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Carl Edwards Says Timing Was Right To Step Away
  by Pete McCole

There will be no more backflips for Carl Edwards, who officially announced today that after a 14-year career in NASCAR, he’s calling it quits. For now. Just eight weeks losing out at a shot for his first-career NASCAR Cup title, Edwards says he’s hanging up his helmet and will not compete in 2017, but left up the possibility he might return somewhere down the road. Edwards cited three reasons for his decision: He’s satisfied with his career, he wants to spend more time with his family and he wants to stay healthy.

Carl Edwards Q&A on his retirement
  Makes it official - will step back from full time driving

I didn't want a podium up here, but all right, thanks for coming.  It's occurred to me there must be some sort of thing that people do on the internet where they communicate really quickly because everybody found out about this in a hurry, Twitter or something. Anyway, so I am, I'm stepping away from full‑time driving in the Cup Series.  And I'm not taking any questions, so thanks for coming.  No, I'm just joking. I think I owe it to you guys, and I'd like to share my reasoning and then allow you guys to ask some questions and talk about this.  But before I get to my reasons, I'd like to just talk a little bit about my career and things that are important to me.  I want to say, first of all, this is about the most scared I've ever been about something, just talking about this and going through this whole process, so bear with me on that.

Taking A Look Back: The 2016 NASCAR Season Review
  by Pete McCole
As the saying goes - "All good things must end", and as we put another successful NASCAR season into the record books, revisits some of the highlights, the lowlights, the best races, the best drivers and some big changes that made up the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. From Jimmie Johnson's historic championship run to Tony Stewart's final ride into the sunset, here s a look back at the stories that made our list.
NASCAR Unveils New Cup Series Name and Logo for 2017
  by Pete McCole
NASCAR announced the new brand identity and logo for their premiere series under their new title sponsor Monster Energy for the 2017 season, unveiling an updated NASCAR logo that still retains the famous "Cup" name that has been a staple of the series since 1971.
Unique Customized Mustang a Petty Labor of Love
  Third in a series
The winning bidder for the Petty's Garage 2017 Ford Mustang GT will receive not only a one-of-a-kind customized, high-powered vehicle, he or she will own a labor of love from Richard "King of NASCAR" Petty himself. It's the third time Petty's Garage is providing the Paralyzed Veterans of America with a high-powered car to auction off. The 2017 Mustang will be auctioned off on Jan. 14, 2017, at Mecum Auto Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Petty will be there to support the event and ensure bidders of the Mustang's uniqueness, and that 100 percent of the sales proceeds will go to the Paralyzed Veterans.
Q&A with Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick
  Feeling healthy and ready to talk contract extension
DALE EARNHARDT, JR. DRIVER OF THE NO. 88 CHEVROLET SS AND RICK HENDRICK, OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, spoke with members of the media via teleconference today to discuss Dale's return to the seat of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for on-track competition in 2017. Dale Jr. tested Darlington On Wednesday, which was the final step before being medically cleared for competition.  How did it feel to be back behind the wheel of a racecar and how did the test go overall from his perspective? Read to find out.
NASCAR Honors Seven-Time Champ Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson was unfailingly humble, even on a night when the NASCAR community came together to honor his monumental accomplishment. With a victory on Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson claimed his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Nevertheless, the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was reluctant to claim the same stature as the two seven-time champions who preceded him – Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
NASCAR Announces Monster Energy As New Sponsor
  by Pete McCole
NASCAR has announced that Monster Energy will replace Sprint as the new title sponsor for their premiere series starting in a multi-year agreement beginning with the 2017 season.
Get to Know Jamie Little
  FOX NASCAR Reporter and Las Vegas Native
This extended Q&A marks the next in a series with FOX Sports motor sports personalities to be highlighted over the next several months. FOX NASCAR reporter Jamie Little, who also covers Supercross for FS1, hails from Las Vegas, site of this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony and NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion's Week. As part of the 2016 celebration, Little will host Thursday's NASCAR Victory Lap on the Strip.
Logano and Busch Fall Short in Chase Finale
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch raced toward the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship late into the evening Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and both saw their shots disappear in the closing laps. Logano watched Johnson pull away on the final restart and into the history books while Busch charged from the back of the field only to come up short of defending his 2015 Sprint Cup title.
NASCAR Champion Post-Race Press Conference
  from Homestead-Miami Speedway

Jimmie Johnson (Driver)
Chas Knaus (Crew Chief)
Rick Hendrick (Team Owner)
Jimmie Johnson Scores Historic 7th Sprint Cup Title
  by Pete McCole
History was made Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Jimmie Johnson came from the back of the pack to win the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 to become just the third driver in NASCAR history to win seven Sprint Cup championships - joining Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson passed race leader Kyle Larson on an overtime restart and beat out Kyle Busch and Joey Logano for the title.

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