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SHR unlikely to get 4 cars in finale

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are through to the next round of NASCAR's playoffs. That is the entire lineup at Stewart-Haas Racing, for those keeping score at home, and quite an impressive display of balance and teamwork.

It is also half the eight slots in the playoff field and SHR of course wants to get its quartet into the championship round and guarantee itself a title at Homestead-Miami next month. Read More...

Nemechek pulls away for 1st Xfinity win

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) John Hunter Nemechek's father first brought him to victory lane at Kansas Speedway almost 15 years ago, when "Front Row" Joe Nemechek swept the weekend Xfinity and Cup series races.

His boy drove himself there Saturday. Read More...

4 up for France Humanitarian Award

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Four men and women who perform volunteer work with children have been selected as the finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at NASCAR's awards banquet in November.

Carl Dakes of Harwood, Maryland, has spent 18 years helping the Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation to help provide services to critically ill children and their families. Read More...

Gallagher gives up Xfinity driver's role

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Spencer Gallagher is ready to be a professional nerd again.

The former Silicon Valley software engineer-turned-driver announced Friday that he is stepping out of the Xfinity Series car owned by his father, Allegiant Air chief executive Maurice Gallagher Jr., and into a supervisory role with their GMS Racing Team next season. Read More...

Almirola wins at Talladega to advance

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Tony Stewart hired Aric Almirola because he believed the journeyman would win races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short.

The boss made sure to keep Almirola's spirits high every chance he got, including a pre-race pep talk Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Read More...

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