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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR at end of season

BY JENNA FRYER CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from a head injury. He had delayed contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner will call it quits when the season ends in November. Hendrick Motorsports said...

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Party Time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash

BY DAN GELSTON – AP SPORTS WRITER DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central. The good times were just getting started in victory lane Sunday night. Flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave NASCAR the buzz it craved in the season opener. Might as well go wild for their first celebration on NASCAR’s grandest stage. Kurt Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy’s new role as title sponsor of NASCAR’s top series....

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Johnson pulls alongside the Intimidator with 76th career win

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson reached another milestone in his brilliant NASCAR career. This one was really special. Win No. 76. Right up there with the Intimidator. Johnson’s victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday pushed him into a tie for seventh place on the career list with the late Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in a last-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500 just a few months before Johnson joined the Cup series. “I didn’t have a chance to race against him,” Johnson said. “There’s been a big void in my mind … so to tie him,...

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Snowstorm wreaks havoc on sports schedule and team travel

(A.P)A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States disrupted the sports schedule Friday while wreaking havoc with team travel plans. Two NBA games and one in the NHL were postponed as were plenty of basketball games and NASCAR’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The NBA said Boston’s game at Philadelphia scheduled for Saturday night will be made up on Sunday at 7 p.m. The Utah Jazz’s game at Washington, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, will be reset at a later date. The NHL initially shifted the starting time of Friday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Anaheim, moving it up...

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Earnhardt, Patrick have fences to mend after Kentucky clash

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — The relationship between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick will need repairing before two of NASCAR’s most popular drivers head to this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A couple of on-track incidents late in Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway left both with damaged Chevys, low finishes and a little bad blood between them. Earnhardt’s brake problems resulted in his No. 88 car tapping the back of Patrick’s No. 10 with about 60 laps remaining, sending her into the outside wall to bring one of a track-record 11 cautions. A clearly upset Patrick...

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