and
Homestead-Miami Rear-View Mirror and
Keselowski Says Toyota Way Ahead by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Martin Truex Jr. fends off Kyle Busch to win 2017 NASCAR Cup title and
Kyle Busch upset with Logano for "blocking every single chance he got" by Lee Spencer;
Keselowski doubts "anyone really had a shot this year" against Toyota by Nick DeGroot;
Dale Jr.'s full-time NASCAR career ends with impromptu party and
Kevin Harvick: "Didn't quite have what we needed at the end" by Jim Utter

Motorsports Tribune
Kenseth Earns Top 10 Finish in His Final Race and
Keselowski Finishes Fourth in 2017 Championship Battle by Seth Eggert

NASCAR.com
Furniture Row heeds call of the West by Holly Cain;
Iconic weekend will go down as one of NASCAR's best by Brad Norman

NBC Sports
Emotional year helped inspire Martin Truex Jr. to championship by Jerry Bonkowski;
Martin Truex Jr. captures Cup championship with victory at Miami and
Brad Keselowski on Toyota's advantage in 2017: 'I don't think anyone ever had a shot this year' by Nate Ryan;
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final Cup ride celebrated with smiles, laughter and plenty of beer by Dustin Long;
Danica Patrick's full-time Cup career ends with crash: 'It's the story of my year' by Daniel McFadin

NJ Advance
Martin Truex Jr. wins the 2017 NASCAR championship with stirring victory at Homestead by Steve Politi

Popular Speed
Truex, Furniture Row Champions All The Way and
Homestead End of An Era for Dale Earnhardt Jr., others by Tom Jensen

RacingAroundJersey
Wall Stadium Pride Explodes Following Martin Truex Jr. Champoinship by Ellsworth Boyce

The Racing Experts
Truex credits fans, family and team for believing in him and
Recapping Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last race by Isabel Gonzalez;
Busch, Harvick and Keselowski comment on championship race by Matt Courson;
How other Cup Series champions have fared in their final start and
Johnson ends streak of leading most laps in at least one race per season by Dominic Aragon

RacinToday
Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship by Jim Pedley;
Car Makers Say Racing Still Gives Them A Boost by John Sturbin

Speed Sport News
Truex Bests Busch, Earns First Cup Series Championship and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bids Farewall To NASCAR Cup Series

Sporting News
Martin Truex Jr. wins first NASCAR championship and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 25th in final NASCAR race, quickly chugs beer by Joe Rodgers

USA Today
Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves amid tributes and tears on final day in NASCAR Cup racing and
Martin Truex Jr. had plenty of motivation to win first championship by A.J. Perez;
Emotions laid bare as Truex captures first title on Junior's last race day by Mike Hembree


posted NOVEMBER 19, 2017

ESPN.com
Tension-packed finale awaits NASCAR Cup championship four and
Elliott Sadler upset with Ryan Preece for stalling his momentum in Ford 300 and
Martin Truex Jr. maintaining focus despite obstacles by Bob Pockrass;
Retirement comes for every driver, and it's always too soon by Ryan McGee

Alabama Live
How does the final NASCAR playoff race work? and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks legacy: 'It's regrettable I never won a championship' by Cheryl Wray

Associated Press
William Byron gives Dale Jr.'s race team Xfinity title by Jenna Fryer;
Dale Jr. reflects on Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida Keys by Mark Long;
Truex strengthens grip as driver to beat for NASCAR title and
Earnhardt wraps up NASCAR career in #88 on Sunday by Dan Gelston

Press of Atlantic City:
Refreshing to see 'good guys' Truex, Wentz having successful season and
Get to know the people and the town NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. grew up with by Dave Weinberg

Autotechreviews
NASCAR's youth movement taking over, whether fans like it or not by Matt Myftiu

CNBC
NASCAR drivers win big prize money, but they say it takes just as much to make the cars run by Catherine Campo

Charlotte Observer
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s family readies for his final race. With plenty of tissues by Joe Marusak;
Love. Loss. Life moves on - now Martin Truex Jr. is on the verge of first NASCAR title and
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last race is finally here. He's at peace with it, so we should be, too. and
Verbal daggers? If Kyle Busch wins his 2nd NASCAR title, only one word is relevant by Brendan Marks

Circle Track Plus
Last of the Cool by Monte Dutton

Florida Times Union
Final ride Sunday for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who says his time as driver 'has run its course' by Don Coble

Forbes
Danica Patrick Became Rich And Famous, But Perhaps At A Price by Dave Caldwell

Frontstretch
XFINITY Breakdown: Cole Custer Earns 1st Victory, William Byron Captures Title by Dustin Albino;
Elliott Sadler: This Is The Biggest Disappointment In My Career by Joseph Wolkin;
Paul Menard Has Positive Outlook Before Final Start with Richard Childress Racing and
Casey Mears Content if NASCAR Career is Over by Zach Catanzareti;
Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Ford EcoBoost 400 by Corey Brewer

InsideDirtRacing
NASCAR playoff leaves too much to chance by Richard Allen

JeffGluck.com
What I'll remember about covering Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Kickin' the Tires
An Open Letter to Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Aaron Bearden

