Sabates to retire from NASCAR ownership

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) In his den overlooking the 14th hole at Quail Hollow, there are a handful of reminders of Felix Sabates' 30 years in NASCAR - a photo of the team owner at one of his first races; a bobblehead of close friend and rival Rick Hendrick; in the corner, a replica of the Monster Trophy won by Kyle Larson in October at Dover.

It's the final trophy Sabates will earn in racing.

Sabates on Thursday was honored at Chip Ganassi Racing, where he has cashed out as a partner and waved the red flag on his racing days. One of NASCAR's biggest personalities, a Cuban refugee who came to the United States at 15 and truly made good on the American dream, is calling it a career.

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