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Cars drafting during a practice session at Daytona International Speedway in 2004

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, abbreviated to NASCAR, is currently referred as the largest sanctioning body of stock car racing in the United States. The 69th season has concluded, with Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, and Christopher Bell crowned with the drivers' national championships. The three largest racing series sanctioned by NASCAR are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. The NASCAR season consists of a series of races held on purpose-built race tracks. The results of each race are combined to determine two annual NASCAR Championships for each series, one for the drivers, and one for the manufacturers. NASCAR cars race at high speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). The cars are capable of pulling in excess of five G-forces in some curves. Charlotte, North Carolina is NASCAR's traditional center, where most of the teams are based. However, the sport's scope has expanded significantly in recent years with races being held all over North America.

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Anthony Joseph "A.J." Foyt IV (born May 25, 1984) is an American race car driver. He has competed in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and briefly in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, then called the Busch Series. He is the grandson of A. J. Foyt.

He began his career racing karts. He moved up through the open wheel racing ranks, winning the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series. When Foyt made his first Indianapolis 500 race in 2003, he became the youngest driver to start in the event. He continued in IndyCar for two more years until his back was injured at the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Later that season he made several NASCAR Busch Series starts. He was scheduled to continue in the Busch Series in 2006, but the team was bought out and his contract didn't allow him to race in non-Dodge car. He returned to the IRL late that season and has continued racing in the series.

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Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) is a two-mile (3 km), low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since 1997. The track was also used for open wheel racing events until 2005. The racetrack is located near the former locations of Ontario Motor Speedway and Riverside International Raceway. The track is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation and is the only track owned by ISC to have naming rights sold. The speedway is served by the nearby Interstate 10 and Interstate 15 freeways as well as a Metrolink station located behind the backstretch. Construction of the track, on the site of the former Kaiser Steel Mill, began in 1995 and was completed in late 1996. The speedway has a grandstand capacity of 91,200 and 28 skyboxes. In 2006, a fanzone was added behind the main grandstand. Lights were added to the speedway in 2004 with the addition of a second annual NASCAR weekend. In 2011 the track will host only one NASCAR weekend.

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the NASCAR UAW-Dodge 400 Sprint Cup Series race.
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the NASCAR UAW-Dodge 400 Sprint Cup Series race.
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  • November 23: Jimmie Johnson wins seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship
  • June 14: Joey Logano wins his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2016
  • July 29: Jeff Gordon wins the 2014 Brickyard 400
  • May 13: Jeff Gordon wins in eleventh NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2014
  • October 30: Jeff Gordon wins the 2013 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

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