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  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs wife's "not worth risk'' opinion on Daytona

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    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday defended his wife's Twitter post — and blamed himself for putting her in a position where she believed she had to speak out and upset some of his fans.

    Amy Earnhardt worries about Dale Jr.’s concussions.
  2. Denny Hamlin gives Joe Gibbs Racing its first NASCAR Cup win of season

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    LOUDON, N.H. — Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Larson over the final laps Sunday to win the Overton's 301 and send Joe Gibbs Racing to Victory Lane for the first time this season.

    Denny Hamlin gets Joe Gibbs Racing its first Cup win of year.
  3. Kyle Busch still the king of Xfinity series

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  4. Larson loses pole to Truex after inspection

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    LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Larson has made a habit of flunking NASCAR inspection.

    Kyle Larson, above, lost Sunday’s Cup pole to Martin Truex after failing an inspection.
  5. Helio Castroneves wins IndyCar Iowa Corn 300

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    NEWTON, Iowa — Helio Castroneves dominated the IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 on Sunday at Iowa Speedway — where fans were invited to sample a free ear of corn before the race — for his first victory since 2014.

    Helio Castroneves celebrates after winning the Iowa Corn 300, quieting talk that his time at Penske could be coming to an end.
  6. Martin Truex Jr. wins Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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    SPARTA, Ky. — Martin Truex Jr. was dominant throughout and had enough left on a final restart to win the NASCAR Cup Quaker State 400 Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.

    Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, his third victory of the season.
  7. Matt Kenseth likely looking for new team in 2018

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    SPARTA, Ky. — NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth said Friday he has no job lined up next year and likely has no future at Joe Gibbs Racing.

    Matt Kenseth says he likely has no future with Joe Gibbs Racing and does not have a ride lined up for 2018.
  8. Fennelly: Richard Petty turns 80, slowing down only to meet fans

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    Richard Petty drove his last NASCAR race a quarter-century ago. His last win came 33 years ago, on the Fourth of July, in the Firecracker 400 — his 200th victory. No one will ever come close to that. Or eating fried chicken with President Ronald Reagan after the race.

    "That was some deal," Petty said.

    Richard Petty, left, gets an 80th birthday cake from Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway.
  9. Coke Zero 400 victory adds steam to Ricky Stenhouse's run

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    DAYTONA BEACH — When Ricky Stenhouse first entered the NASCAR Cup series, his reputation wasn't great, especially at bunched-up restrictor-plate tracks. He had only a pair of top-10 finishes in his first 10 trips to Daytona International Speedway.

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. waves the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Cup Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. [Associated Press]
  10. Fennelly: At Daytona, fans of Earnhardts show their adoration

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    Welcome to Dale-tona

    That's what it said on the handmade sign atop the motor home parked in Turn 2 of the Daytona International Speedway. Colleen Weaver had made the sign. Her husband, Ron, was sitting under the tent, next to the kiddie pool, near the barbecue, with extended family.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet, greets a throng of adoring fans as he is introduced before the NASCAR Cup Seriesl Coke Zero 400  at Daytona International Speedway. [Getty Images]