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Matt Kenseth, DeWalt Tools and how the deal might have fallen through by Dave Kallmann

Motor Racing Network
Truex Jr. Ready for Battle by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Truex relaxed ahead of finale: "I have a different perspective" by Lee Spencer;
Sauter: "I just didn't have anything left" to take the fight to Bell by Nick DeGroot

NASCAR.com
NASCAR community shares impact of Danica Patrick's career by Allie Davison

NBC Sports
Beer, Rolling Stone and rock 'n' roll: How Dale Earnhardt Jr. journeyed beyond NASCAR into new media by Nate Ryan;
Never has there been a race like Atlanta 1992 ... until today by Dustin Long

Popular Speed
5 Keys to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship and
Exodus of NASCAR Vets is Good News for Generation Next and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Going Out on His Own Terms and
Danica Patrick Has Bright Future Outside of NASCAR by Tom Jensen
A Look Back Through Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Career and
A Look Back Through Matt Kenseth's Career and
A Look Back Through Danica Patrick's Career By Ashley McCubbin

The Podium Finish
Dale Earnhardt Jr Finds Balance In Final Cup Start and
Track Talk: Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead by Rob Tiongson

RacinToday
2018: It's The 'Danica Double' And Done by John Sturbin

Racer
Rahal confident Patrick can star again at Indy by Marshall Pruett

The Racing Experts
Last ride for the HMS #5 by Geoff Bodine;
3 burnouts for 3 winners at Homestead-Miami by Isabel Gonzalez;
No 2018 racing plans yet for Casey Mears and
3 drivers lead way for most free passes in 2017 by Dominic Aragon

SB Nation
NASCAR Championship race day weather - perfect weather to end 2017 at Homestead by Brian Neudorff;
Brad Keselowski wants 2nd NASCAR Cup Series championship to secure legacy by Jordan Bianchi

State Journal
Cambridge native Matt Kenseth ready for life after the fast lane by Tammy Madsen

USA Today
Ford looks to break long NASCAR Cup championship drought at Homestead and
NASCAR Cup Championship could come down to late restarts, tire management by Mike Hembree

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Homestead Race Preview by Micah Roberts


posted NOVEMBER 18, 2017

ESPN.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. willing to reflect on long career as it winds down and
Danica Patrick's last two races are ones she's really looking forward to by Bob Pockrass;
Is it finally Martin Truex Jr.'s time? by Ricky Craven

Associated Press
Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year's Indy 500 and
Truex fastest among championship contenders at Homestead by Jenna Fryer;
Earnhardt ready to say a final goodbye to NASCAR career by Dan Gelston;
A look at NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. by the numbers

AutoWeek
Dale Earnhardt Jr. carried NASCAR on his shoulders for two decades by Al Pearce

Charlotte Observer
Picture-perfect ending for NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick? Everyone else celebrating and
Charlotte native William Byron is 24 hours out from his life's biggest race - so far by Brendan Marks

Daytona Beach News Journal
Final four: NASCAR playoffs head to Championship Round at Homestead by Godwin Kelly;
NASCAR Questions & Attitude: A worthy Final Four?

The Denver Post
Martin Truex Jr. and Denver's 78 are on the verge of upsetting the NASCAR order by Nick Groke

Frontstretch
Tracking the Trucks: Chase Briscoe Scores 1st Career Win at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Beth Lunkenheimer;
Brad Keselowski Racing Finishes With 'Bittersweet' Final Truck Series Race by Zach Catanzareti;
Chase Briscoe Wins Truck Race At Homestead As Christopher Bell Wins Title by Tom Bowles;
Successful Season for Johnny Sauter Despite Runner-Up Championship Finish and
2017 is Danica Patrick's Final Full-Time Season as Driver, Running Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018 by Dustin Albino

Godfather Motorsports
Thank You Dale by Dave Moody

The Guardian
More than a kneeling: Nascar's TV ratings decline is as worrying as the NFL's. Why? by Andrew Lawrence

Hendrick Motorsports
Evolution of Earnhardt's #88 paint schemes

History
How Prohibition Gave Birth to NASCAR by Christopher Klein

Indianapolis Star
Danica Patrick: I will run Indianapolis 500, Daytona next year by Jim Ayello

JeffGluck.com
News Analysis: Danica Patrick to retire from full-time racing

Motor Racing Network
Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth Friends From the Start by Jeff Wackerlin;
Championship 4 Owners Meet the Media and
Patrick to Step Away From Full-Time Racing by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
Team Penske bristles at idea that they are an underdog in title fight by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune
Truex the Title Favorite On and Off the Track by David Morgan;
Sauter One Spot Too Short of Back-To-Back Titles by Seth Eggert

MotorSport Magazine
NASCAR's finale: the fury and fireworks by Samarth Kanal

New York Times
Kevin Harvick, a NASCAR Old-Timer, Seeks Another Championship by Dave Caldwell

Popular Speed
Final Four Through the Eyes of NKP: Truex;
"Butt Chewings," Experience Lead Christopher Bell to Championship by Ashley McCubbin

