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Austin Dillon practices for the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NHMS NOTEBOOK

Austin Dillon needs a good result at Loudon

The driver of the No. 3 is on the playoff bubble.

Race fans watch practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Here’s why NASCAR’s playoffs are taking a final lap at New Hampshire

After Sunday, the fall Chase for the Cup race will be moved to Las Vegas.

Kyle Busch smiles after qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Busch won pole position for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NASCAR

Kyle Busch wins pole position for New Hampshire race

The Toyota driver toured the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon in with a pole-winning lap of 135.049 m.p.h.

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 22: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, poses with colonial American reenactors following practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

NASCAR NOTEBOOK

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will leave Loudon with good memories

Even though the retiring driver has never won at NHMS, he said, “Racing here is really fun.”

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2017 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

ISM CONNECT 300 | SUNDAY, 2 P.M. (NBCSN)

Martin Truex Jr. looking for a Loudon breakthrough

The points leader hopes to change his luck at the New Hampshire track in the NASCAR playoffs this weekend.

Martin Truex Jr., celebrates with his crew in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Monster Energy Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Sports Log

Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR’s playoff opener

Truex gets leg up on field with victory at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.

Ted Christopher celebrated a Busch North series victory at the then-New Hampshire International Speedway in 2005. Christopher was killed Saturday in an airplane crash.

Champion NASCAR driver killed in Conn. plane crash

Ted Christopher won multiple modified titles and was one of the best drivers of his generation.

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 16: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AXALTA Chevrolet, signs autographs for fans during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2017 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NASCAR PLAYOFFS | CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY, SUNDAY, 3 P.M. (NBCSN)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. a sentimental choice in NASCAR playoff opener

There are 16 drivers in the field at Chicagoland Speedway. There’s only one driver with the stature of Dale Junior.

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, drives during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 9, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

Kyle Larson victorious at Richmond

Larson caught leader Martin Truex Jr. down the stretch and finished ahead of Joey Logano for his fourth victory of the season.

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 08: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AXALTA Chevrolet, signs autographs during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY RACE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a must-win situation

The retiring NASCAR star needs a victory at Richmond on Saturday night to qualify for the playoffs.

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

NASCAR | Southern 500

Denny Hamlin overcomes miscue to win Darlington

Hamlin missed his mark entering pit road, but not in Victory Lane after winning Southern 500.

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NASCAR Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR race to hit Bristol trifecta

Kyle Busch continued his domination at Bristol with a victory in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Erik Jones (77) makes his way around the track during qualifying for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. Jones will start on the pole for Saturday's race. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

NASCAR Cup Series

Erik Jones has good timing winning first career pole

The rookie is driving hard for a playoff position in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Three killed at race track were known gang members

Police say the men may have been targeted by a rival gang member but a lack of cooperation has stymied the investigation.

Kyle Larson celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

NASCAR

Kyle Larson three-peats at Michigan

Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart, capping his wild weekend with a victory.

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 06: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, and crew chief Greg Ives talk during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls Kevin Harvick’s comments ‘hurtful’

Earnhardt said he’s proud of his accomplishments after Harvick suggested NASCAR’s growth was hindered because Earnhardt didn’t win enough.

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NASCAR I LOVE NEW YORK 355

Martin Truex holds off Matt Kenseth in final lap

Truex slowed his pace to save fuel late in the race and his gamble paid off.

Joey Logano talks with a crew member after practice for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NASCAR Sprint Cup | Watkins Glen, N.Y. (3 p.m., NBCSN)

Joey Logano aims for road course win at Watkins Glen

With NASCAR playoffs looming, Logano confident of road course success Sunday at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NASCAR | Overton’s 400

Kyle Busch snaps drought with win at Pocono Raceway

Busch won his 176th career NASCAR race over the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck series.

Kasey Kahne stands in the garage area during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup series auto race, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NASCAR Sprint Cup | Pocono Raceway ( 3 p.m., NBCSN)

Kasey Kahne hopes Brickyard victory secures his job

Team owner Rick Hendrick still uncertain about what future holds in store for Kahne beyond 2018.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 22: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 22, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

CHAD FINN I SPORTS MEDIA

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has what it takes to be a fine analyst

Earnhardt did some broadcasting with NBC in recent years when he was recovering from injuries.

The car driven by Martin Truex Jr. burns after a crash with Kyle Busch during the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Greg Huey)

Kasey Kahne escapes crash-filled Brickyard with victory

The wacky race had 14 cautions, three red flags and a 1-hour 47-minute rain delay.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 22: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 22, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

NASCAR Cup Series | Brickyard 400 (2:30 p.m, NBC)

Kyle Busch aims for three-peat at Indy

A third consecutive win in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 would snap 12-month drought for the pole-sitter

LOUDON, NH - JULY 16: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and is introduced as he carries his son Owen prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

NASCAR NOTEBOOK

Unfazed by penalties, Kyle Larson finishes second in New Hampshire

The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet had to start in last place.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 16: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch caught twice for speeding on pit road

The No. 18 finished in 12th place.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 16: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, poses with a lobster in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Overton’s 301

Denny Hamlin wins New Hampshire NASCAR race in backup car

After wrecking his primary car in practice Friday, Hamlin raced to his first win of 2017 in the backup.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 15: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DEWALT Flexvolt Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NHMS notebook

