• David Ragan (55) gets sideways in front of Clint Bowyer during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Bowyer holds head high to cling to final Chase berth

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — All of the crew members who work on Clint Bowyer’s team know they’ll be out of a job in 12 more races. Like everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing, they face an uncertain future in NASCAR following this week’s announcement that the organization will close at the end of the season.

  • Joey Logano celebrates his win during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Saturday night, Aug. 22, 2015, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (Andre Teague/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

    Logano defends Bristol victory to hold off Gibbs drivers

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — As Joey Logano circled Bristol Motor Speedway, he’d briefly glance in the mirror to watch Kevin Harvick.

  • Former owner/driver Michael Waltrip, left, has a photo taken with fan David Secore Jr., from Union, Conn., before a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Toyota holds Waltrip relationship in high regard

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Toyota has a strong appreciation for its long relationship with Michael Waltrip and was committed to backing the team long into the future.

  • Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Kyle Busch races to 8th Xfinity victory at Bristol

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Buescher appeared to be one of the few drivers capable of keeping Kyle Busch out of victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Driver Denny Hamlin comes down the back straight during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 in Bristol, Tenn. Hamlin will start on the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Denny Hamlin leads Toyota sweep in Bristol qualifying

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin set a track record in leading a Toyota sweep of the first two rows in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Crew members work on cars during practice for the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    SMI owner Bruton Smith treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive chairman Bruton Smith revealed Friday that he was treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June and used this weekend’s races at Bristol Motor Speedway as motivation during his recovery.

  • Montoya starts final drive for IndyCar title at Pocono

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya turned the Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp parking lot into a showcase for some pace-car burnouts.

  • Driver Clint Boyer signs an autograph before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015,  in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Clint Bowyer won’t reveal where he’s headed after MWR

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — If Clint Bowyer already has his future figured out, he wasn’t ready to reveal it Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • FILE- In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, team owner Michael Waltrip watches from outside his garage before a practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Waltrip's rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season. Driver Clint Bowyer was given a release from his contract to pursue a new job for 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck, File)

    Kauffman couldn’t justify continued investment into MWR

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The decision to close Michael Waltrip Racing boiled down to finances and results.

  • In this May 21, 2015, file photo, Greg Biffle waits in his car before practice for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Biffle, the most accomplished of Roush Fenway's three drivers with 19 Sprint Cup victories, has not won in 80 races, since June 2013 at Michigan. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

    Roush Fenway seeking answers in a challenging season

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Jack Roush believes that two years of frustration and failure for his Sprint Cup program are about to end, even though the results this season paint a different picture.