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FILE - Jimmie Johnson speaks about joining the team of Chip Ganassi for the IndyCar series at a press conference during the IndyCar race weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., in this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, file photo. Jimmie Johnson, with wisps of gray in his beard, is a 45-year-old rookie in the IndyCar Series ready to reintroduce himself. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)

Jimmie Johnson ditches vanilla label during IndyCar debut

FILE - Bristol Motor Speedway has transformed the half-mile concrete track into a dirt track, in Bristol Tenn., in this Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, file photo.  Bristol, once one of the toughest tickets in sports, trucked 23,000 cubic yards of dirt into its famed bullring to transform the facility and host NASCAR's first Cup race on dirt in 70 years on Sunday, March 28.  (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)

NASCAR to play in the dirt for the first time since 1970

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, American Sprint Car Series driver Jessica Zemken, now Jessica Friesen, smiles a rain delay at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. If Jessica Friesen, successfully qualifies for her first NASCAR national series event, she will join husband Stewart Friesen in the field for the Truck Series race Saturday night, March 27, 2021, at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Friesens would be the first husband and wife to compete in the same NASCAR event since 1998. (AP Photo/ David Duprey)

Marital bliss: Stewart and Jessica Friesen enter Bristol

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Alexander Rossi watches from his pit box during testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

IndyCar opens season with stacked rookie class chasing Dixon

Jimmie Johnson, Scott McLaughlin and Romain Grosjean, oh my!

wld Denny Hamlin (11) approaches the third turn during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, April 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Darlington Raceway's spring race will be called Goodyear 400

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Darlington Raceway has partnered with tire manufacturer Goodyear to sponsor its spring NASCAR Cup Series event next month.