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Gibbs, Penske defend NASCAR as having bright future

Joe Gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending NASCAR during one of its shakiest periods in decades.

The owner of powerhouse Joe Gibbs Racing said NASCAR has a bright future and noted top-level companies would not participate if the sport was a sinking ship.

"You don't get the biggest and best companies in America involved in our sport, and going as hard as they are and re-upping and signing unless you've got a sport that brings value to the table," Gibbs said Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

The season opens Sunday with the Daytona 500, the showcase piece of NASCAR's 11-month schedule. In the buildup to this version of the Super Bowl,...

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