Crew members work the pit as Alex Bowman comes in during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Headaches galore: Contenders struggle in NASCAR playoffs

Kyle Larson drives at the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Winless Harvick, Hamlin still have a chance at Southern 500

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, file photo, Alex Palou, second from left, of Spain, talks with a crew member before a practice session for a IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. IndyCar is on a two-week break, but the 24-year-old Palou has no plans to rest as he tries to reclaim his spot atop the championship standings. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Palou looks ahead at reclaiming IndyCar championship lead

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American driver Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning the pole for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Long Beach, Calif. The Sunday race on the downtown street circuit will crown the IndyCar champion and Newgarden sits third in the standings, behind leader Alex Palou of Spain and Pato O'Ward of Mexico. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)

Newgarden wins Long Beach pole in tight IndyCar title race


FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, file photo, Kevin Harvick waits in his garage before practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis. Chase Elliott, according to Harvick, doesn't race very smart. In fact, moving forward in NASCAR's playoffs, Harvick plans to run all over the reigning Cup champion. Those were the angry words Harvick had for Elliott after the race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 18, where a feud no one saw coming took center stage. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Larson returns to Las Vegas looking for another victory

Overlooked in the post-race spat between Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott was yet another trip to victory lane for Kyle Larson, NASCAR's championship favorite.

General view ahead of qualifying the third practice session at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Norris snatches pole position in wet Russian GP qualifying

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Lando Norris took pole position for the first time in a rain-hit qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday after timing his final fast lap

Four of a kind... Eckes leads Thorsport in Vegas victory

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rookie Christian Eckes held off teammate Ben Rhodes and crossed the finish line under a caution flag for his first career win in the NASCAR Trucks Series at La