Austin Cindric
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske believes in goals, even when his to-do list is pretty well covered.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Penske Perfect.

From the first NASCAR race with the new Next Gen car, the Daytona 500, the IndyCar championship and now the NASCAR Cup title, it’s been about as close to a perfect season as possible for Roger Penske.
The memory of Dan Wheldon is hanging over Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the 11th anniversary of his fatal crash as NASCAR opens the third round of its playoffs at the track.
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South Point 400

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 12:05 p.m, and qualifying, 12:50 p.m.; Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Tyler Reddick will start from the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Austin Cindric has had more than six months to think about NASCAR’s playoffs.
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Cook Out Southern 500

Site: Darlington, South Carolina.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 12:05 p.m., and qualifying, 12:50 p.m.; Sunday, race, 6 p.m.
Austin Dillon avoided a massive wreck in the rain to win at Daytona International Speedway and snag a playoff spot in the Cup Series’ regular-season finale.
Chase Elliott has won the NASCAR Cup pole at Watkins Glen International, edging Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson for the top spot.
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Chase Briscoe finally has a pole to go with his first NASCAR Cup Series victory earlier this season.
Josef Newgarden used the nonexistent high line to pass Scott McLaughlin in the final turn at Texas Motor Speedway and steal the IndyCar race his teammate had dominated.
The beautifully weathered asphalt at Auto Club Speedway is older than Austin Cindric. The Next Gen car that the Daytona 500 champion drove over that asphalt to the pole Saturday is so new that most of the NASCAR Cup Series drivers still haven’t figured out how to keep it out of spins or off of the w
Austin Cindric followed up his Daytona 500 victory by earning his first career pole in the NASCAR Cup series at Auto Club Speedway during a tumultuous debut for the new practice and qualifying format at intermediate tracks.
Roger Penske picked up a third Daytona 500 win last weekend on his 85th birthday. Now the team owner has shifted to St.
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Wise Power 400

Site: Fontana, California

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 2 p.m., qualifying, 2:35 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Cindric only knows one culture — the crisp, clean, “Penske Perfect” way of doing things — and it fits him rather well.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jim France was ecstatic in the garage before the Daytona 500. The grandstands were full for the first time in two years, fans again roamed every inch of the grounds in search of a selfie or a signature, and there was no threat of rain ruining NASCAR’s biggest race of the s
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bubba Wallace tried to explain how he lost the Daytona 500 by inches when the replay flashed on the 40-foot screen overlooking the track.
Austin Cindric drove his brand new NASCAR ride to victory in the Daytona 500 on team owner Roger Penske’s 85th birthday.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Harrison Burton was fastest in the final practice Saturday and led a charge of Ford drivers who swept the top eight spots headed into NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s qualifying races likely will be tamer than normal.

The Duel at Daytona scheduled for Thursday night — a qualifying event that splits 42 cars into two races and sets much of the starting grid for the season-opening Daytona 500 — could be a watered-down version because of a parts shortage involving the new Next Gen car. The scarcity has left teams wit
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Team Penske will make history at the Los Angeles Coliseum this weekend when it becomes the first NASCAR team to use an all-electric truck to get its car to the track.
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Last race: Seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton started from the pole in Qatar and was never threatened in his second consecutive victory.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Larson closed out his comeback season in NASCAR with his first national title.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Hemric made the first victory of his career one of the biggest NASCAR upsets — a championship-winning overtime stunner against the reigning champ.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Noah Gragson said he’d win at Martinsville Speedway to earn a spot in the Xfinity Series championship and did just that Saturday night in NASCAR’s most compelling title race.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Ty Gibbs disrupted the Xfinity Series championship, then rushed off for the fuel he needed to run another race.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — All four spots in the championship round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series are still up for grabs after non-playoff qualifier John Hunter Nemechek overcame a late penalty Saturday to win at Texas Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger charged into the semifinal round of the Xfinity Series playoffs with an overtime victory Saturday in the elimination race on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.