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2dBob Pockrass

Tony Stewart looking comfortable in 'retirement'

How is retirement from NASCAR going for Tony Stewart? He looks pretty comfortable on a tractor grooming a dirt track, and soon enough, he'll be racing at dirt tracks all over.

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7dBob Pockrass

Kyle Larson has uphill climb at Chili Bowl

Kyle Larson is doing what a lot of other drivers do during their "offseason." He's racing, and not just anywhere, but at this weekend's Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Carl Edwards steps away with reputation intact

Carl Edwards only let one moment make him emotional as he announced he is done being a full-time driver. It was an uncharacteristic break for him, and likely the last we'll ever see.

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10dBob Pockrass

Carl Edwards' retirement a mystery for now

Carl Edwards has always been cordial but guarded when it comes to his private life. Why is he going to announce his retirement Wednesday? We might never know.

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Johnny Sauter happy where he's at savoring Truck title

Johnny Sauter has driven in the Cup and Xfinity series, but the chance to compete and win is what drives him. The 2016 Camping World Truck Series champion is just fine where he's at.

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14dBob Pockrass

Texas to repave surface, install drainage system

Texas Motor Speedway will reduce the banking in its first two turns as part of a repaving project and install a new drainage system.

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31dBob Pockrass

How do drivers move on from losing title?

How do drivers cope with losing as they look forward to a new season? For Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, they conclude that they did all they could, Bob Pockrass writes.

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37dJohn Oreovicz

PRI show is racing's winter oasis

It's a long winter without racing, but the PRI show last week in Indianapolis goes a long way toward keeping the industry excited.

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35dBob Pockrass

RPM downsizing to 1 car for 2017 Cup season

Richard Petty Motorsports will downsize from two Cup cars to one for 2017, making it the fourth organization to either cut its number of cars or close after the 2016 season.

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35dBob Pockrass

Ragan to return to Front Row Motorsports in 2017

David Ragan, who earned the first Cup victory for Front Row Motorsports when he won in 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway, will return to the organization in 2017.

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40dJohn Oreovicz

'The Grand Tour': Not 'Top Gear,' but top-notch

When Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May needed a new gig after their departure from "Top Gear," Amazon stepped in to pay for their brand of car mayhem. "The Grand Tour" is good fun.

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44dBob Pockrass

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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46dBob Pockrass

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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49dBob Pockrass

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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Rick Ware Racing announced the team's intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as an "open non-chartered" team. Timmy Hill will drive the #51 Chevrolet at Daytona with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett, Cody Ware and road course veteran Kevin O'Connell to name a few. RWR has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing. Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season. Furthermore, Mike Hillman Sr., a longtime fixture in NASCAR joins RWR in a newly created role as team consultant.

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Rick Ware Racing will field a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup car in 2017. The team will not have a guaranteed spot in races. Timmy Hill will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500. Stanton Barrett, Cody Ware and Kevin O'Connell will see time behind the wheel during the year. Joe Lax will be the crew chief of the No. 51 Chevrolet with cars and equipment purchased from Tommy Baldwin Racing.