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Johnson crew chief Knaus signs extension

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Chad Knaus has signed a two-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020 to remain as crew chief for the No. 48 Chevrolet of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

Knaus, who has worked with Johnson since 2002, said during a news conference Saturday at Kentucky Speedway that he signed the deal in the past couple of weeks. His current contract was set to expire after this season. He described his decision to stay as "pretty easy," even as the team seeks sponsors to replace home improvement chain Lowe's. Read More...

Junior to headline all-analyst NBC booth

NBC Sports is going with an all-analyst lineup headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The network will use three analysts in the broadcast booth for next week's NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, the 15-time most popular NASCAR driver, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will be the only broadcasters for the July 22 race at the Magic Mile. Read More...

Bell rallies to win Kentucky Xfinity

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Christopher Bell couldn't have started any worse in Friday night's NASCAR Xfinity Series race, which made his impressive victory all the more satisfying.

Bell rallied from the rear of the field after a tire change due to a spin during qualifying. He steadily worked his way up the field and passed Justin Allgaier with 17 laps remaining, then held off Daniel Hemric to win the 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway. Read More...

Rhodes wins Trucks in home state

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Ben Rhodes raced to his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in front of his home state fans at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night.

The Louisville native opted for only fuel on the final pit stop. The gamble paid off as he took the lead out of pit road with 24 laps remaining and then steadily pulled away from Stewart Friesen. Read More...

Cup Series appears to be 3-car race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Erik Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward.

His first career Cup victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway was a needed breath of fresh air in a sport that has failed to see a supposed bumper crop of young talent emerge as bona fide stars. Read More...

Jones pulls out 1st Cup win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track.

Maybe these so-called "Young Guns" do know how to find victory lane. Read More...

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