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Almirola wins at Talladega to advance

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Tony Stewart hired Aric Almirola because he believed the journeyman would win races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short.

The boss made sure to keep Almirola's spirits high every chance he got, including a pre-race pep talk Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Read More...

Johnson hits wall at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) The Latest on NASCAR's playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (all times local):

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Peters wrecks Gragson, wins at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Timothy Peters bumped leader Noah Gragson out of his way on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway, then blocked traffic for the final mile to win the Truck Series race Saturday.

It was the 11th victory of Peters' career and third at Talladega, the most wins at the Alabama track among Truck Series drivers. Read More...

DiBenedetto to drive Toyota for Leavine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Matt DiBenedetto will drive for Leavine Family Racing next season and the team will field Toyota Camrys.

The team currently uses Chevrolet but will receive engines and technology, data and technical assistance from Toyota Racing Development in 2019. The team will receive its chassis from Joe Gibbs Racing. Read More...

Elliott advances with victory at Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) Chase Elliott had been burdened by lofty expectations that come as the son of a Hall of Fame driver and the replacement of a four-time NASCAR champion.

As the close calls and frustrating finishes mounted, and wins eluded him, the 22-year-old Elliott could feel the pressure tighten each time he slipped into the No. 9 Chevrolet. Read More...

NASCAR set to implement gambling rules

DOVER, Del. (AP) NASCAR president Steve Phelps said the series is set to implement guidelines in the rulebook on sports betting in 2019.

Dover International Speedway opened its on-site betting kiosk this weekend and became the only track that allowed sports gambling on its property. NASCAR does not prohibit its drivers or team members from betting on the race. Read More...