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CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 20: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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NASCAR changes 2018 playoff schedule

The changes dramatically alter the type of tracks in the 10-race playoff

FILE - At left, in a May 20, 2017, file photo, IndyCar driver Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, smiles after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis. At right, in a May 31, 2013, file photo, Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, smiles after winning the pole position for the Detroit Grand Prix auto race on Belle Isle in Detroit. Police say Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Scott Dixon and fellow former race winner Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane, Sunday night, May 21, 2017, less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Dixon had hours earlier won the top starting position for next Sunday's Indy 500. (AP Photo/File)

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Indy 500 pole winner robbed at Taco Bell drive-thru

Scott Dixon won Sunday’s qualifying, but his night took a bad turn when he and fellow driver Dario Franchitti were held up at gunpoint.

Driver Scott Dixon celebrated with his family after capturing the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon wins pole for Indianapolis 500

With the first rows filled by three race winners, three 500 runner-ups, and a two-time Formula One champion, picking a favorite is anybody’s guess.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 20: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

NASCAR ALL--STAR RACE

Kyle Busch wins $1 million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Bold move in final segment earned Busch $1m for his first ever victory in NASCAR’s All-Star race.

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 13: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 AAA Insurance Ford, Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Wonder Woman/One Cure Ford, and Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, crash during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 13, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NASCAR Go Bowling 400

Aric Almirola suffered fractured vertebra in fiery crash

The force of the impact lifted the car into the air, nearly flipping it over.

Aric Almirola (43) crashes into Danica Patrick and Joey Logano (22) during the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Go Bowling 400

Crash overshadows Martin Truex Jr.’s victory

Truex won after the race was halted with 67 laps to go because of a fiery three-car crash and 15 cautions.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stood atop his car after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Geico 500

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins his first NASCAR race

Stenhouse, who started the Geico 500 from the pole, was making his 158th start.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked to crew chief Greg Ives during qualifying.

NASCAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. loses Talladega pole

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on the pole and Earnhardt second for Sunday’s race.

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 29: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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NASCAR punishes Joey Logano after Richmond win

The driver cannot use his Richmond victory as consideration for an automatic playoff spot in the Monster Energy Cup series.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. signed an autograph for one of his many fans after practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans will need a new allegiance next year

Earnhardt’s retirement at the end of the season has fans at Sunday’s race at Richmond set to follow a new driver in 2018.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 26 victories at NASCAR’s highest level.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR racing

One of the sport’s most popular drivers announced Tuesday that will retire at the end of the season.

Jimmie Johnson’s victory Monday was just his second at Bristol and his first on the Tennessee track since 2007

NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson races to rare win at Bristol

Johnson, who last won at the track in 2007, recorded consecutive victories for the 11th time in his career.

A fan walks along the wall at Bristol Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

NASCAR race at Bristol postponed to Monday

Heavy rain in Tennessee was not expected to let up on Sunday.

Kyle Larson was awarded the pole for the Food City 500 after rain washed out qualifying in Bristol, Tenn.

NASCAR

Drivers come to grips with Bristol surface

Kyle Larson will start on the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 after qualifying was washed out.

NASCAR drivers will have to navigate new track conditions for Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR | O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Fox, 1:30 p.m.)

Repaved track levels playing field at Texas

Track improvements at Texas Motor Speedway will turn Sunday’s race into a game-changer.

Jamie McMurray, looks over his car after practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Saturday, April 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

STP 500 AT MARTINSVILLE | 2 p.m. (FS1)

Jamie McMurray, 40, getting better with age

The Cup Series driver is enjoying a resurgence with three top-10 finishes in the first five races of 2017.

It’s been an exciting start to the NASCAR Cup Series season, even if fewer people are watching on television.

Despite strong start to season, NASCAR’s TV ratings still slip

Despite poor TV ratings, the Cup series really couldn’t have asked for a better start to its season.

Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., is known for exciting four-wide racing.

NASCAR AUTO CLUB 400 | 3:30 P.M. (FOX)

It’s time for NASCAR to go Hollywood

Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., is marking its 20th anniversary on the NASCAR circuit this week.

Kyle Larson (center) celebrated with his crew after winning the pole at Fontana, Calif.

Kyle Larson claims pole for NASCAR race at Fontana

Nobody could catch the young racer in qualifying on Friday.

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Pete Hamilton, 1970 Daytona 500 winner, dies at 74

The Needham native was first — and only — NASCAR driver from Massachusetts to win Daytona.

NASCAR: Camping World 500

Ryan Newman ends 127-race NASCAR skid

Newman’s pit stop gamble gave him his first victory since the 2013 Brickyard 400.

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 17: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, walk to their cars during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 17, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

NASCAR | PHOENIX (3:30 P.M., FOX)

Fresh generation of drivers emerging on NASCAR circuit

Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR’s lineup Sunday are 26 or younger.

Martin Truex Jr. celebrated with a cast of characters after winning Sunday’s race.

NASCAR Kobalt 400

Martin Truex Jr. fights to victory in Las Vegas

Truex passed Brad Keselowski with two laps to go and then dodged a last-lap wreck.

John Surtees, seen on a practice run in 1957, was the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels. He captured the 1964 Formula One championship.

