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Stewart-Haas Racing has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. John Klausmeier, a race engineer with SHR since 2009, has been promoted to crew chief for Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield team, Stewart Haas Racing PR reports.

Stewart-Haas Racing has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Taking over as crew chief for Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team is Billy Scott, who joined SHR in 2016 as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team, Stewart Haas Racing PR reports.

Front Row Motorsports will step up its two-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program in 2018 with an elevated partnership with Ford Performance. The Bob Jenkins-owned team will put experience behind the wheel of its Fords, re-signing veteran David Ragan and adding free agent Michael McDowell to the driver roster, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.

Richard Childress Racing and Caterpillar Inc. have renewed their overall partnership and sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro team, and driver Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing PR reports.

Kurt Busch, who said two weeks ago that he "absolutely" planned to return to Stewart-Haas Racing, has signed a contract to remain at SHR with sponsorship from Monster Energy, Bob Pockrass of ESPN reports.

Talks between Danica Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing about driving in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 appear to have broken down, according to Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show opening breakfast, Kickin' the Tires reports.

Kyle Busch returned to his short track roots over the weekend and won arguably the biggest race in the recent history of Super Late Model competition in the 50th annual Snowball Derby, Autoweek reports.

Team Penske and PPG will celebrate their 34th season together in 2018 with the company reaffirming its commitment by becoming a primary sponsor of the team's No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races next season, Team Penske PR reports.

Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up his final season as a NASCAR driver with one last piece of hardware. He won the Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday night for the 15th consecutive time, the Associated Press reports.

Kurt Busch said he "absolutely" plans to return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, as he continues to negotiate a contract to continue driving for the team, Bob Pockrass of ESPN reports.

Germain Racing has hired veteran crew chief Matt Borland to call the shots for Ty Dillon in the No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Germain Racing PR reports.

Germain Racing named Matt Borland as Ty Dillon's new crew chief Monday.

Jimmie Johnson finished 27th in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Brad Keselowski finished seventh in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Chase Elliott finished fifth in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Harvick finished fourth in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Kyle Larson finished third in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Kyle Busch finished second in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.

By virtue of winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon, Truex Jr. was declared the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion.

Hornish Jr. finished second in the Ford EcoBoost 300 Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday afternoon.