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  • NASCAR: On a night for underdogs, William Byron reigns at Iowa Speedway Sonoma-2mcmurrayNEWTON, Iowa (AP) — It took rookie William Byron just a week to get over one of the most brutal losses of his young career. The 19-year-old Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps left and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first series victory. A seven-time winner ...
  • NASCAR: Nemechek wins at Iowa for 2nd straight NASCAR Truck victory ohn Hunter Nemechek celebrates with his father, Joe Nemechek, right, in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, taking the lead with his six laps left Friday night at Iowa Speedway. Nemechek took four new tires during the final caution. The gamble paid off, as he passed leader Johnny Sauter soon after a restart. The 20-year-old Nemechek raced ...
  • Soccer Roundup: 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup / World Scores Atalanta's Alejandro Gomez, right, is tackled Juventus' Dani Alves during a Serie A soccer match, in Bergamo, Italy, Friday, April 28, 2017. (Paolo Magni/ANSA via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)TORONTO (AP) — Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night. Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since ...
  • NASCAR at Sonoma: 5 drivers who could use the win BK Po NASCAR(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    SONOMA, Calif. – When NASCAR debuted a win-and-you’re-almost-assuredly-in-the-postseason system in 2014, road course races became an immediate source of intrigue. A driver especially gifted in the rigorous discipline, so went the theory, could exploit one win away from the non-ovals that dominate the schedule to emerge as a completely unrepresentative ...
  • NASCAR: Free agency heating up for Earnhardt’s ride FILE - In this June 30, 2016, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gestures as he speaks during a news conference before the start of a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and a familiar face this year in its bid to rebound from declining ratings and attendance. The next 11 months will show if Dale Earnhardt Jr., Monster Energy and different rules can provide the needed jolt.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski left himself very little wiggle room when asked if he is a candidate to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season. Keselowski is in a contract year with Team Penske, and crew chief Paul Wolfe has already signed a multi-year extension to stay on. Keselowski? Well, there’s no signature on his ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson’s win at Michigan highlights NASCAR’s lack of outsize personalities Kyle Larson (42) reacts after winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.(Photo: Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY Sports)Corrections and clarifications: In an earlier version of this story, the names of drivers Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott were misspelled. (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    BROOKLYN, Mich. — They’re handing out participation trophies in NASCAR now. Or what amounts to them, anyway. Such is the state of America’s top stock-car racing circuit ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson outlasts Chase Elliott at Michigan again Kyle Larson raises his arms after exiting his car after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Three times, Kyle Larson needed to outrace the rest of the contenders on late restarts. That’s a task he’s proven he can handle at Michigan International Speedway. Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and held off Chase Elliott on Sunday for his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the ...
  • NASCAR: John Hunter Nemechek wins NASCAR Truck race at Gateway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
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LAT ImagesMADISON, Ill. (AP) — John Hunter Nemechek gave his dad and truck owner Joe Nemechek an early Father’s Day present. The 20-year-old driver took the lead with four laps remaining and pulled away to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park. “Today was a very special day for us,” Joe ...
  • NASCAR: Hamlin edges Byron in thrilling Xfinity finish at Michigan Denny Hamlin (20) edges out William Byron at the checkered line, Saturday, June 17, 2017, to win the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The Xfinity race at Michigan began with instant drama — contact between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that sent Busch spinning. The ending was just as compelling. Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish line, winning Saturday in the closest NASCAR ...
  • NASCAR: Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying Kyle Larson, center, talks with crew members after securing the pole during qualifying Friday, June 16, 2017, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. are neck and neck at the top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings. Now, they’re set to start at the front for this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway. Larson won the pole Friday and Truex qualified second, another impressive showing for the duo that’s been so ...
  • NASCAR: Sam Hornish Jr. to drive 3 Xfinity Series races for Penske Sam Hornish Jr. does a burnout after winning the race.(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP)MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. will drive three Xfinity Series races for Team Penske this summer. Hornish will drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang at Iowa Speedway on June 24 and July 29. He will also race Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 12. Hornish has appeared in 114 Xfinity Series races with ...
  • NASCAR: Sam Ard to be remembered with Darlington throwback FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2007, file photo, Sam Ard sits in his car with his dog Putt Putt in Pamplico, S.C. Ard, a pioneer of what today is the NASCAR's Triple A Xfinity series, will be honored during Southern 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway. The South Carolina native, who died in April, will be remembered with current Xfinity driver Cole Custer running Ard's paint scheme on the car in September. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Cole Custer is hoping that the late Sam Ard’s magic touch will help him in the Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway come Labor Day weekend. The 19-year-old Xfinity rookie’s Ford Mustang will carry Ard’s red-and-white signature scheme he used on the No. 00 Oldsmobile Omega on display at the NASCAR Hall ...