John Surtees, 83, former Formula One champion

Mr. Surtees also won 500cc motorcycle world titles in 1956, ’58, ’59, and ’60.

Brad Keselowski, right, and Kurt Busch, left, greet fans before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Fords are dominant early in the NASCAR season

Ford cars are 2-0, and appear to have adjusted the best to NASCAR’s 2017 rules package.

Loudon MA 9/27/15 NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth doing a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Slyvania 300 on Sunday September 27, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 27nascar Reporter: Michael Vega

New Hampshire track will double down on July race

GM David McGrath is considering several ways to fill the void left by the loss of the fall NASCAR event.

Loudon MA 9/27/15 The green flag drops to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Slyvania 300 on Sunday September 27, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 27nascar Reporter: Michael Vega

New Hampshire loses one of its two NASCAR dates

The September race — a playoff event — will be moved from Loudon, N.H., to Las Vegas beginning in 2018.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup

Brad Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Kevin Harvick caught speeding

Going too fast on pit road forced Harvick to the back of the lead pack, allowing Keselowski to capture the victory.

Kevin Harvick will sit on the pole for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR

Quick transition period for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR Cup Series

The team’s move from Chevrolet to Ford has gone smoothly.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski shared the spotlight — and the spoils of victory — with Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch.

Daytona 500 notebook

Rob Gronkowski shares Daytona’s spotlight with Kurt Busch

The Patriots tight end took part in Busch’s Victory Lane celebration after the veteran won the 500.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, celebrates with his crew after winning the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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2017 Daytona 500 results

Results from the 59th Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

DAYTONA 500

Kurt Busch takes center stage with Daytona 500 triumph

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver won NASCAR’s crown jewel event and the series’ first race under a new three-stage format.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, is going for his third victory in the Daytona 500.

NASCAR: Daytona 500 | 2:30 p.m. (Fox)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back — and that’s good news for NASCAR

A victory for the popular driver would be a boost for a sagging sport.

“I’m so happy with the way that played out,” Kaz Grala said after his win Friday. “I can’t even believe it.”

Boston’s Kaz Grala becomes youngest winner in a NASCAR national series at Daytona

The Worcester Academy senior won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night.

Danica Patrick talks at NASCAR Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Danica Patrick hopes for a fast start at Daytona

Following a year with no top-10 finishes, Patrick eyes the season-opening Daytona 500.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, speaks with the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he’d retire if he wins Cup title

Hoisting a championship trophy is exactly how Earnhardt wants to end his career.

Jimmie Johnson, right, talks with crew chief Chad Knaus on pit road after a qualifying run for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Jimmie Johnson aiming for greatness

Eighth NASCAR title would push him past Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most ever.

DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING

Chase Elliott nips Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win 2nd straight Daytona 500 pole

Elliott nipped Earnhardt on the final qualifying lap to claim the top spot.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to compete and returns with a new lease on life.

NASCAR hopes for boost after trying to spice it up

NASCAR has a new sponsor and a new format, and it welcomes back its most popular driver.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

A race car that runs on chocolate may not be a sweet idea

Researchers took the waste product derived from making chocolate, transformed it into diesel fuel, and used it to power a racecar.

Jon Rahm played his shot from the 18th tee during the final round.

SPORTS LOG

Jon Rahm wins Farmers Insurance Open

Rahm finished at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan.

NASCAR racing will take on a drastic change in 2017 after sanctioning body officials Monday announced it was overhauling the race and playoff points formats of its top three touring series: the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series,  NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR overhauls race, playoff points formats for 2017

Each race will be divided into three segments, with each segment paying playoff bonus points.

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2016, file photo, Carl Edwards waves during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is retiring. Joe Gibbs Racing has scheduled a pair of news conferences Wednesday. Jan. 11, 2017, in which Edwards is expected to announce he is giving up the sport immediately. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Carl Edwards to leave Gibbs Racing with a year left on his contract

It’s not clear whether the NASCAR driver is retiring or will sit out a year before changing teams.

Jimmie Johnson wins another Sprint Cup, and enters history books

Johnson earned his seventh series title on Sunday, tying legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in NASCAR crowns.

Carl Edwards, one of four drivers contending for NASCAR’s championship, was fifth on the speed chart Saturday.

NASCAR season enters final turn

Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch will race Sunday for the Sprint Cup title.

Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald (left) notched two assists Sunday.

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BC hockey team defeats Arizona State

The third-ranked Eagles stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games.

Joey Logano, winner of Sunday’s Can-Am 500, will have to keep his hands on the wheel next week in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship finale.

NASCAR

Field set for Sprint Cup championship

Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch will race for the title at Homestead.

Kevin Harvick’s car rounded Phoenix International Raceway during Saturday’s practice session.

NASCAR

Kevin Harvick faces must-win situation

Harvick’s bid for a second Sprint Cup title will be on the line Sunday at the Can-Am 500 in Phoenix.

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Sport Clips Toyota, poses in Victory Lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

AAA Texas 500

Carl Edwards headed for Homestead

Edwards and Jimmie Johnson are the first two drivers with championship-contending spots in the NASCAR finale.

The four Sprint Cup teams owned by Joe Gibbs (left) remain in contention for the series title.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers all still alive in Chase race

All four teams are vying for the three spots in NASCAR’s final round.