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Bell backs Leavine's confidence with win

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Team owner Bob Leavine made an unpopular decision when he decided to remove driver Matt DiBenedetto from his Cup Series lineup for next season.

The man likely to replace DiBenedetto - Christopher Bell - gave Leavine strong backing on the track Saturday. Read More...

Junior still plans to drive Xfinity race

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, despite a recent plane crash.

Earnhardt Jr. posted his update on Twitter late Wednesday night, saying his lower back is sore and swollen. He's receiving daily treatment "solely to get well to race." Read More...

Hamlin holds off DiBenedetto in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort.

Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions Saturday night after Denny Hamlin chased down Matt DiBenedetto to spoil a Saturday night upset. DiBenedetto learned this week that Leavine Family Racing won't bring him back for a second season, and he has no job lined up for 2020. Read More...

DiBenedetto falls short, earns respect

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) When his sponsorship dried up early last season, Matt DiBenedetto took the unique step of making a social media video asking for funding ideas.

Denny Hamlin was among those who saw the clip and then donated $5,000 to his fellow competitor. The gesture brought more attention to DiBenedetto's plight and ultimately a partial sponsorship that helped him get through the 2018 season. Read More...

Reddick goes last to 1st in Xfinity win

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late.

Reddick, the Xfinity Series points leader and defending series champion, had to start last in the field because his car failed inspection four times before the race. His crew chief was ejected, Reddick wasn't allowed to post a qualifying time, and he had to serve a pass-thru penalty at the start of the race. Read More...

Ragan to be part-time driver in 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan plans to scale back his racing schedule starting next season.

Ragan said Wednesday in a statement from Front Row Motorsports that he will race on a part-time basis in 2020 in NASCAR and other series. The 33-year-old Ragan cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and two daughters in walking away from the 38-race, full-time job as a NASCAR driver. Read More...

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