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Larson wins Texas to clinch Final 4 spot

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kyle Larson was willing to play it smart in the closing laps at Texas. He also had a fast car that stayed in front through all of the restarts to secure the first of the four championship-contending spots in NASCAR's season finale.

Larson led 256 of 334 laps at the 1 1/2-mile track and got his eighth win this season. He led the final 218 laps, staying in front through seven restarts in the final stage that included three late after incidents involving playoff contenders Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Read More...

Nemechek's Texas win leaves 4 spots open

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) All four spots in the championship round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series are still up for grabs after non-playoff qualifier John Hunter Nemechek overcame a late penalty Saturday to win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Nemechek won the first of three races in the round of eight, leaving the playoff drivers with two more chances in the semifinals, at Kansas and Martinsville, to qualify for the championship finale in Phoenix. Read More...

Elliott-Harvick spat cooled into Texas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It only took about a day after Chase Elliott wished Kevin Harvick "a merry offseason and Happy Christmas" for NASCAR's reigning champion to get the zinger on merchandise on his official website.

The holiday-themed gear even has its own tab in the online store. Read More...

Liberty U. extends Byron sponsorship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Liberty University has reached a five-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports to continue as a primary sponsor for William Byron.

Byron is a junior pursuing a degree in strategic communication through Liberty's online program. He has been sponsored by the Christian university in some part since 2014 when he drove late models. Read More...

Allmendinger gets Xfinity win in OT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) AJ Allmendinger charged into the semifinal round of the Xfinity Series playoffs with an overtime victory Saturday in the elimination race on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allmendinger improved to 3-0 on the hybrid road course/oval added to the NASCAR schedule in 2018. He wasn't in the inaugural race, won by Chase Briscoe. Read More...

Blaney has key role in crew chief search

MONTMELÓ, Spain (AP) Formula One teams Alfa Romeo and Haas unveiled their cars for the new season on Wednesday.

Former champion Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi pulled the tarp off their Alfa Romeo at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit just before preseason testing began. The new car, called Alfa Romeo C39, maintains the team’s white and red livery. Read More...