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Championship driver Kyle Busch takes top pit stall from Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch will have the coveted No. 1 pit stall as he races for the NASCAR Cup championship after Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin and pole winner passed on the spot. Hamlin had the first choice of pit stalls because he posted the fastest practice qualifying lap. The JGR team surrendered the spot to Busch at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Team owner Joe Gibbs says it was an organizational decision. Hamlin isn’t one of four drivers racing Sunday for the championship.

Kyle Busch leads title contenders in qualifying for finale

Kyle Busch will lead NASCAR’s title contenders at the start of Sunday’s championship finale. Busch was the highest qualifying driver of the four championship contenders at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was second. Martin Truex Jr., the reigning series champion, qualified third in his final race with Furniture Row Racing. Joey Logano qualified fifth for Team Penske and Kevin Harvick was 12th, lowest of the title contenders.

Party time! Dale Earnhardt Jr. throws epic retirement party after finale

Dale Earnhardt Jr. threw his own retirement party on pit road. Earnhardt popped out of his car, flashed a thumbs-up sign and chugged a Budweiser. Drenched in sweat and suds, he grabbed another cold one. It was easy enough to keep happy hour rolling since the beer cooler was stashed on the trunk of his Chevrolet.

Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st NASCAR title

Martin Truex Jr. capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion. Truex wrapped up his first Cup title Sunday night by winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.

Christopher Bell wins Truck Series championship for KBM

Christopher Bell wins the Truck Series championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Busch will race Sunday for the Cup driver championship. Chase Briscoe won the Friday night race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the first win of Briscoe’s career and came in the final season for Brad Keselowski Racing.

Johnson, Logano, Edwards, Busch aim for NASCAR championship

Jimmie Johnson attempts a drive into NASCAR history. Kyle Busch would love to spoil Johnson’s record run with a racing milestone of his own and win back-to-back Sprint Cup championships. Joey Logano and Carl Edwards just want to join the championship club. The top finisher among the four contenders will be the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.

King reluctant to share NASCAR title throne with Jimmie Johnson

Richard Petty says he hasn’t talked to Jimmie Johnson about chasing a seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Johnson would match Petty and Dale Earnhardt with seven Cup championships should be beat Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch in Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson has record 7th title within reach

Jimmie Johnson finally has a chance to tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the record books with seven NASCAR championships. His last title was in 2013 and Johnson has been on this hunt ever since. He’ll race against Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards on Sunday with the highest-finishing driver at Homestead-Miami Speedway winning the title.

Carl Edwards fastest of champion contenders in final practice

Carl Edwards appears to be closest to race-ready after a strong showing in the final NASCAR practice of the season. Edwards had the second-fastest car on pure speed on Saturday and he was the fastest title contender in the indicator for race readiness. Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship. The highest-finishing driver wins the title.

El campeon! Daniel Suarez becomes NASCAR’s 1st foreign champ

Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, becoming the first foreign champion in a NASCAR national series. The 24-year-old Mexican driver won the season finale, besting fellow championship contenders Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones on a restart with three laps to go.

Johnny Sauter wins 1st Truck Series championship

NASCAR’s inaugural Chase for the Truck Series goes to Johnny Sauter. He earned the title by finishing 3rd at Homestead-Miami Speedway. William Byron won the race to give Kyle Busch Motorsports the owner championship.

NASCAR drivers cozy up in very cordial championship preview

NASCAR’s four title contenders hardly seemed like rivals during their preview for the championship race. The quartet of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards have been quite chummy over the entire week, but they’ll have to turn it up a gear come Sunday when the Sprint Cup championship is on the line.

The Dirt

Clear clinic opens new office Clear Chiropractic has opened a new clinic at 2503 E. 27th Ave. on Spokane’s South Hill. The business will have an open house Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.