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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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Sam Hornish Jr.
Samuel Jon "Sam" Hornish Jr. (born July 2, 1979) is an American professional automobile racing driver. He most recently drove the No. 9 Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Hornish also competed part-time in the Xfinity Series in 2015, driving the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. He began his top-tier racing career in the IndyCar Series, making his driving debut during the 2000 season for PDM Racing. Hornish began driving for Panther Racing the following season, winning eleven races and the 2001 and 2002 series championships over the next three seasons. During the 2004 season Hornish began driving for Team Penske, winning eight more races (including the 2006 Indianapolis 500) and the 2006 series championship during his time with the team. When he left the series after the 2007 season, he held the record for most career wins in the series (19, broken by Scott Dixon in 2009). Hornish moved to Penske's NASCAR program part-time in the Xfinity Series (then known as the Busch Series) during the 2006 season, and began driving part-time in the Sprint Cup Series (then known as the Nextel Cup Series) in 2007. He raced full-time in the Sprint Cup Series the following year, struggling at first, with eight top-ten finishes over his first three seasons and a top points placing of 28th (in 2009). Hornish returned part-time to the Xfinity Series (then known as the Nationwide Series) in 2011, winning one race. He drove full-time in the series the following year, finishing fourth in points. In 2012 Hornish replaced A. J. Allmendinger (suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test) in Penske's No. 22 car midway through the season, earning one top-five finish. The following year he returned to the Nationwide Series, winning one race and earning 16 top-five and 24 top-ten finishes to place second in points (three behind Austin Dillon). Hornish drove part-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in an eight-race 2014 season, with one win and four top-five finishes.
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Jimmie Johnson at a race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2007

The 2006 Subway 500 was the thirty-second stock car race of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the sixth in the ten-race season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. It was held on October 22, 2006 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, before a crowd of 65,000. The 500-lap race was won by Jimmie Johnson of the Hendrick Motorsports team, after he started from ninth position; Denny Hamlin finished second, and Bobby Labonte came in third. Although Kurt Busch won the pole position, he was immediately passed by Jeff Gordon at the start of the race. One hundred forty-three laps later Johnson took the lead for one lap. Gordon regained the lead on the next lap, only to lose it to Johnson again on the 153rd lap. Labonte moved into the lead on lap 406 and held it with fifty-five laps remaining, when he was passed by Johnson. At the race's final restart on lap 495 Hamlin challenged Johnson for the lead, but the latter resisted Hamlin's passing maneuver and won the race. There were eighteen cautions and sixteen lead changes by five different drivers during the race. It was Johnson's fifth win of the 2006 season, and the twenty-third of his career. The result advanced him to third in the Drivers' Championship, forty-one points behind Matt Kenseth (who took over the championship lead when Jeff Burton retired during the race; this caused Burton to fall to fifth in the championship, one point behind Hamlin). Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, fifty-three points ahead of Dodge and sixty-one ahead of Ford with four races left in the season.

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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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