  • NASCAR: Four takeaways from Ryan Blaney’s win at Pocono -NASCAR--Pocono-400(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   LONG POND, Pa. —  Ryan Blaney was interviewed by his pseudo teammate Brad Keselowski on Sunday at Pocono Raceway, when Keselowksi took the Fox Sports microphone from pit road reporter Jamie Little in an impromptu and amusing move. Next season, Blaney and Keselowski might be full-fledged teammates. Blaney scored his ...
  • NASCAR: Breakthrough win for Blaney a vintage NASCAR victory CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR’s newest winner arrived home in North Carolina to coolers filled by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with ice cold beer. He partied until 4 a.m. and finally went to sleep after Dale, Ricky, Danica, Bubba and all the rest went home. Back up at 9 Monday morning, Ryan Blaney watched a replay of Sunday’s ...
  • NASCAR: Blaney wins 1st career NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway Ryan Blaney celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney was stationed in victory lane with a headset on as a guest pit reporter just the day before at Pocono Raceway. But to get there again, on his own in the No. 21 Ford, he’d have to zip past a pair of hardened NASCAR champions with just 10 ...
  • NASCAR: Cup stars call the shots in NASCAR Xfinity race Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR xfinity Series auto race, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney was splashed with beer, accepted some handshakes and even gave a fist bump in a raucous victory lane celebration. But with his car number nowhere on the leaderboard, the blossoming NASCAR Cup driver had to lift an ear on his headset to learn his result. “How’d I do? It was ...
  • NASCAR: Christopher Bell edges Chase Briscoe to win Truck race at Texas Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane at Texas.(Photo: Sarah Crabill, Getty Images)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Christopher Bell won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Texas under caution Friday night, taking the white flag side-by-side with Chase Briscoe before a wreck behind them that left a truck upside down on the front stretch. After a restart with two laps left, Bell and Briscoe were side-by-side and stayed ...
  • NASCAR suspends team members for Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe Crew members perform a pit stop on Kyle Busch's car during the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has issued four-race suspensions for the crew chief, tire changer and tire carrier for Kyle Busch because a tire rolled off Busch’s car during last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Crew chief Adam Stevens, tire changer Jacob Seminara and tire carrier Kenneth Barber aren’t eligible to return until July 3. NASCAR ...
  • NASCAR: Takeaways from Dover, from Jimmie Johnson’s historic win to fence-climber Jimmie Johnson, left, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won a NASCAR Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson’s third win of the season and 83rd of his career was the top story line from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.  He tied boyhood idol Cale Yarborough for sixth on the career wins list and ...
  • NASCAR: Racing needs all the personalities, polite and rude FILE - In this April 9, 2017, file photo, Kyle Busch jokes with his son Brexton, right, as he talks with his wife, Samantha, center, on pit road before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The near-misses that have plagued Kyle Busch all season would have eaten away at him earlier in his career, when he was less secure not only of his driving ability but of himself. But a lot has happened in a few short years: He sustained serious injuries during a 2015 crash at Daytona, returned that season to win his first Cup championship, and along the way watched his wife give birth to a baby boy after they spent years struggling to conceive. (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson lost a race he probably should have won because of a late caution. Larson didn’t pout Sunday about the outcome at Dover International Speedway. He had a win in sight, a caution bunched the field and Jimmie Johnson beat Larson on the restart. As disappointing as it was to Larson, he ...
  • NASCAR: Johnson extends track record with 11th win at Dover Jimmie Johnson, left, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won a NASCAR Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Hooked on NASCAR as a kid, there was something about Cale Yarborough that made a fan out of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson was glued to the set as he sat on a dirty old couch at home in El Cajon, California. He loved Yarborough’s fearlessness and the way the Hall of Fame ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins pole for NASCAR Cup race at Dover Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR All-Star auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Busch may be ornery and he may be controversial, but there is no debate he is one of the best in NASCAR — mic drop and all. Busch turned a lap of 158.954 mph Friday to win the pole at Dover International Speedway as he tries to drive the No. 18 ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Larson wins Dover Xfinity race for 2nd straight victory Kyle Larson poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after he won the NASCAR xfinity series auto race, Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Larson earned respect around the garage for his refusal last year to bump the race leader down the stretch for a win in the NASCAR Cup race at Dover. A year later, Larson had no concerns about adhering to an unwritten race code. Larson started from the pole and easily won ...
  • NASCAR: Playoff pressure begins to mount for winless NASCAR stars Pit stop strategy and a late pit stop penalty cost Ryan Blaney a chance at his first career victory, in Texas.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   DOVER, Del. — Twelve races, nine winners, one asterisk. With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series reaching the mid-point of the regular season on Sunday at Dover International Speedway, numerous historical race-winners have yet to clinch a playoff berth with a win. Who is in a more perilous position ...
  • NASCAR: Indy 500 champ Takuma Sato still baring his soul Takuma Sato, the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner, poses for photos in Times Square after ringing the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Regardless of the racing series, the most recent winner’s celebrations are usually cut short as the drivers jet around the country for a victory tour filled with media appearances before prepping for the next weekend’s race. In a wonderful coincidence at a New York airport, the winners of the Indy 500 ...
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