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  • NASCAR: Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond; Earnhardt 4th RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not quite finished with racing. The NASCAR fan favorite got back behind the wheel Friday night, led 96 laps and finished fourth in an Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. It was his first race since he retired from the Cup Series after last season and became a ...
  • NASCAR makes another change at top with new president DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR promoted Steve Phelps to president on Thursday in the latest leadership change for the slumping motorsports series. Phelps will replace Brent Dewar on Oct. 1. Dewar is stepping down and transitioning to an advisory role next year. “As a life-long fan of NASCAR, the opportunity to provide league-wide leadership is something ...
  • Why NASCAR’s playoff drivers still need to race against a full field, according to 1 driver (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   In what the racing world commonly refers to as stick-and-ball sports, a certain number of teams work throughout the regular season to advance to the playoffs, and everyone else who doesn’t make the cut is stuck watching at home. While the first part of that is true for NASCAR ...
  • Keselowski wins NASCAR playoff opener, gets 500th for Penske LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat. With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again — and he’s got NASCAR’s Big Three drivers looking over their shoulders. Keselowski raced to his third consecutive Cup series victory Sunday, opening ...
  • NASCAR: Ross Chastain earns first Xfinity win, holding off Justin Allgaier LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ross Chastain held off Justin Allgaier for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday, pulling away on the final restart for a long-awaited breakthrough in his 132nd series start. Chastain led 180 of the 200 laps, but had to dig in on several restarts to stay in front of Allgaier, the regular-season ...
  • Erik Jones claims pole for 1st NASCAR playoff race in Vegas LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erik Jones surprised the field by winning the pole Friday for the opening race of the NASCAR Cup series playoffs, turning a lap in 28.705 seconds and narrowly edging Joey Logano. Jones opened the first weekend of NASCAR’s 10-race postseason by earning his second career pole in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. ...
  • Jimmie Johnson begins NASCAR playoffs in unfamiliar position… an underdog (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —    LAS VEGAS – Jimmie Johnson is right where he wants to be this weekend — and right where he doesn’t. For the seven-time NASCAR champion this is the time of year when golden things begin to materialize, with Sunday signaling the start of the playoffs, the thrive-to-survive format that ...
  • NASCAR: Keselowski winning streak pumps life into NASCAR playoffs CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard 400 — pushed him into the title conversation. His door-slamming race ...
  • NASCAR: Keselowski makes it a Penske sweep at Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First, Brad Keselowski figured out the secret to restarting at the Brickyard 400. Then he safely and strategically bumped his way into the lead and sped to the finish line. One year after settling for second in a chaotic, crash-marred race last year, Keselowski redeemed himself by earning his second straight major win and ...
  • Sadler encourages NASCAR to make big bet on gambling INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elliott Sadler wants NASCAR to roll the dice. Or at least, he figures, a few betting windows can be added to race tracks across America. Amid sagging television ratings, dwindling attendance and longtime sponsors pulling out of the series, the former Cup driver and current Xfinity Series contender thinks NASCAR should embrace race-day gambling. “I ...
  • Soccer Roundup: Severely weakened Denmark loses 3-0 to Slovakia TRNAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Denmark, fielding a severely weakened team containing footballers from the third tier of the national league and futsal players because of a pay dispute involving its top performers, was beaten 3-0 by Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday. Slovakia strolled to victory against a Danish side lacking star names like Christian Eriksen ...
  • How NASCAR’s playoff bubble drivers can clinch their spot in regular season finale (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —   With one race left in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, 14 of the 16 playoff spots are filled. Going into Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, these 10 drivers have locked themselves into the 10-race showdown with at least one victory this season: Kevin Harvick ...
  • NASCAR: Leaders wreck, handing Haley win in Truck playoff opener BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Justin Haley took the lead after Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland collided on the final turn in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff opener Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Gragson attempted to pass Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Gilliland on the inside and both spun out. The 19-year-old Haley, from Winamac, ...
  • NASCAR star Kyle Larson won’t run dirt race ahead of Brickyard 400 (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   INDIANAPOLIS — One of the headline attractions for the first-ever dirt track race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is taking his name off the entry list. NASCAR star and Kyle Larson told IndyStar on Wednesday that a scheduling conflict will keep him away from the Driven2SaveLives BC39.. “It looks like it’s not going ...
  • NASCAR: Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short track victory. Busch won for the first time this season — first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500 — but it was his sixth victory on ...
  • NASCAR: Larson takes Xfinity Series event for 1st win at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Larson capitalized on Kyle Busch’s early exit to win the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, his first victory ever at the track he calls his favorite. Larson has won four of the six Xfinity Series races he has entered this season. The latest victory came hours after ...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch breezes into Bristol looking to stoke his NASCAR hot streak / Truck Series (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —-    In a sport in which three competitors have controlled much of the story for much of the season, the logical question becomes: Which one wins next? The logical answer is Kyle Busch. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into eastern Tennessee and Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Bass Pro ...
  • NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne retiring after 15 Cup seasons CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne says he is retiring from full-time racing. The 38-year-old Kahne announced his intentions Thursday on Twitter, saying “I’m not sure what the future holds for me, but I’m at ease with the decision that I have made.” The former Hendrick Motorsports driver has 18 victories in 15 years in ...
  • NASCAR’s dark cloud lifted after leadership change CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Keelan Harvick had the father-son weekend of a lifetime: He crashed a golf cart, drove a tiny race car, ran on a NASCAR track to collect his dad’s checkered flag and got to ride shotgun alongside his old man to victory lane. The 6-year-old son of Kevin Harvick was the headliner of ...
  • NASCAR: Harvick wins at Michigan for NASCAR-high 7th victory of year BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick capped off his father-son weekend by dominating a race and putting 6-year-old son Keelan in the passenger seat to hold the flapping, checkered flag out of the window. “That was definitely way up there on the bucket list,” Harvick said. Harvick broke a tie atop NASCAR’s Big 3 by easily winning ...
  • Justin Allgaeir wins NASCAR Xfiinity race at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Allgaier used fresh tires to pass rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric on Turn 1, then held off his challenge on the 72nd lap ...
  • NASCAR: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch go 1-2 for Gibbs at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch swept the front row in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick, neck-and-neck with Busch all season, was right behind in third. Hamlin went 202.794 mph in Friday’s session to win a pole for the second consecutive week. The JGR veteran is winless this season, while teammate ...
  • With win in his pocket, Chase Elliott heads to Michigan looking for more NASCAR success (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   Now it’s clear that Chase Elliott can win a race. Can he win a championship? During all the hand-wringing over Elliott’s struggles to win for the first time and his string of eight runner-up finishes without a victory, his 2017 run in the playoffs sometimes was forgotten. He almost made ...
  • NASCAR goes back to business and away from France arrest CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR needed 99 races for budding superstar Chase Elliott to finally win his first Cup race and didn’t even get a full day to celebrate the milestone. NASCAR Chairman Brian France has taken a leave from his family owned company following his arrest Sunday night on charges of driving while intoxicated and ...
  • NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch looking to dominate playoffs MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch hopes his latest dominant NASCAR season lasts one race longer than his previous two years. Busch has won 20 races since 2015, including six in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year. He’s made the 16-driver playoffs each year and has had a chance to win the title ...
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