The Racing Experts
My memories of Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Geoff Bodine;
Gase 'more likely than not' will be Cup Series rookie in 2018 by Dominic Aragon

Sun Sentinel
Martin Truex Jr. tops tightly bunched NASCAR finalists in qualifying; Hamlin steals pole by Craig Davis

USA Today
Tony Stewart on teams: Heavy lifting is done; now it's time for drivers to execute and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start his final race from the rear and
And then there were four: NASCAR closing in on crowning Cup champion by Mike Hembree;
Danica Patrick to race the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 by A.J. Perez


posted NOVEMBER 17, 2017

ESPN
NASCAR's burning questions - who wins the championship? ESPN experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in motorsports:
Turn 1: Who wins the NASCAR Cup title, and why? Who would be the biggest upset?
Turn 2: After Homestead, do you expect to see Matt Kenseth in a Cup Series race again?
Turn 3: Will Jimmie Johnson win an eighth title before he's done? Will Denny Hamlin win one?
Turn 4: How will you remember Martin Truex Jr.'s season if he doesn't win the championship?
by Ricky Craven, Ryan McGee, Bob Pockrass, Matthew Willis;
Martin Truex Jr. maintaining focus despite obstacles by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
Truex maintains role as favorite at NASCAR's media day by Jenna Fryer;
The Latest: Keselowski looks to become 'Hall of Fame driver'

Press of Atlantic City
Favorite Truex seeking to join a special group of NASCAR champions by David Weinberg

Autoweek
Generation E: Retiring Earnhardt Jr. and father Earnhardt Sr.'s legacy in NASCAR began in 1975 by Mike Hembree;
NASCAR championship race mind games? Not on media day by Matt Weaver

Auto Racing Daily
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth do things together throughout NASCAR careers by Amanda Vincent

Caledonian Record
Strap In Racing by Big Bigelow: What Was Going Through Kenseth's Mind As He Was Running Down the 24?

Frontstretch
Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Optimum Air Pressures, Short-Run Speed & Late-Race Adjustments by Mike Neff;
Friday Faceoff: Who Gets It Done at Homestead? by Amy Henderson;
NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2017, Revisited by Kevin Rutherford;
Double Take: Cup Championship Trends Heading Into Homestead by Sean Fesko;
4 Burning Questions: Are People Ready for a Double-Departure in Homestead? by Zach Catanzareti;

JeffGluck.com
Brad Keselowski vs. Kyle Busch is the juicy subplot to Homestead

Kickin' The Tires:
Cindric focused on championship despite cloud in the air by Caleb Whisler

Lastcar
Entry List Storylines: Homestead by Brock Beard

Miami Herald
Traffic to the Keys will be tied up all weekend, thanks to NASCAR by Lance Dixon

Motor Racing Network
Homestead-Miami Fantasy Racing Preview by Jeff Wackerlin;
Earnhardt Jr. Set for Emotional Weekend and
Championship 4 Media Day Recap and
Championship 4 Preview by Pete Pistone

Motorsport
NASCAR Mailbag - Danica's future and Logano's struggles;
How Cole Pearn helped turn Furniture Row into title contenders and
Sauter "not looking for fights," but ready to defend 2016 crown by Lee Spencer;
Crafton: "I have no friends" and "nothing to lose" in title-decider by Tim Southers

Motorsports Tribune
Byron and Hemric, A Tale of Mirrored Career Paths by Seth Eggert

NBC Sports
Wish upon a star: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s dedication to ill children leaves lasting impact by Dustin Long;
Miami represents final race for many Cup drivers with current teams and
Xfinity Series Spotlight: Previewing the championship drivers by Daniel McFadin

Orlando Sentinel
NASCAR rivals Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick make nice, squeeze out Brad Keselowski by George Diaz

On Pit Road
Keselowski Approaching Homestead as Just Another Race by Christian Koelle

Popular Speed
Final Four Through the Eyes of NKP: Busch

Race Fans Forever
A Voice for the Fans ~ One Last Ride by PattyKay Lilley

The Racing Experts
Previewing the championship race by Geoff Bodine;
Title contender Cindric enters Miami with no on-track experience by Matt Courson;
Cindric, Bell talk youth factor heading into Homestead and
Championship 4 drivers describe their seasons in one word by Isabel Gonzalez

SB Nation
NASCAR championship weather forecast: Could weather impact the championship outcome at Homestead-Miami? by Brian Neudorff;
Is Chase Elliott vs. Denny Hamlin NASCAR's next great rivalry? by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Preview-Championship Edition-Homestead-Miami by Briar Starr

Topeka Capital Journal
Topeka native Jade Gurss proud of the man Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become by Rick Peterson

USA Today
And then there were four: NASCAR closing in on crowning Cup champion and
Martin Truex Jr. embraces role as favorite, motivated to win title for team, loved ones and
Kyle Busch on NASCAR title rival Brad Keselowski: 'Sometimes you just don't like a guy' and
New wave: NASCAR faces changing landscape with departure of star drivers by Mike Hembree;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains how fans helped him pick perfect final paint scheme and
Why it doesn't matter Dale Earnhardt Jr. never won a NASCAR Cup Series by Michelle R. Martinelli




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