Salutes to NASCAR's departing stars surge ahead of finale

Salutes to NASCAR's departing stars surge ahead of finale

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Salutes to NASCAR's departing stars surge ahead of finale

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NASCAR will crown a new Monster Energy Series champion today but the sport is also saying goodbye to a few of its stars.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth will run their final laps in the premier series after starting their careers together in 2000. The two have been longtime friends and competed for Xfinity Series championships before moving into the Cup spotlight.

Then there’s Danica Patrick. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is making her last start in the No. 10 and her second-to-last start in NASCAR. Patrick announced Friday she will run the Daytona 500 in February and call it quits. She intends to end her motorsports career a few months later with a return to the Indianapolis 500.

Here is some of the reaction from around the racing community ahead of the Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC):

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