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Target, which is leaving the Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR team after 16 years, said it saw tremendous success in NASCAR, but it is shifting its focus to soccer. Target: "As we looked to evolve our sports marketing program, soccer provided Target with a unique opportunity to reach our guests in new places, and at all levels of the sport. Through partnerships with Major League Soccer, Minnesota United FC, US Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Target has been able to create meaningful connections with players, fans and families, no matter how they participate in the sport."

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Target will not return as sponsor for Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson after this season. Larson, second in the NASCAR Cup standings, was sponsored for the majority of races by Target, a sponsor for Ganassi in NASCAR for 16 years and 28 years overall with Ganassi. Chip Ganassi: "I have had an unbelievable relationship with Target for 28 years and I have to thank them for their long-time support. ... Kyle Larson is a once-in-a-generation talent, he and the No. 42 Chevrolet will still be on the track for a long time, the only difference is that they will have different colors." SportsBusiness Journal first reported the news.

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Team owner Barney Visser, whose Furniture Row Racing gets its pit crew from Joe Gibbs Racing, said he supports the decision to suspend two Martin Truex Jr. pit-crew members for a confrontation with Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens at Indianapolis. Visser: "Our No. 78 pit crew is hired, trained and managed by Joe Gibbs Racing. They are one of the best pit crews on the circuit and have kept us up front all season. We admire the talent and dedication of our pit crew and support all of the decisions and actions taken by Joe Gibbs Racing."

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Clint Bowyer's chances to make the playoffs on points were dealt a blow when Kasey Kahne won at Indianapolis. Bowyer, winless in his last 169 starts, said Tuesday he needs a win:

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Clint Bowyer said he was just a little bit sore from his wreck Sunday at Indianapolis, where he hit the inside wall, bounced back on the track and was tagged by teammate Kurt Busch. When he started to make the evasive move that led to the wreck, he had no idea the impacts would be that violent. He explains:

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