Matt Kenseth looking for a new ride in NASCAR

Erik Jones will replace the Joe Gibbs Racing veteran next year.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 15: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, leads Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, and Ryan Preece, driver of the #20 MoHawk Northeast Inc. Toyota, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Overton's 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

NASCAR | Overton’s 301 (Sunday 3 p.m., NBCSN)

Track treatment at New Hampshire poses a pass-fail test

A chemical has been added to the track surface to try to create a wider racing groove at the tight 1.058-mile oval.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 01: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fifth Thrid Bank Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

FLUTO SHINZAWA

Roush Fenway Racing is back in the fast lane

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. enters Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Loudon with two wins this year.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

overton 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Pole winner Kyle Larson sent to the back of the pack

Martin Truex will be on Sunday’s pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after the No. 42 failed inspection.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Martin Truex Jr. (R), driver of the #78 WIX Filters Toyota, and his crew chief Cole Pearn stand in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

NMHS notebook

Martin Truex’s success confounds competitors

The Furniture Row Racing driver has claimed three NASCAR Cup Series victories this season.

MARTINSVILLE, VA - APRIL 01: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, stands in the garage with his crew chief Cole Pearn during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2017 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR | New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR’s new stage racing format will take its turn at Loudon

Crew chiefs have two more problems to solve.

SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, waits for the start of practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2017 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

NASCAR | New Hamsphire Motor Speedway

Kyle Larson drops out of Cup points lead after penalty

Larson hit with costly 35-point penalty before NASCAR race at New Hampshire.

SPARTA, KY - JULY 07: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Toyota, poses for a photo after winning the pole award during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2017 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Quaker State 400 pole in Kentucky

Two-time race winner clocked 190.282 miles per hour to set a track record to earn his first Kentucky Speedway pole.

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 12: Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Cessna Toyota, poses for a photo in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 12, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch to race at Thunder Road in Vermont

Former NASCAR champ to run in Governor’s Cup 150 on July 13

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 01: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fifth Thrid Bank Ford, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rides into victory lane again

He collected his second NASCAR win to outshine the other Junior, the retiring Dale Earnhardt.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 01: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fifth Thrid Bank Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

NASCAR

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. steals show from another Junior to win at Daytona

Stenhouse raced to his second victory of the season as Earnhardt crashed and finished 32nd.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. exits his car after winning the pole position during qualifying for a NASCAR cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASCAR | Coke Zero 400 (Saturday 7:30 p.m., NBC)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make final Daytona start from the pole

The retiring NASCAR driver bested his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Chase Elliott, to win the pole in his last Daytona appearance.

Kevin Harvick embraces his wife DeLana Harvick after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kevin Harvick wins first NASCAR race of season

Kevin Harvick, 41, easily beat teammate Clint Bowyer on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

Kyle Larson showed off  the Coors Light Pole Award after winning the pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Calif.

NASCAR

Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray qualify 1-2 at Sonoma

Chip Ganassi likes winners, and his drivers have him in prime position to celebrate another victory.

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 18: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet, girlfriend, Katelyn Sweet, and son Owen, celebrate with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

NASCAR | FireKeepers Casino 400

Kyle Larson hits jackpot at Michigan

Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages, but finished sixth, ceding the points lead to Larson.

Ryan Blaney, left, talks with Kurt Busch before a practice session, Saturday, June 17, 2017, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Ryan Blaney has Ford riding high

His win at Pocono last week gave Ford a lot to feel good about entering Sunday’s race in Brooklyn, Mich.

Boston, MA - 06/14/17 - NASCAR star Danica Patrick conducted interviews at Cheers Pub on Beacon Street. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Vega/Shinzawa) Topic: ()

Danica Patrick hoping for better results at Loudon in July

The NASCAR driver has a lot on her plate these days, including an exhausting race schedule.

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 11: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 11, 2017 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney wins 1st career NASCAR cup race

He held off Kevin Harvick down the stretch for his first win in 68 starts.

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 10: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Little Hug Ford, assists Jamie Little (R) with the Fox Sports broadcast during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway on June 10, 2017 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

In TV booth, NASCAR drivers make call for Xfinity race

It was believed to be the first time an entire broadcast team was made up of active athletes.

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Professional race car drivers Elliott Sadler (L) and Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace Jr. speak onstage during the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Sports log

NASCAR to get first black driver in 11 years

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. will replace the injured Aric Almirola this weekend at Pocono Raceway

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP

Jimmie Johnson wins Dover NASCAR race

Johnson moved into a tie for sixth with his boyhood idol Cale Yarborough on the career victories list.

Actor Channing Tatum, third from left, and director Steven Soderbergh, center, pose for a photo with NASCAR drivers, from left to right, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson before the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Tatum and the drivers will star in a new movie filmed at the speedway named

AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover

Brad Keselowski: Kyle Busch’s manners are the pits

Keselowski criticized those who applauded Busch’s six-word answer and mic drop

epa05996713 Japanese driver Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport celebrates in Victory Circle after winning the 101th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 28 May 2017. EPA/STEVE C. MITCHELL

Sportswriter loses job following tweet about Indy 500 winner

The Denver Post fired Terry Frei after his post about Takuma Sato’s victory on Sunday.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 28: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Salutes Veterans Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

NASCAR

A statement victory for Austin Dillon

Dillon’s stunning upset win in Sunday night’s Coca Cola 600 has the NASCAR circuit buzzing.