Dale Earnhardt Jr, April 2015

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Earnhardt Jr. returning to track this week

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has not raced since July 9 because of post-concussion symptoms, will not race again in 2016 but he plans to be at XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Dover International Speedway this weekend.

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth

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Kenseth aims for more success in New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth currently sits seventh on the Chase Grid -- 11 points ahead of Austin Dillon on the cutoff line -- and gets to head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has won the last two races, for Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300.

Denny Hamlin celebrates Richmond victory

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Hamlin's win at Richmond creates valuable momentum

After beginning the season with a Daytona 500 victory, could this year be the year for Denny Hamlin to win the long-sought Sprint Cup championship?

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19 drivers in contention for 4 Chase slots

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond for the final event in the 26-race regular season, there are 19 drivers competing for the final four berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Dale Earnhardt Jr, April 2015

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Earnhardt still in limbo due to concussion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to be sidelined by the symptoms of a concussion that began after a crash at the Michigan International Speedway in June.

Rick Hendrick at news conference

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Hendrick Motorsports down but not out in Chase

Rick Hendrick is one of the most impressive and accomplished team owners in all of American sports. But the 2016 season has not been his team's year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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Denny Hamlin overcomes major back pain to win at the Glen

As crew chief Mike Wheeler put it after Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, Denny Hamlin wouldn't have driven his car if the schedule simply called for a practice session.

Jeff Gordon, November 2015

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Gordon subbing for Earnhardt at least twice more

Jeff Gordon will remain behind the wheel in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for at least two more weeks in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is still dealing with concussion-related issues.

Chris Buescher, Pennsylvania 400 win

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Rookie Pocono winner Buescher fogs up the Chase

When a misty cloud settled over the Pocono Raceway on Monday afternoon, it shrouded rookie Chris Buescher with the laurels of his first career victory in one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history.

Kyle Busch wins Brickyard 400

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Busch makes winning in Indy look easy

A scepter in the form of a trophy with a silver brick was symbolically passed from one generation to the next at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Jeff Gordon, November 2015

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Gordon to replace Earnhardt for next two races

Retired driver Jeff Gordon will return to the racetrack for this weekend's Brickyard 400 to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr., who continues to battle concussion-like symptoms.

Sonoma Raceway, 2016 Toyota Save Mart 350

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Sonoma race could play a key role in Chase

When NASCAR's Sprint Cup haulers pull into the muscular hills of Sonoma County north of San Francisco, all bets are off. After all, these are the beer drinkers and beef eaters arriving at a road course in wine-and-cheese country.