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Harvick wins final pole of 2016; Chase drivers deeper in field

Kyle Busch will lead the Chase drivers at Homestead. (Getty Images) HOMESTEAD, Fla.—When the final race of the 2016 Sprint Cup season begins, the four drivers in the hunt for a championship will have a long distance to go to get to the front of the pack. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart sees the end of his Cup career as a driver like a halftime break

HOMESTEAD, Florida —— As he prepares for the final race of his Sprint Cup Series career, Tony Stewart is already looking ahead to his life as an owner. The three-time Cup Series champion is done as a driver after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Show More Summary

Topic of splitting up Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus came up at HMS this season

Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have been together since Johnson came to the Cup Series. (Getty) As Jimmie Johnson’s fast start to 2016 became a grueling late spring and summer, the possibility of breaking up the pairing of Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus was broached at Hendrick Motorsports. Show More Summary

Making the case for (and against) each of the 4 title contenders' chances

Who’s your pick to win the Sprint Cup title on Sunday? (Getty) Picking a favorite among the four drivers racing for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series championship may be impossible. There’s very little separating the four contenders entering the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart sees the end of his Cup career as a driver like a halftime break

Tony Stewart says he won’t be coming back as a sub like Jeff Gordon did this year. (Getty) HOMESTEAD, Florida — As he prepares for the final race of his Sprint Cup Series career, Tony Stewart is already looking ahead to his life as an owner. Show More Summary

Tony Stewart's phone got stolen at a carnival in Miami

HOMESTEAD, Florida — Tony Stewart’s final weekend as a Sprint Cup Series driver has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Stewart said Friday that his phone was stolen Thursday night. He and his girlfriend stopped at a carnival Wednesday night in the Miami area and decided to return Thursday evening before going to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Show More Summary

Cup champion will receive far less cash in 2016

The winner of the trophy on the right will get less this season. (Getty) The championship check given to the Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series champion will be far smaller than it was in 2015 or previous years. As part of the new revenue sharing agreement between NASCAR and team owners, the champion purse isn’t as large as it used to be. Show More Summary

Tommy Baldwin Racing sells charter to Leavine Family Racing effective immediately

Tommy Baldwin Racing has 391 starts over eight years in the Cup Series. (Getty) Another charter has been sold in the Sprint Cup Series. Tommy Baldwin Racing said Thursday that it had sold its charter and guaranteed starting position in the Sprint Cup Series field to Leavine Family Racing. Show More Summary

Jimmie Johnson once had Burger King with Tony Stewart while Stewart fed dogs steak

Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson have won nine Sprint Cup titles combined. (Getty) MIAMI BEACH — About 10 years ago, Tony Stewart fed he and Jimmie Johnson Burger King after treating rescue dogs to a nice steak dinner. As Stewart is running...Show More Summary

Title contenders have fun with each other during jovial pre-finale media session

Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch were all in a good mood Thursday. (Getty) MIAMI BEACH — The four drivers racing for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series title are enjoying each other’s company. So far, anyway. The media...Show More Summary

Tony Stewart's career began with a bang, ends with a whisper

Tony Stewart will turn his last laps as a NASCAR driver at Homestead this weekend, and when he rolls off into the Florida sunset, so too will NASCAR’s last link to its fiery, brawling, race-anything-that-moves past. The world has moved...Show More Summary

Team that ran Trump truck in October to run 'Trump Victory' truck at Homestead

The Trump truck will be back at Homestead. (Getty) We have a sequel to the 2016 version of the Trump Truck. The No. 22 AM Racing team will run a “Trump Victory” truck during the Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. Show More Summary

Power Rankings: The top 4 gets reshuffled after Joey Logano's win

Joey Logano leads Jimmie Johnson this week. (Getty) Welcome to Power Rankings. As always, Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it’s the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com and we’ll try to have some fun. Show More Summary

Quick takeaways from Phoenix: Johnson and Truex get rare pitting penalties

Jimmie Johnson was confused about the penalty he got Sunday. (Getty) • Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. each got penalties for pulling up to pit during Sunday’s race at Phoenix. If you’re unfamiliar with what pulling up to pit means, it’s OK. Show More Summary

Breaking down the restart that cost Matt Kenseth a shot at the title

Your browser does not support iframes. With three (scheduled) laps to go in Sunday’s race at Phoenix, it sure looked like Matt Kenseth was on his way to securing a spot among the four drivers racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Show More Summary

Joey Logano wins at Phoenix ahead of Kyle Busch who has chance to win 2nd-straight title

Joey Logano and Kyle Busch are joining Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards in Homestead. (Getty) Matt Kenseth’s misfortune was Joey Logano and Kyle Busch’s gain. Kenseth crashed from the lead on what was the race’s next-to-last restart, opening a path for Logano to win Sunday’s race at Phoenix and Busch to finish second. Show More Summary

How do you race a teammate for a title shot? JGR drivers may find out Sunday

Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are separated by two points. (Getty) Three of Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers are within two points of each other as they attempt to make the final round of the Chase. Given the team’s success inShow More Summary

Alex Bowman to start first at Phoenix

Alex Bowman will lead the field to green on Sunday. (Getty) With the focus six Chase drivers battling for the final two spots in the final round of NASCAR’s Chase, a driver who is running a grand total of 10 Sprint Cup Series races in 2016 stole the qualifying show Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. Show More Summary

Alex Bowman doesn't have a ride secured for 2017

Alex Bowman (L) has two top-10 finishes while subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R) (Getty) Despite showing some serious potential in his substitute role for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Alex Bowman hasn’t signed a contract to drive for anyone in 2017. Show More Summary

Joey Logano: 'We pretty much have to win' at Phoenix

Joey Logano is tied for the points lead in the third round. (Getty) Despite being tied atop the third-round points standings with multiple spots still open in the final round of the Chase, Joey Logano is viewing Sunday’s race at Phoenix in the prism of a must-win. Show More Summary

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